I can't blame you if you don't. It's been a bit of a saga to be able to share the finished article with you. I have been cursing technology this past week or so. It's all the jargon! All those file types, and the fact that I have a new (ish) laptop and don't really know what I am doing.
Anyway, I think all that is now sorted so here you go. I hope you enjoy it.
But before all that let me just remind you of the project.
It all started here, at the beginning so to speak.
And then I shared a bit more with you here.
You can see a bit more of the build up if you pop back to the links.
Any way, here is a closer look at finished article.
For the construction I used a mix or papers and vilene. I also used commercial bought tags (so beloved of scrapbookers etc.) but useful to cover in papers. Here is one such tag - the main one with the name of the book (and on the reverse I have written a little personal message to the recipients).
In the pics below, I have tried to show you the book opened up. I used a concertina structure for the pages, with pockets and tags with little heart related messages.
A close up of the opening flap with embroidered hearts.
Two pockets with tags poking out of the top.
The same page with the tag now taken out to show you.
More pockets, the one on the left using painted, stitched and 'burnt' lutrador over paper (on it's own the lutrador would not have enough strength) and the one on the right uses organza over painted and textured paper.
The right hand side of the book, with the outside flap closed .
The same view, but with the outside flap opened.
Closer detail of the heart showing the stitching.
Another page, this time the pocket itself has a little pocket with a mini tag.
Detail of a lutrador pocket, with a beaded and embroidered gold heart (again using foil from a chocolate wrapper).
3 mini tags in pockets on a pocket - close up.
The same page, less of a close up.
And finally, and this is where the technology was so very challenging, a little video to show you the finished article.
Let me know what you think (oh, and let me know if you can actually see the video. Just because I have cracked a bit of the technology does not mean to say you can actually view it.)