Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Creating shouldn't be so never used to be

....but this CJ entry has taken me nigh on a week, and it really shouldn't have taken anywhere near that long!

Anyway, it's done now :)

This is my entry in Lori's book in the Tattoo CJ circle. Her theme is "the good, the bad and the ugly" - great fun theme - it gave me an excuse to scour the net for some really naaaasty tattoos, and also some really amazingly wonderful ones.

The actual layout uses all sorts of random stuff I had lying about - the fabulous leg was cut out of a tattoo mag; the black netting used to add a bit of texture to the background, while also toning down the bold pattern of the floral paper underneath, was cut out of an old pair of Connor's tracksuit bottoms lol; and the black tape around the edges of the pages is hockey tape - which is JUST like 7 Gypsies bookbinding tape but about a tenth of the price :)

I got the gorgeous wooden swallows from Etsy.

The text up in the top right hand corner (which is somewhat less violently pink in real life, the flash messes with it) was generated with an Around The Block label machine - just like an old fashioned Dymo but with cooler fonts

I made my leggy lady a footrest from red felt, with stamped calico labels for three little accordion books - these contain photos of good, bad, and ugly tattoos I had found on my Google expedition. I had to hand sew this onto the paper and mesh backing, because my sewing machine wasn't having any of it.

The accordion book covers were made with some leather-style vinyl I picked up in the scrapstore years ago. It was white, but I coloured it with red and black alcohol inks, and perforated it around the borders of each cover with a tracing wheel, which you can't really see in the pics, but it makes them look quite convincing IRL.

The accordion books look like this ^ once opened.

A closer look at the contents of the three books is below:

The good

The bad

The ugly

So that's one CJ down 2 more to go in the next couple of weeks - it's a good job I have deadlines because it is keeping me making stuff even when I'm not really in the mood for it. I know I would be really frustrated with myself if I let myself stop altogether.


Anonymous said...

A week well spent I say. Gorgeous layout

Unknown said...

Ohhh sarah, I love this especially the background papers. Good luck with your next two :)

Anonymous said...

wow what a stonking CJ entry....those bad tats - are seriously BAD!

Anonymous said...

Sarah, this CJ entry is
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! If this is what you do when you're not in the mood I can't wait to see your creations when your mojo returns.

Veronica said...

Absolutely fabulous - so unique and creative - love it

Vron xx

Kim Mailhot said...

This is so great Sarah ! The tat book is amazing ! It is perfect to have those deadlines breathing down your neck sometimes, isn't it ? Last minutes and have to's can sometimes force us to rejoin the "flow"! ;-)

forcryeye said...

Wicked cool girl! I know that is really your leg, and you just don't want the rest of us to be jealous. I know what you mean about just not having it sometimes creativly.

Hazel said...

Fab entry- I love the colours; it makes the leg really striking. I agree that deadlines are good for making you create, I hope it becomes easier for you soon. This page is pretty amazing, well worth making the effort for!

GlitteryKatie said...

Looking fab Sarah- sorry it was a struggle but it was worth it!!
Ewwww the tongue tattoo *eyes water* LOL