Monday 5 March 2012

Altered book class with Elizabeth - lesson 2

I am following Elizabeth's, (Altered Book Lover)  very detailed and easy to follow lessons in her *free* on-line AB class and this week is is lesson three, preparing your book covers and end pages and making your niche, but first we are sharing our preparations.

The theme of my book is 'Winged Things'.  It was going to be Birds, Bees, Bugs and Butterflies but my book is only small and  I'm not sure the title will fit the cover ha ha.

I took my courage in both hands to remove a whole lot of pages and this is how the book looks today.

Not a lot of pages for the niche at the back but then the item I want to put in it isn't very thick.

I went through my stash of stuff and pulled out the pieces that had the right images, some used postage stamps I  got when I made some inchies years ago, a wallchart of British butterflies and a book of garden birds that came free with a Sunday paper.  Still lots to find but I'm searching through magazines and have friends doing the same.

This is what I have so far but I do have a few(???) stamps that will come in as well. and I went to a craft show yesterday and fell in love with this stamp.

I love owls and have a few stamps already but couldn't resist this one (newly released) because it is so big - must find space for this in the book, and at almost 5 inches he will look great on shrink plastic.

So that is me started and the gesso will be out tomorrow as I start to make my niche and tackle the end pages, I am really going to enjoy this.


Terrie said...

Great start - it was a little "courage in hand" to remove those pages, wasn't it? Can't wait to see your winged theme develop.

Unknown said...

Nice to see you are having fun.
Hugs Elaine

voodoo vixen said...

It's a bit daunting to rip those pages out of perfectly decent book but I am sure we will get over the trauma!! ;) Love your chosen subject and having a special feeling for owls that stamp is going to be a beaut in your book!!

May said...

Well done Ann I am still at the stage of fear!!! to rip the pages out!! I love that owl stamp!! so glad you are enjoying it all, I must get cracking with mine also you have inspired me, Hugs May x x x

Redanne said...

What a delightful project Ann and you look like you have some lovely things to decorate it with. I felt bad about destroying books too until I was told that they only use old books for landfill - so I don't worry now. Love the owl.

Anonymous said...

This looks exciting Ann.
Regards Florence x

Sherry said...

You're ahead of me, I haven't even started yet - or decided on the theme! Lovely owl stamp :)

Von said...

It looks like your at the begining of what's going to be an exciting altered book Ann :)
Von x♥x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm THRILLED you took that first step and now have prepped your book for lesson 3. Very impressive. I know the first cut (or tear) is the hardest, but that step is now all behind you. I agree with Redanne that old books go to the landfill, where they get wet, moldy, and become stinky messes. They serve a better purpose as canvases for art!!

Unknown said...

Your book process looks very interesting. Good theme too. Can't wait to see finished.

JoZart Designs said...

Exciting start ann and I love your owl stamp!
Good to see you on Saturday and glad you enjoyed the workshop!
Love Jo x

Dianne said...

great start, and your theme has wonderful possibilities. Those images will make beautiful pages, I'm sure. have fun!

Anonymous said...

A fabulous project to get your teeth into and see it develop over time.
Cannot wait to see stage II.

SandeeNC said...

I'm doing the class with you and I have to agree that tearing the pages out gave me such remorse, that my book sat there for 4 days before I made myself sit down and just do it. Love your theme too! waving from the hills of North Carolina :)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Great start to your AB! I think many of us (me included) had "trouble" tearing out those pages. I'm still working on my niche.

Ephemera said...

Cant't wait to see your finished project now, the owl stamp is fabulous, more temptation LOL. X

fairy thoughts said...

I'm doing the class too, I hated taking the pages out, but a crafters gotta do etc.
love the owl stamp, he will keep a beady eye on your book he he


Wow, what a big bird! He certainly would make an awesome shrink plastic piece!

Stop on over to my give away.

jude said...

Great start youve made ,im just waiting on my mojo to return got my book awaiting .Have fab Woyww and creative week ahead
hugs judex 9

Katie said...

What fun! I just cut out a bunch of pages and now I'm unsure I what I want to do next. :)

RosA said...

You've got a nice little stash for using in your book. Good theme too! I haven't decided on a theme yet, will just have to see what happens!

Helen said...

Your book is looking good - love that you have your theme all sorted (I'm dithering on mine!!)

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