I am not as concerned about my own altered book as I am doing someone else's, and doing a job they will love. This is my first time altering a book, but I have really enjoyed doing it and letting my creative side run wild.
This is the cover of my book. Every piece is something new. I love an aged corner and leave no paper inkless. I love brown and pink together, so I decided to let that be my background. I have included vintage sheet music and a french flashcard that says "sing", vintage lace, some rubber stamping and embossing and collage images of vintage valentines. I titled my book with the french phase "The passion of two". And yes, I have an entire store of ribbon tied on. It just goes with my personality and the way I love to indulge in things. It is my book, so crazy with the fibers I went. (update 1-17-08 my oldest told me that I needed to give my book a hair cut, so I did. I do like it better, it is about 1/2 the length)
In all honesty, I am not satisfied with the end product, but I am not going to work on it anymore until I get it back. I am very anal at times, too analytical like my dad! (chirp).
This is a first for me. I see images like this in my magazines and just love them. I used my usual vintage sheet music, and some vintage ledger paper to make my fairy. Her head, body, and wings are all hand stamped. Next I colored it in with watercolor crayons and "painted" it. Her skirt is made from a scrap of toile fabric, another fav, and some vintage lace and trim. Of course a fairy needs a wand, and I have one left to use on the piece I am making for Erika (please see post below). I am really pleased with how this came out.
This is the last page in the book. I had to include my personal info, so I used this awesome stamp on the left, found through my friend Val at http://wanderlustnpixiedust.typepad.com/. This was stamped onto an old ledger page, very carefully.
I just found this Southern Railroad page recently, and included it on my collage. The bird photos were cut out of a french book that I found and one is perched on top of a big egg. I wonder if it will hatch? Why couldn't it be golden, like the bird?
I love this toile paper, and added another golden bird in flight. I attached some flowers, a heart, and some vintage seam binding that I found last week at one of my favorite shops. My five year old enjoys going with me and always finds a treat for herself.
Originally, this was the cover. I ever so carefully ripped up all of these pieces of pages from an old french book and even aged the sides with ink. My fingers looked like I had dipped them in chocolate and the whole process took forever. I ran them through my zyron machine, but was not pleased with the edges. I ended up putting some modge podge and darker ink on and hated it. Everything happens for a reason though. I have had this picture for some time, a sailor holding flowers on a map of Paris. I found it on the web and printed it up on my computer. IT IS NOT AN IMAGE THAT I CREATED, and if you are the person that created it, please let me know so I can give you the credit you deserve. I added some crystal effects to the flowers to make them pop, and added some other flowers with a pink brad.
I have one more page that I want to do, but won't complete it until I get it back.
So, now is where you can help me. Please leave me some feedback about my work. Things to add, how to make it better, or if you would even like receiving something like it. I now have to create in everyone else's book and I am nervous as can be. I will keep you posted on how it goes.
Now, off to work a bit on Erika's banner.