Sunday, February 19, 2012


I don't usually name my creations but if I were to name this one it would be "Frothy"

that's all I can think of when I look at this little book, from the torn paper pages to the rough-edge plaster pages

 from the knotted heart to the lace edging,
it's pure froth

this book is the culmination of the many courses I've taken, both book-binding and otherwise....
from Carolle who taught the very proper way of doing most everything that had anything to do with making fine books


to Stephanie who taught plaster pages and button strings

to Carole who had us painting watercolour paper and tearing it (no scissors allowed!)

to MaryAnn who showed me that there is no need to make the signature papers the same size
and who introduced the idea of combining all types of papers

and countless others who inspired me through their art that had nothing to do with books

the beautiful heart-shaped bead in the centre spine was the indirect result of my jewelery class with Carolyn

the fabric knot idea came to me during one of Christy's classes when I saw her crumpling book paper

and next will be all the painting, writing and drawing on  the inside....


I have learned so much from all the courses I have taken over the years and the most amazing thing about them is how they have inspired me in ways other than the subject at hand

how cool is that!?!


Suztats said...

Oh, that's very cool! You've created a beautiful little book, Jillayne.
It's amazing how creativity seems to spread and grow and multiply.
Frothy is a perfect name!

The French Bear said...

Very cool!!! I like it, so good to be inspired by so many!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness Mom - it's breathtaking! I can't believe how many little inspirations you put together to create it... you've taken your art to a whole new level now!!

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

I just hopped over to your blog from Dorthe's. Your book is beautiful. You have created so many wonderful things here, still perusing.
Hugs Jackie

lynn said...

i am in awe of this gorgeous book.. i just love everything about it.. from the ruffly heart.. to the buttons on the binding.. how wonderful to learn different techniques from the other artists and incorporate it into your piece.
it will be a treasure for sure when you put your writing and inspiration in it.. just beautiful
big hugs

FlowerLady said...

Jillayne ~ This is beautiful! So very feminine.


KW said...

You have outdone yourself this time. This book is absolutely stunning. The detail is incredible. Thank-you for sharing!

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Your book is SO pretty Jillayne. Love the heart on the front - such a great idea.

Marj Talbot said...

Now that is REALLY cool. You must have had so much fun putting it all together. Those who inspired you must be proud. There are endless possiblities for sure and you have demonstrated that no doubt.Thanks again for sharing another lovely project.

MosaicMagpie said...

Okay, now you know I adore everything you create....but this is absolutely the most beautiful book I have ever seen!!!!! From the little torn fabric bows, I wondered what you would to with??? To those button tied signatures. This is a work art! You want to sell it? I want to buy it!

Createology said...

Jillayne this is your finest creation yet to date. You have me swooning over the fabric, "frothy" heart, assortment of signature papers and most of all the unique bead and button binding. It looks like you have taken all of your learning and then raised the creative barr so high you can now teach others what they want to learn. This is the most stunning book ever made. Blissful dear...

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne, how very beautiful, dear friend.
I love your book, and the wonderful spine you made with all the buttons-love that you used different sizes pages, and the stunning heart in the front, you created a treasure for you to hold every day, and to fill with thoughts of this and that- or lovely ideas. I wish you many happy hours in front of your beautiful book.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Jillayne,
I just love your book - so very beautiful.TFS.Have a wonderful week.

Bead and Needle said...

I'm frothing at the mouth, just looking at it! You ROCK, Jillayne...beautiful, AGAIN!!! Hope your week is frothylicious!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jillayne,

Your book is absolutely beautiful and how neat that you learnt from the best.
This is perfection and I really love the sweet heart on the front.

Happy week

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Jillayne,
This is just stunning. I love it and the word frothy does come to mind. The heart is such a creative idea. Isn't it special to learn from others and share talents. I think that's what life is all about. If we know something, it should be passed on. I love your darling heart below too. Just too sweet.

Hope you are doing well. Busy I am sure too.
Have a great rest of the week and weekend ahead.
Sending hugs,
Celestina Marie

Monica said...

your book is very beautiful. And what you wrote too- creative minds develop always new ideas, create from scratch... soo cool indeed!

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Perfect name! I really love the cover and admire all the buttons. I have no talent for crafting and always admire those who do. And of course, I love the color. You are truly gifted and thanks for sharing the steps.

Thanks for visiting my site and leaving such lovely comments, they means so much coming from such a lovely and talented woman, such as you.

Big hug

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

I love your book, Jillayne. It's just gorgeous!
Have a wonderful Sunday!

gypsy rose said...

Gorgeous book! So many creative ideas, it has my head spinning. Thanks for the inspiration.

Becca said...

Oh my gosh Jillayne! That book is gorgeous! I especially love the crumpled that!

Anonymous said...

Jillayne, this is really lovely. There's something so artistic about just the way the folded edges of the binging show with all the pastel shades you included. Book binding is definitely an art. You have "the touch".

XO Diane (from PA where it is spring today! Daffodils are 4" up!)

Alisa Noble said...

That is VERY cool!
And I would say "frothy" is about right... and gorgeous.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Your little book looks absolutely wonderful! I seriously have to try my hand at making one.