Altered Books (page 1 of 3)

Junk Journal with Plant-dyed Paper

My first junk journal for the Design Team of The Graphics Fairy is kind of wild and free-form. The cover is made from plant-dyed paper using purple and yellow onion skins and it closes with a vintage, celluloid button and tea-dyed sari silk.

While there are so many great images available on The Graphics Fairy for free, I really went to town with some of the features on the Premium Membership Site where there are tons of pre-formed pockets, envelopes, cards, and the like. One of my favourite things is the printable washi tape. While you can print it on sticky paper directly, I really love the effect of printing it on tracing paper and using an adhesive to attach it to my pages, as I have done to make a border for the pocket, also made of tracing paper. As it is translucent, you can see some of the detail of the pocket inside made from a Vintage Journaling Card and Pocket. Inside of this is a French Journaling Card.

On another page I have used a “library card” pocket, again on tracing paper. Nearby I have tucked in a tiny accordion book for journaling with covers made from [read more]

Altered Sketchbook Journal – Enid Blyton (SOLD)

SOLD. This is an altered, vintage children’s book: Enid Blyton’s Nature Lessons. I have replaced the original pages with a mixture of high quality art papers (Fabriano, 200 gsm) and a lighter paper by Canson. the endpapers have been covered with a heavy page of butterflies. There are lots of pockets, cards, and tags with a nature theme. It ties closed with a fabric ribbon also festooned with butterflies. 60 pages for 120 sides. It measures 7 1/2″ x 5″ (18 1.2cm x 12 cm). Cost is £32 GBP plus £4 shipping. (Please note that if you are ordering outside of the UK, I politely request that you include an extra £3 to cover the additional postage. Thank you for [read more]

Handmade Journal with Plant-dyed Cover (SOLD)

SOLD! But if you want one, I can custom make one. Please let me know.

This is a handmade journal, perfect for a travel diary, sketchbook, illustrated journal, or guest book. The cover is handdyed with purple and yellow onion skins in an eco-print technique. The cover folds over and fastens with a vintage horn button and marigold sari silk. (If you prefer twine, let me know.) the inside cover has a pocket and comes with four, single cardsized sheets. The pages are Fabriano paper, 200 gsm, perfect for watercolour. 40 pages for 80 sides. Measures 7″ x 7 1.2″ (17.5 cm x 19 cm) Pages are all handdyed with tea, coffee, or avocado skin plant dye. It is a dramatic piece and sure to get attention, as well as a very useful size.

£32 GPB with £5 shipping. (Please note that if you are ordering from outside the U.K., I will ask you to increase the shipping by £2. Thanks for [read more]

Altered Sketchbook Vintage Book #6

This is a one-of-kind, artisan-made blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, journal or guestbook.The cover is an original copy of Log Cabin to White House and is from 1910. The papers are art papers by Fabriano and Goldline, 200 gsm, hand-dyed using tea and plant dyes; French dictionary pages circa 1860s, handwritten French letters, 1902; reproductions of Redouté flowers; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; and maps. Pages are hand-sewn into a vintage book cover. Book fastens with ribbon anchored by antique, mother-of-pearl buttons. The look of this book is deliberately messy, in the hopes that it will jumpstart your creative work and silence the dreaded inner critic. (You know the one I mean.)

There are 72 pages for a total of 144 sides. It measures 7 ½” x 5” (18cm x 12).

Cost is £32 GBP. Shipping is £5.00. You can use this link to pay via [read more]

Altered Sketchbook Vintage Garden

This is a unique, one-of-kind, artisan-made blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, journal or guestbook for you or a garden/flower-loving friend.

The papers are art papers by Fabriano and Goldline, 200 gsm, hand-dyed using tea and plant dyes; French dictionary pages circa 1860s, handwritten French letters, 1902; reproductions of Redouté flowers; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; and maps. Pages are hand-sewn into a vintage book cover. On the back cover is a pocket containing a mini-book of eight vintage ledger papers in a mulberry paper soft-cover for taking notes. Throughout flower and plant-related embellishments. Book fastens with removable ribbon. This is not so much a junk journal as a messy sketchbook with pockets – and it is deliberately messy, in the hopes that it will jumpstart your creative work and silence the dreaded inner critic. (You know the one I mean.)

