Nature Book Pages
I created these "Nature" themed pages for a swap at nervousness.org. The swap should be completed and returns sent out in February. I selected a short quote as the basis for my pages:
"Nature and Books belong to the eyes that see them"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The quote seemed fitting as this project was to be a book with the theme of nature. I took it a step further by incorporating actual book pages into my nature design.
To create my pages I began by trimming some dark green card stock down to 4" x 4" size. I decided to make 24 pages so that I would have a few extra in case of accident - or simply to use in a later project.
Using a handcarved leaf stamp, I stamped a background design on both sides of the pages using bleach. The bleach created a soft leaf shape in a yellow-green shade where I stamped.
While the backgrounds were drying, I took some loose book pages and lightly stained them with paint to tone them down. I drew out a leaf shape on plain paper to use as a stencil. I then cut 48 leaf shapes from the book pages. I glued 2 leaves to each page and then stitched veins down the center with a chain stitch using brown embroidery floss.
I wrote my selected quote on the front of each page using metallic gold ink. I then edged both front and back sides with gold ink using a stamp pad.
I used tan colored cardstock with a torn edge for the reverse sides, which I trimmed to fit the pages. I glued the cardstock over the back of the stitched area, and wrote in my contact info with black ink. As a finishing touch, I used the handcarved leaf stamp again to stamp and emboss a gold leaf over the seam.
To make the tags, I took some of my stained book pages and glued them to tan colored card stock. I then trimmed the cardstock into 1/2" strips, with the book text on the diagonal. I cut the strips into 2-1/2" lengths and cut the angles on one side to create the tag shape.
I then stamped the word "nature" on both sides of the tags. I outlined the tag in black ink to better define the shape. I punched 1/4" holes using a hole punch and voila - the tags were ready to hang. I attached them to the pages with thin strips of flocked dark green ribbon, through gold eyelets I set into the center right side of each page.
Completed Chunky Nature Book
When I received all of the wonderful nature themed pages from this swap, I knew I had to create a fitting cover and bind them all into a book.
I cut a 4"x4" square of cardboard and covered it with some wonderful mulberry paper I had been saving for a special purpose. The paper is a lovely olive green with embedded leaves.
I then glued some gold skeleton leaves to the cover, and stamped "NATURE" with my Celtic pixie stamps. I added some gold highlights with ink.
Using an awl, I punched holes around three sides of the cover and then stitched an "X" pattern with gold metallic floss. The cover is somewhat simple, but I really love the way it turned out.
I used my new Rubicoil punch to punch and bind the book. It is one of my favorites!
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