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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

A Grand Voyage...

Well it's time to prep a book ready for Darcy's Postcards around the world challenge starting in January, was going to alter a book then spotted this in The Works...
butcher and remove all but 26 pages, and replace paper front piece with board, job done :D
Now to decorate.
I have this old(1968) A3 Reader's Digest atlas.
I thought "rip out maps for backing papers, and you've got an A3 book cover to alter :D"

I'd rather cut my own hand off!!!! This book is definitely listed under I took some photo's of this page showing trade/exploration routes and printed them off instead :D
Painted board covers with acrylic and clear gesso, glued on printed maps(after scrunching and sanding and inking)

Dry brushed white acrylic around edges and stamped with black stazon
Added colour with Inktense pencils(must remember to seal with spray varnish!!)
then re assemble book

All in all I'm quite pleased with it so far.....needs a title plaque.
What did they call it when victorians went walk-about to europe and asia???

Probably last post before xmas(maybe not ;D) So wishing all my blogland buddies much joy and few puter problems for 2012 :D XXX



  1. Oh Yes! Love what you've done with the book. No end of amusement and fun. Great look you have achieved. xxDonna

  2. ok. my chin literally hit the keyboard! holy crap girl! this is stunning. do you know how expensive a sketch book is here in the states???? at least $9-$12!!!! i love this. absolutely gorgeous!

    love your comment on the cookies - hand crafted jumblies! i'll be remembering that when i do my next batch!

    hugs :)

  3. wow!

    Do Inktense need sealing? they are permanent once dry as far as I know.

  4. beautiful book, looking forward to seeing your postcards :)
    Happy Christmas to you too
    Helen xx

  5. Wow wow wow wow wow - that is utterly gorgeous I'm loving it completely - you put me to shame you are so prepared already - now have to put my thinking cap on for how I'm going to attack this project.

    Much love and hugs


  6. What a great Idea with the map and the routes. Because of the blossoms it look like I look to the night sky and see the stars :-) Have a wonderful Christmas time! Greetings here from Germany yuhuu today the first snow was falling :-)

  7. Wow, wow, wow what an incredible book cover and just so personal to you and a one-off. I love it Gina, what a fantastic job you made of photographing, inking and stamping.
    Merry Christmas to you my friend and wishing you all you wish yourself for 2012.
    Have a good week.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  8. I like your new project, delicious ..

  9. So cool.
    Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas :)

  10. I love those poppies. Greetings.

  11. I was having palpitations at the thought of you ripping up the glorious book. Great idea to photo and copy the pages you want. The Victorians used to go on the 'Grand Tour' which I think is a wonderful name for your book. The covers look fantastic I love the colours. :-) xx

  12. This is totally wonderful! I love it, and I didn't get around to commenting on your paper dolls below but I love your backgrounds! So creative!

  13. Gina this is so cooooool! ManonX

  14. This is gorgeous..just perfect for the postcards...Esther x

  15. are you thinking of ''The Grand Tour''? Fab book

  16. Love this book of yours! Great idea! :) I took your advise and printed out the world map to glue it on my pages. :) Thanks for the inspiration, Gina!