Friday, November 7

Parisian Adventure, Steampunk Style

I recently took a class with my friend Doris, to make an accordion fold book from scratch. Once I had the bones of my 6x12 book, I had to decide how to use it. I knew I wanted to work in a steampunk style and use my Tim Holtz "french industrial " papers, and I thought I was going to turn it into a gentleman's photo book, maybe take black and white photos of my guys, and use it to highlight past projects I personally made, or received in an art swap. It would be a great place to put them all together. I found a couple of old photo books of NYC that would give some realism to the Victorian time, and figured I could "pretend" they were from Paris, and I would end up with this cool photo album.

I also wanted to make this project meet these challenges: Compendium of Curiosites 3 - colored crackle, sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, following the directions using Tim Holz's book; SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk challenge - Steampunk Destinations; and Simon Says Stamp challenge - Good Ol Days.

Well, then the muse visited! As I looked through the steampunk pieces I gathered and the old photos, a story began to emerge. Off I went, grabbed a pad of paper and started scribbling out my steampunk adventure (I have not written like this in years, and I mean years!) Talk about!

So off we go...

Covering the book board, inking the pages up with Distress inks, water drops, drips, stenciling...yes, it is going where I want it to. And back into the book anchored with brads.

What better way to get to Paris, than by airship, so getting that crackle started...And set aside to dry.

Digging deep into my stash of gears, embellishments and previous steampunk projects, I began to lay it out. It all started with the cover.

Some details...

I had so much fun playing with this and adding more layers and fun items, like the filmstrip and perfume bottle. Guess I can rate how much I enjoy working on something by the mess on my desk. Snapped this before it got too bad, and you can see one of my crafting musts - coffee!

With my story written and the pages in the book, time to play with the photos and collections of steampunk tags, atc's, cards...made by myself or friends. Now, I have them in one place to enjoy!

How about we open the book, and read the story? "The Most Amazing Parisian Steampunk Adventure or the Clockwork Adder Case", and our heroine, Major Louisa Rawlin-Grudgings, and our hero, Duke Lewis Byfield Pursglove.

Travel arrangements, and the renowned scientists on the Clockwork Adder Case.

Major Louisa's adventures on the airship...

The Major and Duke in Paris...

Adventures around Paris in search of the Clockwork Adder...

Solving the mystery...

Time to finally enjoy Paris...

Cast of characters...

Well, I certainly had fun! Hope you enjoyed the book, and if you took the time to read the story, you get a 13 aether gun salute off the port side of the airship!



  1. Maura, I love this!!! You continue to amaze me with all your talent!!!

  2. Delicious!!! This is just incredible. I think it should come live at my house so I can sit by the fire and look at it for HOURS. Awesome, love the colored crackle hot air balloon on the cover. So glad you've shared this on CC3C!

  3. Gobsmacking, Maura!

    I can see you dived in deeply and wholeheartedly! ;)

    Your travel diary is absolutely stunning and I love what you did with the designer papers, how you arranged all the pages and the elements on the cover! Such delicious steampunk goodness! Wow!

    Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic make with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges! And congrats on making our Top3 with last month's challenge! Yay!

    Claudia x

  4. Maura, this book is amazing! I have said this many, many times "you are the Queen of Steampunk" and this only proves it again! There are so many layers of deliciousness in this book, not to mention the story, the pictures, I can go on and on. That crackle technique is beautiful…everything is beautiful…I would love to see this up close and personal! Thank you for sharing…..PS…I miss seeing you - it's been forever!

  5. Wow, this is amazing!! So many wonderful details and I love how you altered the patterned paper. Fantastic book. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  6. I'm speechless ! your book is amazing ! so many details, so many embellishments...
    bravo !
    thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges

  7. Maura....WOW oh WOW! I want to come to YOUR library and hang out for a while! Better yet, can I come hang out in your creative brain for a while? I'm speechless. This book is Ah-Mazing! What a wonderful Parisian travel story you have documented and illustrated and totally brought to life through this totally artistic book! Love the crackled hot air balloon on the cover. LOVE IT ALL! Thanks for sharing with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  8. I really love your travel book, so wonderful with these amazing details and element. Brilliant!

  9. Wow Maura, that's really stunning and the balloon is an absolutly great eyecatcher!! Kerstin

  10. Maura, this is absolutely delightful! This is a great use of the Colored Crackled technique and a joy to behold! Oh, and congrats-- you've won the Sponsor's Prize for the CC3C #14, and there's a $25 shopping spree from The Funkie Junkie Boutique headed your way. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely piece with us!


  11. I'm SO happy for you to win the Sponsor's prize for CC3C!!! So VERY well deserved! This is just a masterpiece!

  12. Awesomeness at its best! Love it all. The crackled air balloon... very yummy. Great job!

  13. Love your steampunk book and I do love the steampunk hot-air balloons and crackle! All my favorites! So much to look at! It's so inspiring. Congratulations!

  14. Wow Maura, your altered book is amazing and your colored crackle is fabulous! Congratulations on your win at CC3C!

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