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Creative possibilities for great new book shapes and dimensions are endless with Altered Shapes. Secret compartments, windows, pockets attachments, hinges and doors offer limitless opportunities to explore new techniques, turning old books into works of art with new meaning.


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Altered Shapes
Books - Journals - Pages

Designers: Linda Rael, Carrie Edelmann Avery, Erin Edelmann, Laura Dehart, Lisa Vollrath & Michele Charles
Pages: 51
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher:Design Originals
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4Q0088
Weight: 0.5 lb

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Let's get rolling with inspiring shapes for books.

You will love all the shapes we've provided in this book.....over 40 shapes to get you started! Then add a few of your own.

Decorating shaped books has taken Altered Book creativity to a whole new level!

Ideas for shapes and decorating them are never ending. Interesting shapes provide a springboard for jumping in and creating themed art.

Whether you purchase a pre-cut book or cut your won, this new style of altered book provides creative inspiration.


Designer Linda Rael Designer Carrie Edelmann Avery

Designer Erin Eldelmann Designer Laurie Dehart

Designer Lisa Vollrath Desinger Michele Charles

About the Designers

Linda Rael is a mixed media artist living in San Antonio, Texas. She teaches and shows her work in galleries and has been published in numerous magazines.

Carrie Edelmann Avery spends her days at Stamp Antonio Arts store in Texas. Her art has been in Somerset Studio and is found in galleries.

Erin Edelmann is a talented mixed media artist. She works and teaches classes at Stamp Antonio Arts in San Antonio, Texas.

Laura Dehart is a mixed media artist with a BFA in Fiber Arts from UNT. Her work has been in Somerset Studio and Quilting Arts.

Lisa Vollrath is a multitalented artist and media designer. She creates wonderful stickers, scrapbook papers and books for Design Originals.

Michele Charles is an energetic designer. She loves helping students explore all kinds of art. She is Senior Educator for Design Originals.

Butterfly Wings
Butterfly Wings



Table of Contents

Index of Creative Shapes for Books 3
Butterfly Wings - Michele Charles 4
Secrets of the Heart - Michele Charles 5
Goddess, Shrine, & Wings - Linda Rael 6-7
Cross, Sunshine & Guitar - Carrie Edelmann Avery 8-9
Alphabet - Erin Edelmann 10
How to Cut Books into Shapes 11
Butterfly Instructions 14
Heart Instructions 15
Goddess Instructions 16
Shrine Book with Drawers Instructions 17
Wings Instructions 18
Sun Instructions 19
Cross Instructions 20
Pieces Tag Book - Erin Edelmann 21
Guitar Instructions 23
Alphabet Instructions 24
Princess Instructions 35
A Star is Born Instructions 35
Car Instructions 37
Cowgirl Boot Book Instructions 38
Clock Instructions 40
House Instructions 41
Tag Book Instructions 42
A Star is Born - Lisa Vollrath 44
Princess - Erin Edelmann 45
Road Trip - Carrie Edelmann Avery 46
Boot Scootin' - Laura Dehart 47
Hand Book - Michele Charles 48
Item is of the Essence - Linda Rael 48
House and Home - Erin Edelmann 50
Pieces Book 51

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