I belong to an Altered Book Group that meets once an month. I love "book club night"! There are just over a dozen ladies who meet to share fun, food, and book art. Each member starts a book at the beginning of the year, choosing a theme. We pass the books from member to member; each month working on another topic.
I am a life long book lover. Until a few years ago, I would have been appalled to cut into a book. My outlook has changed over the years. Books are a delivery system for the content. As I grow older, I recognize that not all content is sacred. Some books are beautiful, but not all. When I choose a book to alter, I am careful to select a book that is not valuable or rare.
The book I worked on this month had a very general Spring theme. Spring means birds and nests to me and I started with that basic idea. I have been hoarding some scrapbook paper with large, gorgeous birds. I cut the paper to fit the pages as a start. I dyed some ribbon to coordinate with the colors, attached it and then stepped back to think. My first stamping to the page was a mistake. The green I used for a large fern frond did not match my applied ribbon. To hide the stamping, I tore some vintage sheet music and glued it to the page. I loved the look so much that I began patch-working with papers and fabrics. In the end, I used only a few stamps but I love the colors and textures of the finished project. The rubber stamped bird, word and phrase are from "The Bird's Nest" by Oxford Impressions.