Sunday, 29 March 2009

Altering Beermat's

Cover,made out of a beercan and alcohol inked with metal key embellishment. may add more !
Inside pages with my own handmade backgrounds ,butterflies to be stamped into the background at a later date lol

A Journey of Discovery

Taking me along a road of twists and turns,planning out or creating in my mind how i am going to make this new altered beermat book,of course you need to think of a theme first,I always do things back to front lol,I started to work on altering my first beermat,I must say they are lovely to work on,a nice firm base and a good weight.

Loving Vintage ladies and Lace as I do, I think i will carry a theme throughout of ladies and lace on the front with a poem of the back,trying to portray the poem,soooo I need to get the poem,then create the page...........hope this is not confusing you as it is me lol.....that means a couple of hours looking for poems,keeping in mind the images I have to work with.

Turning from that,because i,m not keen on the research side of things lol.

I started by making some backgrounds using spray inks by Glimmer Mists and Sticky Fingers,then stamping over with a lovely new stamp I have just purchased of scrolles and first twist is jumping from that to making the cover,out came the beercans lol,and using the cuttlebug embossing folders again,fixed that to a beermat on a slightly larger piece of card stock,just incase of sharp edges.Using alcohol inks next hoping for blues and greens,but things dont go according to plan with me,it looked all green when dry,sooooo maybe a green theme running through the book ?? ummmm..maybe lol (after doing a blue page !! ok blue and green,that should work..... ) confused ?? trust me,it should come together at the end .........
The left side of the mats must be left clear,as I need to get them into the Bind it All machine at the finish.I shall add the wording on the front of these at the end when i have sorted out which poem each one is going to portray,and maybe add more embellishments to match the poem.
Seeeeee how i work ! total confusion LOL,and to add in case you are all wondering,I DONT drink beer lol,but do like a laquer shandy .....
Will be blogging more pages later.


Sherry said...

What a great insight to the way you work Pattie. Now I'm picturing you with a glass of lager shandy by your side and a little box under your craft table with all the empty cans in - lol !

Working with the beer mats sounds good, I must have a go - love your embossed cover and the inside pages too. I must admit that most of what I do just kind of evolves as I go along - I may start with a plan but usually go off in a different direction - still that's half the fun of it I suppose.

Look forward to seeing more of your book once as you do it.

Sherry x

Jan said...

I too love working with beermats Pattie and got my DH to bring me a pile back from the local pub when he went for his darts match!Must admit I haven't used them since though, so your book has set me thinking!
I could relate so closely with your way of working. Confusing? No, it's the norm for me! In so many directions all at the same time!

Maureen said...

Going to be another good project but you really must stop doing things just so that you can have a lager shandy!!!

Arlene said...

I had to look up beermat - - A beermat is a coaster used to rest glasses of beer (or other beverages) upon. Public houses in the United Kingdom usually will have them spread out across the tables... I don't know if the USA has bars that still put out a coaster that is more than just a piece of paper anymore.

I love how creative you are. Love the beercan embossing and alcohol inks.