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Thursday, 12 September 2013

We are Family....

and for the month of September our DT family includes our GDT Ruth McQuinn...

Here is Ruth's "we are family" post....

Well, it's week two of my month as Guest Designer for Tando Creative!  This challenge got me trying to recall origami, that my dad taught me!  I saw the Hexagonal Laminate and Board pack, and knew I wanted to use it, but not as a mini book.  Most people would use photos of their family, but a) my family doesn't do photos, and b) they aren't very photogenic (!), and c) would I want to carry around a bunch of photos of those reprobates anyway!  However, I do like a drink (or two), so..

 
 
Starting with the board pack.  I wanted to create a hinged cover, so painting it wouldn't work.  I drew out a pattern in rough paper to check it would work, then when I was happy, I used the pattern to cut out some fancy paper for the outside cover. I glued the board hexagons inside, and waited for the glue to dry. 
 

When it was dry, I swooshed a little acrylic paint in the centre of the outside back and front, so I would be able to create a halo effect.  I supplemented this with some nice dark ink around the edges.



his time I remembered to use my anti-static bag!  I stamped and heat embossed the front.  I used my crop-o-dile to attach the fasteners and trap the ribbons, so I would be able to tie it shut.  I taped over the back rough edges of the eyelet, and then glued down the inside covers - slightly smaller than the boards, and used red line tape to create a small gusset - just enough give to take some inserts.  I added the Wicked Witch on the inside...



So the cold laminating pouches.  If not photos going inside, then what?  I used some more paper from the set which had conveniently sized playing cards!  Perfect!  But boring...  so I cut rectangles from double side glue sheets, and covered one side in gilding flakes.  I placed the 'playing card' on the other side, and dived into the gilding flakes again, so that both sides were completely covered.  This became my insert for the laminating pouch. 

 


I gilded one more 'playing card' for the back cover, and hey presto, a holder for 6 matching coasters, themed for The Wizard of Oz!



 

What a great use of the laminated books! 

Don't forget to pop on over to Ruth's blog to see what other creations she has to offer.....

8 comments:

Coco said...

Ruth, we can't see your photos... it's a pity, does you or anyone else can arrange that ? Coco x

whyducks said...

I can't see them either, boo!

Di said...

Pictures are up now. Sorry, I had to lift them from Ruth's blog as I didn't have them. Our super duper blog co-ordinator Carol has a "proper" day job as well as all the unmeasurable amount of work she does for Tando :)

Kaz said...

Fabulous make Ruth xx

Coco said...

Great work Ruth, thank you !! :) x

roc said...

Great idea!

Katherine (sutty) said...

Super project, and great idea :)

Karen Gist said...

WOW! this is ingenius Ruth :D xxx