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Friday, October 19, 2007

Finally Done! The Project that would not end! LOL!

I'm soooooooooo happy! :) I have finally finished the project I have been working on for weeks! You know how you think you have a great idea for a gift...... then you try and execute and nothing really works out as you planned???
I wanted to make a "Big Sister" gift for my son's First Grade teacher who is expecting a little boy in November. We are having a shower for her next week. Her daughter, Sophie, is 2 and 1/2 and very excited to meet her baby brother!
My experience has been that "big" brothers and sisters like shower gifts MORE than the new baby! LOL!! So, I decided to make a book for Sophie.
I started with 8x8 thick chipboard which I purchased on Ebay. It is very nicely cut and I was really happy with the quality. Sophie's favorite colors are pink and yellow. So, the colors of the book should be no shock to you! LOL!!
I painted the chipboard with acrylics......3 layers later, I decided that I should have primed w/ gesso first! It took about 6 coats of paint before I got the look I wanted for the base color! (live and learn........)
I stamped the background with acrylics and then glued on the background papers. I glued and sealed everything with Matte Medium as I went along.
I used punches for the circle and squares for the letters. I wasted some time my stamping every circle and square with Versamark flowers...... of course, you can't see them at all now! (sigh)
I stamped all of the letters with acrylic and used die cut letters for the big "S"'s. The S on the front of the book is a wooden one that I painted and stamped.
It is a very simple book, but the bits and pieces and detailing took me FOREVER!!!! Plus, I had to wait for the acrylic and Matte Medium to dry before I could move onto the next step.
Finally, I sealed everything with 3 light coats of
PYMII. This prevents the pages from sticking together and will protect the colors from fading!
And now, for Sophie:
"My S Book":


  1. Susan! That is adorable! You should be so thrilled! I hope Sophie enjoys it!


  2. Susan
    You created a wonderful treasure. I think Sophie is going to love it! judym

  3. That is certain to be a hit! I love the photo of her at the end!

  4. What a thoughtful gift. And a great way to start out a great relationship between siblings!

  5. Susan, Sophie's book is wonderful! Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  6. this is so sweet and fabulous Susan!! I bet she'll just think it's the greatest gift ever!!!

  7. That is beautiful! I just love your blog. You have so many great ideas and I am always anxious for your next project.


  8. Wow Susan! This is so adorable and fun! I love this!

  9. What a delightful little creation. Sophie is going to just love it!

  10. Susan, this is another fantastic project. Your work is inspirational and I love how you give out instructions. I want more people to see your blog so I've tagged you. If you want to play, see my blog.

  11. This little book is so funny, I'm sure she 'll love it !

  12. S is for supercalifragilisticexpealidosious or something like that...what a successful book you have made for Sophie I am sure she will adore it, and you - I am sure you will be showered with kisses

    way to go

  13. Love it.. I think the colors rock and the image on the end is the cutest. Great work!

  14. Who knows how I got here, but I'm glad I did! What a great book!
    S is for Super Susan,
    S is for Sweeeeet Sophie! I'm sure it was the hit of the party!

  15. Susan,

    This is ADORABLE!!! What a great idea. I bet she loves it!