Do you love to give homemade gifts from the heart? Here’s one of my favorite crafts, a form of scrapbooking, but you can mix & match different mediums, from braided ribbon, fabric, a pocket from an old pair of jeans, paint, embroidery, old jewelry, pressed flowers, scrapbooking embellishments and paper.
This is an altered art book I made for my mom and dad for Christmas 2009.
I used an old board book, sanded down the pages, then covered them with scrapbooking paper.
On the cover I used:
- Braided ribbon for the border
- A photo of my mom and dad when they were children (don’t use originals)
- Scrapbooking stickers
- A flower made from fabric (From the dollar store. If you sew, you can make your own.)
- A hanging tassel (another dollar store treasure!) dangles next to the spine of the book.
- Beaded trim is glued to the spine.
- I used Tacky Glue to glue everything on. Recently I discovered Zots, little round two-sided stickers, which are great for heavier items, like imitation gems or a charm from a bracelet.
Another dollar store bargain, two craft pens for a buck – one gold and one silver, were perfect to color the edges of the inside pages.
I wanted the theme to be family and tried to add a photo of each family member as a child, although I couldn’t locate any photos of my mom’s mother when she was young. She passed away when Mom was 13. No one remembers ever seeing a childhood picture of her. Darn.
The back cover also has a fabric flower embellishment from the dollar store.
There are more great-children in the family now. Mom and Dad can add small photos of them in some of the pockets. We don’t want any hurt feelings!
In my next post, I’ll feature a filing box that I turned into an altered art piece. It’s a homemade gift that doesn’t take as much time as an altered art book does.
Do you like to make gifts for friends and loved ones? Do you like to receive homemade gifts?
Have you had any disastrous results when trying to make a gift? How about receiving a homemade gift that was so fugly you had no idea what to do with it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!