Thursday, July 28, 2011

new project: scrapbooked book of shadows, revamped

Ok, I was trying the conventional scrapbooking route for a book of shadows, but it wasn’t working for me the way I wanted it too. I thought that I would convert my pages into an 8.5 x 11 album and that maybe that would help refresh things for me. But no, not so much.

And then I realized it was just because I didn’t feel like the pages were vintage enough for me. I wanted that magical grimoire of old aesthetic and my modern pages just weren’t capturing it!

So I went back to the basics and started with tea staining some pages in an art sketch book I have:


If you look closely you’ll notice a few things about this photo. First, the trivial stuff: my owl apron and purple toes. Have I mentioned that I love owls? And purple? Yeah. I do. And that I always paint with an apron cause I’m a bit of a chaotic mess with the paint and well, hell, it gives me an excuse to buy and make aprons, which I love. LOVE! Also, that my work desk is a bit of a disaster (thank gods for the crop tool, which cuts out the worst of it).

Ok, now the serious stuff! On the right side are the staining things I used. A bowl with water and tea bags for the base stain coat. Tim Holtz distress inks in vintage photo and antique linen to create more texture and depth to the background colour.  I also used tape to reinforce the seems between the pages. On the left you can see the first wash of colour using the tea stain only.

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After the tea stain, I dabbed a wet brush into my ink pads and blended it into the page. The photos are of the vintage photo ink being blended into the page.

And then I started playing with stamps, paper, and texture. I actually find the vintage stamps from Tim Holtz to be great for creating that antique feel but also loved the look of my leaf stamp on the page. Here are some of the pages I’ve created so far:

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I like some better than others. As my husband pointed out, the sticker letters don’t quite fit with the antique page feel on the moon in taurus page. Ironically, I think the moon in capricorn (2nd in top row) looks better in person than in the photo but have realized that I need to brush up on my calligraphy skills if I really want to create that antique look.

At the end of the day, I’m still pretty pleased with the book so far because it’s really just a trial book to see what works and doesn’t work. And I think that I’m starting to get a sense of that as I go. And once I get the foundation right, I’ll start reworking the actual scrapbook page.


  1. oh its super. I love that look of vintage. yes TIm holtz supplies are great. I have the distress pads you are using. Oh I love owls and purple too. Hugs Sara

  2. I love the look of the vintage book of shadow pages, you have done a really fantastic job. I have wanted to make one of these for so long but in the busyness of life it keeps getting put off.
    definitely a 'purple' and 'owl' fan here too... I have the deep purple toe nails, and a wooden carved owl on my desk, but alas no apron.
    been really enjoying your blog :D

  3. I love your antiquing techniques and efforts....looks wonderful. This is on my bucket list just as soon as I get everyone settled into their rooms here at Casa de Cuckoo

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  5. This is beautiful and looks fairly easy to do, which I like. I also like the vintage look of it.

    On another note: I got a very strange pen pal request, that set off some red flags. This person does not have a profile in your "pen pal" section, but claimed to find it through an article you wrote for Witchvox.

  6. I just discovered those Tim Holtz Distress Inks myself and been having fun playing with them. Though I hadn't thought of dipping a wet brush directly to the pad as an application method. I'm going to have to try that!

    The pages look great!

  7. I really like what you've done so far. I, too, really like the look and feel of vintage papers--just not the price tag. I have been working on my B of S here and there for a couple of years and it still isn't the way I want it. Do you have any ideas about what to do to separate different areas of the books?

  8. Ohh, so many comments! First of all, thanks for all the BOS love. Yay for owl and purple love. Yay for Distress Inks. It's a bubbly day over here, can you tell? Yay! I say, yay!

    @Just Lisa: Good question. I'm not sure. Off the top of my head I would suggest creating pages that you slip into plastic page covers so you can move them around. Not very enviro, but will keep them safe. Or maybe dividing up the book from the start into sections to help? Or leaving the first few pages blank so you can create a table of contents? Yeah, that's what I've got off the top of my head. But I'll think about it and write a post about it if I come up with some better options (or just write a blog post about the way I do it once I finish my current BOS project)!

  9. Did we get seperated at birth ??? I love owls and purple too ; )
    The pages look magical, really fantastic.
    Have a magical weekend and a great Lammas / Lughnasadh.

  10. I love your technique and your book is gorgeous!


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