Monday, January 10, 2011

Altered Book Blitz - Bloom Book...!

I was long overdue on TWO altered calendars for the round robin swap i have been participating in for the last year. I created 8 spreads in two books on Saturday!  The first book is SHelley's flower themed book, Bloom.  I gathered up all my floral magazine clippings and started with two bouquets of yellow roses.  The backgrounds are vintage ephemera, a wall paper-ish floral paper, and some copper flocked wrapping paper.  A few butterflies (always the perfect compliment to flowers)finish off the page. Oh yeah - this was for November! Better late than never!
 For my next spread I started with a delightful illustration from a Nordstrom ad.  Her pretty blue dress (and cute blue poodle) called out for a Parisian scene.  I had to create her hat - since her head was cut off in the magazine - my gold mesh paper from Anthropologie was just the ticket, with a silk blue ribbon.  Buckets and buckets of flowers, cut from various magazines create the "marche".
Remember those flower photographs i picked up at an estate sale i wrote about here?  I purchased a whole bag of precut flowers and used all the red ones back in September's calendar.  The yellow ones create a whimsical spread with these two little girls from a Children's Place ad.  I flip-flopped the yellow hot air ballon - it was originally behind the girls on the right side.  But the seam barely shows.  The giant blooms are attached with thick glue dots. 
 For some variety in flower selection i went with a unique cactus spread from a magazine - splicing them together. The lady in white was cut from another ad in a magazine.  To add interest - i create a blouse out of the cactus flower remnants to coordinate with the background.  She is urging us to C'mon get happy!
Let's do just that!

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