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Friday, 25 May 2007

HOTP meets English Paper Company

And here's my next design team creation. Beverley had included a HOTP sarabinder in our kit, which frankly scared the hell out of me as I've never done one before!

We also received the English Paper Company 6x6 papers and as soon as I saw these I immediately had the idea for a patchwork quilt look, as they reminded me of the sort of fabrics you'd see in a little country cottage.

I first painted the spine of the sarabinder with white acrylic paint and then edged it with lavender chalk ink. I then took the sage and lavender tone papers and cut them up into different size squares and oblongs (all very randomly!). I glued the papers onto the binder on the front so that the overlapped and on the back and inside covers too, and then drew faux zigzag stitch on with a fine black pen where the papers joined.

For the inserts I tinted the edges with the lavender chalk ink again and then added some spare pieces of paper, and again the zigzag stitching, to carry the theme right through the binder.

I then wrapped some various ribbons and fibres around the spine to the front.

I wasn't sure how to finish it off, but then found the scrappers jewellery that Beverley had included in our pack. It's actually a pin badge so I poked it through the front (took a bit of persuasion!!) and put the fastener on the back, inside. This means it can still be taken off and worn as it's not permanently fixed.

So that's it - first ever Sarabinder and it wasn't that scary really! And it just goes to show, sarabinder doesn't necessarily have to mean sarapapers!!

1 comment:

Beverley Todd said...

Ooooh Looby! That's yummy. I've done lots of Sarabinders - but always with HOTP papers LOL. Maybe next time I'll try something new!! Love the patchwork effect BTW