|This is going to be a photo heavy post, lol|
So sorry for the glare on this photo. I don't know whats up with my camera!
And would you believe me if I told you that my craft room is STILL not finished? Yeah, of course you would......it is my craft room after all! I just can't seem to get it how I want it. And according to Scrubby the problem is NOT the room but the amount of craft stash I have! "RUBBISH!!!!" protests I!! "Look you could easily fit more into this drawer", I say confidently as I open one of my cube drawers and lace comes streaming out. "Heehee" I giggle nervously, trying to push the offending lace under my desk to hide its sudden escape from its confined space. "Oh yeah", Scrubby says, "theres tonnes of room"....as the sarcasm drips from every word!
What does he know, eh? I could easily squash in another few metres of lace into that drawer. Ok it might jump out to greet me as soon as I open up the drawer again, but I just take that as the lace is very pleased to see me and it wants to be used in my project, and nothing to do with a lack of space issue!
Anywhoodles, enough of my antics. Here is what I have been working on......forever! It seems to have taken me ages to make this. I kept putting it aside and then coming back to it. You know the type of project Im talking about. When I came up with the idea of this book, the front cover design was made after seeing an incredible Youtubers tutorial on how to do it. To see how it is done, click HERE to get to CreaBoetiek's channel.
There is a story behind this project. Of course there is......I made it! lol. I have created a fictional character called, Prof. Alexander Oscar Stewart who is a Lepidopterologist at Oxford University in the early 1920's. "Ah Lepid do da whatsit?" I hear you ask! Heehee. The Professor has been sent on an expedition by the University to Africa in the Summer of 1923 to examine and catalogue new species of Butterflies and Moths as thats what Lepidopterologists do. "Ohhhhh right" I hear you sigh, lol. So this is his Journal and catalogue book.
|Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I love how old and leather like it looks. Its amazing what you can do to paper to change its appearance.|
|I added a little gold filigree to the spine of the book. This paper is from the Tim Holtz Kraft paper stack which was kindly given to me by Jean...thank you Jean!|
|I made a peacock charm using this peacock that came off of a necklace.|
|Then I added loads of wee handmade charm embellishments and a wee bird cage and wing charm.|
|It is just clipped on to the spine through a little eyelet at the top of the books spine. The charm can be taken off and used on a keyring, etc.|
|I added the saying on wherever I could find a wee space for it! lol|
|These are genuine vintage pen nibs.......these are not Timmy ones.|
|I love the texture and dimension that the curled up pages gives the cover.|
|And its not your normal paged book inside!|
|The left side holds Professor Alexander's catalogue/Diary with all his butterfly drawings and stories of his adventures in it, with a little envelope carrying pen nibs and his peacock feather pen. The other side is a little exhibition cabinet.|
|In side this little envelopes is a few extra pen nibs that Professor Alexander needs.|
|This is the inside, where my Professor keeps his little Catalogue/Diary of finds.|
|The inside of the catalogue/diary|
|Professor Alexander has a little trinket and photo of his love that is back in England, eagerly awaiting his safe return from Africa. Say hello to Charlotte. I cut her out from a piece of the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper.|
|And here is the handsome devil himself, Professor Alexander Oscar Stewart. This is actually a Crafty Individuals stamp which can be found here. Isn't he a handsome fellow? I just love Crafty Individuals Stamps.|
|Professor Alexander has opened this letter, read it and re-read it many a night when he is all alone in his wee tent at night. He has read it so many times that it is terribly wrinkly and he even managed to spill his tea on it at one stage!|
|I won't show you photos of every single page of the Professors Catalogue/Diary......after all, we can't read all of his secrets and adventures! Here Professor Alexander catalogues and draws the new species of butterflies as and when he finds them.|
|He writes about new things he sees and even has time to stick in some feathers to bring home to his Charlotte.|
|And here is the "Page" section of the book which is the wee display area. As you can see it is centred around Peacocks and Butterflies with other bits and bobs thrown in.|
|I covered the front with Timmy's Tissue Tape......again, thank you Jean! And then went over it with Distress Inks and sealed it with Mod Podge.|
|The middle section has another butterfly, a Peacock Pendant in the middle and some pretty flowers with a little vile of seeds for that particular flower. Professor Alexander wanted to bring home something beautiful for his Charlotte.|
|In the bottom section is another butterfly, a bottle cap with another image from the Graphic 45 paper and another peacock pendant.|
|And thats it. The Journal of my Fictional Professor Alexander O Stewart.|
Thats it from me folks. I hope you have enjoyed the trials and tribulations of my Professor. Sorry I have been a bad blogger. Its not like me to go so long without having at least something to post about. I was getting Blog Withdrawal!!! Hmmmm, I wonder what the symptoms of blog withdrawal would entails??
And I would just like to add that from I started this post half an hour ago..............it has just started to rain! See, I told you. I spoke too soon. I shouldn't have mentioned that the sun was out in Northern Ireland!!!! Its absolutely chucking it down now!!!
Its nearly my one year Blogaversary too, so keep an eye out for some goodies that Im giving away.....just around the corner.
EDIT.......I added the video that I did of this book if you want to watch it instead of looking through the many photos and reading my drivel about the adventures of my Professor, who "owns" this book, lol. Mind you I sound completely distracted in my video so you may prefer to look at the photos, heehee.