Wow, it has been awhile since I created anything and I was really feeling rusty as I started to tackle Pat's "K is for..." book. It's a pretty open-ended theme which is what made it a bit of a challenge for me. I began to list words that I like that begin with the letter K. Kitsch, Kinky, Kinetics...then I went to the internet and found a bunch of lesser known "K" words. When I read the definition of "koinoniphobia," I knew I had found my word.
Koinoniphobia is the irrational dread of being in a room full of people or an abnormal fear of being in the company of a group of people. Who knew?
I actually worked my spread for this book backwards. I started with the "room full of people" part. Found a few "Where's Waldo?" images on the internet, printed them out to do a packing tape transfer. The pages of the book were slightly larger than my Waldo tape transfers, so I had to do the backgrounds in two parts. I cut an irregular line which helped mask the place where the two pieces join. If I had left a straight edge, it would have looked too obvious.
In keeping with Pat's theme, I knew I wanted to do a large cut-out letter "K." I initially thought I would put the "K" on the right hand side of the page. This was mainly because the downstroke of the letter K would provide a good anchor (along the full length of the spine) for the cut-out. Yet, placing the "K" on the right side interrupted the flow of my spread. In the end, I decided to move the "K" to the left side of the page and cut it out in such a way that it still had enough support and strength.
Since the pages were not that thick, I glued 3-4 pieces of cardstock between four book pages. Then I cut out my free-hand letter "K." Red seemed to be the color that would compliment the room full of people who were now taped to the following pages. I was toying with the idea of defining the word on the right side of the letter "K." At a recent playdate, my friend Debbie, suggested I make a door on the right side of the page. Then the door page would turn (open) to reveal the room full of people. Brilliant!
I painted my door red and used crackle medium to give the door that distressed/weathered look. Of course, because I had worked my spread backwards, I didn't want to use a brad for my doorknob because it would damage my tape transfer on the opposite side of the page. I ended up using a piece of foam adhesive and some Tacky Glue to secure the brad on--instead of through--the page. Lastly, for additional detail, I used a decorative die-cut to add dimension to the center of my door--not unlike a real door would have.