This week's theme on Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog is to do a "men only" project. Manly themes are often difficult in this craft since so many of the papers and embellishments are geared towards more feminine styles.... But I was going through some old family albums and found an old picture of my Dad and two uncles when they were very young (Dad is on right) and used it as inspiration for a hand-made mini book, celebrating "brothers".
The covers are cut from a cardboard box, painted with distress crackle paint and edged with tissue tape. The chipboard frames are from Maya Road. Added some Idea-ology sprocket gears, game spinner, and alpha part letters, and some fabulous metal corner that Hels gave to me when I went to visit her last year.
To each page, I added a picture from Tim Holtz' Lost and Found paper stack, a chipboard frame from Maya Road, which I colored with distress stains and accented with Inka Gold.
I stained some vintage lace with brushed corduroy distress stain, and added a philosophy tag and some bark ribbon I found in a local craft store.
Then I tried to think of all the different things that brothers can mean to each other, and stamped each idea out with some mini alphabet stamps I've had for SO long I can't even remember where I got them... they were one of the first sets of stamps I ever bought! They are similar to THESE by Hero Arts.
I added each word to the page, and then distressed them just a little bit with antique linen distress ink.
I hope you enjoyed this mini book... remember to join in the "manly" theme this week - you could win a $50 shopping spree with Simon Says Stamp!
Have a great week!