Someday, the altered art you make today will be
old, faded, falling apart, and someone else will salvage the bits and use them
in new altered art.It's the best that any piece of art can hope for

~ anon~

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Saturday, 7 June 2008

The Diary of Jack the Ripper

Well it was it isn't now, now it is
'The Diary of Why.'
Why?? cos a friend (non crafty I hasten to add) asked me Why I do all this stuff.... hard question to answer, so I just said 'If you have to ask then you wouldn't understand' she quite rightly answered.. 'you don't know do you!'.....
Anyway back to the plot, here's my first Altered Book, never thought I would do one because I didn't think I could ever chop up a book, but this book had never been read, would probably never be read and I persuaded myself it would be loved sitting in my front room in an altered state. So lots of cutting, gluing, gessoing, painting and inking and glazing and embellishing later here she is! If I say so myself, I love it

but my evil husband thought people should know what a mess I work in........

Now back to those houses!!
Suppose I better clear up first!!


  1. Book looks amazing, wanna see more pages now! Hm, yes, your room kinda looks familiar, good to see though, some peeps own even more stash than I do, there is hope...:o) do you mind if I show my OH??

  2. i'm not saying anything ............................................

    well other than is that my stamp and book you've got

    and i suppose........................


  3. who cares what the room looks like when it produces such incredible and original art work.

    Anyway it looks far tidier than my loft space studio!


  4. Your book is great - love the way you've kept some of the original wording on the front cover - and the inside is just brill.

    Great craft room - yes, it does look a bit like mine too in part -although you've far more shelves and stuff than I have. I wish that I had just a little bit of your creativity though!!! LOL.

    Thanks for sharing x

  5. Well your room looks like a home from home, aren't craft rooms supposed to look like that - it shows that it is loved in my opinion!
    I have a question WHY? Can't I produce something as fabulous as your book, totally amazing piece of art, you should feel really proud of yourself LOVE IT!!!

  6. Wow! I'm not surprised you love it. I do too, and what a fantastic photo you managed to get of it. I understand how you feel about chopping up books, I've not done one myself for the same reason. I keep thinking about it, then thinking "no, I can't". Hopefully I'll be brave enough one day, LOL. As for your mess, mine is far worse at the moment, and mine's in half of what used to be the dining room so is permanently on display too! I'm sure people who visit think I'm nuts, but then they're probably not too far off the mark.

  7. The book is brill, love the colours. As for the craft room..all I see is organised chaos - at least everything is to hand! x

  8. sorry but I cannot believe this is your craftroom it is too tidy lol I have seen it.

  9. I said so on DC but thought it deserved another fab comment :) I love it too, its a great layout and the colours are brill. Well worth defacing a book, i have no issues with that at all :) Your room is pristine compared to mine, it is diabolical! But if you shut the door its okay to forget :)

  10. This is brilliant! I'm squeamish about cutting up books too, but I went to a bookshop and picked up a couple of old ones to play with a while ago.

    I think I may have gone green with envy at the sight of your craft room - who cares about the mess, looks like heaven to me!!!!

  11. Brill book, and does it really matter WHY we do these things?


  12. Fab book nicks- I tried one of these but the pages kept coming loose-so gave up and went on to another thing.

    Wow-that's a craft room and a half- I am drooling now over keyboard lol

  13. A chaotic craftroom is the sign of a creative genius!!
    Connie, x

  14. ok ok I lied.

    I love Altered Books - have just started a new one - but I have never gone as far with niches and paper engineering as you have here and it looks blinking AMAZING!

    (and your craft room is just fine! mine's worse, honestly)

  15. I love the way you have cut all niches and boxes in your book. I am sorry that someone has been directly copying your work I think that is every bloggers nightmare!! but dont let it put you off producing such good work.


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