For my next creation, I wanted to try something that I hadn't used before, but something that has been around for awhile...that is where vinyl comes into play. I was sitting one day thinking,what if I had something that was valuable, delicate or needed protecting from everyday hands, but could still be beautiful sitting out. I originally didn't have the thought of making a book, but it ended up being that way. I have some very old, but yet beautiful material that dates back to the late 1800's, early 1900's, that I wanted to use. I was worried about it holding up under handling and the beating of my sewing machine, so I decided that instead of placing it under glass, I would go with vinyl instead. When holding this book, it feels very light in my hands, but also, it has flexibility that I don't have to worry about it being bent.
On this page, I actually laid a leaf behind the vinyl, but not really like the colors that were showing, I painted over the leaf and gave it a new look...how cool is that. Just think of the drawings that kids could do on vinyl and then be incorporated into a book. I could also, incorporate their past drawings, dried flowers, etc., that they have given me over the years and this would protect them.