I confess it was one of those happy accidents that I love so much! I started putting the book together, stuck something in, decided I didn't like it and tried to remove it only to rip the page it was stuck to. So in an effort to repair the damage I was adding gesso thinking I would paint over it with some colour when I stood back and looked at it and thought " you know I like it like that" and so carried on in the same way throughout the book adding the gesso around and over the edges of the photos and words.
Have to say that my Dad doesn't like it, his comment was that they were perfectly good pictures before I got at them and splattered that stuff all over them!!! Oh well, can't win them all, at least I like it!!