Wednesday, 14 March 2012

What On Your Workdesk Wednesday 145

Quite a few of you last week had been tidying and I thought 'I can do that' so here is my desk Tuesday late afternoon (still the same this morning).

Bit of a cheat actually as the only reason it is tidy is that I was glueing my altered book and didn't want to get gel medium all over everything - again.  As you can see, all the stops came out finding pegs and clips to hold it together and keep it upright overnight.

The other thing on my desk is a double concertina book I finished yesterday.  It is for my Great Niece's 20th birthday on Friday and it is based on an example by the lovely JoZarty who brought her sample to our stamp club meeting the other week and very generously shared the 'how to'.  Hers was in black and white and I loved the idea so used the same with a touch of lilac, or is it lavender, never too sure of the difference.  The pages flip open on alternate sides, the cover opening to the left, next page the the right etc so lots of surfaces to cover.


The butterfly on the front cover came from a friend's die cut - only it didn't, cut that is, except around the shape.  Still the non-cut-out bits on the wings look pretty as they are so I decided to use it.  Top and bottom borders are from my new Memory Box die and the little 'shell' shapes fell out of the curlicues  so I used those as well.

Here are a few more pages from the book.


I tried so hard last week to get round all the desks over at Julia's Stamping Ground and managed well over a hundred, lets see if I can do better this week -and lets see if I can put the right link in to my page this week - dumbo.

51 comments:

Redanne said...

Hi Ann, the book looks wonderful, I especially like the cover. I thought I would make an early start but you probably know that there is no Mr Linky so I am off to bed!

butlersabroad said...

That's a fantastic present for your niece, she'll be thrilled I bet. I've seen a number of books with their centre pages sticking up in the air and held together with all manner of clips and things today!

Hugs
Brenda
butlersabroad.wordpress.com

sandysewin said...

Wow, your niece is going to love that book. So beautiful and special.

I'm impressed that you manage to get to over 100 desks in a week!

Happy Woyww,

Sandy
www.keepsakecrafts.net

okienurse said...

Great looking desk and the concertina book is awesome. I hope you have a great week. Vickie #4

Beckyt said...

Fab desk, I love the concertina book card, I have never tried anything like that will have to give it a go myself :) Thanks for sharing

Becky @3
x

Neil said...

Hi there; just thought I'd pop my head in to say hi! That's a fab book there, I love the black and white!
Neil #9

jude said...

Loving the bl;ack and white book looks so effective.
Happy woyww and have creative week
hugs judex 17

Helen said...

You've got further on your AB than me I think.....I'm dragging behind already!
Love your concertina card, it is gorgeous.

Neet said...

Hi Ann - another one with a late night (to no avail). Love that book! Your niece is going to love that and what a lovely surprise when she opens it. (Like me when I opened mine, lovely surprise, not surprised really as you make lovely cards - am going to shut up, getting in a tangle). Happy WOYWW.
Hugs, Neet xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I LOVE those curlicue borders, they're gorgeous!! AND those little shells that were the cut outs, how clever is that?? Lucky girl getting that, she'll be thrilled!
Hugs, LLJ #26 xx

Julia Dunnit said...

Anne, it's not dumbo...I put a Mr Linky on the post last night, went to bed, and wake up to find that although it's there, I'm the only one that can see it!! Argh..am pretty sure these links go wrong of their own accord!!
Love the birthday card book, how clever, and you're right, LOADS of surfaces. I like the black and white with one accent colour very much - classy!

scrappymo! said...

Beautiful book...I loved to read about the shells being the cast off of the curlique design of the border!
You have done a lovley job and I think she is going to love it.

JoZart said...

Wow! Ann, I'm proud to see your book and to read hat my idea was the inspiration for it! I think your's is probably even better than mine! Glad I brought it along as an extra! You've really put lots of your own ideas into it!
Love JoZarty x

Bridget Larsen said...

That Jozarty is a clever woman, I wish I could come to her classes. Love your makeshift holder upperer
Bridget #11

CraftygasheadZo said...

Super black and white book, love your methods for holding that AB! Take care, enjoy snooping the oh so many WOYWW desks & have fun! Zo xx 34

Spyder said...

ohooo love your books! Great pictures. Have a crafty day
HaPpY WoYwW
((Lyn))

May said...

Your book is coming along!! I love the album for your neice, the black & white is fabulous for setting off the images and detail, great choice, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x

BJ said...

Altered Book is looking great Ann. Love the colourful inside cover. Loving your mug more LOL. BJ

Angie said...

Wow ...you are so tidy today ....love the book pages. xx ..No70. ...

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Your book looks wonderful. It will be fantastic when finished. Thanks for sharing your space!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Fantastic artsy stuff on your desk.

