I’ve been a book nerd all my life so wanting to create and wear something that reflects my love of books is a natural for me. My first job was working at a public school library for 25 cents an hour, and I hoarded that meager pay to buy books. Back before libraries caught on to the whole library sale idea, they would burn the books that were removed from circulation. I begged to take some home and swore an oath on a stack of dilapidated books that I would never return them accidentally to the library – a sin close to but not quite as bad as the Original. My favorite copy of The Wind in the Willows comes from that haul. It’s not a valuable book bound as it is in sturdy library cloth and covered with old stickers, but it has the most glorious, thick paper. I don’t want to read any other; just sniffing the pages takes me back to my youth.
Alice in Wonderland is the first book I‘m using to inspire this line. My previous post, How Alice in Wonderland Saved my Life, provides some background for that choice.
To whet your whistle, here are a few illustrations that I love from Alice:
To begin, I brainstormed ideas based on images in the books. To organize all my ideas, I created a mood board so that I could have a visual reference to help me stay focused and to which I could refer as I shopped for findings and other pieces to use in this collection. I created several mood boards with different colors schemes for different characters. Here is Color Scheme 3 from my Alice collection:
Pattern Curator was the source for the color scheme and floral patterns above. If you don’t know about Pattern Curator, head over to their website and sign up for their emails. You’ll love their fabulous print and color inspiration.
Because I want to incorporate words as well as images into my pieces, my biggest challenge has been to find a way to do that in the best shape and size. I settled on using metals blanks and dominoes to begin. Here are a few I’ve created so far:
Other components have come from B’Sue Boutiques including the brass charms you see in the mood board above.
The glass pieces at the bottom of the mood board are supplied by my brother who makes the coolest glass components for jewelry making and other crafts. Here a few of the non book-related pieces I’ve created with them.
And since I have a “thing” about paper, I know I’ll be using some of my handmade papers as well as text from Alice to create unique components.
Stay tuned for the final reveal of my complete line on April 14 when the Build A Line Challenge comes to a close and we reveal our completed line.
Have a suggestion for a book you’d like to see in Biblio Bling? Leave a comment below. I’m always looking for inspiration. Just keep in mind that I cannot use any images from Disney, Dr. Who, or other copyrighted materials.
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