I just couldn't help myself. Altered book time!
I used the Bookshelves collection to embellish this altered book purchased from a thrift store. You can see how crazy I went with the globe rubber stamp for making cards in the March Scrap Rap. But to create the jumbo globe on the inside of this book, I enlarged the Unmounted Rubber Stamps index sheet on the copy machine by 160%.
I carefully trimmed out two enlarged globe stands with a detail scissors.
Next, I cut the correctly sized circular nook into the pages with a circle cutter, working several pages at a time.
Once the circles were cut all the way through the book, I attached a photo to the inside back cover to show through the nook.
Then I attached the globe stand to the inside front page with a light application of CS Bookbinding Glue. I sort of held my breath while I did that!
I chose to suspend a butterfly into the open space of the nook, so I sandwiched thread between two butterflies. Next, I sandwiched the thread between two pieces of Eggshell paper from the kit and attached it between the first two pages of the book.
The pre-sandwiching technique really helped with installing the butterflies. And you'll want to make sure that the thread lines up with the axis of the globe stand.
Check out how cool that looks!
I stamped images from the Bookshelves Greeting Unmounted Stamps onto the Library Pocket goodie included in the kit. And the Library Card was the perfect thing for inside this pocket after I gave it the royal stamping treatment and added a photo or two!
For the cover, I stamped Bookshelves images onto Ivory paper, shaded them with colored pencils, and trimmed the whole works into inchies. Each inchie has a black matte to really make it pop.
Then I added a little more rubber stamping to the book . . .
. . . onto the back cover and even the outside edge of the pages.
I suppose I've included way too many pictures, but I'm having a hard time stopping myself. It's just so much fun sharing!
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