A year or two ago I remember seeing Quinn McDonald‘s awesome 35mm Slide Accordion Journal on her blog, as well as this mention about her slide mount journal being featured in the premiere issue of the Cloth Paper Scissors’ art journaling mag Pages. Great idea! Making my own has been on my creative to-do list ever since and I finally spent some time creating one. The process was lots of fun! It’s also a great way to re-purpose any old, unused, and unwanted slide mounts into a miniature book!
Supplies I used to get started were some empty plastic slide mounts, paper tape (as well as masking tape), and a variety of miniature images, collages, and words to glue inside each mount. Using some of my Lost and Found idea-o-logy paper stash came in handy for the background because each page is doubled sided and could be seen on the front and back in the mount’s center.
Using some paper tape on one side and masking tape on the other (just to experiment), I attached each individual mount together. The tape created a sturdy, flexible binding between each slide for the book’s accordion style. I then used a variety of my favorite alcohol inks to add color to each slide. The plastic, smooth texture of the mount’s surface made working with the alcohol inks super easy and left a nice look that dried really quick. With some sandpaper and a sharp metal tool, I distressed some areas of the book after applying the alcohol ink. I also accented the mount edges and in between each page with a gold paint pen.
I think I’ve made my first Creative Pay It Forward gift to send to someone on my list in 2013! Yay! Thank you to Quinn for the inspiration to try this out. I look forward to making a few more!