Dimensional board books are great because when you add embellishments to the pages the book doesn’t tend to “bow” like other board books would. Each page has a spacer with allows room in between pages to add dimensional embellishments.
I began by making color photo copies of vintage French paper. I then cut down the pages to fit the board book and glued them on with collage pauge. Once each page had dried I painted over the pages again with Collage Pauge to help protect and seal the paper. To decorate the front of the book I first painted a rectangular shape on the center of the cover with white acrylic paint. When the paint had dried I stamped the Britannia image using brown ink onto the center of the painted white area. I then painted around the edge of the stamped image with white crackle paint.
I glued three starfish embellishments to the bottom left corner of the stamped image using Judikins DG3 art gel as the adhesive. For the inside pages I decided to keep it very simple (sometimes less is more). I had some of my favorite summer, beach-themed photographs printed in a sepia tone to compliment the vintage style of the papers. I cut down each photograph to 4”x4” and matted them onto black cardstock that was cut down to 4 ½” x 4 ½”. I glued all the pictures into the book and then added some very simple white embellishments by Melissa Frances.
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