Tuesday, August 3, 2010

green paper challenge: Lady Randolph Churchill

I made a small book!
When I saw Mary's free collage sheet and challenge on Green Paper I said to myself, I'm in! Mary Green offers great challenges and classes which I love to take part in. Below is what she offered us for her Lady Randolf Churchill challenge:

I downloaded Mary's free collage sheet for the challenge and printed it out full-size on matte brochure paper, and also 1/2 size on a clear transparency because I was not sure what I was going to do yet and I wanted some options. When I saw the check printed out full-size, it gave me an idea! It looked like the perfect size for a small book cover. 

I made some pages out of scrap paper and used text, old book pages and some of the collage sheets that were part of Mary's Your Vintage GlueBook class to create backgrounds for the pages and images I wanted to use. While I was planning on using the required challenge images on the cover, my husband Steven Deming had printed out a number of old family photos to make a collage for his aunt’s 89th birthday celebration this month. There were lots of leftover photos on my work table that I wanted to use to extend this challenge project into a special book for him. Please click on each photo below for more detail.

the blank pages before they were put together
Lady Randolf Churchill and the bird are printed on a clear transparency

The postcard image on the right is the Deming family home on Wolfe Island, Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada. It is still in the family and we visit it when we spend time on Wolfe Island. Lady Randolf looks as if she approves!

Steven's grandmother Evelyn, born on Wolfe Island in that house.
Steven's father, his aunts & his uncle (father's twin brother). Aunt Lee is the Aunt celebrating her birthday this month; the rest of her siblings pictured here have passed on.
Some of the Deming family on the left, and Steven's father on the right, 1930's.
Steven's father and mother on Wolfe Island, 1960's - The old dock
Steven's grandmother as a young woman, and right, his grandfather and cousin Gail.

Steven's favorite truck - his 1965 Chevy.  I had to end the book for him with this!
the back cover - mary's challenge image of the check
When all the images were glued in place, I used my sewing machine to stitch all of the pages together down the middle of the spine, in the middle of the book. I added a bit of tacky glue to make sure the stitches were strong and then covered the glue with small strips of paper. I also added a a little direct-to-paper with ColorBox inks on the pages. I think perhaps this little book should be titled, "Lady Randolf Churchill of London, England meets the Edward A. Deming family of West Hartford, CT and Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada!" Thanks, Mary!!


  1. I love little books like this- fairly fast to make, but very satisfying- using a transparency for the cover was a great idea.

  2. This is so special, Lenna, such gorgeous art and also a lovely tribute to Steve's family history. Thank you so much for posting it.

  3. What a precious little book you made! Now I am going to rush over to Green Paper and look around there! Thank you for the link!
    Sunny regards - Irma

  4. Lenna this is stunning! I love how you hve used the images and married them with the family connection. Am sure the family will be bowled over by your fabulous work.

  5. What a lovely tribute, and such an imaginative answer to this challenge!

  6. What a sweet little book for Steven. I love that you incorporated his family pictures in this darling book. Am working on Mary's new challenge this morning - love the images she provided.

  7. You've definitely surpassed even yourself with this treasure of a booklet, Lenna. How stunning and what a great combination of personal vintage images (I LOVE that house!!) and those provided by Mary. And on a personal note, I'm over that moon that we will be sharing art in the Collage Coterie class again. It just would not be the same without you!

  8. What a lovely gift! And the images work together beautifully!

  9. How cool is that Lenna - I just love how everyone has done something different - don't you - you've given me some great ideas...Jewels

  10. what a great idea to make a book. this is so wonderful!
    xo natalea

  11. This is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful family tribute/history (genealogy is another of my hobbies). Just fabulous and a fave with me!



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