Friday, March 21, 2014

My first altered book

Good morning! I would love to share my first ever book that I have altered the inside of! I have altered several journal and book covers, but have never done anything with the pages. I was so inspired by this month's challenge at Eclectic Paperie.   I am first sharing my cover as part of my design team project for Scrapping4FunChallenges.  This time, we would like you to use some lace and buttons on your creation. Here is my cover:

This is how the book started out:

I first covered it in gesso, then added some rubber stamps for texture (Not with ink but just for the impression).
I then added some fussy cut paper, lace, buttons etc.  I made a bookmark out of twine and metal embellishments. I watched the video on the EP blog and it was very helpful! I tore out some pages of the book and glued the remaining into bunches of 3 or 4, then gessoed.  The book has some really cool images that I wanted to keep, so I glued/gessoed around them, working them into my first two altered pages.

 Here is the first page:

II already posted these two altered pages in previous blog posts, so this is just kind of a reminder of what they looked like.  I am creating my own book of fairy tales, each page will tell a different story.  Here is a look at the second page:

I had so much fun creating this book and I'm really looking forward to creating more pages. It really was much easier than I thought to get started, I can't wait to alter to more books in different sizes! You should try it too! Have a great day!


  1. Sarah...oh my goodness! This is your FIRST altered book?!!? Wow! You don't believe in starting out slow, do you? haha This is fantastic! I love all of your mixed media work on each page...very "artsy" and inspiring! Love the idea of the fairy tales theme! You could really get lost in your imagination on that! I also wanted to thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment! Enjoy your weekend and creating this lovely fairy tale book! <3 Candy

  2. Wow! I hope this is the first of many! Fabulous layering and lovely details. Thank you for joining us for the first ePlay challenge. Hope to see you again soon x

  3. Wow your altered book is amazing ! Love the texture you've created by stamping in to the Gesso. Thanks for joining us in our first ePlay challenge ! Sue C x

  4. Beautiful project Sarah! Love the vibrant colors and fabulous backgrounds that you created! Thanks for joining along with 13arts!

  5. Sarah, LOVE the texture you created by stamping in the gesso! Gorgeous cover and FAB pages! Can't wait to see even more pages in the future! THX for playing with us at the eclectic Paperie ePlay Challenge!

  6. I am so glad that you created such an amazing journal!! And I love the book you chose - I bet that really does have some interesting pages to leave in there!! Thank you so much for playing along with the ePlay Challenge!! I hope you have fun creating more journals and spend more time playing along with us!!

  7. Stunning from the outside in...loove!
    Thank you so much for joining us over at eclectic Paperie, good luck.
    Tracy xxx