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« on: February 22, 2006 11:29:07 AM »

This is my first altered book. It was a present for my Valentine/boyfriend and since he didn't pine over it as much as I would have liked, I thought I'd post it here.
The cover is decoupaged with flattened drink umbrellas.

The theme was Love in 3D. I enclosed 3D glasses

The moon is in 3D, and some pages are stitched together for emphasis

I also used pictures (sadly, not in 3D), vintage valentines, inside jokes

I left some pages blank and didn't use chronological order so I can add to it. Lastly, I cut out a niche for postcards, and used a ribbon to tie the pages together

Thanks for any input.
P.S. This is my first project I am posting...huzzah!


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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2006 11:34:00 AM »

this is really cool, im doing something similar for a friend right now :-) did you actually make the book? bind it etc?

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2006 11:34:23 AM »

what a great idea to use 3-D! i also like that you left room to add on.

i always hope people will jump up and down and shriek when they receive my handmade gifts, sometimes i get a "wow, you made this?!?" but usually it's just, "thanks!"...so, i feel ya.

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2006 11:35:21 AM »

I forgot to mention that I used old letters and notes that he's sent me over the years for the bulk of the book. We've been together for 6 years and known each other for 10, so I had plenty to work with.

« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2006 11:37:01 AM »

The book was an old aquisition, y'know, for like a dollar. But I used phrases  and chapters in the book to guide my placement of things. Like the moon one was a chapter called "I'll wait for ou be moonlight" or something.

« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2006 11:51:14 AM »

That looks great, especially the cover. Excellent.

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2006 11:58:32 AM »

This is truly amazing. I love the flattened umbrellas on the cover! What did you use to stick them down? And did you seal them with anything?

Sorry the boy didn't pine over it -- sometimes boys don't get as outwardly excited as we'd like. But there's usually something going on inside. Meanwhile, your craftster friends are swooning -- I know you've impressed the hell out me!

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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2006 06:50:34 PM »

Thanks for your empathy. Non-crafters have no idea...I mean, this stuff isn't going to make itself Wink I just used plain old Mod Podge to glue the umbrella's down. The idea is a variation of a project I saw on Crafters Coast to Coast (which was a lamp covered in them). I had to cut the toothpick parts off pretty close then slice the umbrella up one side to get it totally flat. Then I just covered the sliced part with another umbrella. The paper they are made out of bleeds when it's wet, and the colors might run. But I was surprised how well they stuck. I went over it several times with the Mod Podge but didn't seal it.

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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2006 07:07:32 PM »

that is so cute. i too am in love with the cover. and i totally know what you mean. my boyfriend never gets as excited over things i make him as i think he should be.

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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2006 03:03:15 AM »

I love the umbrellas- so cool!  Boys aren't always the best at praise are they?!  I think it's amazing.  Smiley

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