Got Wood?

September is a special month at Scrap It Girl.

In addition to the back-to-school challenge, we are also having a wood challenge. And, to get your mojo going, each of the girls on the design team created a project using a wood book from Genuinely Jane Studios.

woodalbum_candy_spiegelPrior to this challenge, I had not even heard of Genuinely Jane Studios, nor seen any little birch books, so I was eager to try it out.

wood_Candy_SpiegelThis is the little mini book I received. It’s made in Missouri, a definite plus!

Anyhow, there were a few tiny chips around the edges, so I took my Tim Holtz sander and went around each edge, then wiped it with a microfiber towel to remove any dust. It was easy and only took me about 30 seconds per page.wood_Candy_Spiegel_2

I pulled out my Distress Stains to color the book. I wanted to give it the look of water, so I added a variety of blues and greens.

wood_Candy_Spiegel_3Then misted them with water and let them blend on their own.

wood_Candy_Spiegel_4I then dabbed off the excess water/stain and dried with a heat tool because I am always impatient.

wood_Candy_Spiegel_5Once I got the background how I wanted it, I added a bit of metallic stain to it and dabbed it around with a paper towel. It created a beautiful effect — much like frost on a window. Click on the photos for a larger picture to see the details.

wood_Candy_Spiegel6I wanted the cover to resemble a port hole, so I coated it in Tarnished Brass Distress Crackle Paint and let it dry. (heat tools and crackle paint do not mix)

Once I had that part done, I got to decorating the cover and filling in the book.

wood_Candy_Spiegel_7I filled the book with inspirational quotes I found with a nautical theme. I added buttons, twine and stamps as well. (click on the pictures for a better view)

wood_Candy_Spiegel_8This is my favorite page … a ship on one side and a Michigan lighthouse on the other!

wood_Candy_Spiegel_9On the back page, I added a bit of fiber to soften it up a bit.

wood_Candy_Spiegel_6I added lots of little things on the cover … Dew Drops, metal and a tiny compass.

Here’s a look at the front again …

woodalbum_candy_spiegelNow it’s your turn. You do not have to create an entire mini album. Just use a bit of wood on your scrapbook page, card or layout and post it here. One person will win an amazing prize package filled with woody goodies!