I'm still under deadlines and then I'll go on a well-earned vacation, hence I won't be able to mantain a regular blogging schedule all over summer. It's my intention to blog without any pressure.
Actually, during this break I haven't rested a lot- I've just worked on the development of new designs for clients. I feel so happy (and blessed) for I'm doing what I love and lots of new eyes are seeing my work and enjoying it! But I must admit, being for a while out of my normal "blog routine" was really relaxing and gave me renewed energy and enthusiasm! So mind you, I'll be chatty in this post :)
While I am still editing the craft tutorial I promised, I'd like to share with you this book (you may remember) I've recently managed to finish.
Its idea came from writer Sarah Ban Breathnach, and also fellow artist Kelly Rae Roberts mentioned it in her inaugural e-course I attended in 2010. In this book handmade with love, I gather all my biz blessings, from publications to copy of checks, signed contracts, certificates, products approval sheets, photographs of my work, emails I received (both with great news and sweet kind words from people about my work)- just about anything business-related.
After I let it "rest and breathe" for a while, I had the idea of this cover for it. I think it's perfect and I'm very happy with it.
I used a worn cover from a dismantled old book, collaged and painted over it.
My book is hand-binded with baker's twine, but in the end I preferred to not leave the binding exposed.
The back cover...
Inside, I used photographs from my publications and prints of my artworks to illustrate the journal, machine stitched or glued down on the pages. I further added embellishments, fabric tape, tags, etc. though its look is destined to evolve with time, as I fill in the pages with blessings!
I also added lots of envelopes (both pre-made and not) for storage...
My very first publication ever, in Green Craft Magazine, and my first public recognition as "pro" in Somerset Apprentice!
... I really have to!
Till next time,