This is the cover of an envelope book I made for a swap at Art for the Creative Mind group on Yahoo. The theme of the book is Things I Love to Hear.
I opted to go with a humorous approach, so I made a list of some of the things I like to hear in terms of comments or compliments. I suspect my list would be similar for a lot of women.
I include such messages as “No, the dress doesn’t make you look fat’, “There are no calories in this cake”, “There are no mosquitoes this summer”, and more.
I used eight envelopes and covered them with scrapbook paper. The main colors used are brown, cream and turquoise. To bind, I dyed binder rings blue using alcohol links and punched holes with the WRMemory Keepers Punch and Eyelet Setting Tool.
Here on the front cover, I have used an image from The Graphics Fairy blog. I have added a painted chipboard flourish to which I added a large, pearl brad, and a number of quilled chrysanthemums.
I made the chrysanthemums using the Chrysanthemum Cuttlebug Quilling Kit, which I cut on the Big Shot. I have done quilling before, but this kit really takes a lot of the grunt work out of it. I love these flowers.
As far as I know, Cuttlebug has three kits: the rose/carnation kit, the daisy kit and the chrysanthemum kit. I have the rose and the chrysanthemum and I may get the daisy at some point.
Anyway, back to the envelope book. I have made a video, which is on the fuzzy side. I apologize for this. I bought a new computer a little while ago and had to replace some of my software. As part of this modernization process, I purchased Adobe Premiere Elements 9 to use for video editing.
It’s much more powerful than Windows Live Movie Maker, but it does come with a learning curve. This video was my first try and as yet, I do not have the software mastered. Expect to see improvement down the road. LOL
There are, of course, many ways of making an envelope book. This is only one of them. It strikes me that an envelope book is form of altered art, given that you are altering envelopes.