In a post on December 7, 2011, I shared an altered art book I made one year for my parents’ Christmas gift. You can read about it here. I then posted about a photo box that I decorated with altered art. If you want to read that one, go here.
I had planned to do a post about the very first altered art book I ever made, a very simple one for my niece’s wedding. I’ll have to save that post for another time. Instead, I’m sharing one of the last altered art books I made, which was for my daughter’s wedding gift a year ago.
Each person’s design will reflect their own personalty and talents. For example, do you embroider, crochet, or macrame? Use little snippets of your work in your altered art.
I used an old board book (sanded down the illustrations) for the altered art book I made for my mom and dad. For this project, I used magnolia paper, which is not only beautiful, but also sturdy. I bet it’s expensive, but I don’t really know because I found a photo album (never used) filled with magnolia paper at a thrift store for $3.00. What a bargain!
Unfortunately, my camera was on its last leg and many of the pics came out blurry. 🙁
More silly pics when you open the flap. I got the drawing off Bartt’s FB page.
A closeup of the little red envelope, which has a piece of paper inside. The message has a private joke, just another bit of silly fun.
Trip to Japan. The page on the right has a pocket
which holds photos from their trip.
Removing the photos.
With the photos removed from the pocket, you can see the background of the page.
These are some of the photos that were tucked in the pocket.
How did I get these tiny photos? I used my camera to take a screen shot of their Facebook albums, then had prints made. These are actually the result of my tech deficiency. I tried to print some of their Facebook photos, but a square blank showed up on Lily’s face where she had been tagged. At the time, I didn’t know how to drag the pics into my computer, so this was the solution I came up with.
Here’s a shot of one page from Lily’s FB album that I took with my camera. The photos are a little bigger than thumbnail pics.
I loved having those little pics to play around with. It added such a nice touch, and there wasn’t enough room to use full size photos, so it worked out great! That’s what I love about altered art. If one thing doesn’t work, I have to figure out something else and sometimes discover a cool new look.
Thin ribbon braided together makes a nice border.
The bottom photo on the left makes it look like Lily is sitting next to Bartt in front of the tent, but actually, I cut it out of another photo and glued it on. A brown raffia bow embellishes the top right corner.
The top half of the page on the right has various shots of Bartt playing in the Merced River. I literally cut and pasted different photos together. I’m sure it would be much easier in Photo Shop, but I have no experience with that software. Maybe someday I’ll be able to afford it, but I think it would take me longer to learn it than to cut and paste the old fashioned way!
The bottom half of the page on the right serves as a pocket with a photo tucked inside…
…but it’s also a flap that can be lifted up to see more photos underneath.
Jute makes a nice border. It goes with the nature look, don’t you think?
More jute twine borders the pages of this spread.
The page on the left has a quote. You can buy packages of quotes at the craft stores or do a google search for quotes on almost any topic and print them out yourself.
Page on the right has ribbon and hot pink tulle, souvenirs from Lily’s bridal shower that my sister Cindy saved for me to put in the altered art book.
Invitation to the bridal shower is in the pocket on the left page. The page on the right has a folded flap.
Photos and invitation that were in the pocket.
Open the flap. On the flip side is another set of photo booth pics, flanked by scraps of trim.
I glued an old house key on the left page just above the white picket fence. The top key on the right page is an actual key to Lily’s old car, which she no longer drives. The other keys on the page are stickers.
Lift the flap and there’s a sweet message!
Engagement pics and the wedding invitation.
The flap of the RSVP envelope is glued down, but the rest of the envelope can be lifted up
to see an engagement picture underneath.
More braided ribbon borders these pages.
The page on the right has pictures of their honeymoon destinations – Italy and Greece.
There’s a pocket at the bottom of the page so they can add photos or mementos.
These pockets are for the bride and groom to add some of their favorite wedding pics.
I tried to hold the book together with metal rings, but it was much thicker than I planned and I couldn’t find any rings that were large enough, so I found some black floral wire, which worked out better. It’s easy to bend, and I wrapped the ends of the wires around a pencil for a curlicue look.
I found this leopard print case at Ross to use as a gift box.
They have lots of cool things in their housewares section.
Brown raffia, brown tulle, and hot pink ribbon, the wedding colors, made a nice bow,
which I tied on the handle.