thank you all so very much for the most amazing comments ever
my last post was probably the most personal i have ever written, and i am truly humbled by your responses... you brought tears to my eyes with them....
i thought since i had got away with a post about the winter festive season (i am simply not using the proper word in may!), i would test your patience with another... i want to update all of you who so kindly sent me cards to swap around and make into little books for each of you
i got held up a bit trying to find a thinner book board than the one i have but have had no luck - thicker board works just fine, i'm just picky, and would have liked the thinner one...
anyhow, i gave in and it's now all cut to size
fun fact, only four books will be the same size, all the rest are different sizes and let me tell you, that kept me on my toes
next i gathered up all manner of buttons, beads and charms for the button chains that will decorate the spines - i like to make those when watching television... i need to make 28 i think and so i spent an hour or so digging around to see what i could see...
i could play in my button boxes and jars for hours
(i'm only showing you half.... some things will just have to be a surprise!)
another afternoon was spent gathering papers and card-stock
first i pulled out everything i thought might work
than i edited the pile, going back and finding more, trying different combinations
and then the cutting began....
all different sizes.... then to the folding
next up is messing around with some water-colour paper and paint
then i made the decisions about the covers... choosing the fabrics for the outside covers and papers for the inside - as in the pairing below
still, not all the same
then tissue paper fused to the cover fabrics for added stability when gluing
and all the extras to add to your cards are sorted
almost all the design decisions are made and with only the water-colour pages to finish up this week, the assembling begins
it's taking me a little longer than i thought, and will be a bit longer still as i have to get my quilts for the show finished - it's less than 30 days away now....
but then we have a few months until that certain holly-day rolls around again!