Saturday, October 27, 2007

October ATCs

For my Byhand group, October's theme was Egypt, Hallowe'en, or indigo. I chose Egypt. In my little group that meets at Marg's, we did some ATC backgrounds that worked well with the theme. Marg prepared the ATCs ahead of time by squirting glue in squiggles over top of magazine pages cut and glued to ATC sized card. When we got the cards the glue was dry. We scribbled oil pastels over the cards, then rubbed them with "Never-Dull" -something that apparently is used for shining up hubcaps. It was very smelly, and was kind of soaked cotton. Anyway, we rubbed the cards and the pastels smeared around and blended, and it took off the magazine picture. The end effect was rather interesting. Here they are, all images are from Altered Pages. The stamps are from Non-Sequitur (plate 41) . The Isis eye is a punch.

3 X 3 Swap

In my AlteredDesigns group I am participating in a 3" X 3" swap, we make one 3X3 for each person in the swap. Each person had a different "vintage" theme. Here are my completed 3X3s. All collage images are from Altered Pages except for the cowgirl, whom I found on the net. The blocks are from a Tim Holtz paper. The orange bird is from the Dollar Store!

Vintage Children for Fran

Vintage Cowgirls for Barb

Vintage Floral for Sandy

Vintage Kids for Karen

Vintage Ladies for Kelly

Vintage Male for Ultra Violet

Vintage Pin-Up for Jan

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Happy Anniversary!

Yesterday was our 23rd Wedding Anniversary! I made my DH a card, which was inpired by my Challenge #2 on my AlteredBooksCanada Yahoo group. The Challenge was ripped pages, which I used for the inside of the card. The handmade paper backing the quote on the front was made with last year's wedding anniversary roses!

Journal Finished

I have just finished my 2005-07 Composition Journal. I go from periods of writing in it all the time to missing weeks or months in a row. This time I hadn't written in it since August 07, picked it up yesterday and finished it off. So here are the last pages of this journal.

For this page I started with the photo of the blue and white striped towel and the bathtub. I pulled the blue colour for the left page, and the orange colour of the towel on the tub for the right page.

I often make several pages ahead, and this one as no exception. I liked the door and the door handle, so designed the page using those pictures. I added the border around the door. When it came around to writing on this page, my ex-husband had suddenly died in Halifax. The somberness of the page reflected this. As one door closes for him (the door opens and his obituary is inside) another one opens - I believe in afterlife, so I believe he has more adventures ahead of him, therefore the door handle works well for this.

This page was done ahead as well, I loved these photos of the anorexic looking girls, especially since I was trying to lose weight at the time. I was reminding myself to eat well desptie the fact that I wanted to lose weight. I had a flap in between these pages, so I added various cards and ephemera that I had picked up in my trip to Toronto.

Last page! I love this page, the Asian aspect of it, and when writing on this page I had actually gone to a Chinese buffet! This page was about my trip to Niagara falls to visit friends, but I stopped writing halfway through the visit - no time! Then I didn't pick it up again until yesterday, my 23rd Wedding Anniversary. So I decided to make this the last page of my journal. Now to start a new one!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

ABCanada -Challenge #1

In my new Yahoo group I am issuing altered book challenges to be done in your own book, and shared with the group. My first challenge was about hidden tags. I am working in my House of Blues Book, essentially each page is about something blue. I like my page, but my tags aren't really hidden, I think I will do another page.

If you would like to join in our challenges, feel free to join our group! Just click on the Canadian Altered Books Yahoo group link on the sidebar.

Music Deco

I am in a deco swap on my Byhand group, called Music Decos. We each made (or purchased) a small book that could be easily sent in the mail, and are following each players directions of what they want in their book. Here is my book, called Rock 'n Roll Legends:

The cover shows Elvis's cape that he wore, now residing in Myrtle Beach's Hard Rock Cafe. We visited the HRC in March and took lots of photos, and I'm glad to be able to use some of them for my deco! I made this hard cover deco from an episode of Craft TV Weekly.

I used Santana's guitar to hold all the tags for the artists...

...and my first page was about my favourite legend, Mick Jagger. I love his stage presence and his swagger, but most of all, I think I admire him because he is still alive and performing! I was about 13 years old when I first discovered the Beatles, then the Rolling Stones. I'm amazed that he still has the energy to do what he does, especially living the lifestyle that he does. Keep on Rockin' Mick! Click here to see Mick in action over the years!

I have also completed one page from another deco, this one about quotes:

I used images and transparencies from Altered Pages, as well as some scrapbooking paper, a stamp from Michael's, and some white rub-on letters. The other letters are from a big stamp I have, kind of like a date stamp, but with about 10 rows of all the letters in the alphabet which can be rolled to make whatever word/s you want. I use it all the time! The quote is by Plato.

October Mingle

My October Mingle is about Groucho Marx, born Oct 2, 1890. His full name was Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx. He made 15 films with his brothers, and had, as well, a successful solo career. He had a distictive image, which included heavily painted on eyebrows and mustache! I loved researching Groucho, and it was hard to choose just a few quotes!

I have been tagged!!

I was tagged by a cyber-friend, Mary-Beth, to join in a "middle name" tag and it goes like this: Players, you must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had. When you are tagged you need to write your own blogpost containing your own middle name game facts. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and to read your blog.

My middle name is "Lee", nice and short! When I was born, my name was Linda Lee Littlepage!

Laughter-I love to laugh!
Ephemera, constantly collecting!
Eager-to get to my stamping room as often as I can!

Now I have to select 3 bloggers so I will select but a few of you whose work I admire. I hope you will also enjoy this exercise, as I have. Thank you Mary-Beth!

Therese Malak-a good friend and "play buddy"!
Dawn Sokol-wonderful journals
Yogi-wonderful art and bookmaking

You have been tagged!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Mona Lisa

I had an Altered Mona Lisa ATC swap due Monday - got right on it and made 3 ATCs, but when I was done, I realized it was an ALTERED Mona Lisa Swap- Mona needed to be altered! So I made another three ATC's!