Nevertheless, my page is finally completed. For the deco/penpal people reading this, Chantal's Travelling Notebook is similar to a large textured deco. The only difference is that it's managed more like a Round Robin (where the maker, Chantal, tells you who to send it to next) and it's circulated worldwide to any variety of crafters, not necessarily just specific penpals within a specific community. The guidelines are simple and limitless. Each participant decorates a page with whatever they like - doodles, writing, painting, stickers, scrapbooking, information about themselves, the things they love, favorite quotes & places, etc. Once the entire book is full of entries and returned home to Chantal, she is going to auction the book off and donate the proceeds to UNICEF. I think this project is a great idea and would love the opportunity to participate in more charity based projects.
I regret that it took me so long to complete my page but hopefully, by the next time I volunteer for another crafty project, I'll have figured out a way to manage my "free time" more wisely. The irony of this experience is that it only took me a total of about 2 hours to complete my page from start to finish, and they were 2 of the most luxurious and relaxing hours I've spanned in ages.
The book itself is a chunky piece of work. It measures 8 1/4" x 5 3/4".
I wanted to make my page as colorful as possible with a variety of textures and themes representating my skills and interests.
So I created a rainbow collage with the color themed stamp sets that I sell in my shop. In traditional deco fashion, I sprinkled pearly holographic glitter on the stamps and Mod Podged the entire collage. I combined a varigated crochet chain woven through metallic rainbow rivets and plastic rainbow beads to create the border. I mounted fabric on cardboard to create my pocket. I machine stitched my business card to the pocket, machine stitched the pocket to the collage and stuffed my business cards (larger versions of the stamps in the collage) into the pocket.
Below are some detailed close ups of my work.
I hope this notebook enjoys a beautiful journey on its way home!