Thursday, December 09, 2010

At last - My Book

Here it is at last, I will be posting photos of my book, which is in Scrapbooking and Beyond (Fall Issue) out now, every couple of days for the next few weeks. This was my final project, which I made for Graphic 45's design team call. The guide lines for this project was that Graphic 45 got to keep it. For the first call of the design team, we were asked to submit photos of 10 projects. Graphic 45 suggested that due to the time constraints that we should have started working on a final project as soon as the 10 projects were sent. As I didn't expect to make the final round I had not started anything. I was so amazed to see my name on the list. This meant that I only had about 5 days to do a project and have enough time to get it to the states by the cut off date. It was kinda hard to say goodbye to it, knowing that I would not see it again. To my delight, Graphic 45 loved the book and Diane every kindly brought it back when she visited Printblocks early this year. I attended the event and got quite emotional holding it again, but parted with it again, so it could go back to USA and be hopefully published there. I am now teaching it at Seriously Scrapbooking and making one for myself at the same time. The classes have been running for 4 months now. We do one double page each month. I will be starting a new group in the new year, so if you would like to make your own with me, then ring the shop 82771298 and they will take your details and get back to you with a date later.
So a bit about the book. As the title says, its about the people I love. The first page is on my husband and myself, with a photo of us before we were married and a photo of us taken a couple of years go in Darwin while we were on holiday. I found an old bible book and used the covers to give me a strong hard base for the covers of my book. Each page is made so that the join is hidden and when opened each page looks like a layout. Each page is 7 3/4 inches x 8 1/2 so when you put two together the page is 15 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded in half. This means that every page had to have papers joined to make it look like it was continuous. Once all the pages where made and folded, I put a strip of paper down the join on the back of the pages, which is what you can see in the middle photo of the spine. I made 7 pages in all, one on Malc and me, Malc and our children, and then one for each of my five children. I would have loved to include my parents and siblings, but because of only having 5 days I had to leave them out. I really love the project and think it is my best work to date. Hope you enjoy looking at my book over the next few weeks, or if you are lucky enough to get your hands on a Scrapbooking and Beyond magazine, and then you will have a copy of your own.
thanks for looking
PS only 49 sleeps to go.
PPS I am getting ready to make another big book, but in a pop up format with pockets and tags and everything else I can put in. This will be my holiday project, the week the shop is shut. I will post sneak peeks over the Christmas Break.


  1. Your book looks absolutely stunning Jane! I don't think I can wait for you to post pics of it each week lol, so I might have to go to Border's and see if they stock the magazine lol. Great work! *hugz*

  2. OMG, Jane!!! I really love this book!!! Wish I live in Australia!!

  3. beautiful Jane! absolutely stunning .. so pleased you have it back in your hands & heart ... hugs x

  4. You are such an amazing artist! How do we get the mag, I haven't seen it in any of my newsagents? Congrats on such a beautiful creation, you have gob-smacked me as usual ;)

  5. I wish I lived closer to you....I would take the class in a heartbeat. I live in the U.S.
    If you ever come up with a way for all of us far away people to learn your techniques please let me know. Posting the book dimensions really helped. I have a copy of Scrapbooking and Beyond and have spent hours studying the pictures of your book. Can't wait to see your postings on this project!!
    Barb in the US

  6. At last!!!!
    I love it.
    From Elissa