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My chunky little metal acordian book

A few weeks back I did some metal embossing pieces using flower chipboard pieces underneath and attached them to an ATC sized ecoboard with glue. Yesterday I tried to color them with India ink in turquoise, yellow, fushia and orange. I like the result but I have to admit it took some doing. I did several layers with drying in between with a heat gun. I think I will give it a protective coating with some clear acrylic spray paint. The accordion pages were cut from watercolor paper and painted with some sparkly mica color paint which is hard to capture with my camera. Next time I would like to try my hand at book binding and add a ribbon closure.  Front cover  Back cover  Accordion pages

Victoria, if you're wearing this . . .

                       Victoria, if you're wearing this. . . .                                It ain't no secret. This library pocket and card combination features the Vintage Corsets collage page--I like how the image of the woman is hidden until the card is pulled from the pocket, revealing the rest of the slightly snarky sentiment. : )trisha

Charming Halloween

Hey, Kelli here with some Halloween charms for you today... OK my beads are still on the way for some reason :/ but I do have the main part of the charms ready to go!  I used the Halloween memories collage sheet from AlteredPages to make this set of charms.  I punched out the part of the images that I wanted to use and then covered them with glossy accents.... they are ready and waiting for their beads and then they will  be done!!!  I will show images when they are complete!  I hope you enjoy them! and here is a close up of one of them.  see the holes...they are waiting for their beads!!!
I know our blogs are more for enjoyment than anything else.   I feel we must take a moment to share good thoughts with our Design Team member Becky Voth and her family, including her sister Kim L. in Colorado.  plus many other artists and friends in the area too.   Be Safe and stay protected from the fires.   

Having Fun With Gelli Plates

I know that the Design Team has posted there projects using the Gelli Plates , but I just had to post my project I did the other day when I was "playing" with my Gelli Plates ! I love this new product ! I could spend the whole day in my studio playing with this ! You can get your Gelli Plates HERE  ! You will not be disappointed ! I wanted to use mine to create some tags, so I got out some stamps, dies that I had cut out , and my Brushsticks ( fabulous tool )  ! After I applied various paints I used my stamps , dies & made some designs with the Brushsticks. Laying the tags down on my Gelli Plate and then lifting up each tag and seeing your new design  is half the fun !!! These are just some of the tags I did, and they are ready to go now to add more layers and embellishments !!  For my birdcage tag I used a die from Altered Pages , I love how it has a worn look , I added the text "DREAM" using clear embossing powder,and an ink pad using a background stam

Altered Caster Cup Paper Weight

Recently at an auction I was lucky enough to purchase a box full of vintage caster know those things grandma used to put under the feet of the couch/chairs? Well, I knew these would make AWESOME layered paper weights when paired with some of Altered Pages Mini images & Crystal Lacquer ! I started off by filling the cup with a layer of the CL, then adding a piece of colored cardstock (you'll see how cool this makes the finished paper weight look at the end). I then added some vintage text as background paper for my collage and let that layer dry. I then proceeded to alternate adding a few images to the new layer of Crystal Lacquer, letting that layer dry and adding a new layer. Slowly I built up the collage in layers creating a 3D effect... After I was satisfied with the results I added one final layer of CL to seal it all in. It is pretty humid here in Indiana so my CL is taking a bit longer to dry than anticipated but you get the id

Altered Pages Is Helping Me Get Organized

One of my goals for this year is to become more organized.  I've been cleaning and clearing out our entire house and one place that I'm still working on is my craft area.  Today I stopped by my favorite dollar store and found this neat little acrylic frame and thought it would make a useful calendar holder.  Once I got home I decided to use it to keep track of my project due dates, but it was too plain for my liking.  I used a sheet of the Glitz 8 x 8 paper for the background and the Sepia Ink Pad to ink the edges of my calendar that I printed off our computer.  The ink helped tone down the bright white of the paper to give it a more vintage look to match the paper and my my craft area.  I adore the little girl and the rose from the Red White and Blue Collage Sheet so I cut them out individually and added them to the outside of the frame.  Each month I can put in a new calendar and mark the dates my projects are due and I can use more collage sheets from Altered Page

