Monday, June 10, 2013

altered book: happy little moments

For the past week I've been busy working on turning an old book into a little scrapbook. It has been so much fun... definitely my favorite minibook so far. What made it fun is how messy and random it is. I really didn't worry about matching or design triangles or any of that kind of stuff. I just used colors and little embellishments that make me happy. Of course, it still took me an entire week of spare moments to complete, but it was a very enjoyable week.

I painted the cover with acrylic paint, and because the shade of green I chose was so bright, I painted a layer of Mister Huey Gold on top to tone it down a tiny bit. Then I added the stickers and die cuts and used mod podge to keep everything in place (my first time mod podging!!) The little brad is from Echo Park.



Some of the pages have little bits that stick out from the edges - tags and ribbons and labels.



The inside of the book includes my favorite photos of my boys throughout 2012 with lots of layering and embellishing and even some watercolors to add color to the book pages. I used the Peerless Watercolor system which is available here at Studio Calico. I started with the Maggie Holmes kit that is no longer available, but I also used lots and lots of stuff from my stash. 















Some of the products I used are older and no longer available, and I also used lots of printables from Studio Calico. I linked up what I could below, and I was happy to discover that some of the older Studio Calico wood veneer sets are still available on Amazon. If there's a product that you're interested in that isn't linked below, just leave me a comment and I'll let you know what it is.




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24 comments:

  1. Your book turned out amazing! I am still working on mine and at the rate I am going won't be done until Christmas.

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  2. your book screams happy!! love it! i'm also working on mine, need to find some time asap

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  3. so glad you shared your book. LOVE it.

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  4. Deb this is so awesome. Love all the bright happy colors. Your USA card is amazing, wherever did you find it?

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    1. That card was in the Planetarium Project Life add on kit. I just added some stamping!

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  5. Wow I am loving your book!! I love how colorful it is!!

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  6. what a precious book Deb! *sigh* i want to make one.. but couldn't find suitable old books for the life of me!!

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  7. Dont really exciting! incredible! you left me amazed, truly beautiful work! I follow you for some time, I am new in the scrap and I love your work, I am a faithful follower on instagram! I love you with your work! my biggest congratulations. Kisses from Spain. (forgive my English, I use google translator because I have no idea jijijij)

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    1. This is such a sweet comment! Google translate worked just fine. :)

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  8. Wow! I love it! Beautiful and so lively! Amazing job Deb!

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  9. wow, truly amazing and very inspiring! i couldn't decide on doing the HLM class and now regret it. off to the used book store i will go!

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  10. This is spectacular. I have a scrappy crush on you. You use color so well. Xoxo

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  11. This is an awesome book of your boys.

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  12. This book ROCKS, big time! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work with all of us in blog land!

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  13. This is gorgeous!! I am one very impressed Australian :-) I scrapbook zillions of layouts, never a book like this. I am bit silly- I ordered Maggie's kit and it arrived today, I did NOT realise you needed to sign up for a class, so now, well I can kind of use your ideas... one question though- do you sew several book pages together in one hit? Thanks again :-)

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Yes, you do sew several pages together. I sewed three or four together for each page that I scrapped on in the book. You'll need to remove lots of pages throughout the book so it won't get too bulky. Good luck!

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    2. Thanks for answering Deb, I really appreciate it- your work is absolutely beautiful!! I found a 1952 copy of the Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, its falling to bits, so removing pages will work well!! :-) Just have hmmm one or two other projects to finish!!

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  14. Great job Deb! What a fun project.

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  15. This is absolutely one of the cutest altered books I've seen! Thanks for the inspiration. I might just have to make a Goodwill stop next time I'm out. :)

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  16. Amazing, I am toltally in love with this book, every page is so beautiful and full of fun little details!! You have a wonderful scrapbook style!! :D

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  17. LOVE each and every page -- the detail, color, OMG!

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  18. LOVE each and every page -- the detail, color, OMG!

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