My first altered art book was pretty simple. If I had known about adding pockets to tuck photos and keepsakes into, I would have added some, but I didn’t know about them then.
I started with an old children’s board book and sanded the pages down. You can buy them at the dollar store, thrift store, or yard sale.
For the backgrounds, I used acrylic paint on some spreads and scrapbooking paper on others.
The background used for the cover page is a base coat of paint, then embellished with another shade of paint sponged on for a faux finish look.
The ribbon flowers were a deal at the dollar store. The picture I used is the wedding invitation.
If you lift the flap, you can see two of the couple’s engagement photos glued onto the reverse side. (The personal info is blurred out for privacy reasons.)
More engagement photos were used on the various spreads. I also used scrapbook embellishments, ribbon, a strand of craft pearls, fake gemstones, and glitter glue to help hold the gemstones in place.
It was tricky punching the holes around the edges of the front and back covers. My cheap hole puncher pretty much died from punching holes in a board book. The effect was worth it, though, to be able to weave ribbon and pearls around the edges.
After this altered art book, I was excited to try new things. You can see more advanced techniques in these posts:
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