Friday, October 26, 2007

a Scraptastic! day today

Today was the day....
as autumn so often is,
sleeping on the couch,
with sick Addie Blue sleeping,
stacked on top of me.
The dull thud of something heavy
hitting the floor
between the two front doors,
screen door not catching again,
as heavy footsteps walked away.
Drifted back to sleep,
my sick baby snuffling and warm
on my chest,
then woke,
suddenly remembering the
dull thud of mail arriving earlier.

And there it was.
In white envelop,
exactly the size,
and weight
of a book.
My book!



I think I'm in love, and I'd say that even if it wasn't my layouts in that book.

They did such an amazing job, those lovely book-makin' folk at F+W, Christine and Kristen, Christine P, Marissa, Aileen, and all of the other people who I didn't meet but had a hand in this project along the way. They all shaped it and moulded it and made it something very beautiful that I could not, would not have achieved on my own.

I loved the little details that are spread throughout the book, the lovely backgrounds and details around the titles that Marissa created, and these wonderful little details on the back cover, which I had not seen until this afternoon, so it was a delightful little surprise and discovery.

And inside... each layout has almost a full page, and then there are full colour step-by-step photos with captions to explain each technique, featuring me creating the projects in the book (so I promise you, they all work!) :)

It is so nice to have a copy here at home.
I hope everyone out there who picks it up will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. And, I hope you'll have fun falling in love with some of the techniques I've showed you, the same way I love them. :)

I'll be doing a pre-order here on my blog, but need a day or two to gather the details before I'm ready.



Sharyn said...

oooh! And just in time for snuggle up with a quilt and a cup of tea weather! you know I'm anxious to curl up with this one!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!! Can't wait to see it!

Linda said...

I've preordered it from Amazon.com and can't wait for it to arrive. They said Dec. 14th. That seems like a long ways away!

Love your poem about it too. Everyday poems are always the best. ~Linda

lisa truesdell said...

't wait to get this. big congrats!!

Denise said...

Huge Congrats Ashley!! You've really come so far since Gilded Lilee. I'm thrilled for you.

Marissa said...

I am so excited to hear you got the book. I came home for the weekend and was mad I forgot to bring my copy home, because I said as I was designing it, as soon as this baby is in my hands ... I'm taking it home and doing every SINGLE technique.

Now I have to wait till Monday. Phooey!

Thanks again for your inpiration to make such a beautiful book. If it weren't for the wonderful artists I get to create for, I wouldn't be half as creative. You are awesome!

Janette said...

Oh Ashley that is so exciting! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to see it! :)

Sandi Minchuk said...

How awesome - I am such a fan of your work, I'll be getting this one for sure! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ashley! I can't wait to get my hands on your book! I love your blog, your poems and your artwork. You really inspire me!!! Don't ever stop.

Jennifer B.

Anonymous said...

this looks fabulous!

Cathy Pascual said...

i love your style!

MarilynH said...

i can't WAIT to see it IRL!!! congrats Ashley--I love your work :)