i'm in the tip-in swap on craftster.org. we all purchased the same blank book, so that the pages were all exactly the same, and then each round we decorate the front and the back of a page and send it to a new partner. i've received some truly amazing pages, and it's such a fun experience making the pages for each person's style.
this was the first one i did, for a partner who liked nature themes.
the backing is vintage paper - accounting type stuff. i stamped all over it with one shade of green, then stamped on a few different kinds of paper with different ink pads to get the different shades. i used a green tag that i cut up (from a swap with skyra ages ago), two different shades of green japanese recycled paper, and part of a paper crown that came out of a christmas cracker a few years ago (i hoard possible supplies!) and dragonfly brads to add a bit of brown and to pull the page together. the nature letters were from joanns and were self adhesive, but i didn't realize that and i put them through my xyron. oops!
i like the back better! same as the front really, with the addition of a green owl (martha stewart halloween foam stamp) and scrabble letters instead of the others. and more dragonflies.
i did the pages seperately and then glued them onto the actual tip in page. i stamped the part of the tip in page that's showing, and it honestly matches better than it's showing up in the pictures! i think cause it was white and the other was beige, the camera picked up the colours differently.
here i used the "black magic" polyclay that i stamped earlier. i painted it solid black, and filled in the letters with black glitter. the image is actually from a little pack of tissues, and i specifically saved it to craft something for rackycoo out of it! (she loves her martini glasses!) i frames the image in black glitter paper, used really awesome matte/glossy scrapbook paper for the back, and added some sparkly stars for colour.
the back was simpler, it's a black star printed net stitched over batty sequins on a black paper backing. i stamped "double, double, toil and trouble" and sewded that on as well.
and (i LOVE this one) a page for someone who likes snow/winter
three different snowy fabrics sewn together, then the vintage photo (that i tinted blue) and the writing sewn on. and a bunch of blue and silver rhinestones.
snowflakes made of paper that has "snow snow snow" written all over it glued onto a blue painted background, covered with white polka dot vellum and then snowflake sequins glued on with more blue rhinestones. the biggest snowflake has writing in them! can you see it? it says "craftster" and "tip in swap" and has scissors in the very centre. love it!
for someone who likes trees
front - i dyed all the cotton twill tape two different shades of green (left one batch in the dye longer), then ironed it all and wove it together on a piece of stabilizer. the tree and the leaves are vinyl, machine stitched on before i tore off the stabilizer. the writing is twill tape i bought at the scrapbooking store ages ago, i used it on a vinyl atc for angie too. i am SOOOO in love with how this turned out, it was exactly how i planned it!
back - simpler, since the front was so ridiculously time consuming! pretty scrapbooking paper, more of the green twill tape, sewn in a log cabin design this time, and gold pigment ink.
and for someone who likes crows
ront - i like it, though i'd originally planned something else. apparently i suck at using spray starch though! i'd wanted to have the lace with no backing, just stiff on it's own with the page cut out behind it, but that didn't work, though it was a very time consuming experiment. black lace sewn onto red cardstock with a black vinyl crow sewn on and a quote in dymo (because i love dymo).
back - this turned out SO much better than i'd expected! i'd spent so much time obsessing over the front, i was kind of at a loss for the back. after i cut crows out of a bunch of black patterened paper, i just rearranged them all until i was happy. i was originally going to give the crows black brads for eyes so that they twisted to the side and showed my info underneath them, but i like this way better. my info is on the right hand crow, and then i used black pigment ink lightly over top of it. and black pigment ink all around the edges, just to finish it up a bit.
the most recent one - a christmas page. (i really really wanted to use some of my vintage christmas images!)
the picture is my grandma, sitting on santa's knee. santa is her uncle lloyd, who worked as a department store santa for years (did you guys have eatons in the US, or were they only in canada?) the background is a couple of pieces of textured red paper and some christmas scrapbooking paper. i added rhinestones, because the bon said she's been unhealthily obsessed with them lately! the tags are glued on, but then i threaded embroidery floss through holes in the page to make them prettier.
i had a really hard time with the front page, i don't know why. i actually made one, decided it was too plain, and then started over with this one. i'm pretty happy with the end result though.
more simple, because i like the pages in the gallery that have simpler backs, and i want mine to be like that too. the same christmas scrapbooking paper, and then i printed out some of the vintage christmas cards i scanned and made a little card hanging thing out of embroidery floss. the cards actually open up, and inside a few of them i wrote the date, my username, and put my signature. the twill tape is from the scrapbooking store.
and i'm working on one right now, though i'm kind of stalled at the moment....