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21  Re:Old Children's Books / Hardcover Books in What the heck can I do with THIS? by BellaKarma on: March 10, 2004 06:34:57 PM

I'm glad you've found a crafty outlet! And keep posting your work, I love it.


((((Thank you wAc!)))))

Here is something I posted elsewhere:

I finally goofed around at altering a book. This black fabric-like covered book was in pristine condition when I started working with it.

I wanted to give it an old theater/movie suvenoir booklet feel.

I was able to find the words "The Reincarnation" on a tea bag...and I placed it over the door with the two women walking through...as if they were being "reincarnated."

The quote below the Angels reads: "It possesses characteristics of genius beyond any nationalism"..London Times."  There are various meanings why I have that there...one is that it looks as though the Angels are reading a review of the "movie." Also the "nationalism" could mean of any "realm."

I wanted to use the art print of the women in the bedroom...and liked the "middle Eastern" look to it. And it would tie in with the 'centerfold' after.

I found the "stirring episodes" in an old Hollywood book. I thought that really helped to give it an antique appearance.

"Evening Star" was something that I had printed out previous....and thought it could be the "title" of the "film."

The Angels...as I mentioned before...gave the idea that they were reading the book or review.

The 25cents was the cost of most of the movie/theater books back in the 40's.

The Centerfold is this:

I felt this woman (Marilyn Monroe...can you believe it?) could be the "reincarnation" of the woman in the bed....or the "Star" of the "movie."

I needed something to help focus on the star quality...and I remembered I had a bunch of old gold coins from waaaay back (1908...1940....1898) from various countries....France...Mexico...China...and decided to surround them on the pages to give the image of "wealth."  Hmmmm...I wonder if any of these coins are worth a pretty penny?

I tore out all the pages in the book so when I open up the book on a table...it looks like a stand-alone art piece.

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22  Altered Book Pop Quiz in Discussion and Questions by BellaKarma on: February 28, 2004 06:55:04 PM
Hiya Kids~

I am working on an altered book...and was able to work this photo into its theme.  I am curious to see how many of you can guess who the celebrity is posing:

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23  Re:AMAZING fabrics!!! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by BellaKarma on: February 23, 2004 12:41:05 PM
anymore leads???

Not for fabrics...but I thought you might like seeing this:

Retro VESPA SCOOTER Diva Motorcycle Purse

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24  Re:Old Children's Cooks / Hardcover Books in What the heck can I do with THIS? by BellaKarma on: February 21, 2004 07:44:19 PM
I don't know anything about book binding, but I did buy tons of plain composition books after the 'back-to-school' sales were over, for about twenty cents each! I'm working on decopadging and painting them for gifts. Now, I'll have to check out some of my kids' old books for more pictures!

Ahhh! 20 cents each! I've become addicted to altering composition notebooks...wow...20cents a piece...


There's a thread on composition books too:


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25  Re:Revamping A Composition Notebook in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BellaKarma on: February 21, 2004 06:16:18 PM
Now that I figured out how to upload images on the boards...here is the first journal I made:

The story behind the idea:

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26  Re:Revamping A Composition Notebook in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by BellaKarma on: February 21, 2004 06:11:26 PM
outstanding....completely beautiful and I am utterly amazed. It was very cool that you used literary symbolism in the construction of a journal....quite deep of you!

My Goddess...Goddess...wow...thank you!

I've been a writer since forever...long before I knew I had an "eye" for mixed media art...so it's important to me that I keep true to my roots..and use literary symbolism to help tell the "story."

I made another journal last night...as I mentioned in my last post...I have it up on the web site:


or here:

With the creation of my second journal...I went for a wood (bark) and rust feel.  I used bronze, gold and wine acrylic paints for the effect.  I tore of bits of the composition book down to its own cardboard...as if bark was peeling off a tree.  Using a pin, I stuck it inside the cardboard and nearly popped it out the front cover to give it a bumpy look (you can see it best on this photo at the top of the journal). Once again I used a grocery paper bag to print the words on...going along with the bark image.

The stars are made of 75% metallic, 25% polyester..and is actually from a ribbon...I simply snipped them apart.  These stars give more of a 3-D look rather than flat stickers.

The art print of Elizabeth looks as though she is praying...and with it being such a large image...when I came across the Angel holding a book..I thought he would be the perfect size to have sitting on her shoulder...whispering in her ear.  I had all ready  come across the words: Oh yes..I knew...I always knew ...and the sentence on the bottom of the journal which reads: the last of the great enchanters did not die.  With these words and images...it couldve been easy...and predictable to create a Christian message...but being Pagan...I wanted it more inclusive.  So what would an Angel be reading?  About a Lord, right?  Therefore, I made a book cover with the title The Lord of the Rings.  The great enchanter?

At the end...I used my pin to scrape across the cover...giving it a scratched look...and to scrape off a part of Elizabeths check...as if she is peeling away too...but was holding on long enough to find out the ending of the story.
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