Poppies mini book

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The new fortnightly challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges has the them “Remembrance,”  chosen by the uber talented Helen, which is appropriate given that today is Armistice Day in the UK and Veterans Day in the USA. Here in the UK there have been many events over the weekend to mark the occasion and today there will be a two minute silence at 11am.

If you visited my blog around this time last year you will know that I did several projects and featured a poem, written by my late mother, called “Poppies.” For my Design Team Project I have made a miniature book that features the poem:


I made a concertina book from heavyweight scrapbook type paper and then a little cover from cardstock. The cover of the book is decorated with little punched poppies.

I’ve added a ribbon on the inside so the book can be fastened with a bow.


On the inside I’ve used old book pages and coloured them with Broken China and Shabby Shutters distress stains then added some blobs of red paint. Each double page spread has one verse of the poem and I’ve added little poppies and bees (bees are featured in one of the verses).

If you’d like to read the poem in full you can find it here.

Be sure to buzz over and see all the fabulous projects the Crafty Boots Challenges Design Team have come up with and I hope that today is one filled with happy memories of those you wish to remember.

Thanks for buzzing by.

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Poppies mini book — 7 Comments

  1. Awesome project Mrs B. Where to start, the mini book looks fabulous and all of the poppies are stunning. I love how you have used old book pages for the pages and the little bees are a lovely touch.

    Dionne xx

  2. Blessed Armistice Day & Veteren’s Day (in US). They have sacrificed so much for all of us throughout all the years.

    Your Poppy project is gorgeous. What a fantastic idea and you’ve given inspiration. My grandfather (WWI) gave me my first poppy when I was 5 and every year I purchase one and add it to my collection. I now have 60 and display them every Veteren’s Day. Never thought of putting them in a book/album with a story of how I started gathering mine, of my grandfather and father. You amaze me everyday….I really need to get busy.

    • Thanks amazing Sandra and you’ve brought a tear to my eye! How brilliant to have kept every single one, I’m interested to know if they are the same or if they have changed over the years? The paper ones here in the UK look the same but I suspect if we checked back over the decades they would change slightly. A lovely memory of your grandfather and I would love to see once you have finished.

      • Oh wow, me too. You have to make this Sandra and please make sure we get to see it. It would be such an amazing project and I am sure it would become a family heirloom.


  3. Oh I should have added to the story that we’ve continued this tradition as my older daughter now has 43. I purchased her one the first year she was born and continued to do so until she was old enough to buy her own. As a toddler she would walk up to the veteren, drop her donation in the can, give a big smile and say this is for my grandfather’s. Needless to say the vet was almost in tears.

    They have changed a great deal over the years as when I was younger they were made from fabric and then paper. Last year they were very strange as they are some kind of shiny paper/plastic flower…and I can’t say I’m happy. Very modern in appearance, I will be sure to let you know when I’ve finished my album, it’s on my list of 2014 projects.

    • It just gets better Sandra, I’m not surprised the veteran was tearful – me too!!! Interesting to have the evidence of change, that in itself would be an interesting project. Can’t wait to see it developing xx

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