When I saw PTI's January Blog Hop to use a black background,
I immediately thought of this book that my son got for Christmas.
He loves it, and because of it, he now likes all things robot. No card ideas popped into my head and I didn't have any pictures to scrapbook, so I decided to make him an interactive felt quiet book using a whole bunch of PTI's dies. To say that this was a labor of love is an understatement. I stopped counting hours several days ago, and all I know is that I haven't gone to be before 2 AM for the last four days. Ironically, the idea for all of the pages in the book (and several more that I ended up not doing) popped into my head in probably half an hour's time about a week ago. Thankfully, I quickly jotted them down because I created the pages almost exactly as I'd drawn them. Just wish the mechanics had been as easy to execute as they were to scribble down.
(P.S. This was made with mostly stiff felt and A LOT of dies. Mostly for my own records, I wrote down what dies were used on each page, but that makes this post very wordy and kind of boring...sorry! Feel free to skim. :) )
I designed the cover page to look roughly like the cover of the book. I cut "Book" with PTI's Script Alphabet Dies and just trimmed off most of the extra curves/loops. "R" was created with PTI's Eyelet Lace Border, Lighten Up, Notched Flowers, and Block Alphabet dies. I used the "o" in the Block Alphabet to cut the circle out in the notched flower. I used PTI's Button Up #1 Dies for the "B" and another Notched Flower Die for the second "O".
I love this next robot. He turned out exactly as I had envisioned AND I didn't have any trouble making him. Everything worked perfectly the first time. His body is made out of two of the frames in PTI's Fabulous Frames Die Collection. The gears are made out of PTI's Notched Flowers and Block Alphabet Dies and a flower from Sizzix's Flower Layer's #3.
As you can see in the pictures, this one is a lift-the-flap. All the layers lift up to eventually reveal several little sequins that I sewed in.
The next two pages are to "Build-a-Bot". It just now occurred to me that I was going to put that title on the right side page, but I forgot. Anyway, all the robot parts (heads, bodies, arms, and legs) have Velcro on the back of them and are housed in two pockets made from PTI's Favor it Box 2.
All the parts are meant to mix and match, but I did design them as whole robots, so that's the way they are pictured. The blue and green robot is made out of PTI's Simple Circles Border (legs), Eyelet Lace Border (glasses, arms), Mat Stack #1 (body), and Fabulous Frames (head) dies. Oh, and the gear is made with Sizzix's Flower Layer's #3 (again, with ptrimmed ofetals trimmed flat). The red and green robot is made from PTI's Chevron Stripes (arms, legs), Tag Sale #5 (body), Simple Circles Border (the hands, feet, and doodad on his head), Button Up #1 (eyes, gage), and the negative cut tiny circles from the Eyelet Lace Border Die (eyes, doodad on his head).
The last build-a-bot uses PTI's cloud dies (feet) and 2 1/4" oval dies (head).
Now for pages 5 and 6.
Page 5 is a robot made from PTI's Movers and Shaker's zipper dies. The body zips open, so you can pull out a bunch of robot parts (made from PTI's Tiny Tags dies and Sizzix Flower #3 dies). I also used PTI's Button Up #1 dies (gages, elbows, wheel shaft) and the negatives from PTI's Favor It Box 2 (bottom wheel) and Eyelet Lace Border Die (eyes).
Phew...that's it! I'll be impressed if anyone made it this far. I haven't given the book to my son yet (I'm waiting until Valentine's Day), but I hope he enjoys is at much as I think will. Thanks for visiting! Okay, one last collage to sum it up. :)
PTI Dies: Notched Flowers, Tag Sale #5, Mat Stack 1, Lighten Up, Eyelet Lace Border, Simple Circles Border, Chevron Stripes Border, Button Up #1, Block Alphabet Die, Limitless Layers 1 3/4 Circles, Limitless Layers 2 1/4 Ovals, Movers & Shakers: Zippers, Tiny Tags, Favor it Box 2, Fabulous Frames, Cloud 1 & 2, Script Alphabet Upper Script Alphabet
Sizzix Dies: 2 1/2" Hexagons, Flowers Layers #3
Other: Felt (from Hobby Lobby & Michaels...most of it is stiff felt), square black brads (MM), sequins, pinking shears, several colors of thread, double-sided fusible webbing