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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Get Altered Challenge - Altered Books

Welcome to eclectic Paperie’s Get Altered Challenge!  The Get Altered Challenge is held on the first Thursday of each month and each challenge is an opportunity for you to be inspired by one of our eTeam’s creations, and to be entered into our challenge prize drawing! Tracy Easson here as your host and I`ve chosen the theme Altered Books.
 The Get Altered Challenge is about exploring your creative journey, about stepping outside of your comfort zone, experimenting with new products, and creating altered and mixed media art.  Share a unique card, a scrapbook or journal page, a canvas, or any other project where you’ve used any supplies, such as paint, ink, paper, and/or embellishments.  We want to see your work and hear about your inspiration! 
All of those who play along with our challenge will be entered into a prize drawing for a $15.00 gift certificate to the eclectic Paperie store.
You can use old books like I have, or one that you made yourself using any medium of your choosing. . . let your imagination go wild . . . mine is already wild,lol . . . I am also working on popping together a little rickety house complete with windows, door and a chimney all from old unloved books, more to follow on that at a later date.
I wanted to step . . . make that jump . . . out of my very cozy comfort zone for this challenge and pulled together some stash from the eclectic Paperie store to set me on my way.

My Donna Downey Pan Pastels mixed media kit 1 arrived just the other day . . . woohooo . . .so in typical Tracy fashion I changed my project at the very last minute . . . I am a complete novice with Pan Pastels so please bear that in mind.The Pastels came with a link to a tutorial from Donna and it was "AMAZING", so with a deep breath I grabbed up the Pastels and Dylusions Oh Christmas Tree Stencil and made myself a big red heart!
Out of a tree stencil I hear you cry . . . yep it is the perfect shape, just turn it upside down
and then flip it over to make the other half.
In between each colour I lightly sprayed some fixative. After a few layers I ended up with this . . .
and repeated again for the back cover . . . I used my heat tool to make it look more aged.
Time for a little stamping with Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 -Art on Her Mind set.
Hmmm, I wanted more dimension and stamped It Was All In Her Head again onto card, cut up and set to one side to add later after adding Tim Holtz Crackle paint in Rock Candy . . . Did I tell you just how much I love this stuff? Noooo, it makes my heart sing to use it.
Here is a look at some of the texture, I love how old it looks now.

Back view  . . . It`s a really touchy feely little altered book.
 After finishing the front and back I took more book pages, crumpled each one up to add texture before adding someTim Holtz Distress Stain in Walnur, spritzing with water and drying with a heat tool, nice crispy paper.
To hold it all together what better way than punching holes with a Crop-O-Dile  and fastening it all together with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Clock Fastener, that way I can take pages out to work on whenever or add more as needed. 
What kind of altered book is it? Why a Creative Idea book seeing as they are all in my head,lol.
Quick peek inside at some ideas that whirl around inside my head . . .
The page on the right is a page from Creative Ideas Altered book and on the left my idea came to life on yet another little old book.
 Here is a closer look at another toilet paper dress.
One that is a work in progress . . . fairy book house.
I would love to show you more but then it would spoil the surprises that I have to share with you all on here over the next few months. 
We can`t wait to see what you create for this challenge! Here are a few things to keep in mind for this challenge… 
-You do not have to use products sold in the eP store…but we do love it when you do!

-Share a direct link to your creation, not just your blog, using the Linky Tools feature at the end of this post. 
  If, for any reason, the Linky Tools doesn’t cooperate, please add a link in the Comments section of the blog.
-When uploading to any online galleries, please use any of the following keywords; eP, eclectic Paperie or Get Altered Challenge.  Link your creations to the eP blog (

-If you’d like to be considered as one of our featured projects and be entered into our prize drawing, please be sure to add your link no later than 6:00 pm EST on Thursday , February 20th.  I’ll announce the winner/featured project right before the eTeam Picks Challenge.

I had so much fun altering my old wonky books and hope you do as well!
Here is a list of the materials I used from eclectic Paperie -
Happy Crafting


Redanne said...

An absolutely stunning creation! It looks positively ancient and delicate, the heart is amazing.... Also love the toilet paper dress, a wonderful piece..

butterfly said...

Wow! Amazing inspiration for a fabulous challenge, Tracy! I loved playing this one...
Alison xx

Bonnie Irvine said...

Love the heart and the dress. Amazing texture and aging. What a lovely place to store your ideas. Just looking at this book and holding it would get the ideas spinning. This was such a fun challenge to play in. Thanks, Tracy.

Kim said...

Stunning, Tracy! I'm amazed at the dress you created, adore the heart from the's all fantastic!

Broni said...

What a fabulous book, Tracy! I love how you created the heart! I haven't even tried my Pan Pastels's time!! I'm super excited to see how you create your fairy house book! I need to try one for my granddaughter! Thanks so much for pushing my so completely out of my card-making comfort zone! I had a blast!

Erin Smetak said...

Your books are AMAZING!!!!! WOW!
The way you created your heart is fantastic! And I absolutely LOVE the dress on the second one!

Donna-Marie said...

Hi Tracy
Thank You for the great challenge I had so much funn exploring and creating :-) Your dress is absolutely incredible it has a feel of whimsy with great texture..I may steal this idea for a future project ;-)

Tracy said...

I am so glad you all joined in and had what you all created...inspiration Galore!!!

Michelle H. said...

Love it Tracy & amazing!!

Ana K. said...

Hello All, it is my first time here and I am very happy to found you. A lot of great inspiration from DT!
Hugs from Slovenia

2amscrapper said...

Here from Marjie's blog. Amazing work and inspiration. I appreciate how you think outside the box--I have that stencil and would never think to turn it upside down to make a heart. The dress is beyond creative!

Glitzzynews blogspot said...

I totally love your journal book,going to have a go at this,won't be as good as yours but I will try,going to look out some of my older stamps for it,great ideas Tracy,thanks xxx

craftytrog said...

Fantastic inspiration! Alison suggested I link up my altered book box, hope this counts.
Alison x

Artfully Musing said...

Thanks so much for inviting me to join in Tracy. What you've done is really beautiful!

Tracy said...

Beautiful ladies!!
Alison love your altered book,great textures...sorry I can`t manage to leave you a comment,

Glitzzynews blogspot said...

Have attempted my first ever altered book and linked up.
Thank you

Terry said...

So much fabulous inspiration! Will be playing along!