Monday, September 24, 2012

September BBArtisans Challenge - an accordion book

For September, Nancy (NFallonDesign) decided to repeat my favorite challenge: "Try a new media or technique."  I love it so, because it lets me try something new, that I might not otherwise.  So thank you Nancy!

My new technique?  Making an accordion book!

I took two pages of watercolor paper, and cut them into strips of 4.5" x 12".  Then I took two of the strips, folded each strip into 4" blocks and glued two of the blocks on top of each other.  This left me with five "pages" to work with.  

 I watercolored the pages, stamped and stenciled them, and put some tape along the bottom edge.  Then I placed four houses and a beach scene on one side and glued them all down.  Almost like a street scene.  

To keep the accordion closed I used a clip.  If I was making it for someone else or for sale, I would use a ribbon for the closure.  And maybe attach the ribbon to the outer pages, so it wouldn't get lost. 

Since I'm going to keep this first "book", I decided to give it to DH.  As I continued working on the other side, I looked for activities he enjoys and cut them out.  To make the accordion more into a book, I put quotes with each page.



Playing with the doggies



I like the concept of this little accordion book.  I didn't really plan on what would be visible, when the pages were folded up; something I need to look at, the next time I do this.  


memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Fun new project! The houses all lined up are cute and I love all the quotes you found to go with your photos for the back side!
Great work!

pasqueflower said...

Love this!! What a clever project. And thanks for the Photoshop coaching. I'm having a terrible time with photos since the conversion to the new computer.

BeadedTail said...

What a great project! I bet your DH loved it! It turned out fabulous!

Nancy said...

How cute! A little street seen:) And I love that you filled it with all of those quotes for DH!

Heather said...

What a great gift idea!

I love the quotes especially the Einstein one!

Rose said...

Your book turned out beautifully! I love the little houses. I'm sure that your husband enjoyed this. It makes a great little gift.

Linda Blatchford said...

I like the pics and quotes, especailly the bicycle one.

Great job.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Great project -- love the quotes!

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