This is the altered book I made for our daughter, Chelsie Jo. It is made from a children’s board book that I altered by recovering the pages. I enjoy using an eclectic mix of embellishments—from Scrabble tiles to sequin, old keys to curling wire--whatever fits with the theme.
The red stick-figure paper was from the first and last pages of an old children’s book. I didn’t have an “L” scrabble tile, but I did have an antique key. Worked for me!
Chels’ favorite colors are teals and browns so I tried to incorporate them throughout using red as accents.
This Parisian-themed page was also from an old children’s book. I like the simplicity of the sign on the right, “I like your face”.
Of course I had to make a page that included her little sis who adores her. I made a little pocket to slip a couple of pics in. These two girls love watching the old movie ‘White Christmas’ and especially enjoy the song ‘Sisters, Sisters’.
This page is appropriately in the middle of the book. It is a reminder of Jesus’ love for her. Steady and constant.
I had to include a page for her ‘bestest parents in the whole best world’ as well!
A fun family shot, and a funky shot of our legs.
I ended with more ‘sister’ pics. Chels loves music and has a beautiful voice so a couple of musical notes were appropriate.
This quote states: Keep trying, Be believing, Be happy, Don’t get discouraged, Things will work out.
I added a cute iridescent flower vase along with wire ‘flowers’ I salvaged from a discarded greeting card and a shabbied-up metal ‘Faith’ sticker.
Chels loved her book. Now I need to start on one for her little sister.
And I’m off!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
This is the altered board book I recently made for my niece’s birthday. She loves to travel and has visited seven countries to date. (Feel free to click on each picture to enlarge.)
The cover is a neat textured scrapbook paper that I shabbied up even more to give it the loved, worn look.
I painted and skinned up the letters for VAL and the JOY is from a red, glittered ornament I bought after Christmas. I sanded off all the glitter and rubbed a little brown craft paint over the red.
The atlas pages were taken from a huge 6” dictionary that was in an old trunk I bought for $10. (off topic: There was immediate buyer’s remorse after buying that trunk as I drove away, so I put it in my aunt’s yard sale the next day and she sold it for $20!)
For dimension I used some recycled cardboard coasters as well as red beads to frame the pics.
Stamped all around are the countries she’s traveled to.
The ‘pom-poms’ are vintage velvet buttons.
Raise your hand if you ever helped paint posters for your highschool’s pep rallies!
In the exact center of the book is the reminder that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Val loves the snow—though she now lives in Hawaii, go figure! I cut this pic in thirds and then framed each piece.
I had to have a little fun with this cute ‘snowball’ ribbon!
The Hawaiian page has two scriptures written in the ‘clouds’—”This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it”. And “For the Lord is good. His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations”.
The pictures I printed on vellum paper. And since we don’t live near any oceans, I had to make due with river ‘beach’ glass my sister and I have collected on our occasional dog-walking excursions.
Here, I tried to simulate the look of stickers collected while traveling.
The final touch was to wrap it up in twine and send it on its way to the World Traveler!