First of all, thanks to all of you who commented and sent me emails about the book. It means so much to me that you all took the time to let me know what you thought. I really appreciate it and I am so glad and grateful to be able to share it with you-my friends.
So, remember how Karen recieved the itinerary at the zoo in the piece of bamboo (great idea Gina - we should all be so lucky to have such a caring and very thoughtful partner - good on you) well the photo below is of Karen as a little girl. Isn't she beautiful!!! Anyway the photo which is actually a transparency placed over a photo is framed by that very bamboo. Yes the colour has now changed and I had to slice it down.
Other significant bits and pieces are the text I chose. It is from "A tale of two cities". I chose that texts amongst hundreds because Gina is an Aussie from Sydney and Karen is from New York.
Secondly if you look carefully at the bottom under the buttons it says, "Oh Solomon, dear Solomon!" Gina's surname is Solomon.
Everything I put in these books has a reason for being there. I do go to great lengths to make the books extra significant, love it when the clients realize and find the extra symbolic things. I guess that's why it takes me so long to finish a book but everyone loves that extra attention to the detail that I try to put in. Hope I don't sound like a "wanker" here - it's just what I do.
It is hard to see but depending on the angle at which you view the photo, as it is a transparency - you kind of get a double image.
Regarding all the photo's in the book, they were all standard colour photo's. However I decided I would give them a vintage feel as you will see throughout. Gina did want to keep most of the photo's in colour so I had to learn lots of new photoshop techniques to make them look like polaroids, through the viewfinder-type and dualflex - which basically means a really dusty old camera lens. each photo took a couple of hours to get to where I wanted them to be - alot harder than just making them Sepia toned.
Here is Karen recieving the bamboo and I blurred out the guy cos he was a bit of a distraction in the photo. To the right of the photo is a vintage leather eyeglass holder that I used as a pocket to hold the itinerary in. The flap at the top is there to protect the photo from scratching which is what happens when the bamboo piece sits on it.
I really should show you what this fabric looked like new, ink, paint and the heat gun did a great job of ageing it. At one point it started to shrink and burn which was great - and yes i took precautions not to burn another hole in my carpet like i did when Michael was here. Inside the bottle marked with 50 is bits of the paper that Gina used to make the name-place settings for the dinner before they left for Thailand.
Then you open up that image and...
You see this - a photo of Karen and her brother - gorgeous looking as well.
This image above has to be one of my favourite pages. I love the old ephemera image of the elephant and the door knob frame. The frame took me two hours to refine so it looked perfectly straight - well as straight as I could get it. Then I gave a deMeng wash of paint, it was already a gorgoues old brass so it didn't need much. I put the feet of the elephant at the bottom of it, my little attempt to be a bit artistic. But I do like the mica sandwiched between the photo (that was inked and aged at the top & bottom) and the frame - in the shape of a heart. Bottom left of that is the xox handsewn. Yummy, just loved how this turned out.
This is a pocket that I cut off from the uniform that karen and Gina wore whilst riding the elephants. I attached the instructions/words for the elephant commands to the rod above it and stuck it inside the pocket. What I did not know until they picked up the book was that that is how they wore the commands, around the neck and tucked into the pocket. Apparently the key was similar to the one that they had for opening the door to their hut. Funny how that happens.
The triangle around the words is kind of obvious.
When I am doing these albums I really do go into a kind of meditative state, trying to focus on the clients experience and or life moment. I play appropriate music and in the end, apparently, I do things instinctively that are correct for the message that is needed to evoke the story behind the photo. It's hard to explain - not sure if I am explaining it correctly.
There's more to come but gotta go to my eldest son Ari's very last parent teacher evening. I can't quite believe it's the last one before HSC ( for any of my American friends visiting this post, it's the final mammoth exams before our kids complete High School).
So sorry but to be continued..