I am currently in an altered book round robin. I just finished working in the first book. The theme of this book was "the sea". The theme was wide open for interpretation. We were suppose to do about 3 altered spreads in each book. When I first started on this book, I was kind of stuck creatively. But, once I got the first page done, there was no stopping me. I ended up doing five altered spreads (and I could of done more but I ran out of time). I hope "Pat" enjoys the finished pages I created in her altered book.
I call this first page "beach findings". It has a vintage feel of a day at the beach. Used everything from old sandpaper for the beach, to transparencies, mesh, dimensional shells, and old photos.
What is the sea full of??? Fish of course. It was only appropriate to do a "fish monger" page. I found these old fish labels, and then painted my own little fishie.
"Romance on the High Seas"... what more can you say. Nothing much more romantic than love at sea.
Sea horses are a unique and interesting sea creature. They shouldn't be forgotten. I put a little humor into this page. Our art group is about to have a "western" themed art gathering. How appropriate to have a sea "horse" that sais "giddy up".
A sea themed altered book wouldn't be complete without a mermaid or two. This mermaid image is one of my favorites. She is just the beautiful essence of a mermaid. She is the "jewel of the sea". The background if shimmery, stamped and glittered.
Pat, I had a great experience working in your altered book. I hope you'll be pleased when you get to see your book in person in a few months from now.
This is a project that I recently did for Buzz and Bloom, and had posted on their blog. New chipboard products were just released. Check them out at Buzz and Bloom.
With spring upon us, I felt it was appropriate that I make this "button fairy" to watch over my blooming garden.
I don't know if everyone is familiar with button fairies or not. They are a fun, quick, and easy project to make. Mine are usually simply made from collected buttons, wire, flowers and a face. This button fairy is a bit larger than most, but that shouldn't hamper the job she has to do. She is a bit fancier too, with her soaring wings.
button assortment - various colors, shapes and sizes
wire - 22 or 24 guage
metal rimmed tag/photo
I started out by prepping my chipboard pieces. I inked the chipboard with chalk ink. I traced the wing shape on printed paper and cut out. I glued the paper onto the chipboard and trimmed where necessary.
To make the "body" of the button fairy, cut an 18" to 24" piece of wire. Start at one end of the wire and make a flat spiral. Add a selection of beads and/or charms. Thread the buttons onto the wire one at a time. It as if you are sewing a button with wire instead of thread. Start with the small buttons, and work up to the largest button.
As you can see in the photo, on buttons with 4 holes, I cross the wire in an "x". Make sure that the buttons fit snug against each other as you progress up the wire. Notice how I added a small metal butterfly bead to the wire of the yellow button. You can add any glass bead on top of, or between buttons. Think about adding small ribbon bows between buttons too. Be creative and make this your own.
Once you have the fairy's body made, it is time to construct her. In other words, it is time to bring her to life.
As a base for my fairy, I punched a 1" circle out of heavy watercolor paper. I glued the two wings to this disk, leaving enough room to run the wire between them. I glued the wire in place. I added a second 1" paper disk on top, gluing it in place. The second disk will give you something to attach the head securely to.
While that was drying, I assembled my fairy's "head". I layered the chipboard piece, white flower, polka dotted flower, and the pink flower. I punched out a 1" face and glued it to a metal-rimmed tag, and attached that to the stack. To add a bit of glimmer, I added dots of glitter glue to the ends of the chipboard spirals, and edged the wings and pink flower with a glitter gel pen.
After the wire was securely glued in place, I snipped off all but about 6" - 8" of wire. I made a small coil in the wire, added more beads, and a larger metal butterfly bead. At the very top of the wire I made another flat spiral for my fairy to hang from.
The only step left was to glue the head to the body. When you attach the head, make sure you slide the lower edge of the chipboard/flowers under the top button, so that the button lays on top near the face. Feel free to bend her wire body in the shape that you like.
Your button fairy is now finished and ready to watch over your garden.
Tips - There are endless variations when making button fairies. Make smaller fairies with only 3-5 buttons. Use paper flowers, fabric flowers, real flowers, or anything "round" as the "head". Use flattened bottle caps to hold your face. Use photos of people you know to personalize your fairy. Button fairies don't "need" wings, but fly best with them. You can use loops of wires as wings. Use paper for wings. Use colored wire. Buttons come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Add ribbons wherever you wish.
Use your creativity and whatever you have in your current supplies to create a personal button fairy. Each button fairy takes on a personality of their own.
This month for my Glue, Art & Paper project, I personalized one of the newer small sized vertical albums especially for one of my other "hobbies"... playing cards/games.
I love to play cards and board games. On occasion I play cards with a group of friends. We always play a game where each hand played is different than the one before it. We are constantly asking "which hand we are playing now?".
This size of vertical album is perfect for displaying the list of hands for our game. It is small enough to sit on the table and not get in our way. Now, no one needs to ask "what hand is it". Instead they can just quickly look at this handy piece.
Here is what I did ...
The vertical album that I used holds pages approximately 3" x 3". It is perfect for holding a favorite photo, a meaningful personal quote or verse, important phone numbers or dates, etc.. It is a great compact and practical size. It is perfect for a desktop or anywhere you may have limited space. There are so many uses for it. Just personalize it to your likes and needs. The possibilities are endless.
My vertical album has a front "cover" so that when not in use during a game of cards, it can sit on a shelf as an attractive display piece. No one would ever know what it's actual use is. Behind the cover, I included the list of hands for both the quick and long versions of our card game, and the basic rules for each. Each version is "tabbed" at the bottom.
To make this vertical album, I first painted it with acrylic paint. I then applied ribbon to the edges of the upright pieces. I applied coordinating paper strips to the edge of the base. I embellished with Prima flowers and bling. The front "cover" is a piece of Memory Box printed paper, with a bird image stamped onto it (StampinUp!). The interior pages were printed on the computer and stamped with some swirly images (StampinUp!).
Make sure you check out projects by other Glue, Art & Paper Design Team members...
I don't own many Stampin Up sets, but this card is made with some SU stamps I recently acquired. I have always been into birds, so it was only appropriate I purchase it. I stamped the bird with black lightening Brilliance ink... has that nice golden sparkel to it. The rest is using the pearlescent olive Brilliance ink. You can't really see the irresdescence in this photo... but it is there. The ribbon is black velvet, and the background paper is Basic Grey.
Hopefully you can see more of the beautiful irredescence in this photo. It really makes the card in my opinion.