Here is one of my spreads. I found the guy ballet dancer in my stash of vintage photos. Thankfully once upon a time i filed them by "men, women, children, etc" - so they were easy to locate. I wrote some text on the left that explains that the guy had to shave off his moustache so he could fulfill his dream to become a prima ballerina! The background map is Germany and Austria, so i pretended he was named Heinrich. Notice the striped ribbon on the left border, was also used for his tie!
Next is my Map Guy. (my husband said i should have called him Map Dude, but anyway...) When i was little, we had a map of North America on the wall of our playroom. I always saw this little man in the states running down the middle of the country. only he was missing a hat. I fulfilled my lifelong dream to put that hat on his head...
Do you see him?Here he is!!! His head is Iowa. He shirt (painted a soft green plaid) is Missouri. His jeans are Arkansas. And his large boot is Louisiana. How cool is that!?!? Oh yeah - his hat is Oklahoma turned right side up. You'll never look at a map of the US the same way again..!!
I added some eyelets and laces to his boot, a leather belt and gold buckle to his jeans, some buttons to his shirt and since the theme of the book called for a moustache, he got one of those! Without it, he looks a little bit like Elmer Fudd. Looking back, perhaps i should have added a logo to his hat?
Finally here is the sign in page. We were to take a precut tag to decorate and add our name and afix to the back of the book. The tag i selected already had an image of a cat wearing an glasses/nose/moustache disguise - so i didn't have much decorating to do! Cut out some star shapes and added the multi colour yarn. A fun theme for an altered book.
Next month? Sea Glass!