I told myself not to post every day (how can I get anything else done if I do?) but I keep thinking of things to share. Like this: every time I glanced over at the new paper bag book I would see this plain brown wrapper that just didn't sing. So I decided to enhance the cover. Earlier in the week I'd printed out a picture I took of turning leaves so I glued that down and then I used my latex caulk to border the photo and write the word 'book'. Did you put something on your cover? That can be fun.
Edit: Before I squeezed on the latex caulk I put a thin layer of beeswax/damar over the inkjet photo that was printed on plain paper. That's why it looks so bright and shiney.
The second thing was that I've been making patterned paper in Photo Elements. I'll find a bit of a pattern on the net and repeat it, build on it, tweak it, change the colors, etc. I've got a whole folder full now to use. I also scanned some vintage wallpaper that Mary Ann sent me and ran that through my magic color changer. Plus you can print it in pale gray and white and then glaze over it for tone-on-tone patterns. So many ideas!!