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A Batch of Scrapbooked Poems
These are some poems that I scrapped as a Midwinter gift.  They have been delivered already so I can show them to you.  If I were doing these as commissions, they'd all be $5/page except for "Hanes" / History and "Where Have All the Heroes Gone?" / "Different Gifts" which would be $10/page.

Here is "I, Schroedinger" printed on white paper, cut out with craft scissors, and overlain on a background of cat-printed paper.

"Shumáad Delineha" / "Space Flight" is a bilingual poem in Láadan and English.  It appears as a two-page spread, so I'll show you both pages separately and then together.  It was printed on white paper, cut out with craft scissors, then overlaid on starscape paper.

What you can't see with the flash working, so I turned it off to catch the shine, is that I took a clear glitter pen and went over several of the comets and galaxies.  This is a great deal cheaper than paying the current price of $2-3 per page for glitter paper, and almost as cool.

I'm just going to show you the two-page spread of my next bilingual poem, because I plan to do a step-by-step post about it later.  "Hanes" / "History" is written in Welsh and English.  I printed it on ivory paper, singed the edges, and fastened the pieces to a background that looks like a pile of historic papers.  This was a very complicated process because of the singed edges.

For the two halves of "Where Have All the Heroes Gone?" / "Different Gifts" I used three layers.  Each poem is printed on ivory paper, with the top edge decorated using a border punch.  Then each is placed on a mat that matches the opposite  page's color, similar to the heraldic technique of counterchanging.  The matted poems are set on backgrounds showing a magic wand (for "Where Have All the Heroes Gone?") and a castle (for "Different Gifts").  Piecing all this together took a long time.

Back to simple for the end, here is "Applejack" printed on white paper, cut out with craft scissors, and overlain on an apple patterned background.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: January 4th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those are really pretty. "Hanes" / "History" is particularly gorgeous.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

That one took a lot of time. Singe work is not a technique for the impatient. The main drawback is that it damages the paper, so the result is not as "archival" as usual for scrapbooking. But it just looks so cool, there are certain projects that seem to require it.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: February 7th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

I love that look and I've used it a lot but I don't actually burn the paper.

Here's the cover of a whole album I used this technique on:



I do it by first tearing the paper. I control my tear by dipping my finger in a dish of water and tracing where I want the tear to go, then I tear along the wet line. Then I chalk the edges usually using brown chalk in layers of color. Then I trace along the brown edges with a fine point black scrapping pen to give it a black edge.

I've also tried using black chalk for edging instead of brown:


For that page I wanted the backing to look like an old map so I crumpled the paper and spritzed it with water, then flattened it out before tearing. Then I rubbed some black chalk along all the ridges to give it a nice dingy look.

Not quite as accurate as actually burning the paper, but it is archival, still looks cool, and is not potentially dangerous. Also it doesn't take me but a minute or two since I don't have to worry about burning the house down.

As you can see I also like this look. :-)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 7th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Wow! Your pages look awesome. I may try that spritz-and-crumple trick some time.
je_reviens From: je_reviens Date: February 7th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have some more stuff that I hope to share later. I can only fit so many pictures in one post, and it takes a while to upload them.
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