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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an avid crafter; Scrapbooking, Cards, ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Art Journaling, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband and son. For exercise I play badminton and I have been Geocaching since 2009 and now and again Pokémon Go. I run UK based on-line papercraft and stitchers groups.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Altered Book - Lesson 13 - Windows (& Doors)

Knowing the next lesson in the Altered Book Course is pending this weekend I was determined to do my Window page, from the current lesson. I had no set plan (except avoiding paints - LOL). So I leafed through my scrapbook papers and came across the Sunflower paper and the leafy paper - excellent. With intermittent internet I set to work without the instructions handy! Thought one of the sunflowers would look good through the window so cut the paper accordingly. Forgot the window worked TWO ways so had to join 2 scraps together to make the other sunflower!
I decorated the pages (both sides) before cutting the circle window with my X-Cut cutters. Then realised I hadn't added acetate! So I made circle frames to conceal it! I wrote a couple of poem quotes on the main sunflower page. "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" and "windfall-sweetened soil". The printed words are from the back of the sunflower paper. The "Rusty Pickle" just tickled me - LOL. Found it was really hard to photograph the window, so have added a further picture so you can see through it.

Despite wishing to avoid paints, I ended up painting the green on the leafy paper as it was Kraft colour before and just didn't look right and the sunflower letters didn't stand out enough before either. So considering I didn't have any plan at all, I do believe I have managed to do my window pages at last (please don't mention the doors!)

11 comments:

sandee said...

Very cool BJ, you are doing such an excellent job! Just love it! waving hi from the sandy beaches of Florida ;0

Dawn said...

Awe honey, what gorgeous pages. I looooove the sunflowers, lol they always make my heart sing, thank-you.
Your page is so so neat too, beautifully constructed my lovely, well done you.
Big hugs x x x x

Karen said...

WOW! thos sunflowers are gorgeous! Your pages look really happy and the circle window is just perfect. Fabulous work my lovely xxx

Julia S-W said...

I love sunflowers so this would always work for me!! I thought you'd painted them to begin with until I read further down. . . Love your window pages BJ!
Juliaxx

Redanne said...

Hi BJ, the sunflowers are amazing on your pages and I love your window too - great job. A x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I always try to take your special needs into consideration when I design a lesson in my AB, and this really fun 4 page spread gave me an idea for your decorative edge. Since you will need a front and back for your decorative edge, why not use the WINDOW as your homework assignment for the decorative edge homework. Just a thought, since I know your pages are limited.

I'd say you did a super job considering you were going on memory. Much nicer than the window I created. I love the sunflowers and appreciate how you treated each page just a bit differently. Nicely done, dear. I'm totally impressed. And PAINT, too!!

Dortesjs said...

great sunflowers

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

For some reason, your middle page looked strong enough that it would hold up under the buttons and wire. Sorry if I misled you. You don't need the extra strength if you are good with wire and buttons. I didn't add the extra cardboard to the first one I made. Unfortunately, I am NOT good with wire and I broke the first hole when I tightened the wire too much.

paulaexuk said...

Sunflowers, always a winner with me. I love the way your pages flow together, the window really pulls you through.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I really like sunflowers and your page came out beautiful and so well done. I also forgot to add the acetate window, but was able to pull mine apart and reglue :)

elle said...

I forgot that windows work two ways but yours worked out well. Nice job!