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Summer Memories Board Book Project

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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