Monday, October 20, 2008

Pumpkin altered book

Sometimes, things just don't turn out the way I had planned. I don't usually do altered anything as I am completely into preserving my photo memories through scrapbooking. But I saw this altered book on and just had to give this a try. She gives a nice tutorial on how to do this but I made a few alterations to her plan.

1. Cheeky simply says to trim the book, but does not mention a size. I trimmed my book to 3/4" thick, thinking it would fan well. It does not.

2. After removing the cover, I trimmed it to the shape I desired and used it as my template. This part worked rather well.

3. Cheeky used an ink/water mixture to color her pumpkin and I used an ink pad directly to paper. I wish I had taken the time to give more coverage.

4. I used a stick about the same size as Cheeky shows, but sure had trouble getting in to sit in the spine of my book.

5. I added some wire I had sitting around but it is a bit thin and does not give the effect I wanted.

My husband was feeling a bit nostalgic as he watched me work. He remembers his mom making angels from old Reader's Digests when he was a kid. I sure hope her projects turned out better than this one did for me. I think I'll stick to scrapbooking!


kath said...

This is kind of cute, but not something I think I would bother trying.

Lena Jo McCoy said...

I really liked this idea and think it would be fun to make, lay flat and ship then someone could open it up as a pop up card!!