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Topic: Altered Book: The Elements [Dial-up Killer]  (Read 3487 times)
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« on: August 22, 2008 09:30:27 AM »

OK, so I finished this back in May. It was my final for crafts class but I never really got around to posting it... So here it is! I love this and already have a second book in progress.. though a much smaller book..
The spine:

The cover: An inconspicuous book right? But what is that at the bottom you ask?

A drawer! My favorite part of this whole book is this little drawer.

Inside there are little bottles that contain representations of each element

The drawer pulls are made of beads and a brad for each. The drawer itself is made from an altoid tin that I pulled the top off of then spray painted. The brads are silver but the picture makes them look bronzish.

Inside I devoted a two page spread to each element. We were required to add certain elements to the overall book such as a pop up, pocket and other things.

Air, the sailboat is a gel medium image transfer:

Fire. This page had a pop up, I wasn't to pleased with the way it came out, but I couldn't possibly love everything in the book  Roll Eyes

Water. I printed an image onto address labels then stuck them on the left hand page:

Lastly I had spirit. I made the window out of a transparency gel markers and some liquid embossing stuff. I attempted a stained glass look with what I had on hand and loved it! I also made the goddess out of poly-clay. I have so much left over, I might try to make some more. The stuff was a little shiny.

With the drawer pulled out.

Closeup of the 'window':

Thanks for reading this novel of a post. We need some more altered books around here! I hope I could inspire someone to make some more. I love seeing everyone's take on altering books. The altered book journal along is great too, if you liked my project you will love their 100 page long thread. Found here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=248633.0

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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2008 10:51:42 AM »

I love this.  How did you do the drawer? 

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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2008 11:16:15 AM »

The drawer was pretty simple. First I picked out what tin I wanted to use for the drawer. Then I measured how many pages I needed to hide the tin in the book by placing the tin next to the book. I glued that section together with modpodge along the sides. After that was dry I decided where the tin/drawer was going to be on the book and traced around it. Then comes the hours of cutting out that shape. The larger the tin the longer time it takes to cut out all of those pages. Finally, I glued a number of pages over top of the hole and ta-dah! A hole for the drawer to go in, cut to fit perfectly.

The bottles I already had from previous projects. I used rub ons for the labels then I filled them with my desired objects. I spray painted the tin. Used my crop-o-dile to punch holes for the brads. I cut out an image to go into the back of the tin and glued that down with more mod podge. I put a bead on each brad and stuck the brad through the punched holes to make the drawer pulls and then I attached the bottles with glue dots on the bottoms of them so it would be less noticeable.

I know this would be a lot easier with photos. But there are plenty of altered book websites and blogs out there. I am certainly not the first to think of this idea.
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2008 12:41:37 PM »

I love this!! aren't altered books cool?!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2008 07:01:03 PM »

I love this!! aren't altered books cool?Huh!!!!

Thank you. I wish I had time to do another.
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2008 05:33:02 AM »

This is gorgeous, and really inspiring! I never thought of putting a drawer in a book!
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2008 09:34:34 PM »

This is gorgeous, and really inspiring! I never thought of putting a drawer in a book!

Thanks! I first saw it in a book on altered books and in other places on the web. I originally saw it with matchboxes but all I had on hand was an altoids tin. They are great for everything XD
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2008 02:20:16 AM »

This is beautiful! A lot of work went into this, I'm not sure I'd have the patience. But yours turned out perfect!
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2008 08:58:59 PM »

Having just found craftster, it makes me wish that Christmas were here again!  This turned out really great  Smiley  I think I definitely want to make this for a friend's birthday; you've really inspired me.
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