This week we are using Tim's Worn Cover. The technique can be found on Page 35 of his Compendium of Curiosities III book. Remember, it's still not too late to get your autographed copy of the book here.
Our sponsor this week is The Inspiration Emporium. They are once again providing a $50.00 certificate to a randomly selected winner! Tim has yet another super prize package for the Curiosity Crew's Choice as well.
Not sure about the rules? To be sure, head on over to our lovely hostess's website, Linda Ledbetter, to study them and learn how to create a project to share with us.
Here is my project using the Worn Cover:
This is the front cover. I began by cutting a label for the front cover using a Sizzix die (Frame Back, Ornate #3). I added color to the label by blending in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks. This frame was then adhered to the front cover.
I decided I wanted an album to store all the quotes I have been collecting, so I used Tim's Sizzix Alterations Block Talk lower case alphabet and die cut the letters for the word "quotes" out of chipboard. I then painted the letters with Aged Mahogany Distress Paint and adhered them to the center of the label.
To finish the front, I adhered butterflies from the Thrift Shop Ephemera Pack which were lightly watercolored with Aged Mahogany and Scattered Straw Distress inks above and below the word "quotes". I just HAD to use two Word Bands (I love them!) that were perfect, "Collections" and "Encourage Your Hopes Not Your Fears" which I had previously painted with Aged Mahogany Paint and then wiped off, allowing the paint to remain in the recesses of the letters. I added two brads for each Word Band and adhered both to the front, above and below the label die.
Finally, I adhered a Custom Knob to the front using a clock face.
I then proceeded to alter the inside of the worn covers as follows:
I started by using Tim's Burlap Texture Stencil and one of my new favorite paint colors, Aged Mahogany. I randomly added paint through the stencil directly to the cover, carefully picked up the stencil and let the paint dry.
Once the paint was dry, I added a decorative paper panel to each inside cover. Both are from the fabulous Wallflower Paper Stash. On one side I stamped the Stampers Anonymous Butterflies and Moths 1 image using Wendy Vecchi's Potting Soil Archival ink. I then lightly watercolored a bit of Scattered Straw Distress Ink onto the wings.
The second paper panel is from the same paper stash. I stamped Stamper's Anonymous "Be Confident, Find Your Wings and Fly" towards the bottom of the panel. I added this beautiful bird from the Thrift Shop Ephemera Pack to the upper right of the panel.
I carefully tore around the edges of both panels and finished them by adding some Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges. The panels were then adhered to the inside covers of the album along with some greenery die cut from the Spring Greenery die and colored with Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress inks.
I used some wonderful words from the Life Quotes Remnant rubs in various places on the covers. Finally, I added a metal butterfly from the Adornments Nature collection which was previously painted with Scattered straw and Aged Mahogany to the right hand panel.
The final touch was adding the Ring Binder to the inside of the Worn Cover by threading a Black and White Natural Trimming over the Ring Binder and through the holes in the cover to the front spine. I tied a knot and clipped the ends of the trimming. To finish off the project I used a Swivel Fastener which I added to the trim knot and placed a Word Key and Philosophy Tag at the clip end and chain end.
Here are close-ups of the inside covers: