Thursday, 19 May 2011

Spring 2011 Swap: PrairiePeasant

I was inspired by the freshness of spring, with birds all around and spring buds opening up, for the star (or lotus) book that I made for Katie. On the covers I used my own handmade paper, which has daffodil petals in it. With Mother's Day approaching as I made this book, it seemed fitting to use illustrated pages from an old reader about a story of a clever mother bird protecting her children (from a snake) for the pages. All the pages have sweet images of the mama bird and her young ones. The ribbon I used to wrap around the book for closure reminded me of a birdsnest. --Laura of PrairiePeasant



Laura's ecofriendly journals, cards and envelopes are in her Etsy shop: PrairiePeasant

5 comments:

Useful Books said...

This is such an inviting book! I really want to open it all the way and see the whole thing. Great texture on the covers and closure.

Katie said...

I love this book so much! Thank you, Laura!

CinderLisa said...

This is beautiful! I'd love to learn how to put these together.

Lizzie said...

How sweet, how pretty! I love the cover paper and the actual book design is very attractive - I would also like to know how to make one of these "lotus" books.

PrairiePeasant said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words!

Here is a tutorial if you want to give it a try:
http://www.houseofstirfry.com/chia/tutorials/starbook.html
It doesn't have any visuals, so I added another here that might help with the folding:
http://emilymomto3boys.blogspot.com/2006/12/diamond-fold-book-tutorial.html
The second one is the same book with the pages glued in alternating positions instead. I haven't used either of these tutorials, just tried to find something that people might be able to look up online.