Altered Books (page 1 of 3)

Altered Book Full of Flowers

 

This is my latest altered book and it is one with a floral theme. It is filled with original, vintage handwritten pieces, cards, photos, and illustrations from the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a one-of-a-kind, signed piece. To see a larger version of any layout just click on any image.

The book measures 5″ x 7.5″ (12.5cm x 17.5cm) and has ten unique, hand-collaged layouts.

Cost is $425 USD with free worldwide shipping. To buy, please email me [read more]

Altered Book Turned Into Homemade Prayer Book

This book was commissioned for collector Gene Marcos. I took a book from 1936 and added original vintage ephemera in collage layout, then added lots of pockets to create an altered prayer book. Click on any image to see a larger [read more]

SOLD: The New Dawn: Altered Book

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My latest altered book is adorably small but packed with vintage paper ephemera. It started as a book of poetry The New Dawn, from 1936. Inside are original photos, tintypes, cards as well as collage layouts made with original old images. To see a larger view, just click on any image below.

This piece measures 5.5″ x 3.5″ (14.5cm x 9.5cm). Cost is $145 USD with $12 worldwide shipping. To buy, go to my Etsy store here or contact me directly at [read more]

Altered Book: Bell’s Miniature With Sunflower

My latest altered book is a small format but packed with vintage paper goodness. This book is completely hand-altered and is a one-of-a-kind art piece that you can display on a table or shelf; it is meant to be handled, the inserts taken from their pockets and enjoyed for their own sake.

The book is from Bell’s Miniature Series and dates from 1905. Inside are six unique collage layouts and paper ephemera that includes:

  • Border of handwritten French document, 1838;
  • Ex Libris, 1897;
  • Rotograve (photograph) post card of kitten, 1906;
  • Engraving of man in top hat from “The Girl’s Own Paper”, 1883;
  • Welsh text, 1881;
  • Nautical animals from children’s nature guide, 1876;
  • Handwritten postcard, 1875;
  • Hand-painted, hand-lettered celluloid French holy card, c. 1905;
  • Vintage sales card from Singer sewing machines, c. 1910s;
  • Page from Observer’s Guide to Bird Eggs,
  • Vintage French card frame containing black and white cigarette card photograph, 1890s and Victorian era scrap card with French scripture
  • French holy card with extra angels, 1922.

If you would like to buy this book, scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on thumbnail boxes below to see a larger version of any image. 

 

The book measures 4″ x 6″ (10cm x 15cm). Cost is £105 GBP (this is approximately $145 but please [read more]

Altered Book: Temperance Entertainer

This altered book is made from a vintage book, then filled with paper ephemera, pockets, collage, and mixed media embellishments. A book like this takes several weeks to make: pages must be prepared, pockets formed, layouts created, gluing gluing gluing, drying drying drying. Each layout is a unique, collage piece, making this altered book basically a collection of one-of-a-kind collages. Here is a video flip through showing page by page detail with a description of the techniques I used inside.

Here are still photos of the pages. TO SEE A LARGER VERSION OF ANY photo, just click on that image.

To buy, the cost is £165 GBP + £19 worldwide shipping. (This is approximately $227 + $26 USD but please use this currency converter for an exact price.) You can use the Buy It Now button or email at kelly@bookandpaperarts.com for more information. I can also be reached on Instagram at @Book.And.Paper.Arts and you can send me a [read more]

SOLD: Altered Book: The Good Samaritan

SOLD: My latest altered book is in a book of children’s Bible stories from 1915. It is a larger size than I usually get to work in and I really had fun with the larger format. Throughout I have used original 19th-century paper ephemera to create collage layouts before embellishing the pages with a variety of mark making. Here is the video flip through and below that are still photos. CLICK ON ANY PHOTO IN THE GALLERY TO SEE A LARGER VERSION.

This altered book is for sale. The cost is £145 (approximately $205 but please use currency converter for exact exchange rate). Worldwide shipping is £15. To buy use the Buy It Now button. You can also email me or contact me on Instagram via DM @bookandpaperarts.

(Click on any photo in the gallery to see a larger [read more]

Let’s Alter a Sketchbook Cover

 

I never go anywhere without a sketchbook journal; it’s the best way to make sure you are working in it, no excuses, and using small bits of time here and there. While I usually use a most substantial journal there are times when it is too heavy to be practical, and then I want a smaller, lightweight book. But – I want it to be noteworthy, so I decorate them before taking them out. (We want compliments, don’t we?) Here is a video showing how I altered the softcover sketchbook above. Below this are some written instructions AND some high-res downloads that you can use to reproduce this book yourself.

You can usually find these soft cover journals in craft, stationery, or book stores. First I put down a messy layer of gauze. If you don’t have gauze you can use cheesecloth or other light fabric, or tissue paper, or skip this step. Over that I added a page from an old French army record book onto which I had stamped a bird’s nest. Now, you can use any page of your own that you fancy but here are some high-res scans that you can download or cut-and-paste [read more]

Altered Book Filled With Vintage Paper Ephemera

Hellooooooooooo! This is my latest altered book and it is full of vintage paper ephemera from the 19th and early 20th century. This book took several weeks to make, from preparation to blocking and creating individual collage layouts using a variety of authentic engravings and other vintage images. These are not printed downloads: I always use originals. This altered book is a one-of-kind piece.

If you want to see a larger version of any photo below, just click on it and hey, presto, you will be able to see more detail.

Please let me know if you have any questions or leave me a comment below. I love getting your feedback.

If you are interested in buying this altered book it is £165 plus £8 worldwide shipping. Please send me an email at kellyboler79@gmail.com or a DM at Instagram [read more]

How to Layout an Altered Book Page

In this video I share how I create one of my collage layouts in my altered books. Using a vintage image from “The Girl’s Own Paper”, a magazine from 1903, and the cover of an antique French bank book from 1910, I show how I play with a variety of backgrounds to get a page that you can’t stop looking at. I also explain about where to put the images on the page and how to rearrange them to change the narrative, or story, that the images are telling. Finally, I show how to really make your altered book pages pop by edging the images with charcoal and smudging.

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below and I will be happy to get back to you and if you like what you see, subscribe to my free, online newsletter where you will receive tips, hacks, and tutorials for making altered books and other paper and journal arts [read more]

Vintage Paper in Altered Book Pockets

This latest altered book is chock full of vintage goodies tucked into pockets. Included in this piece:

  • Colour woodpecker engraving, 1867
  • Variety of engravings of jaunty women, 1881 and 1887
  • Cabinet card of young girl, 1900s
  • Distressed envelope with sealing wax, 1851
  • Handwritten postcard, 1875
  • Handwritten French card
  • Celluloid card, 1911
  • French “wrapper”, handwritten receipt, 1857

To see a larger view of any photo, click on the picture:This

Here is the flipthrough:

Cost is £175 GBP with free worldwide shipping. Contact me to buy or use the Buy It Now below. (Click here for currency converter.) Any questions? Send me an email at [read more]

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