Happy Holidays Readers! It seems this blog has become a once a year thing with me, focusing on the Christmas holiday and the annual Cookie Book. Maybe I should make it a New Year's resolution to post more often? Maybe add to that a You Tube Channel and videos...hmmm. That may have to wait for when I'm retired. We'll see...
On to the annual cookie book for 2015. I did skip a year last year due to the move, so this year I wanted to do something really cool and out of the ordinary. I resized and revamped a version of a coupon book I did many years ago for the now defunct scrapbook store in Cedarburg. I up-sized it from the original Valentine Coupon/Ticket book idea and toned down the wacky-ness of the page toppers to be more uniform.
The book jacket I built from 12x24 sheets of paper. Each top edge was punched with a different design. The titles were cut with the Cricut. I stamped the &'s and the little 'Oh My' tag to bring in a bit more of the hand made look and feel to the cover.
The book covers were done with acrylic paint and my Gelli Print toys. I pulled two prints from he same paint spread to make a front and back cover. Sometimes the second print, or ghost print, was not "book-worthy," so I combined it with something not exactly matching. That's the beauty of a Gelli print. No two are ever quite the same. This helps make each book unique for the recipient. I like to make one of kind things, even though I make 24 of them. Each is just a little bit different.
The pages were pulled from my stash of paper, focusing on black and white first, then adding in craft brown and then one Christmas color - red, green, teal, what-have-you. Again, no two books have exactly the same set of paper in it.
The recipe cards were cut with the Cricut after spending some time in the design studio getting the shape I wanted. Then the recipes were printed, corners notched, stars stamped on the pages, and inserted one by one.