Monday, July 12, 2010


I am in love with books. I am a Twilight fan and I own the whole series including The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. I read the Mortal Instruments (BEST SERIES EVER) And I do own the second but I lent it to a friend. What can I say, I'm just like any other teenage girl!

Since I like to read I need a bookmark right? I made this one yesterday. I used kraft card stock as the base, paper from My Mind's Eye for the patterned layers and dictionary papers. The dictionary papers are of the words Bookcase and Book. I made the top layer of patterned paper into a tag (for no particular reason) I stamped my first initial onto it too.

On the back I put the word novel and an e stamp from a store in Pasadena, CA. I put it on the back of all my cards. Now I just need a book to put it in because I just finished Dark Flame by Alyson Noel. But that's not a problem, I have many books lined up to read. So many actually, that just that list will last me until I need a new bookmark.

The books on the shelf are all books I'd recommend to anyone who likes YA Fantasy Fiction. If you can't tell from the picture they are (in order from left to right)(not including Home from the Vinyl Cafe):
Twilight- Stephenie Meyer
New Moon- Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse- Stephenie Meyer
Short Second Life of Bree Tanner- Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn- Stephenie Meyer
Blue Bloods- Melissa De La Cruz

Kissed By and Angel- Elizabeth Chandler
Evermore- Alyson Noel
Blue Moon- Alyson Noel
Shadowland- Alyson Noel
Dark Flame- Alyson Noel

Secret Society- Tom Dolby
City Of Bones- Cassandra Clare
(MIA) City of Ashes- Cassandra Clare
City of Glass- Cassandra Clare

Elsewhere- Gabrielle Zevin

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Altered Book Box

I made this "love" Altered book box about a week ago. Sorry I'm only getting around to it now. I really don't have an excuse for not posting it, it wasn't like I was busy or anything. Now that its summer I've just kinda been chillin' out. But all that aside let me show you some of the details.

I made this little enclosure thingy with a loop of paper, ribbon, piece of chipboard, a flower and some rhinestones. It's not like it needs it though, the book stays closed on it's own. It was a soft cover book before but I put chipboard over the cover so it was a bit stronger.

Here is a picture of the inside. The hole was cut with an x-acto knife.

Inside I put a miniature 2 of hearts playing card and a plasticene heart. Sadly I only had green plasticene so I had to paint it. BTW its really hard to paint plasticene.

I'm really bad at cutting out the holes in these altered book boxes so instead of covering the inside with paper I made a concoction of white paint, mod podge and white glue to fill in the unstraight sides. When this concoction dried, it crack. This wasn't an issue though because I thought it gave it a cool look. To enhance the cracks I rubbed some black paint into the cracks.

I put some masking tape around the edge and painted it black. Not really any reasoning behind this I just thought it looked cool.

Now I'm going to show you how I made the flowers on the top of the box.

1st: get some white paper flowers. (one for the leaves and one for the petals)

2nd: You will need some sort of water based paint. I had these paint dabber things.

3rd: put some on a paint pallet or in my case a craft sheet.

4th: I added water to it to make the paint even more watery.

5th: Drip the paint into the center of the flower.

6th: The paint will spread out until you get something like this.

7th: Once dry the flowers will be dark at the tips and lighter in the center.

8th: Layer

9th: Add a gem or rhinestone.