Monday, March 9, 2015

Altered Children's Board Book for Ephemera's Vintage Garden

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today I'm sharing my latest project.  You may have noticed a shift in my crafty style lately, as I lean more and more towards collage.  I've begun to develop a love for arranging beautiful and colorful images in a way that pleases my eye.

This project could also be labeled as a glue book since I haven't done any mixed media, nor have I added any dimensional elements.  Generally speaking, a glue book would be created from a base of paper such as old book pages, or journal pages.  In this project I have built my collage work onto a children's board book from the 99 cent store.  I began by sanding the shine and images off of the books pages, very easily and quickly done with a quality sanding block from the hardware store.

The page backgrounds are created from torn paper, using the scraps left over from the other projects I created using the same papers and art journal bits from Ephemera's Vintage Garden as used in my January and February creative team projects.  I have also used torn dictionary paper, some music paper, and a few other scraps that were on my desk.  I applied the paper in a haphazard fashion using a glue stick, trimmed out the edge then sanded the page to make it more even and sanded the edges of the page, and inked.

All of the images were then applied in layers also with the glue stick.  The images are from Ephemera's Vintage Garden, apart from one or two little images that were part of ephemera packs I'd purchased previously at Joanns.  The Ephemera's Vintage Garden paper and images used are mainly from the Miss Lady Fay collection, but I also added files I've purchased and some of the amazing freebie files as well.  Links are available below.

If you love these images as much as I do, then sign up for freebies (some of which are used in this project).  Go HERE to have the freebies delivered weekly to your email.  I keep all of  mine in an organized folder on my computer, easy to find and so much fun to play with!


  1. Nancy, I swear Girl! I wish I had half of your creative vision! WOW! What an absolutely wonderfully innovative cool idea to decorate a child's board book! OMG! I honestly LOVE what you have done here! I subscribed for the free weekly downloads - yippee! I will have to give this art form a try - when I get brave enough : ) This is truly a work of art and is incredibly fantastic! I LOVE viewing your creations! Have a great week, Lisa : )

  2. You definitely have a knack for the collage, my dear! What a fabulous book! I've a few board books from the thrift store but as of yet haven't had the chance to play with them. amazing work with the EVG images. I'm already a subscriber, but have yet to work with the gorgeous images. LOVE this! xxD

  3. It’s not that I want to duplicate your web site, but I really like the design and style. Could you let me know which design are you using? Or was it tailor made? Happy Kiss Day Wishes