Sunday, June 22, 2008

Summer Reading- NOT!






When I was a kid, I spent my summers reading books. Now as an adult, I am altering books this summer. This book was a 25 cent thrift store find with a shabby chic robin's egg blue cover so it had to be for Linda (a RAK). I was going to send the book as-is, but then decided an altered spread would be more special. Can't wait to see what she adds to it.
I created my pocket spread by folding two consecutive pages into triangles and tacking them down with tiny brads (disguised as flower centers). I used cheap water colors to paint the pages so the book's manuscript came through and added the wide lace for texture and symmetry. Tags were embellished with many hostess RAKs I have collected from when I hosted swaps this past spring. The dymo labels are actually stickers and I also used bird and egg clip art, some nest wrapping paper, actual handwritten manuscript about birds (school papers from a great aunt), some vintage postage and self adhesive paper lace trim (K&Co.). Stay tuned for more altered books! The beautiful scans were provided by Linda, since in my excitement to get the book into the mail, I neglected to take pictures. Thank you, Linda!!!

8 comments:

Linda said...

It's beautiful! I love it and I WILL add to it...soon. You are such a blessing in my life, Nathalie!

Laura said...

This is totally cool and what a great way to spend your summer!!! I am looking forward to seeing more of the same!!!!

Beth said...

wow....i feel like i should be altering books....as I LOVE to do that...but instead, I'm reading books this summer and soaking in them as much as I can possibly can.

Donna said...

Pretty!!! Happy day!!hughugs

Anna said...

great job ! it's beautiful! I know linda will add to creativity you got started for her! Look fwd to seeing more of your altered books soon

Kerry and Rachel said...

beautiful altered book, nice blog. I'll be back to check thinkgs out.
Thanks for stopping by our blog.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

I have loved visiting your blog today Natalie. You have been doing so much good (library class) and so much fabulous art. Your books are absolutely the most beautiful I've seen! Thanks for blessing me today dear!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

fantastic details, what an amazing gift! I really do LOVE altered books!