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The basic rules about altered books is this: There are no Rules! With Altered Books 101, Beth Cote and Cindy Pestka give you a variety of ideas for making beautiful creations. The supplies are simple and with a few of their personal guidelines you can't fail. Just enjoy!


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Altered Books 101
Everything You Need To Know ...."The Complete Guide"

Authors: Beth Cote and Cindy Pestka
Pages: 51
Page size: 8 1/2" x 11"
Publisher: Design Originals
Cover: Soft
Item Code: 4Q0089
Weight: 0.6 lb

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Creating unusual items is so enjoyable .... and making altered books is very rewarding. Altered Books 101 gives you a variety of ideas for making these beautiful creations. Or use your imagination and our altering ideas to make books uniquely your own.

The supplies are simple.... discarded books, paper, glue and assorted embellishments. You will soon have books for every theme and season plus gifts for friends and special people.

About the Authors

Beth Cote is a professional artist who works with mixed media and book art. Her focus is altered books. She travels across the country teaching at paper arts workshops from California to Texas, at conventions and retreats. She is currently the co-president of the International Society of Altered Book Artists. Beth lives in rural Illinois with her husband and three children.

Cindy Pestka is a mixed media artist who teaches classes and is the owner of Northern Lights Designs, a web-base supplier of wonderful collage and decoupage papers. Cindy loves altered books. She has way too many found objects and thrift store treasures for her small Seattle home and loves using her collection in artistic creations.

Table of Contents

Altered Book Basics 3
Embellish Your Altered Book 5
Cut Holes, Windows, Niches and Shadowboxes 7
More Fabulous Ideas for Glorious Niches 9
Collage of Treasures 11
Clock in a Book 12
Little Drawers 13
'All My Favorite Shoes' Book of Many Windows 14
Flowing Water Mosaic 16
Treasure Box Book 18
Handmade Journal Book 19
How To 'Age' Papers 23
Fabulous Vintage Ideas 24
Paper Collage 25
Fluid Mediums 27
Wonderful Mini Booklets 29
Altering Board Books 31
Masking the Text 33
Tags, Envelopes and Folded Pages 35
Creative Edges for Pages 37
More Great Ideas for Altered Books and Pages 40
Covering the Outside of a Book 42
Today and Tomorrow - Collage Clips 45
Curiosity Department - Collage Clips 47
Questions and Answers 48
Great Ideas for Altered Book Page 49
Photo Keeper and Memory Holder with Ribbon 51

Instruction Page
Instruction Page


Envelope Keepsakes
Envelope Keepsakes


Paper CollageBook
Paper Collage and Treasure Book

Clock in a BookNiches
Clock in a Book and Glorious Niches




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