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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Happy Wednesday, everyone!!!  I hope you're all well and, as I say, happily crafting!!!

I've finally did as much to my altered book for the Lessology Blogspot challenge as I could with the time permitted.  When I originally started I began with an old book but didn't like how it was progressing, so I started over and designed this one from scratch.  I think it kind of reflects who I am in that I usually have no direction of where I'm going when I design/craft and the only schematic I follow is what's in my own mind...lol!!!  Therefore I had no idea of the design from one page to the next as each page was completed -- that's me!!!  LOL!   And, with Halloween being so close I wanted to "sneak" incorporate that into my book too, so I did the cover in colors to represent Halloween... but, which also blend into the "no theme, no holiday" pages.  This book being so typically me is why I'm calling it "Just me...,  Audrey".

You might want to grab a cup of coffee or a snack, or whatever, because I'm going to take you through of tour of my altered book which consists of eleven pictures.  Let's get started with my altered book:

Now we'll move on to the pages.

The right-side page is 8 sheets of paper glued together to form the recessed window; the die-cuts are from the Sophie cart cut on my cricut expression, and both pages include pearls from a Pearl Pen.  I used  "Peel-Offs" for the frame and top/bottom edges on the left-hand page and for the rose flower on the right-hand page; I colored them with Crystal Colors Laquer and to highlighted, of course, I used Stickles :

On the following pages, there's a frame is on the left-hand page where a picture can be inserted and which was also cut from the Sophie cart; the tag on the right-hand page opens for journaling and/or another small picture, and is mounted on foam dots:

The Nefertitis at the bottom of the left-hand page is made from clay by using a handmade mold ( you might remember I used one before for a bracelet); the picture of the queen on the right-hand page was one I found on the internet which I embellished with lots of glass glitter.  For additional dimension, I added Glossy Accents to her face and hands.  The queen's page is 2 layers and lifting up the top layer opens to a pop-up exposing the queen's castle:

I wanted to make certain I incorporated a couple of different embellishing "upcycled" elements and techniques, so I just couldn't not do an embossed page, a page covered with lace, or actual altered torn book pages -- which I've actually stamped my face on one:

The word "Faith" on the above page was cut from vinyl.

The final pages are plain white sheets for some hand journaling, should I decide to ever use it... lol!!!

Well, that's it!!!  I hope it meets the requirements of the Lessology team, and that both they and you like it!

As I've still got to come up with something to make for my DT project for The Bug Bytes, after I submit thisto the challenge, I'm off again!  However, I will take a few minutes later (and in between project breaks -- whatever it ends up being) to come around to visit with as many of you as I can!!!

Hugs, love you all, and...

I'll be seeing you!


Angi @ CokiePop said...

WOWZA Audrey....the details are gorgeous. I love the Queen's page and the feather. And wow...you stamped your face on a page. Love that idea. The extra added features of this book are so gorgeous. Thank you soooo much for joining in on the fun at LESSology. :)

mforquer said...

Gorgeous Audrey!!! I love the rich colors and FUN embellishments and textures!! I tried a go with altered projects recently and it's SO much fun!!! Gorgeous and thanks for the inspiration!

Cher~ said...

Wow....bling, embossing, feathers, and a pop-up all in one album. It looks great.

Patti J said...

So, were you 12 years old when you started this masterpiece? Oh my gosh girl, it must have taken you forever!!! What a beautiful project. Thanks for sharing, and for inspiring us all!

Jean said...

Wow Audrey. Your book turned out lovely!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh I LOVE the whole book... YOU are such an inspiration, I so want to make one of these... (if I wasn't driving Alex all over I could lol)... You definitely out did yourself on this one my friend.... DEFINITELY A WOW BOOK... HUGS

girlia said...

Very pretty

scrappin sista said...

