I chose to do a tribute to Mark Twain because of my love for his books Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. As a child, I truly wanted to be just like Tom Sawyer and was always scheming up a runaway plan that involved living off the river! Oh boy, my poor mama! I found this image from a movie through Wikipedia.
I have a few purchased journals that were in desperate need for a facelift. I started by covering the cover with book pages, a tribute to the theme. While my adhesive was drying, I added some IndigoBlu Megaflake in chocolate box randomly. Next, I used Tim's layering stencil with Prima's Art Basics Modeling Paste over the pages.
After my background was dry, I sprayed a variety of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and let them muddle.
I used Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to color my die cut leaves. The Fall Foliage Thinlet Dies work perfectly with manilla card to create sturdy dies. I usually ink my paper first then sponge additional ink if necessary after they are cut.
I built up a group of torn book pages and layered my image bundle over some broken twigs. I decided to add the leaves as though they had just fallen on the page, rather than in an arrangement. I curled each one and used hot glue to adhere.
I added some at the opposite corner and adhered burlap ribbon to create a closure.
I just love those pooling inks peeking out!
I adhered one of the dies from the Friendship Words thinlet set. We can't always be perfect, but we can try our best, live our our grand dreams, and most importantly be genuine and transparent.
As you can see this cover is quite bulky, but I think it will work well as a journal because of the spiral binding and hard covers. I can still open it and let the pages lay flat.
I used these LSG sprays:
(Sandra Dee Sepia, Tears on My Pillow Tangerine)
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