Altering an Old Book – Create 365, Day 8

Day 8! One I’ve been looking forward too. The prompt for day 8 could not have been more perfect: Make an old book into something new.

I’ve been wanting to alter a book for a long time, but I haven’t gotten around to it. I grew up loving books with all my heart, cherishing them, taking good care of them… to alter and change a book has felt a bit big and scary, you know, like I’m crossing a line. But no more! This beautiful old thing, that is sadly falling apart anyway, will get a new life as an album documenting this year (The title is “The Conquest of the World”, which of course I feel is very fitting):


I’ve been researching for a while on how to do this thing, so today’s prompt really… prompted me get started! One resource I’ve been looking at is Noel Hyman’s vids at Paperclipping . Noel (and her husband Izzie) makes really high quality vids, and Noel has a lot of good ideas and is very pedagogical. I highly recommend having a look! I feel much more confident now, having seen a few examples. Other than that I try to find examples on Youtube from mixed media artists.

So, today I made the cover. I was very happy to finally get a chance to use a beautiful paper by Kaisercraft, Hidden, from the Secret Bird Society collection. It’s been sitting in my stash for a while, one of those “it’s so pretty I can’t bear to use it”. Also, I got to open a brand new pack of Tim Holtz’s Ornate Plates that’s been sitting on my shelf since before Christmas. Yay!

This is the front cover:

And this is the back:

The book plate is filled with little cogs and pebbles and beads, and I’ll fill it in with some glaze to encase it all, but I wanted to take these photos first, since it takes ages for it to dry properly. The word in the book plate is “Create”, which is my One Little Word for 2012. I’m so excited about this book, and hope to fill it with lot’s of stories, memories and photos from this year. Onwards and Upwards!

Hope you liked the photos! Thank you for stopping by. Keep creating!

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