Further to the “Book Exchange 2008“, we did another Round-Robin at stamp club but this time we didn’t get to chose our own themes. The titles were drawn out of a ‘hat’ and allocated to the name which had just been drawn as well. My theme was Kings and Queens and I had four other stamp club members in my ‘group’ who got to work on the book.
We could purchase a ready-made book or make one – I used my Bind-it-All to make a book with heavy watercolour paper, each page slightly larger than the previous one with punched and coloured edges peeping out.
I made the cover from heavy card with stamped images decoupaged on with dilute PVA – these were a set of images from Lost Coast designs – and then coloured with alcohol inks. The large glittery letters were stuck on in front of the smaller gold letters cut out with some Sizzlet dies and spelling-out the title of the book.
Inside the front cover I stamped some crowns from Graphicus and decoupaged some further ‘regal’ images. The listing of participants made me get out my calligraphy pen and gold ink to try and stay in keeping with the theme……hmm, thinking about it now…….. maybe I should have used an old-English font!
The first page is always done by the owner of the book so I used those same crowns as before for a centre image for the grid technique surrounded by all sorts of other relevant images. The facing page mainly used a stamp set from Rubbadubadoo which includes the Snow Queen and the Ice Palace.
Rhiannon was very inventive with her ‘Pearly King and Queen’ and the chess pieces while Janet went with the theme of the Lion King and Pharaohs. Joan chose to be ‘King for a Day’ and Gloria showed why she is the ‘Queen of Clubs’ with her playing card theme (you probably know that Gloria is the founder of our stamp club and lots and lots of others!).
The book currently has pride-of-place in the library, on view to everyone who comes to the house as they have to pass through there to get to the kitchen (which is where everyone always ends up!).