A small group of close friends decided to start an altered book swap. Each month, we trade our books with each other to be artfully altered. There are eight of us, so at the end of the
eight-month period, we each will have our very own, beautifully altered book. The best part, however, is that we come away with a part of each other that we can treasure always.
The fairy on these inside pages (pages 2 and 3) were already printed on the paper, so all I had to do was decorate her with tiny ribbon and gems, fussy cut papers, and use a paper tole technique (described below) to add dimension. I also added Prima flowers and gems, a punched butterfly, and a pop up butterfly in the center.
Page 4, or the last page of the tip in, is shown here. Again, you can see where I placed the adhesive tape along the folded edge. Pages 1 and 4 are the back side of the Prima paper, and it was only printed with a dotted background. I used a paper tole technique throughout these pages, attempting to give dimension to otherwise flat printed paper. I fussy cut all of the images, embossed them on a piece of foam with a large ball stylus, and then arranged them in a pleasing manner, using pop dots to raise them. The butterfly was punched from a scrap of the decorative paper, and I used a Martha Stewart branch punch for the flower fillers. The gold butterflies are from Clearsnap's Design Adhesives rubons and then gold foil applied to the adhesive shapes. I also used an EK Success rose vine punch for the vertical climbing flower bush.
I know it is hard to see the dimension clearly, but here is a side view of the central page. Can you see the butterfly floating off the page in the center of the book. I used a clear piece of acetate for the pop up structure. The butterfly floats off the page when you open the book. Pretty cool.
Well, as always, I hope you enjoyed my somewhat "long-winded" description. And I love comments, so if you have time, please leave me one. Thanks for stopping by.