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« on: May 07, 2013 09:42:29 AM »

This is such an awesome idea for a Craft Challenge!

Below are my crafted goods for the Invite Your Partner Swap, Round 14 completed in December 2009. calluna and I had become friends in a past swap and decided to be partners again in this one. We shipped each other books that we had that we wanted pages altered in. Her book was a very prim and proper piece from the '50s called "The Art of Living", which teaches young ladies all about married life and how they should bend over backwards to please their husbands (gross, right?). So I had a ton of subject matter to work with here!

Other than a few Inchies swaps, I had never done much paper altering / scrapbook type things, so this was really fun. I chose the chapter "How To Be Loved By a Man" and highlighted certain parts of the text that I thought were funny. I used the spread to create sort of an angel (submissive) & devil (defiant / dominant) comparison. I used water-based markers and wet paintbrushes to create the hazy colors in the background. Birds have always been symbolic of women to me, so I used them in the context almost as daggers. Glitter is also seen as being feminine, but I love how much the context of it changes depending on the color and which side of the spread it's on -- seems to go from sweet and safe, to free and sexy.

"How often we intend one thing and it turns into another!"

"You are a woman with a thousand little pockets in your being where you can tuck away little pains until tomorrow. A man hasn't got those pockets. His emotional system is simpler than yours."

calluna also mentioned how much she loved orange-to-purple sunsets, so as an "extra" I crocheted a pillow for her in that color scheme Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2013 01:22:29 PM »

I recognize that page; it's awesome! I got to see it in person when I did a different page in that same book.

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2013 01:26:25 PM »

Wow. You did a great job with the subject matter. How fun! "...you can tuck away little pains until tomorrow..." *snrt!*

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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2013 06:41:27 PM »

Love those pages! 

I do have to wonder thought, where are my pockets?  I don't think I got those!

I think my cat is sending me subliminal messages...
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2013 06:18:23 AM »

I remember seeing those!  They are great!

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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2013 04:09:31 PM »

Haha thanks! Y'alls comments are cracking me up Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2013 11:41:52 AM »

"A thousand little pockets?"  I only got ONE, and it's not built for tucking pains into....  wait, unless it's THAT time of the month... Wink

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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2013 07:29:29 PM »

Just saw this, as I've been a Craftster absentee this year!  The altered book spread absolutely rocks and so does the pillow, which is proudly perched out in my living room.  Grin I didn't have my own space to live in when Ma Rut made these for me, and so now that I do I love being able to decorate with great swap-stuff!
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