Saturday, July 18, 2009

Imagine ... Altered Book & ATCs

I joined an altered book group this year so that I can have a different creative outlet from ATCs. The group gets together every 2 months, so in the week leading up to our get-together I'm working frantically to have something done for show and tell. As it turned out, we didn't end up getting together this weekend, but I'm happy to say I did at least finish my pages ready for our next catch up in a couple of months time.

At the beginning of the year, a list was compiled of 12 techniques to be used by the end of the year. So far I've used 8 of the techniques and here are the pictures as a recap.

First layout in my altered book ... techniques serviette and crackle medium.

Layout number 2 ... techniques peeled paper and alcohol inks. Words added since last posted "Imagine ... boundless creativity and freedom."

Third layout ... I haven't posted this one before because it wasn't finished ... and it still isn't. Techniques used Tea Bags and Cuttlebug. Not quite sure how I want to finish it, but I think I want the shadows of some trees outlining the edges and then I'll add my "Imagine ... " quote.

Layout number 4 ... background using the credit card technique. I started with Making Memories Emerald green glaze that I applied with the credit card. I then added Golden's Blue fluid acrylic. I spritzed the page with water, counted to 20 then scraped the water off with a credit card ... hence the light blotches all over the paper (for the full tutorial on this techique visit 2cre8art blog. I then sprayed over the top with Gold Webbing Spray.

Layout number 4 finished ... final technique used Pop Up. The borders are made of scalloped metal that I cut out and then ran through the Cuttlebug for some texture. The corners are German Scrap. I added patina & gold rub 'n' buff over all the edges to finish off.

Altered Book Side View.

I also received some more ATCs this week ... 3 of which I won through the PaperArts Yahoo Group WTA lottery and the other was a belated birthday gift from the gorgeous Barb Thomas ... I'd been admiring this ATC on her blog and now I'm the lucky recipient of it.

ATC by Roslyn McGechan.

ATC by Debbie O'Callaghan

ATC by Christine Treleaven

Gorgeous mermaid by Barb Thomas ... what a wonderful gift and surprise.

I also made a gift for a friend overseas a week ago ... will post a picture once she's received it.

"Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river."
~Source: H. Jackson Brown, Jr, Life's Little Instruction Book~


Barb said...

WOW Di...I am loving your book spreads and backgrounds...and pleased you like your very late birthday ATC...I was naughty to have been so late!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Diana, your pages are gorgeous, I can’t wait to see them in person. I have just read right through your blog site, what amazing works there are. I love Kashas work, but I always love what she does. The one u made back for her looks very interesting.Love the part about not being tipsy.Maybe that could of applied to your “train” instead of “dream” lol. So looking forward to our next time together, goodness 2 months seems so long to wait.Thanks for sharing your pages with us now, hugs Evvie.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Diana. Love the popout bird – how very clever.


Sam Marshall said...

Your journal is absolutely gorgeous, Diana!!!Love the techniques- the tea bag and cuttlebug sound very interesting and looks cool.

Gaby Bee said...

These pages are gorgeous. Beautifully done with perfect details.

thekathrynwheel said...

Hi Diana, I just LOVE these altered book pages. It doesn't surprise me at all that you have used 8 techniques - you are the master of different techniques and can produce so many different styles. But what on earth do you do with tea-bags?! I have received your beautiful gift - thank you sooooo much. Have a peek at my blog :-)

Queen Of Toys said...

Oh Di,

These pages are just brilliant.