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Bookmaking from Scratch and a Happy Father's Day

Jean here, I have been making books of various kinds and want to share them with you.


Each has different yet similar aspects.    Beginning with heavy weight cardstock or chipboard, many cuts are made and then construction begins.  Some may call these folios.


Double-sided tape is used to attach the folded layers together to create the pages.   I corner round many sheets too.  I use glue sticks for attaching the decor papers.

Each book contains multiple flaps, pockets, inserts and layer upon layers of great hiding places!

Waterfall flaps also hidden pockets for photos or???


I am also in process of a cookbook for my granddaughter, I found a perfectly sweet paper pad complete with cupcakes, cherries, polka dots, and checkerboard.  Vintage pinks and black.
The center is a waterfall to allow recipe cards to be attached or for photos of enjoying the finished meal.

I have darling recipe cards, waterfall portions and plenty of pockets for the recipe cards.  I will show you the finished books next wee…
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Celebrate Dads wherever you are.   



Funny, smart, sarcastic, strong, energetic, couch potato, they are all GREAT!

Favorite Stamp for Male Cards

I have a favorite stamp for Male Cards that is available at Altered Pages.  It is called Thick and Thin and given we are focusing on Men this month I couldn't resist using it.

I stamped it onto a kraft colored tag and then layered it onto a combination of papers, cardstock and border edges in manly tones from Authentique and Bazzill. 



A circle sentiment stamped and punched out added a greeting.


A quick and simple project to make!

Danie xx

Yeehaw, it's Fathers Day!

Howdy, It's Robin here today.  We are celebrating men this month at Altered Pages and this rugged cowboy makes a perfect Fathers Day card for the outdoorsy type.  

These two collage images share a color palette.  Even though the sky and ground were different on each of the photos, I trimmed the tree line on each one so that it would flow across the card.  

To make it a "manly" card vs. just a landscape card, I needed to add at least a cowboy.  This fellow and his horse are both on the same collage called Old West.  Perfect!

I pulled a lot of different images out to combine for this card and opted to use just five of them. I cut the bottom barn away from the sky in the photo to add to my background.  Putting this barn in front gave it another layer of dimension front to back, putting the original barn image further to the back.

The ground on this second barn worked pretty well with the rocky ground of the mountain image.

The white edge where the trees came together was touched…

One Day at a Time

Let's think about calendars!
AlteredPages has a number of calendars you can make.   I will show you some here and maybe you can show off your creations on our FACEBOOK PAGE.

Dad's Book/Calendar

Perpetual calendar with removable pages
Steampunk Calendar
Gypsy Card Calendar
Dreamers Calendar

Let us see what your calendars look like and if you use the code Calendar, you get 20% off your purchase!

It was a Grand Day!

Do you attend classes of any kind?

I had the help of two wonderful assistants to teach a class of flower making to 65 incredible women.
The ladies said over and over, I have no artistic skills, I am not creative, but WOW, werethey ever!

I was so pleased and excited for them.  They had big smiles and were so proud of what they accomplished. 65 women all with different flowers!
Our oldest creator is 80 years young (and way snarky!) and our youngest was 3 months old who spent most of the time napping.
This lovely creation was made by a woman with handicaps, she DID IT!

Our Example Boards 

Thank you to Roberta Thomas for inviting us to participate in an annual gathering in Arizona.  We had guests from Alaska, Wyoming, Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Montana, Washington and of course, ARIZONA.
They really did JUST RUN WITH IT!
Thanks for stopping by,  Jean

Playing with a Trending Art Process

Hey, let's just have fun and experiment! 
We are going to play with a trending art form  that you may have seen a bit about;   String Art.  It is fun and easy and the results are pretty incredible.

You will want to use a watery consistency of medium  as your "ink".  You can use diluted acrylic paints, Gelatos or Splash inks.  You then saturate pieces of twine in the colors of your choice.  I prefer using gloved hands for the next few steps.  Sometimes I like messy artsy looking hands, but I had literally just had my nails done this day and did not want to lose my French mani. ;-) 
Now, lay the twine in a meandering pattern from the top to the bottom of your paper.  You can use an art journal, as I did here with my Dylusions journal, card stock or even a premade craft card.  You basically just need two pieces of paper to sandwich over your twine. 

Now,  close the book or turn your second piece of paper over the first and hold it down with one hand while you pull the string with you…