WOW!!! this is a awesome book!!! and you completed it!! lol!! I will start a book but then it will take me awhile to get it done!! Its beautiful my friend!! I love it!
Stay crafty,

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

I was just thinking like Patti- you must have worked hours for day for all the special touches...love so many of the pages.Kind of reminds me of the new smash book ideas.
Great job on this challenge sweetie.
Always glad when I pop in to see what is new.

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

Audrey, this is simply breath taking! I can't imagine how much time it took you to create this. I would love to see the other one you made and didn't like. I bet it is just as beautiful!

Talk to you soon


"Um Buggin" said...

Audrey, this book is just Stunning!!! I can see all the work and love you put into this masterpiece. Then, you always put a lot of work into your creations. This would leave the recipient speechless. Gorgeous masterpiece, and thanks for stopping by to visit although I have been MIA often.

Hugz, xx


Amy* said...

Audrey you took the altered book challenge to new heights!! What a gorgeous creation! Every page is so detailed and absolutely incredible! This was my first visit to your blog and after reading your inviting intro I ran and grabbed a cup of coffee as I knew I was going to enjoy my visit and yes I enjoyed it thoroughly :) Can't wait to come back again...I'm following you now so I don't miss a thing!

Brenna & Mona said...

Audrey that is such a beautiful altered book!! that is gorgeous. and thank you for leaving some love on my blog! i've had a lot of people stop by but no one commented...so thank you for that.

Cricut Couple said...

Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous! I loved your comment "Didn't like it so I just made my own". You can get away with that. Hee! Hee! It's just fantastic! Every little detail is personal, but goes so well with the over all design! Love it!

yyam said...

I just knew you would do a fabulous job with this challenge Audrey! This totally rocks! :)

I love the fun embossing, the 3D page, the lace page and your cute image stamp! :)

Thanks for playing along with us at LESSology! :)

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is beautiful! Each page is just amazing! Great work!

lovemypaper said...

"WOW" So very pretty!

Monique Barr said...

This is just AWESOME. Just love the way you can take something and make a great craft. Thanks for being a bright light in my art.

Nadia said...

This is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful challenge! I design the way you do... let my mind and the project go one step at a time! Love that you shared the process and all the bits of 'you' in the book! Each page is a lovely surprise!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

This book is GORGEOUS! I love all the different textures and the rich colors, you even have vinyl in this book. Love it!

The Archiving Angel said...

Hello sweet Audrey. This is a masterpiece!
Love all your details & special touches.
It is incredible.

Marlene said...

WOW Audrey, this book is GORGEOUS. You did an amazing job and you did it all. My fav is the pop up one.

Karen @ THEBUZYBUG said...

Beautiful job Audrey!

Rhonda Emery said...

oh now this is gourgeous you outdid yourself I love love love it. hugs

Susan said...

Hey Audrey!

I'm so excited to see you entered this into the Lessology challenge! This turned out so pretty! Well, all your projects are! I love the differant look on each page. I am planning on entering this challenge also. I have been working on my project for almost two weeks now because of this silly shoulder issue I'm having but I am almost done with it and am determind to enter this! I don't know about you but I am really loving this Lessology site! And I have a feeling I'm going to run into you there often friend! ;)


Audrey Pettit said...

So very, very cool, Audrey! Love all the detail and elegance you've poured into this amazing altered book project. Thanks so much for playing along with us at LESSology. :)

lisa said...

What a pretty book!!
Thank you for joining in with us at LESSology. :)

She's Crafty! Studio said...

This is so beautiful.

~amy~ said...

WOW...lovin' all the wonderful details on your gorgeous altered book! Thanks soooo much for joining us at LESSology!

Jani said...

So lovely! This must have taken a long time, but it was completely worth it. Love all the bling. Love everything :)


Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is fabulous Audrey, I love all the interesting details and pages after pages filled with wonderful texture, thanks for playing along with us at LESSology!!!

Brenda said...

Absolutely STUNNING. Your book looks fabulous. Your details are superb.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee this!! LOVING all the crowns! Thanks soooooooooooooo much for playing along with LESSology! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Dora said...

Beautiful I love your book!
thanks for playing!