Sunday, 21 October 2007

An Altered Jigsaw Book

Hello! :O))

I have really been busy with all this altering this weekend. Here is a little book I put together using a kiddies jigsaw puzzle. My Mum-in-Law bought this for me on a Car Boot Sale and it is brilliant for altering as it is really thick and the pieces are big. I didn't try to do the puzzle before I altered it though...I still would have been there trying to finish it ;O}}

Firstly, I took five pieces of the puzzle that were similar in size. I spent a good half hour ripping the coloured layer of card off the pieces so I had a good surface to work onto. The side that I tore the card off was the side that I covered with the fancy papers though as the removal of the card left it a bit rough! Whoops, learnt my lesson there then!

I used the new Infuse Collection of papers by Basic Grey. I recently added a couple of the designs to my stash and have been champing at the bit to have a play with them...the colours are gorgeous reds, greens and creams, so I combined the papers with Fired Brick and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.

For the paper sides of the pieces, I tried to keep the imagery simple so I didn't cover up too much of the beautiful papers, but as usual, I got carried away and really went to town with the stamping and the embellishing LOL

I used stamps by Catslife Press, Crafty Individuals, Cherry Pie Art Stamps and the Tim Holtz Collection. My new "fave" stamp is the "melting clock" image from Cherry Art which is a copy of a Salvador Dali image... I hand wrote the little sentiment next to it, as it does seem that time is slipping away far to quickly at the moment!! I added a few little charms to the pages using jump rings and finished off by punching holes into the pieces (using the trusty Crop-A-Dile) and threaded ribbons through them. To make some of the stamped images stand out more, I covered them with Glossy Accents, for example, the word "dream" has all of the letters covered in GA to make it look a bit more finished.

To make the whole book look more defined, I used a piece of Cut & Dry foam to smudge Fired Brick ink all around the edges of both sides of the pieces...this blended the pieces together more I think. I also tried to make a little domino using a piece of mountboard and three gold brads....then I stamped the Catslife Press "Art" stamp onto it....not exactly how I imagined it to be...but it is "art" after all ...LOL

Thanks for looking and I would love your comments as I am still not 100% about the overall effect and I think my old tendancy to make things "fussy" has come back...

Cheers, Hels x


Andrea said...

OMG its brilliant, how great is this and an excellent idea, might have to copy this one xx

Dan said...

The pages are brilliant Hels! Could you plonk in a pic of the whole thing so that we can see how it's held together? Yours, demandingly, Dan LOL

Shaz said...

OMG..... absolutley stunning xxxx where do you get your ideas from???? you are such a tallented lady xx

She said...

Stunning! Sheils xx

shazzapat said...

WOW,WOW,WOW,WOW,WOW!!!!!!!! It is fab Helen, would never have thought an ickle jigsaw could be turned into something so gorgeous. Well done

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