July 5, 2010

Altered Ephemera Book - Page One

This is the first page for my French inspired altered book. I joined a fabulous swap with the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group where we were given two partners. For each partner, we had to gather a box of goodies containing certain items like buttons, images of Marie, French ephemera, ribbons, charms, etc. I had so much fun putting my packages together and love the goodies I have received so far.

My husband had a business trip, so since it's summer time, I packed up the kids and my art supplies and away we went. This is the first page I created and I LOVE it! I am really proud of myself because I have never been one to sew. For this page, I hand sewed (my goal is to learn how to use my husband's sewing machine which he learned to use during three months of bed rest after leg surgery) many of the elements to my page including the fabric Marie and crest which are both stuffed with cotton, as well as the sewn on beads.

These brads which spell out M A R I E, I just happened to throw in my bag at the last minute. I love it when things fall into place and seem to be meant for one another.

Some vintage lace, trims and a gorgeous handmade flower from Holly. Be sure to visit her to see some of her pages as well.

And the above image helps to show the "puff" of the stuffing.

I found these great fabric sheets while browsing through my local art store a couple of weeks ago. I was so excited. I just made a collage of the images I wanted for fabric from my stash of digital collage images, printed it out and it was ready to go. I love using as many different mediums as possible in one piece of art work. I seem to be on a sewing kick now, which is a good thing. My grandmother would be proud. Now to learn how to use the sewing machine and not be intimidated by it. Then she and I will both be really proud.

Hope you enjoyed my first page. Now go out and tackle something new!


Rella said...

Rhonda!!! This first page is STUNNING!! I love those brads and don't think I have ever seen them, but then, again, I am not out shopping much these days of triple digit heat. I have not started my book yet. gulp. But you are an inspiration. Beautiful, my friend.

xox Rella

Janet Ghio said...

You did a fabulous job!!

Cassandra said...

How pretty! I love the pink rose. So lovely! Thinkin of you. xo Cassandra

Holly Moore said...

Rhonda, I am thrilled to see this page! I forgot to tell you, that yes, I did make all the ribbon flowers my self. The pink one you have here was my very favorite. I kept holding it to feel it and looking at it. Haha. I love it here on your stunning page!

debi said...

Rhonda, your page is gorgeous! I love the beautiful images you used and the pink lace with the brads....perfect!

Terri said...

Your first page is beautiful! You did a lovely job on it.
I really love your lace and ribbon rose.

Robin Sanchez said...

Its beautiful! I can hardly wait to see the rest.