Friday, October 23, 2009

Reading is Chic! Taylor's Sketch Challenge!


This is one of my daughter's favorite books...it has seen better days as the condition of it's cover is quite poor. Enter CREATOPIA! I Love the fabric adhesive and it made doing this book cover very quick and easy! I used Taylor's sketch for the layout inspiration.
CLICK ON THE PHOTOS IF YOU WOULD LIKE A CLOSER LOOK!
Who says books can't be chic...not me! This is Michael Miller fabric...did you notice the shape of the pattern? Very similar to the labels 9 die by Spellbinders. The book is covered with fabric that I ran through the creatopia machine to apply adhesive to the backing. All I did was measure the dimensions of the book (spine included) then added an inch to each side.
I took a piece of an old sheet and stamped "Betty the Bookworm" from Stampingbella in versacraft ink. I heat set it with my iron, colored it with my copics and then ran the rough square through the creatopia to get the adhesive on the back.....THEN I ran it through with the spellbinder die. LOVED IT!
I cut a smaller nestie of the same label 9 die in cotton batting so that the image would puff. See the dimension in this picture. It is really sweet in real life!
Here is a close shot of my paper version of coloring "Betty"...she looks a lot like my adorable little niece with her chic glasses! I didn't deviate too much from the colors in the fabric. BG01, BG05, YG93,YG95, YG99, YG01, YG03.
Wow, was this ever a FUN project....now that I have tested it out my daughter says she wants to cover her hardcover bible from school....it's cover has seen better days too!

I think this would make a great gift idea...add some cool factor and cover a book to give away!


Here is the sketch so you can play along in TAYLOR'S challenge.
Don't forget to see what the rest of the sketch crew came up with:
Jami Sibley: More is More
Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper
Jackie Pedro: The Scalloped Edge
Lynn Mercurio: Stamperosity
Melissa Sauls: In Stamping Mode
Rachel Sztonyk: Gingerbread Gallery
Alice Lihsuan-Wertz: Alice's Little Wonderland
Lisa Hjulberg: The Craft's Meow

Enjoy blog hoppin' around and make sure you give the new gals a welcome hello!
Have a great weekend!

19 comments:

Taylor VanBruggen said...

Can you be my mom!? I want a book like this! It's totally adorable, Sherrie! And your coloring on Betty Bookworm is fabulous!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

This is SO super cool! That fabric is goRGEOUS and I LOVE your coloring on this adorable image!!

Jami said...

Almost speechless! That is so awesome! Thanks for the close up shots! You are rockin' the fabric my friend!!!

Julie said...

Hi Sherrie! Love your blog--and all your beautiful projects! Wish I had your coloring skills! What a great book cover...and I've got to check out the Creatopia--the mind reels with possibilities! Thanks for the inspiration--I'll be back often for more!

Melissa Sauls said...

Wow! This is amazing!! I had no idea that you had even stamped and colored onto fabric for the book! Holy cow, it looks like perfection. I'd love to have a book cover like that!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Fantastic projects Sherrie! What a uber adorable image and it's perfect for your creations! Awesome job.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Sherrie, this is so incredibly wonderful and clever, I'm eating it with a spoon! I love fabric, too. Maybe I should check out that Creatopia? (Or would this technique work with Xyron, because I already have one of those?) Plus that little image, which you colored SO WELL, is adorable!

Samara Navi said...

Wow this is incredible! I love the image...SO cute...precious. The poofing out of the cutie-pie is SO brilliant. Like a squishy comforting book! That is such a loving thing of you to do...to recover it, and so beautifully. TFS

Alice Wertz said...

wow! this is so cute Sherrie! LOVE the book cover! this is such a fab project! I love those beautiful bright colors, too!

Alvin & Denise Engler said...

sherrie, this is adorable. you just have no end of good ideas! a well-loved book that is now squeezable and soft, and has a personal touch. cute kid.
-de

leenda said...

BRILLIANT!

Danni said...

I usually just drool at your creations but today I just had to leave a comment...this is truly amazing!! LOVE this!! Awesome!

Gingerbread Gal said...

Out of this world! I LOOOOOOOOOVE the fabric! The close up pics really show off your amazing coloring. Beautiful!
:) Rachel

Shirley said...

Amazing work and the little puff of batting makes such a cool detail! Great work on the Copics!! Super project!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Sherrie... you always come up with something clever! What great project. Love the fabric, the cute image, the dies you used... TFS!

Jackie Pedro said...

Sherrie, this is so adorable! I LOVE The fun colors on the fabric!!!

Leigh OBrien said...

Love, love, love the book cover! It's just fabulous. I clicked over from Marianne's blog in a search for using Copics on fabric and here's a brand new project. I'm so excited to give it a try. YOU are amazing!

Amy said...

Aaack, this is the most fun/darling/chic thing--I love it!

MacKenzie said...

Amazing - just amazing. I gave you a shout out on my Friday Faves!