3 Dec 2013

Sculptered Book

I have been seeing these books in blog land and also on you tube..they are also called book art or origami book art....you should check them out as some of them are amazing!! So I thought I would like to have a go.

I used an old Dickens book which had nicely discolored pages and set about folding them back on each other into the centre. You don't have to glue them they will stay in place. I then very lightly inked the edges with some walnut stain distress ink.

Next I chose some paper to line the insides...I believe it is my minds eye from a Christmas stack. I distressed the edges and inked them and stuck them in leaving the edges curled slightly.

On to decorating..I used some lovely green velvet ribbon to hold the book at the angle I wanted it to sit. I coloured some lace with watered down green olives fresco and stuck that onto the edges of the pages.

From a selection of movers and shapers dies I cut three reindeer and the number 25.I painted the reindeer with a combination of brown frecos and the 25 with claret and london bus.

I then used antiquities from ranger to give them a slight frosted look. I stamped the holly leaves onto some christmas paper, heat embossed them and cut them out. These were shaped and placed onto the book with silicone glue and some pearl beads coloured with red pepper alcohol ink were placed in the middle.The reindeer were stuck in.

I found the poem 'Twas the night before Christmas' online and printed it out onto parchment in as small a font as I could. I distressed it and concertina folded it into a little book I had made from grey board and grunge paper. This had a filgree wrap cut in half with a metal bead spacer as a closure with some wired thread.

This was stuck securely on the bottom of the book.

I had bought some really cute wooden tags and stars from Ally Pally in September and thought they would finish it off. I stamped joy with crimson archival onto the tag and put some red wire through the top.
The stars had the antiquities on them and were put along the bottom of the book

                               So here it is finished........

  Thanks for stopping by.........

*What I didn't write in this post at the time was that the book was going to my sister in the USA!! I posted it off on the 14th December..paid a whole lot more to have it delivered in 4 days and did it arrive?? NO!! It finally arrived on boxing day..which happens to be her birthday and I was talking to her on Skype when the postie knocked on the door...so saw her open it too which was nice :D she loved it!! so all went well in the end and she has something I made out of something that belonged to our beautiful mum to bring out every Christmas!!! Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year to you all xxx*


  1. Wow Lin, it's fabulous now we can see it properly. I love all the elements you used and how wonderful this is going to look every year. It sure to become a regular feature of your Christmas decor. I MUST find time to have a go at one of these.

    Lesley Xx

  2. Me again ............... I forgot to say I have that gorgeous paper stack too. The papers are so special it's hard to use them, lol!

    Lesley Xx

  3. That's really lovely and so festive. I really like altering books. I get them in Charity shops just to do that! Julie Ann xx

  4. Absolutely perfect gift for your sister especially using one of your mums books. Hope it gets there in one piece and before Xmas too.

    Great make - Sam xx

  5. It's beautiful!! I know we saw sneaks on twitter, but to see it in all the detail is just amazing! I must find a book I can use, to have a go at one of these.

  6. that is just fabulous Lin - so innovative and different.

  7. Lin, I am awestruck. That is spectacularly gorgeous.

  8. Great edit to this post - so glad your sister loves it and it finally arrived

  9. Stunning stunning stunning altered book! Love it! Karen.x


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