I'm gathering up all the elements needed for my Book of Enchantments for Snow White, plus brain storming projects for Birdsong 3, as well as a super secret surprise gathering that I am doing with a dear friend. (more about that later, but I can't give it away till after the surprise in March)
- a book cover to embellish, and the goodies to do it, including ribbons, lace, a mirror, millinery and flocked wallpaper
- 9 pieces of card stock
- a stack of fairy tale book text
- 2 pictures from old story books
- 2 pages from vintage Snow White stories. (some are Snow White and Rose Red, and older ones are called "Little Snowdrop", I have books ranging from 1890 to 1959, in the oldest, she is usually Snowdrop)
- a collage sheet of pretty, vintage pictures I scanned
- 1 journalling page to color or use for inspiration
- 4 spells of enchantment that I have written (for: Sweet Dreams, Joy, Hope, and finding a True Hearted Prince)
- 12 pre-cut pieces of vintage lace
- 10 pieces of old wallpaper
- 1 moonstone heart charm
- 1 apple charm
- red rhinestones
- a rhinestone cluster
Oh my! That is a lot of cutting, organizing, packing, and counting.
I found an easy way to count the card stock. I bought packages of 50 that contain 10 pages of 5 neutral colors. Since I need 9 for each kit, I simply take away one from each color and boom, I have 9 ready to slip into the envelope. They get covered in other papers, so it doesn't matter what shades go in the kits. That beats counting out 9 for each envelope!
Since my ingredients are so vintagey and unique, I can promise that it's impossible for any two students to make the same book. It will be exciting to see all the creations the class comes up with using the combinations that they get!
I've put the tiny craft table in front of the TV, which was probably a bad idea, I might never be able to convince my girls that they don't need to watch shows while they work. But with so much going on, it seemed to extend craft time a bit for the littlest fairy.
Since I had to cut so much wallpaper, I decided to chop away till I had enough to sell too. So, once I get my kits bundled up, I'll have paper left over and will actually have new stuff in the Boutique.
While measuring, cutting, and ironing hundreds upon hundreds of pieces of paper, my mind has wandered around and wondered about Birdsong 3 projects. I'm working out the kinks on a wire birdcage, and the other one might be a variation of this book, but a Journal of Blessings. Not sure... But I have been loving the heck out of making books for the last few months and would love to continue making more.
If you love these old fairy tale illustrations as much as I do, just click on the images to open them to a larger window and save them to your computer to print.