Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wow, almost done

The goal for this week is to finish up my Altered Book that Elizabeth has been teaching us.  This weeks lesson is on bringing it all together.

 The theme I chose was leaves and the first  two seasons of spring and summer I organized on Tuesday.  They have most of the earlier pages except for the beaded one which really makes the first attempts  rather amateurish.  lol

The challenge has been to reconcile my first attempts with my later improvements!


This is all about windows.  I was also trying to get more sewn pages included.


I did remember to position the window for viewing from both sides but somehow it didn't line up exactly.  :O


This is one of those hard to reconcile spreads.


So...  I actually tried to daub over a wall stencil for ivy.  I'm glad it isn't on my wall, but it is better.


I so carefully tried to keep a few pages for lessons that I now have to think of fillers to fill them.  I did not do a zippered page , nor did I do a pop up. So maybe that is why.  I started looking around for leaf things and these two note pages gave me an idea.


And again, just lots of filler stuff, doodles, stamps, smudges and some tape.


So a 'thought I was done" page ... 


... is in for some tweaking.


And while not a 'work of art' it plays better with all the other pages.


This was a mess and if one doesn't give up...

I thought I was home free and then an easy 'white out' pen to line a swirl stencil fiascoed!   ooh!  I was pressing to get a fatter line and, well!  Another creative solution.  ;^)


Indoor house plants to contrast the white wilderness!  


The last two pages and I fussy cut some vellum leaves and glued them down with gel on top of a barely dried page that I'd gessoed and then added colour on top of.


That leaves, (oye, pardon the unintended pun LOL )  only a wee bit more tweaking, and the inside back cover which may be the place for my polymer leaves.  I want to add a fancy book mark and some dangly stuff.  The beaded edge feels kinda lonesome.   But hopefully I can get to that for Friday although the grand kiddies are waving from afar!  :}  Friday I'll show some of my better pages and not just my fixer uppers.  ;^)

I'm linking to Altered Book Lover, who has links to some of the other books as well as all the lessons posted in her side bar under Bleubeard's handsome picture.  Each lesson has links to the participants. I am also posting  to The Needle and Thread Network who are probably wondering if I'm ever going to get back to my sewing machine.  Oh dear, Nina is blowing kisses!

9 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh Elle, your book is looking adorable sweetie, what a lot of work you have been putting in to it, I hope you are feeling very proud of what you have achieved. Ha ha ha, I did the same as you with the saving pgs thing and am now trying to find as much time as possible to fill them up before attacking the cover!!!!!!!!
Thank-you for your lovely comments today too.
Huge hugs x x x x

pegsplace said...

I really like your altered book! I have started to collect the makings for altered books but sheesh! Time ! :). You are so patient with all those pages! Thanks for sharing your process. I may just follow along one day!

Dandelion and Daisy said...

You do a great job of tying the pages together. I love all the stamping, perfect way to tie it all together. I do such random stuff and I'm never sure if it is finished, or if I just quit working on it. Your book is great for a firt effort, can only imagine how great your next one will be.

Margaret said...

Thanks for leaving a comment re: my C&G, Elle. You've been busy with that book! I managed to do one a few years ago, and love the idea of 'em, but alas...one can only do so many things. Do drop by my blog again, though; I'm giving away book-related books (?!) at post 950 and 975...

Createology said...

Elle Dear you should be very proud of such an accomplishment...learning, trying, growing, and finishing your journey in this artistic altered book. I see lots of wonderful pages here and believe you will be able to use these techniques many times and for many possibilities. Excellent Creative Bliss...

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You've done such a wonderful job tweaking all your pages. I think several of us did the same thing...saved some pages for lessons and are now scrambling to fill them! This has been great fun, and I have enjoyed visiting everyone, too!

Regina said...

What an incredible amount of thought and work you have put into your book, the outcome justifies it!

Sam said...

It's been fun watching you create this book! I'm looking forward to see the rest of it. I like the changes you made to the pages.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Tweaking can be even more fun than creating and you have done a marvelous job doing just that. I like your "creative solution," and your wall stencil. Got a laugh at "not your wall" concept. Those vellum leaves are incredible. I never have good luck with vellum.