This old book was from the 1950's. A Popular Mechanics- Do It Yourself encyclopedia.
Fitting that I fixed it up myself don't ya think?
First thing I wanted to do was coat the book covers with Mod Podge. Just so that it was be protected if ever placed in coffee spill or something. And to preserve the book a bit. I also Mod Podged the inside covers.
Then it's simply folding in every page, in towards the bind of the book. I inked the edges just a bit with greens, a dash of red, and vintage photo....to match the book covers. The black you see are photos originally in the book.
The finished product!
A little play on words here. Dad's initials are DG. Add an O and you get Dog....he's bestest!
The brad is an old fashioned camera...another hobby of Dads....photography.
I'm not sure what kind of car Dad had when he was married, there's a photo of it somewhere, but the color of this car brad is close to what make it was...well according to my knowledge of cars anyways :)
Based onto a Tim Holtz die edge cut, on grunge paper covered with design paper.
Dad always liked pocket watches....this one was heat embossed gold. I had no idea what time he was born, so I couldn't place the hands accordingly. Now I know it was around 9pm.....little off in my guessing! I didn't think they would know themselves, but they did. Oh well. 'ThingsToDo' was cut with my Cricut, using grunge paper and design paper. Embellished with a Tie Brad.
Pennies here in Canada are now being dumped by the government. So I thought it would be kinda neat to find a penny for every decade of his life. Now that they were still in circulation. I managed to find all but two in the year of 01's. Amazingly enough I found one in the exact year he was born, 1941. I couldn't find a 1951 or a 1961, but all the rest I found. For the year 2012 I just added one of the special bicentennial pennies.
Dad is now retired, no longer with his nose to the grind stone. But he put in a good many years providing for his family. So the Tim Holtz Die gears and spinner represent his years of hard work, and as the spinner actually spins here, time still ticks as he still gives a lot of himself and time to his community and his family.
Made with different pieces of grunge paper, pop cans, 1/4"washer, and a spinner, and the "gears" embossing folder.
Happy Birthday Dad.
Challenges: Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
Craft Us Crazy - anything but a card
Always Crafting - anything but a card