Saturday, January 7, 2012

Christmas Gift Tag Book for my Daughter-In-Law!

For Christmas this year we had an added event.  Our son, Andrew, married a girl he met as a high school freshman.  Brittany joined the family at an absolutely beautiful affair on December 23rd.  If you think you were tired on Christmas Day after all your festivities, imagine adding a wedding to your holiday list.  But, happy we are to have Brittany become a Larson and to make her first Christmas with us special, I decided that I had to make her a piece of art that was unique and meaningful.

I started with old luggage tags that were rescued before they could be discarded.  I added gesso, acrylic paint, metallic paint, model paste, fabric, ribbon, buttons, beads, chipboard, paper - you name it.  Below are some photos of the finished piece.  I didn't post it until now because I didn't want her to see it before she received it.

 The binding is batik fabric sewn on and bound using hand-dyed silk ribbon and hand painted beads.

This page uses chipboard letters covered with tissue paper, paint and acrylic medium along with other media.

 I used a piece of her shower invitation along with a doily and various papers, paints, sequins and angelina fibers.
Of course, I had to get an extra invitation from a friend to cut up and add to the book.  A few buttons and papers thrown in there too.

 I applied some of the techniques I learned from Beryl Taylor at CREATE Chicago last summer.

 Some hand-dyed fabric and a gold leafed mother-of-pearl button were used here.
A little love poem and lace with gold accents made these tags very pretty.
As always, the actual book looks much richer when it is in your hand, but I am happy that Brittany was happy with it and now has a special keepsake from me to my Daughter-In-Law.