Monday, September 16, 2013

Book of Random Things

Hello everyone! STAMPtember® continues at Simon Says Stamp with fun things happening every day. We have another stamping challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week, namely to stamp on other surfaces than ordinary paper. Lots of options: acetate, chipboard, canvas, wood, metal and so much more.
I couldn't just stop at one non-paper surface, so this will be a long post. I stamped on: acetate, wood, frosted film, fabric, canvas, metal, vellum and photos.

Book of Random Things - Layers of ink
I love this worn cover by Tim Holtz and decided to use to make a mixed album, using mainly scraps. I use my scraps often since I find that I can finish a project quicker when I dig into my scrap box. When I try out techniques, I often end up with more paper than what I use on a project and these are great bases for new project. The idea behind this album is to use scraps, to make quick pages, and also to use those odd photos, perhaps leftover from a layout, or quotes leftover from another project. I had lots of fun decorating the cover with different bits and pieces.

The frame was die cut from Simon Says Stamp wonderful Birch wood veneer paper, using the Baroque and Mini Baroque dies. I coloured the frame with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain and stamped it with a Tim Holtz text stamp, using Stazon ink. The frame was die cut a second time from black cardstock, which was placed as a shadow. The title was stamped with various alphabet stamps and Black Soot Distress Paint. I found that paint stamped the best on the fabric cover of the journal. Always remember to clean your stamp immediately after using it with paint.

Most of the grungeboard shapes were in my scrap box and had already been painted with Rock Candy Crackle Paint. I coloured them with Distress Stains.

Corners were gold embossed aiming for a distressed look. The compass was painted with Antique Linen Distressed Paint and lightly sanded to reveal the metal. The little hitch fastener was screwed to the cover.

I added rub-ons both to the cover and to some of the crackly die cuts. The flowers were dyed with Distress Stain.

Both the gears and the painted key hole were already in my scrap box, all I had to do was add colour to the gears.

On the spine, I added rub-ons for a title and two crackle butterflies.

I wanted the inside to be lighter than what it originally was and painted it with Antique Linen Distress Paint, adding some dry brushing with Walnut Stain. The orange rings were stamped with Distress Paint, which sticks to almost anything and the rest of the stamping was done with Archival Jet Black ink.

For a binder, I used Tim's large ring binder, which means that I can easily add more pages and change the order of the pages. I coloured it with Ginger and Pitch Black alcohol ink.

This is the back cover, which I left plain. The brushes were stamped with Distress Ink, first misting the stamp lightly with water. This gave a less detailed look than the stamping with Distress Paint.

Let's look at some of the pages. I thought it would look nice with some frosted film pages and added two together back to back. It is hard to photograph, but they look real nice in real life. I stamped them with Distress Paint and a dot stamp.

I also wanted some canvas pages and adhered natural sticky-back canvas back to back. It was coloured with Gelatos and stamped with Distress Paint.

Another great material to stamp on is metal. I adhered foil tape to glossy cardstock and stamped it with a text stamp and Stazon ink. You can use Archival Ink too, but Stazon dries faster. I embossed it in a gears folder and coloured with Distress Paint.

Transparent pages add interest to mini-books and I had a piece of acetate in my scrap box which had already been stamped with Platinum Stazon ink.

I also love the look of white stamping on acetate, and Stazon Cotton White works really well for that - or try to use white paint.
I have a lot of tags on which I have tried different techniques, this one came from Tim's 12 tags of 2013 July. I stamped it with Archival Inks.

These are some of the pages I decided to use, apart from the ones already shown above, there is a gelli printing page and a leftover from a wax crayon resist tutorial.

More of the pages, and the back of some of the pages above. Canvas, text paper, embossed paper, a walnut stain tag, a tag leftover from another project, more acetate stamping and a Distress Paint tag.

These were all in my scrap file, Distress Paint, more wax resist, various watercolour papers, heat embossed background and some journaling cards.

I made some these into finished pages.

Leftover small photos from layouts often disappear and this one was too cute not to use.
I love this photo of my dad, his friends and their bikes and used it on the gear page, together with a fence, bird, arrow and other bits and pieces, all found in my scrap box.
Even this photo of me was already cut out and in my scrap box (I think it was too small for the layout I was planning to have used it on). I am sitting on some Tattered Floral flowers and a quote ticket, with a white embossed vellum butterfly fluttering by. I used the white stamped acetate as a page and you can peak the metal page behind it.
Another photo that didn't make it onto a layout, taken on one of my favourite bike routes. I combined it with a left over quote from my Dotty ATC Gelli Print Book.
In the book, these pages look like this. Since they are transparent, you can see other pages behind them.

The frosted film page turned into a great surface for leftover lake photos, stamped with a sentiment stamp. The Birds on a Wire were in my scrap box too.
I used another lake photo on the other side, together with a little tag, a vellum cloud and a title.

On the canvas page, I used a leftover photobooth photo of my dad, sister and me, together with the second half of a picture wheel, a love die cut and an acetate stamped clock.
All these items were in my scrap box, as was the quote.
Finally, I also used a photo of my grandfather and some embellishments that fit together with him, a vintage camera, hearts and an old postcard.

There are still lots of pages ready to be embellished in the book, and I can add more if I want to. I am planning to do a page now and then, using mainly leftover items. It is going to be such a fun mixed book when it is finished.

I hope I gave you some inspiration for surfaces to stamp on and that you will join us this week! As always, Simon Says Stamp gives a $50 gift voucher to one random participant.


Thank you for looking at this long post!!

Happy Crafting!


Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Worn Cover, Frosted Film, Grungeboard; Simon Says Stamp: Birch Wood Veneer Paper; Claudine Hellmuth Natural Sticky-Back Canvas; Ranger: Metal Foil 6 x 12, Manila Cardstock; Graphic 45 Secret Garden 8 x 8 paper pad; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Kraft-Core
Dies: Sizzix: Mini Baroque, Baroque, Tag & Bookplates, Mini Gears, Mini Butterflies, Mini Silhouettes, Vintage Alarm Clock & Camera, Cargo Stencil Numbers, On the Fence, Mini Bird & Cage, Mini Tags & TabsStar and CircleTattered Floral Garland, Mini Tickets, Birds on a Wire, Wanted, Picture Wheel, Love Set, Mini Bottlecap & Stamp, Mini Ornamental, Butterflies, Arrows, Banners, Chevrons & Clouds
Embossing folders: Sizzix: Blueprint & Gears, Diamond Plate & Riveted Metal, Rays & Retro Circles, English Botanical & Houndstooth
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous: Stuff to Say, School Desk, Going Somewhere, Tiny Textures, Mini Ornates, Tiny Things, Classics #1, Classics #5, Photograph, Artful Tools, Worn Text, Travel WaysMini Classics, Mini Muse, Words for Thought, Warehouse District, Urban Tapestry; Hero Arts: Alphabet Pattern, Basic Lowercase Alphabet
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Sienna, Monarch Orange, Aquamarine; Tsukineko Stazon: Platinum, Cotton White, Jet Black
Alcohol Ink: Adirondack: Pitch Black, Ginger
Stain: Distress Stain: Tumbled Glass, Black Soot, Brushed Pewter, Spiced Marmalade
Embossing powder: Ranger Gold, Seafoam White
Paint: Distress Crackle Paint: Rock Candy; Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain, Broken China, Salty Ocean; Faber-Castell Gelatos: 50's Diner
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Pen Nibs, Locket KeysTrimmings Lavish Ribbon, Words Remnant Rubs, Elements Remnant Rubs, Numbers Remnant Rubs, Hitch Fastener, Compass Coins, Chit Chat Stickers, Label Letters, Large Ring Binders, Filmstrip Ribbon, Long Fasteners; Studio Calico wood veneer: Potty People


  1. Wow, what wonders you have just " hanging about" in your leftovers box. I guess you must play a lt more than most of us....lucky you :-D


  2. Wow! There is so much going on in this project I feel inspired to give some of your ideas a try. Thanks!

  3. Anna-Karin...this is such a gorgeous project. I love the worn book cover and what you've done with it. But, the interior covers and then all of the tags with the different embossing and other techniques on each one...oh my goodness...heaven! Such a wonderful and sentiment project. You always do such lovely work and this is absolutely no exception! <3 Candy

  4. Oh my, Anna-Karin, this project is amazing! All the details and elements on the book covers and inside pages are fantastic! Thank you for the great inspiration! :)

  5. Hi Anna-Karin, love your book of random things. Love the mix of stamped surfaces. So many wonderful elements like the crackled camera, the camera with the image sitting on top, love the metal elements, the texture and dimension. Love the birds on a wire. Gorgeous well thought out piece. Tracy x

  6. Sorry meant to say the Inge sitting on the ticket. I was so taken with the crackled camera, I had camera on the brain lol, Tracy x

  7. Great book, the camera looks fabulous, love all the colors & elements you added to the book.

  8. Beautiful! You are amazing with textures. I love the stamping on foil. Very cool!

  9. Amazing book! Amazing techniques! Wow!! Love the crackling, stamping on foil, & so much more!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. Very cool project! Colour, textures, stamps, fantastic! BArbarayaya

  11. Oh,I love all of your project:everything is amazing and magic,BRAVOOOO!

  12. I can't believe all the amazing things in your "Scrap Box"! I think you need to rename that to "Treasure Trove"!

  13. Holy smokes Anna-Karin! What an amazing book jam packed with stunning textures and techniques! So much detail and eye candy to admire! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. WOW!! What an amazing project. This is probably the coolest looking scrapbook I've ever seen.

  15. This just blew me away... Loved the outside and inside of the book cover and then you added all the beautiful pages!!! Wow!

  16. Ohh my! This is one gorgeous book! Love the cover with the crackle die cuts. And the inside is so pretty too! Love all the different tags! Hugs, Sandra

  17. Ooooh, this is a beautiful book! Love all your stamping and the inclusion of photos on the tags. So many fab details!!

  18. Wow...this is such an amazing project! I'm so glad I got to see the inspiring!!! TFS!! :) Evie

  19. Hi Anna-Karin! I'm trying to catch up on my visits. And I knew I had to get by to this site. Oh my goodness ... what an incredible book. I love the cover, but your pages (especially with the stamped frosted film layers) are fabulous. The layering with that added transparent effect takes a beautiful page and makes it just fantastic. This is really great way to use all the odds and ends of previous project that we all have lying around. What a way to celebrate life :) Thanks for this amazing project -- Mary Elizabeth

  20. What an absolutely amazing project and I am awed by the simple freedom of being completely random! What a great concept! Sometimes I slow myself down by thinking that everything has to go together so perfectly, but you've proven here that creativity certainly has no limits and you can combine all sorts of things into a beautiful final piece. Love this concept and your take on it, as always!

  21. Oh, wow, Anna-Karin - I hardly know where to start! What an extraordinarily creative project - so many ideas and possibilities, textures and surfaces... The cover is already fabulous, and then all those amazing pages, beautifully inked, stamped, embossed and then so delightfully decorated with your photos, words and embellishments - this is magnificent!
    Alison x

  22. Gorgeous! Your crackle is amazing!!

  23. This is beyond AWESOME! I wish i could touch it :)

  24. I am just amazed at the intricacy of every project you make, and they're always gorgeous. Blessings!


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