Monday, August 29, 2016

The Rook's Book - Creative Carte Blanche Challenge

Please join me on my new blog - where this project is included with more already added. Thank you. I hope to see you there.

You know I love to make books, even if they are kind of wonky. This book is definitely a little wonky, but still pretty fun to make and the inside looks cool even if the outside looks funny.

Here are some photos of previous books I've made:

This book actually opens and closes pretty well, but it probably took me a week to get it to work.
Same book as above. 
This book is glued shut. That was easy.
Another book base that does not open. This is one of my favorites.
This book doesn't open either, but there is a light in the back which allows the owls eyes to light up. 
So I just got a new phone for my bike trip and of course I had to buy a sturdy phone protector. Well, wouldn't you know it, the box the phone protector came in looked like a book to me.

I had been planning to make a diorama or something with one of the new Tim Holtz stamps - the Manor stamp which is so beautiful and detailed, so I decided to make a book instead. The challenge with making a book is making it so that it opens. I can do it, but that's where the wonkiness is most apparent. You will witness that in just a moment. I also wanted to make something for the Creative Carte Blanche challenge this month which is "Sun, Moon, and/or Stars". I've done a couple of challenges that involved celestial bodies so all I did was submit my most recent halloween house with a moon stuck in the back. This time I wanted to make something where the moon (the celestial body in this case) was a more integral part of the design.

Here it is - I'm calling this project the Rook's Book because Spellbinders called this embossing folder - The Noble Rook. A Rook is a sociable bird in the crow family that has grayish-white face which is supposedly easily distinguished from a crow though I find that hard to believe.

Cover in open position- that's because it really doesn't want to close.
Inside of the Rook's Book
Close-up of the Rook's Book
I recently took the Tim Holtz' Summer of Creative Chemistry classes and decided to use some of the techniques I learned about - sort of. Mostly I embraced his major point which is experiment with your materials. As a result the background used Distress Crayons, inks, stains, sprays, paints - a little of everything. 

I stained and embossed the house almost exactly as Kim Mathura described in her tutorial because I think the way she did the Manor looks so incredible.

I cut out 4 layers of the gate, glued them together and then glued them in front of the house. The gate is also highlighted with a black shimmer wax so it would stick out a little better. I used a bat suspended on a string for a little movement in the sky.

The inner cover is new Tim Holtz stamp what makes a lovely background to the owl stamp. It looks like old wallpaper to me. I will be using that stamp over and over.

Well, that's it for now. I hope to post some details on making some of the Haunted Holtzville houses in a day or two.

Have fun and be safe with the scissors.


  1. Lucy, your book is fabulous! I love that Manor stamp (on my wish list) and the fabulous gate die (just got mine!!) and you have made them look perfect together. I LOVE the bat hanging down, it is a fun little touch. Thanks for sharing your other book makes too! Anne x

  2. What a fantastic collection of transformed books, Lucy!!!! I so enjoyed this visit and will leave filled with fantastic inspriation. And thank you so much for the lovely comment on the Calico Crafts Blog!!!! I know when YOU are altering books they will be fantastic. ;)

    Claudia xxx

  3. You are definitely a Halloween lover, and a book maker ;0)!!! Fabulous and clever, and what a collection you must have. So cool!

    1. Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, I do not have a collection of these books. I sell them as a fundraiser at the hospital where I work. This year I am supporting Habitat for Humanity - Homes for Habitat, I call it. I am going on a long bike trip this fall so I cannot attend one of your classes, but I will in the future. Texas is not that far from SC, right? It's still the South.

  4. Hey there, genius creator! I LOVE this book! I'm a huge fan of altered books, art journals, commonplace books, books of all kinds and this one is fabulous. Love that embossed cover. Thanks for sharing on Creative Carte Blanche!