I luv books and reading so it was inevitable that I stumble onto altered books. I must admit that it does take a bit of an oomph to actually tear a page and begin the process as I think I should read and keep them all. lol
I started with a pretty good book- The Encyclopedia of Quilt Blocks. It is patchwork blocks and I thought it would be a good base for the story of my life. That is just too big and intimidating a subject for a first book. So I stalled.
Then Elizabeth offered a tutorial on Altered Books and I jumped at starting over. So I have three now! lol
The first lessons were about general techniques and supplies so I practiced those in Gulliver's Travels. It'll be a reference and practice book.
An early lesson was on making a niche and I decided to do that in my biggest book, the life story one. We made it at the start, covered it on a later lesson and I'll be putting the finishing touches on it as I finish up.
I choose leaves as my theme and had found a smaller 'encyclopedia' from a the kids section at the thrift store. I didn't realize how much stuff I'd be packing into this great project. I am running out of room. :)
This lesson was doors and windows and Elizabeth gave a lot of great ideas but I hadn't space for them all.
The opaque paper I used as the niche cover was too opaque and I forgot to paint the page but had already glued it so I had to put the window in before painting. Sheesh, I'm messy.
But mistakes are only opportunities to be creative so I have my thinking cap on for fixing this.
I had some clear cellophane and that works great.
But I was so intent on positioning one side I forgot about the other. lol
It all works out in the end.
Then I got some beautiful leaf glassine paper. It, too, is pretty hard to see through. But I couldn't not use it.
I had also to find a place to fit it in and so it isn't really a window as it isn't enclosed on 4 sides nor cut out. I did try to get something appropriate to be behind it. But it works for me!
The next lesson is on embellished edges and I am quite excited as I have leaf beads! Now to find an edge to put them on! I also found another great leaf page to incorporate in my book. More creative puzzles to solve! Meanwhile, I do enjoy looking through my altered book.