Altered Book Pages

I posted a fabric covered book several weeks ago and promised to share the inside pages. It’s almost finished – I might add more layers at some point, but for now it’s finished. Below each photo, I posted some of the items on the page.

To begin with I lay a base of vintage papers over each page.  I add color with found papers, such as wall paper, photos from magazines and decorative papers.   Then I add color with dry media, such as gelatos or a colored pencils.

Altered Book | Vintage Page Designs

Found vintage papers; dry wall tape; Mini book in stitched pocket.

For the next layer, I machine sew fabric – I like to use fabrics in a variety of textures, such as velvet, silk, cotton and sheer materials. I then like to layer on some transparent elements, such as drywall tape or some tissue paper.

Altered Book | Vintage Page Designs

Eco-printed silk; packing tape transfer; hand stitching; found fabrics.

I will sew pockets onto several pages from found papers, such half a vintage postcard or a shipping tag. Then make a couple of miniature mixed books or tags to insert in the pockets.

Altered Book | Vintage Page Designs

Tea dyed tag; rubber stamping on fabric and paper; dried gingko leaf; vintage lace.

To add imagery to my pages, I often utilize packing tape transfers or images printed on transparencies.

Altered Book | Vintage Page Designs Manning

Mini mixed book; tea-dyed tag pocket; more hand stitching and found fabrics.

Finally, I go searching for quotes and words from my journals. I use a vintage typewriter to type them on a piece of old ledger paper and add them with glue. I also use several rubber stamp alphabets to create words throughout the book (I didn’t do this much in this book).

Altered Book | Vintage Page Designs

Birch bark; packing tape transfers; more typed quotes; stamped linen.

Finishing touches are added with hand stitching and found objects, such as the dried gingko leaf, vintage keys and buttons.

Altered Book | Vintage Page Designs Manning

Vintage papers and lace; post pocket; mini mixed book; rubber stamped tea bag

If you’ve make an altered book recently, please feel free to share a link or photo in the comments. I’d love to see what you’re making.

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