Steampunk Washer Necklaces with German Scrap

Happy Friday!! Today I am sharing several of my FAVORITE things with you : Washers, Steampunk and German Scrap!!! If you follow my personal blog, you will already know that I adore all things circle! Washers, being circular, almost send out a beacon attracting me to them. I started playing with washers several years ago, constructing all sorts of decorative elements with them including ornaments, bracelets and necklaces.  When I saw this New Steampunk Machines Collage sheet at Altered Pages I knew that would make terrific necklaces. The Process I began by gluing text paper from loose book pages to the backs of my washers with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer . Once this side dried, I trimmed out the washers and sanded the edges with  emery  boards and a small file.  I then trimmed out the images closely from the collage sheet that I wanted to use to make sure they were wide enough for the bigger washers because those would be glued on so that the image is on top. I applied Cr

Red, White and Blue Summer Steampunk Celebration Bloghop

      Welcome to Altered Pages ! Susan here bringing you a special project for today as we are welcoming the SUMMER SOLSTICE...Steampunk Style!!! Thanks to LeslieRahye for hosting this special bloghop!  I created this lovely "Star Spangled Pin" featuring a vintage beauty from the Americana AP-563 collage sheet. It is so easy to become inspired with the Collage Sheets from Altered Pages. I used a wooden star as my base - collaged some papers and tapes; embellished with ribbons and other finery; and finished off with a pin back. I'm all ready to go to the parade wearing my stars and stripes. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to go and alter something. Please visit the  Altered Pages  website for Collage Sheets, Rubber Stamps, blank items ready to alter, Project kits and more! If you would like to see more of my work Click HERE . Please scroll down to the squares below to continue on to the other fantastic artists

Long-time fan...

Hi all! Becky here today...Today I wanted to share a couple of projects I had done with some of the Altered Pages images BEFORE I became a DT member! Long time fan & all that! LOL! This is a little altered Altoid tin, but Jean carries the ATC tins in the shop & they are great because you don't have to undo the hinge in order to alter them!! I used lots of my own embellishments & scraps with collage sheets: Vintage Sewing is one, but I can't locate the one with the girl, but I did use a background from HERE on the right! The dress form on the front is a wonderful stamp you can find HERE . Next, I entered this one for an End of Summer challenge at the AP Yahoo group using an image from the At The Beach 1907 sheet (I LOVE this image & have used it a lot on cards for teachers at the end of the school year!). I have a couple more that I'd like to share, but I am having trouble with my photo back-up drive & can't seem to pull the

Fun with Corsets

Today I'm going to share an ATC I made with a crackle background and an image from Altered Pages collage sheet,   La Lingerie  .  This isn't the first time I've used corsets in my artwork, but I'm glad I don't actually have to wear one in real life!

Family History Altered Journal Page

Happy Father's Day and welcome to  Altered Pages ! Susan here with another project created using  Altered Pages  Digital Download Collage Sheets, some acrylic paints and markers. Since it is Father's Day today, I have created a page in my Art Journal to commemorate my father and my grandfather. Both are no longer with us, but they are always near and dear to my heart. I began with Altered Pages Histoire AP-517 Collage Sheet. I printed it out on regular white paper and tore the edges. I glued into my journal using UHU stik glue stick. Glue stick is my preferred method of adhering papers into my altered books and I use it liberally. This is the Histoire Collage Sheet as it was printed. It is so artistic and made me think of family.   The pages of my art journal are black so I added a gesso/acrylic glaze mixture over entire image which muted it back slightly and added paint around all sides to build up color for a distressed wood borde

New! Mermaid Treasure Box Kit!

Bones of pirates, remnants of sunken ships, a message in a bottle, and memories of lovers past are the things that mermaids treasure most. Of course no mermaid would be worth her salt if she didn’t look her very best especially if there are pirates nearby. Who knows what other treasures can be found in the deep blue sea? This kit will be available at Altered Pages soon with the trinkets necessary to fill your own special Mermaid Treasure Box.
Did you know that Gelli plates are fantastic on fabric and paper? My pal  Rita Blocksom  created these amazing pieces! These are Gelli Plate prints, the one above was done on Fabric and has been stitched and embellished with metallic foils overlayed using adhesive and heat set.    This one is simply acrylic paints globbed onto the surface,  brayered  and then doodled on.  Then we all got in on the fun for the one below using the previous paper print but then added metallic foil as well. GO NOW - Get the plates, the foils and the adhesives;  click here to get Gelli Plates click here to get Adhesive click here to get FOILS

Gelli plate monoprints!