 

There are 60 pages for a total of 120 sides. It measures 7 ½” x 5” (18cm x 12cm).

Cost is £32 GBP. Shipping is £4.00 in the U.K. and £7 worldwide. You can use this link to pay via [read more]

Altered Sketchbook Journal French

This is a one-of-kind, artisan-made blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, journal or guestbook for you or a Francophile friend.

 

The papers are art papers by Fabriano and Goldline, 200 gsm, hand-dyed using tea and plant dyes; 19th century sheet music; French dictionary pages circa 1860s, handwritten French letters, 1902; reproductions of Redoute flowers; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; maps from a vintage Plans de Paris; a “pocket” made from a handwritten, carte de postale; and first communion prayer cards. Pages are hand-sewn into a vintage book cover. Throughout are French trim and embellishment. Book fastens with rick-rack ribbon anchored with vintage, mother-of-pearl buttons.The look of this book is deliberately messy, in the hopes that it will jumpstart your creative work and silence the dreaded inner critic. (You know the one I mean.)

There are 48 pages for a total of 86 sides. It measures 7 ½” x 5” (19cm x 13 cm).

Cost is £32 GBP. Shipping is £4.00 in the U.K. You can use this link to pay via PayPal or most [read more]

Handbound Vintage Blank Book #3 (SOLD)

This is a unique, one-of-kind blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, scrapbook, or journal. It can also be used as a guestbook. It is a vintage French textbook.

It is full of 80 pages (for a total of 160 sides) comprised of Daler-Rowney artist papers in white and cream; 19th century sheet music, dictionary pages, handwritten French letters; reproductions of Redoute flowers on heavy paper; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; and maps. All of the pages are handtorn for a faux deckled effect, and many have hand-dyed edges. It contains plenty of pockets and removable tags. It measures: 5 1/2″ x 8″ (13cm x 20cm). (Please note, the pages shown below may not be the exact pages, but are near examples.)

These pages were then hand-sewn into a vintage book cover, with a freestyle “cowboy” binding. Too often new journals are intimidatingly pristine: the look of this book is deliberately messy, in the hopes that it will jumpstart your creative work and silence the dreaded inner critic. (You know the one I mean.)

This journal comes with a free UHU, artist quality glue stick; a small water brush; and a paper ephemera pack made up of pieces found [read more]

Handbound Vintage Blank Book #2 (SOLD)

SOLD!

 

This is a unique, one-of-kind blank book that can be used as a sketchbook, diary, journal, or scrapbook. It can also be used as a guestbook.

It is full of 72 pages (for a total of 144 sides) comprised of Daler-Rowney artist papers in white and cream; 19th century sheet music, dictionary pages, handwritten French letters; reproductions of Redoute flowers on heavy paper; handmade ecoprints; vintage accounting ledger pages; and maps. All of the pages are handtorn for a faux deckled effect, and many have hand-dyed edges. It contains plenty of pockets and removable tags. It measures: 4 1/2″ x 7″ (11.25cm x 17.5cm). (Please note, the pages shown below may not be the exact pages, but are near examples.)

These pages were then hand-sewn into a vintage book cover, with a freestyle “cowboy” binding. Too often new journals are intimidatingly pristine: the look of this book is deliberately messy, in the hopes that it will jumpstart your creative work and silence the dreaded inner critic. (You know the one I mean.)

This journal comes with a free UHU, artist quality glue stick; a small water brush; and a paper ephemera pack made up of pieces found in my paper arts studio.

Cost is [read more]

Recent Altered Books

And here are a batch of altered book covers from late 2017. Most incorporate original 19th or early 20th century images and handwritten letters and postcards from France, Switzerland, and the U.K. Click on an image to [read more]

Altered Book Cover Angel

Altered book cover with handcut angel. Book is a French schoolbook, 1888. Beautiful girl postcard, 1902. Wings are from variety of vintage French papers, including handwritten letter from 1903. (Also, reproduction maps by 7Gypsies.)

 Measures 10 cm x 22 cm. All papers are original. These are not printed reproductions! It is wired for hanging, or the wire can be removed for framing. All of my pieces come with extra paper goodies. Cost is £55. Shipping worldwide is £5. You can use the PayPal button below for payment, even if you do not have a PayPal account.

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