Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Finished Altered Book

Happy happy Tuesday my dear sweet friends - I sure hope you are doing splendid today and staying warm (cool) depending on which part of the country you live in.  It's chilly here and I am seriously considering wrapping up in a blanket and having a hot cup of tea to get me moving around a little better.

This album was really fun to make.  It took a lot of time and thought because I had to use every piece of paper I had even if it was only a 1" x 1" piece.  I also wanted to make sure there was room for lots of tags, side pockets and folders within some of the pages.  I love the album and even though it could be considered done - I still want to add more embellishments but will do so at a later date.  Most of the papers and products I used are from 7 Gypsies and from a dear friend of mine in California.  I used a lot of chipboard to make all the pages and (big gulp) I disassembled one of my favorite books because I wanted to use the cover of the book for this album.  I have never done this to a book before and it was actually quite difficult. I am an avid reader and my books are like my own little kids - but I did it.  I have however kept the actual pages of the book and can still read it.

The reason I wanted to do this particular project was because it's been quite a roller coaster these last 3-4 years with the loss of my job, the financial strain and health issues. I came across this book "The Blessings of Brokenness" by Charles Stanley and love it.  In fact I couldn't put it down and read it from cover to cover with tears in my eyes.  The pages are also covered with yellow highlighter and lots of notes.  I wanted to use this book to create my own book of favorite scriptures and quotes which have helped me so much get through each day.  I can honestly say I wouldn't have asked for any of it to happen but I wouldn't change anything because God has truly changed my brokenness into blessings.  I have quite a few tags done but haven't taken photos of them yet.

I am hoping these photos will be pretty self explanatory but if you have any questions please let me know.  What's really funny is I started with a whole different color theme but wasn't happy with it - it wasn't what I had in mind.  And so, I started all over and this is the final result.  It was definitely a stretch and I really was flying by the seat of my pants.  Do you have a favorite quote or scripture that has helped you??  I would love to know which one. I still plan on adding to this project - its going to be a "work in progress" for quite a while.

Hugs and smiles


Front View of Altered Book

(Left side)  Inside Front Cover with Eiffel Tower Front Tag - Opens Accordion style and keeps closed by Ribbon.
(Right Side) Page One has Two Large Tags and (2) Coin Envelopes for more Quotes & Scriptures
Page Two has a pocket which holds Accordion Style Notebook and kept closed with Ribbon.

Page Three has a Front Pocket with numerous Tags and a Side Pocket for Tags

Page Four Front Pocket with numerous Tags
Page Five Opens with Pockets for Tags and the Sides are open for more tags.
Page 5 Inside View of pocket with Tags

Pages 6 & 7 - Side Pockets for Tags

This shows the Tags from above Page 7

Page 8 with Removable Tag and Side Pocket for Tags

Page 9 is a vellum envelope with a large Tag.

Page 10 is other side of Vellum Envelope.
  Page 11 opens up into a Tri-Fold for lots and lots of Tags.

Inside View of Tri-Fold and Tags for Page 11 above

Last Page is just a decorated page and the back inside cover has another Accordion Fold Page for more scriptures and quotes.  The book measures 7.5" x 5.25".