Thanks for dropping by.
Happy WOYWW

Hugs, Sarn xxx

fairy thoughts said...

Your desk looks jus tlike mine does now (but not my WOYWW picture) as I am doing my book today and had to clear up first.
love the concertina book, B&W is something I should do more as it is sooo classy.
have a good week
janet #25

Wendy said...

Lovely book. Last year I did a black and white book swap and just loved the result of this combo. The addition of lilac makes yours very elegant.

Robin Panzer Art said...

Well that Birthday Book turned out absolutely beautiful! Happy WOYWW! ~Robin Panzer Art #130

Lisa said...

Your book turned out beautiful. What a lucky niece. Love the butterfly on the cover it is beautiful the way it is.

MvM-design said...

Quickly watching all those lovely desks!!
Have a happy WOYWW Wednesday :)))
Watch mine too, I've an awesome announcement on my BLOG
Hugs Marleen ;-)

fairyrocks said...

Lovely flip birthday book. I too try to make as many desks as I can.I think I accomplished it once. I always see new desks and feel inspired by what I see. Keep smiling and creating

Peggy said...

loving the black and white!Have a fun WOYWW.
looks really good!!

Judie savage-lovell said...

wow thats just a gorjuss stunning book, im trying to get round them but its hard going lol

thanks for the snoop
hugs
Judie xx

Danielle said...

Tidy desk. Love how you used anything you could get your hands on to hold your book upright. We crafters are a resourceful bunch, aren't we?

Yours Artfully said...

There's only one thing worse than waiting for paint to dry and that's waiting for glue to dry!!! With that amount of clamps Anne, those pages are definitely gonna be stuck together. That giant one on the top is giving me clamp envy!!!

Twiglet said...

Love the black and white look! You have been busy. Have a good week. x Jo

lisa said...

You are looking very tidy this week, Ann. I love all the clips and things holding your book together, very industrial!!
Your concertina book is amazing, what beautiful images you've put in it. Your Gt Neice will love it I'm sure.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #80

Linda said...

Beautiful book!

Ali H said...

I love your book Ann - so stylish in black & white I would never have thought that could be so effective =- well done you ! Sure she's going to love it !
Have a great week ! Ali #157

Sophia said...

Such beautiful work, Ann. I'm really loving your butterfly. :)

Craftgirl said...

Love the black and white book and am sorry I had to miss stamp club.
Carol

Terrie said...

Loving the look of your AB - and that little concertina book is adorable - what a great gift. I think I'm really going to like the stencil cutter (it's a heat tool) but it takes some planning to draw the pattern and cut away the right parts, leaving a design - kind of like making a stamp I'm sure. Thanks for the visit.

Elizabeth said...

Hello Ann, the book is just wonderful - love the black/white combo and the pages are all beautifully embellished and decorated. Nice shot of your desk too - but it does remind me that I haven't even started on my AB yet :( Many thanks for your earlier comment - I know I'm very lucky to have a husband who makes it possible to have such a lovely big craft room :) Hope you have a wonderful and creative week. Elizabeth x #11

sandee said...

That's quite an assortment of clips and pegs holding your AB together! Everything but the kitchen sink! waving hi from the warm and sunny hills of North Carolina :)

Joynana said...

Love your album the colors and flowers and the images are wonderful. You great neice is going to love it. #88

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Those shell bits are the bomb! I was wondering who made them and now I see it is just the leftover from that curlique. I laughed at the amount of clips and tools used on the AB to hold it tight while it dried. Thanks for sharing the concertina book--it is awesome!

karen said...

Oh wow, your niece will love the book, it is beautiful! I especially love the butterfly on the cover with its cut out bits not cut out!
xoxo Karen #175

Aeryn Kelly-Reitmeyer said...

Very cute little mini album!
Happy WOYWW!
Aeryn @ #179

florenceandfreddie said...

Ann, your work desk always looks so exciting! Fab book.
Regards Florence xx

Tracy said...

I'm a day late getting 'round to the blogs on WOYWW this week. Oh the book is absolutely gorgeous! Warmly, Tracy #81

Diana Taylor said...

Your little book is stunning - I love the colour scheme and I am sure your great niece will absolutely love it.
Thanks for sharing

Jeremy and Samantha said...

Great little book, thanks for the peek. Happy Woyww!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm having a terrible time getting Blogger to cooperate with me. I wanted to stop by and tell you how much I like that little book. Those shells are pretty fabulous, too.

Cardarian said...

Jo told me about the concertina book and I think yours is wonderful, pity I am so far away I would love to join in! Thank you for your comments on my blog!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Kezzy said...

Wow the book is gorgeous, love all the pages, liking your desk too lol. Hope you manage to persuade hubby to allow you to go to the fabric class at artsycrafts lol. Happy woyww :-) Kezzy x