Fairy Revels

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“Hit the Books” is the theme for the new challenge over at Anything But A Card. Be sure to buzz over to take a look at what the other Design Team members have come up with. Our challenges are now open for three weeks so there is plenty of time for you to share your projects with us. Here’s mine for this week:

P1050689In addition to my own huge collection of books I also inherited that of my parents. I’m currently in the process of trying to slim down this huge book mountain but not finding it easy! As a distraction, I decided to have a go at altering one of them. This started life as one of a huge number that came from a book club. They are all without dust jackets, which I’m guessing they never had, and have quite basic paper inside. I cut out an aperture in the cover, and then through several layers of the pages. I glued all the cut pages the cover together to create a shadow frame. Once dried, I gave the whole thing a coat of gesso.

P1050688I applied texture paste to the front cover and spine using a flower stencil on the front and a leafy one on the spine.

P1050685P1050681  Once the paste was properly dried I added touches of rose mica powder to highlight the design.


Then it was just a question of adding embellishments. I’ve used crochet lace, buttons, tiny stars, paper blossoms and plenty of paper roses. I’ve also included a crystal charm and a little silver bee charm. The Lace and some of the flowers have been painted with gesso. There’s also a liberal coating of chunky glitter both on parts of the book jacket and on some of the flowers.




The  Fairy Revels image is from The Graphics Fairy.



This was a fabulous and fun project to do and has transformed a very dull looking book (and yes, I now realise I should have taken a “before” photo) into a very pretty keepsake. My plan is to will use it as an album in which I can keep my late mother’s poems.


Getting rid of second hand books is not as easy as you might think, especially when you have as many as I do. Fortunately, we have found a lady who lives locally who happens to organise book collections for Oxfam. So far she has taken 12 large boxes off our hands. Any that are not suitable to be re-sold are sent to be pulped so one way or another they will all raise money for a good cause. However, there are still at least another 25 boxes to sort through!


Fairy Revels — 6 Comments

  1. What a lovely altered book. The pinks are so pretty, and the texture all looks gorgeous with that hint of sparkle from the mica. Beautiful flowers and lace, and the image is lovely too. I hate the notion of books being pulped, even if it’s for a good cause, so I’m very happy you rescued this one, and turned it into such a work of art!
    Alison x

    • Bless you Dionne – I love it when something turns out as you’d hoped AND although it took several days, simply to allow stuff to dry, it was very easy! xx

  2. The texture on your altered book is so restrained and subtle it is beautiful. I confess to having a library that is overwhelming the shelves so I have read your post and thought “I need to consider this”
    Your Altered book is wonderful.

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