Thursday, April 11, 2013

Design Team Throwdown #3 with Smeared and Smudged

Somehow I got stuck participating had the lovely opportunity 
to represent Smeared Ink in the third Design Team Throwdown sponsored by the Smeared and Smudged Forum.  The challenge this time around was to make a mini book that had to have at least 5 pages and the book had to be smaller than 4 inches.  Be sure to check out our DT blog as well as the blogs of my mates Tori and Kristy.

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I thought this would be super easy, but of course I was wrong.  I really struggled initially, especially since I have never made a mini book other than my first domino book last month.  I'm sure I will make more mini books in the future as I have learned from my mistakes and know what to change in terms of binding and whatnot.

All the stamps used were from Smeared Ink.  
I used some epoxy stickers from Creative Imaginations and I used polymer clay skulls and brains from Creepy Glowbugg Concoctions.

Hmmm...skulls and brains.  What could my mini book topic be?
ZOMBIES of course! 
 I am, after all, the Zombie Queen :)

Be prepared for TONS of pics.  Click images to enlarge.

Above is the cover of my book.  This part was super fun and extremely messy to make.  I used "RIP tombstone" from Smeared Ink's "Build a Graveyard" digi set. The tombstone is attached with an "L" shaped bracket to the back of the book.  The cover of the book is made from cardboard from a recycled box and covered with generic black cardstock.  The freshly dug grave was made with silicone glue, parsley, and sesame seeds.  I sealed it with some spray fixative.  The hand coming out of the grave is made from two epoxy stickers (Creative Imaginations) stuck to a brad that goes through the cover of the book.  One can pull on the hand to open the book.  The zombie was a gift from my DH.  He knows me so well!

I'm opening the book in the pic above.  Are you ready to see what's inside?  I highly suggest you send your kiddies away from the monitor as this is NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN or closed minded adults for that matter.  LOL.

Pages 1 and 2

Pages 3 and 4

Pages 5 and 6

Pages 7 and 8

Pages 9 and 10

Pages 11 and 12

Pages 13 and 14
The "Anatomical heart" is from the "Candy is Dandy" digi set.

Pages 15 and 16

The End

You may have noticed the story ended a bit abruptly.  I could say I'm leaving the story for you to finish with your own imagination.  The truth is that I wasn't going to have enough pages left and I was too spent to add more pages to my already lengthy mini book.  Also, my printer ran out of ink so I couldn't print off the rest of the images I wanted to use.  LOL.  Shit happens!  

The Zombies are from Smeared Ink's "Zombie Headshot" digi set.  The graveyard on the last page is from the "Holy City" digi set.  This set also comes in rubber for members of Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.  My book measures 3 inches wide and 3.75 inches long.  The inside pages with the pictures are 3" x 3".  All images were colored digitally and printed to size.

I am entering my mini book into the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge- In the library.  Use or make books.  I made a mini.
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #216. Use items found around the house.  I used parsley and sesame seeds to make the cover of my mini book.
Inky Chicks-use a background stamp.  I used a cemetery background stamp solo and also as a background behind some of my zombies.  See pages 7-10 as well as the last page.
Use it Tuesdays- Use hoarded items.  I used cardboard from my hoard of boxes I've saved for shipping items to make the cover of my mini book as well as some light blue paper that I've had in my stash for over 6 years.  The epoxy stickers (page 8 and15) have been in my stash for at least 4 years. I tried to use some rub-ons, but those were so old they would transfer anymore :/  I did use an old gooey glue stick to adhere my light blue paper to the pages.
Make it Monday- Anything goes.
Sparkle N Sprinkle- Use a digital image.  All my images are digital stamps.

~  Lady Brayton  ~


  1. great zombie fun and so tiny---worth the wait for sure-good luck!

  2. Awesome hun! Love the grave cover with the wee handpull. Lots of gooey goodness, lol xxx

  3. Well first of all the book concept is amazing. The story is brilliant and funny and then the colouring on the pics is just perfect. I LOVE every aspect of your mini book and for a first attempt (other than the domino book) this is just brilliant. xx

  4. OMG, this is so fabulous Lady B! Amazing cover and the story line ROCKS! Fab embellies and the coloring is perfection. LOVE it! xxD

  5. wow great job LB that was an awesome story...your poor brother! I already knew Tori had to go...she is so into bloody brains as it is ;) great job! much love!!

  6. YOU really are the Zombie Queen! I bow down to your talent and awesome book! YOU ROCKED THE SHIT OUTTA THIS! Love the grass and fresh dirt cover! Brilliant! And the story is fun and hilarious!

  7. what a fantastic idea it looks really fantabulous LB awesome

  8. Brilliant book lb Love the grave idea. Awesome job!!

  9. OMG LB this is awesome..the coloring is perfect just scary awesome and so much detail .
    susan s

  10. wow...and more wow! This is an amazing book. Love your images, coloring and embellies. You could have been a writer, lol! Good luck in the S&S Throwdown.

  11. Fan-friggin'-tastic mini, LB! The theme, the images, and especially the story. As for the cover & headstone... brilliant!

  12. Looking at this I would never have guessed this is your first attempt at a Mini book LB. Your little book is FABULOUS!!!! love the cover and the storyline is so funny. WTG Lady! :)

  13. OMG! speechless, thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room challenge XOXO Zoe

  14. Holy Cow!!! What a unique book and love your creativity! Thanks for joining us at the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge this month.
    Barbara SNSCC - coordin.

  15. Mean!!! that's what my boys would say- too COOL, great mini book! especially as you've not made many mini books- love the tombstone and the story alongside the images, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

  16. This is fab. I just admire your talent, this is so cool.

  17. This is fabulous - what a fun mini book, thanks so much for joining us at Craft-Room..Esther xx

  18. Wow, what an imagination you have! A fabulous book, the cover is particularly amazing! Thanks for joining in with our "In The Library" theme over at the Craft-Room.

    Maria x

  19. What a fabulous project! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Make It Monday. ^_^

  20. I love this lots and lots and lots - it's absolutely fabulous. Thank you for joining us at Craft Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

  21. Oooo... now that's creepy and creative all wrapped into one! Awesome! Love that you used the herbs for your book cover - clever! Thanks for playing along with our "Around the House" challenge for Timeless Tuesday at Flourishes!

  22. Wow....that is crazy!! So neat. I love the front, it looks great. Thanks for playing with us at Use It Tuesday!!

  23. Wow! What an unexpected! Really creative and the details are amazing! I can't believe how tiny it is :) Thanks so much for playing along at Sparkle N Sprinkle this month!

  24. Oh my goodness, I dont know how I missed this awesome project. I am so glad I found this link in my email. You did an amazing job on the coloring and putting this together. Loved your story. So creative and fun! I for real love this Lady B!!!! Great job!