Sunday 2 December 2007

Making No Sense

As I said in my post yesterday, I felt the need to have a break from making Christmassy things for lists and swaps, and to make something just for myself.

The words in this tag book are taken from the song "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" by Racing Cars. The song was inspired by the Jane Fonda movie of the same name (for all you trivia buffs out there! :o), and I've wanted to use it in a project for a while now. I took the opportunity to try out some of the stamps I've acquired recently and, of course, to use the Bind-it-all again.

While we're talking about tag books (we were, pay attention, there's a quiz later) I want your opinion on something. Although the pages in this book are made from stationery tags, and I've put eyelets in each one, I opted NOT to put ribbon through them. Anyone that knows me knows that I have so much ribbon it is almost coming out of my ears - I don't seem to be able to stop buying it. Much as I love ribbon, (to an extent that is, quite frankly, embarrassing for a middle-aged man), I've had a bit of a change of heart in the last few days.

Looking back at my projects and those of others online, I've been feeling lately that when I see tag books with ribbons sticking out the side from each page (as all MINE do) the book can sometimes look like it's suffering death by a thousand ribbons. Ribbon is lovely, but so much in one project perhaps seems a bit desperate and could almost be yelling "I'm pretty - love me, darn it, LOVE ME!!" Anyway, that's how I've been feeling lately. Rant over. I'd be interested in hearing your opinions! :o)

Click on the cover image below to see the "flipbook" version that allows you to turn the pages and to see the two-page spreads together, as they were intended to be viewed. If you're unable to view it, I have included a slide show below, so hopefully that will work for you!

Enjoy! :o)

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Click on the slide show images below to see a gallery of the pages in this project!


Lesley said...

Love the way you have used the stamps for clips and zips etc!! It is a fab book Dan - and ribbons are fab so you go for it if you want to!! xxx

Anonymous said...

The book is a lovely poiece of art aand fun to browse through. Love your use of stamped imagery.

Regards ribbons just go with how you feel. Sometimes artists get in a rut using the same materials, colours etc. Try looking for something other than ribbons to thread through or use ribbons in a different way. You'll prob.. enjoy being creative and different, it refreshes the artist in you, and then return to using ribbon again

Anonymous said...

Another great book Dan. If you feel you have too much ribbon then I can recommend someone who will gladly take some of your hands lol

Anonymous said...

what a beautiful book with or without ribbons its stunning, I think whatever lol you make is just brilliant love Andrea xx

Anonymous said...

Like Andrea said it's lovely with or with out ribbons I like using ribbons but they have to be the right ones some enhance a project while others may the effect
Joy xx

Anonymous said...

I am speechless. This is just so wonderful and extremely inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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