Have you ever tried monoprints?  I've done them before, but this was the first time with a Gelli plate --SO much fun, and some nice results for a first go. I knew I wanted the papers to be backgrounds for book pages, so printed them on both sides . . . You can see the finished book HERE . (By the way, the Altered Pages coupon code Smallbusiness is good for 25% off through the month of June . . . not on shipping, of course, or sale items, but definitely on Gelli Plates !!)

Bitty Book Necklace

Hi everyone , Eunice here from The Little Things !!! Going to share a little project for you for making some sweet bitty book necklaces !! I used several images from AP  , you can choose any of the many many designs that are offered , I used a butterfly and clock face ! I cut out the image I want , then seal with diamond glaze or any clear sealer to make it more durable. If you want to have a message or text of any kind do the same with them , set aside and let dry ! I used grunge paper for the cover and added texture with a cuddlebug folder , when done you can use a distress tool on the edges to give a worn look ! I cut out however many pages for the book and also distressed them  ( I also used vintage images from AP for the inside pages ) ! Using a brad setter , add brads to the top so you can attach your chain . I hope everyone is having a great start to your summer , don't forget to take time to be creative !! Eunice

Gift For Dad....Paint Chip Clipboard!

Hi Everyone! I hope you're all having a super day ~ Father's Day is quickly approaching so today I've got a fun gift idea that you can create for Dad or anyone else on your gift giving list!  .... and altered Paint Chip Clipboard! I used Vintage Text Pages and plain old paint chips to create a nifty back drop for these fun Altered Pages collage images !  The collage sheets I used for this example are: Medieval Diagrams #1022D & Altered Pages Dad's Day 2600 .  All of the images were edged with brown ink using the Ink Blending Tool . For complete instructions on how to make the clipboard check out my blog - Altered Paint Chip Clipboard  and additional ideas on how to finish off your clipboard - Embellishing Ideas . And check out all of the WONDERFUL collage images available at Altered Pages .... Have a beautifully crafty day!!! 
We need 200 BLOG followers to make us HAPPY enough to Giveaway some goodies - One Wildflower Kit with 12 double side decorative  papers along with 9, YES 9, cutting dies including alpha and numbers, plus a chipboard album for journaling.   It will be a random drawing and 20 others will receive a digital collage too! Spread the Word to make EVERYONE Happy!

Quick&Fun Altered Steampunk Tin by Tristan

I needed a quick little housegift, so I decided to make a little steampunk trinket to thank my hosts for inviting us. I started out using a tin from  Altered Pages , which already is filled with ATC (artists' trading cards) blanks. You can get them for a very reasonable price at Altered Pages  here .  I always keep a couple sets around - I mean do you ever really know when you need a special tin to keep ATC's - or any little treasures - in? LOL   First, I covered the tin with a piece of the brown and cream  French Kiss Glitz  paper and used torn pieces of images from the Altered Pages  Steampunk Sepia  collage sheet - though they have a lot of different collage sheets to choose from! Then I inked the edges and distressed the top with Blotter, Sepia, and Walnut Inks by  Paris Trunk . I then used part of a Tim Holtz chipboard gear, painted black and embellished with gold stickles. Usually, I would use more gears and watch parts, etc., but, remember, I was tryi

Memory Keeper Book

I created this little book to keep smaller pictures in.  Little notes can be written along side the pictures to keep those special memories, too.  The front cover is made using the 6" x 6" Vintage Blue Paper Pad by Glitz .  I made a rosette using the the butterfly paper from the  8 x 8 Glitz Paper Pad  and added the yellow ribbon and gorgeous butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies (AP-1056) Collage Sheet from Altered Pages .  Now for a little tip...I didn't  have a brad in a color that I liked to go with the papers I had chosen so I mixed up some of the new Terri Sproul Mixers sold at Altered Pages and painted the tops of the brads to match my book.  Isn't that a fun idea?  This summer have some fun and create several of these little books to put small pictures and mementos in.  They make a great place to put those smaller school pictures in, too!  Write a little message on each page and give it to someone special.  The uses for this are unlimited.