Sunday, February 26, 2012

The basketball weekend: an ATC book

I've had a fun three day weekend. My head has been in the clouds because I love basketball. Since this was a week I wasn't teaching my Altered Book class (see my right sidebar if you have missed any of these lessons), I decided to make other art, instead. Now I knew I would be watching TV most of the weekend, so I wasn't about to stand and watch it in my craft room (where I have one of two TVs, the other being in my office) all weekend. So I needed a small project.

It seems like I've gotten inspiration from several of my friends this week. This time it came from Dianne at Art Beneath the Cottonwoods. The project was the perfect size for TV watching.

I first printed out some photos and cropped them to ATC size. Of course, that made a few of the photos stretch a bit in one direction or another. Also, I think my color is gone in my printer, because I printed them on "best image" setting.

Here is one of the photos I took from the NBA All-Stars web site, and you can see how much color I lost.

Let me walk you through my weekend, as I describe it and the book made from ATC sized pages (2.5 X 3.5 inches).

On Thursday, I watched the Wheelchair Challenge. I was quite impressed with the men (yep, all men) who used their basketball skills while negotiating their wheelchairs. Says something for and about the disabled!

On Friday, I started with the All-Star Celebrity Game, which had no time outs, except for quarters and commercials. The time clock continued even when free throws were shot. It just goes to show, "Celebs" get preferential treatment.

Continuing on Friday night, I watched the All-Star Rising Star Challenge. I admit, I love the fast break, and this game was full of them. It was non-stop and very fast paced from beginning to end, so none of this standing around, passing the ball around the perimeter for 24 seconds like in many boring basketball games!

I really messed up the front, even after I scanned it the first time. I had forgotten the phrase "Got Game" I found that I made years ago using embossing powder heated on a transparency. When I went to add it to the cover, I accidentally scraped the embossed powder off. I tried to repair it using a gold ink pen, but I believe I only made it worse.

Throughout the week, there were lots of jam sessions and workshops. Here, Pau Gasol, the Lakers (yep, I'm a dyed in the wool Lakers fan) center and power forward, signs a lucky boy's jersey. I think you can read the sentiment, which I put on the left side of each page.

On Saturday night, I began this book while watching All-STARS Saturday night. It featured Shooting Stars, the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point contest, and the Slam Dunk contest. It was fun watching the young players who will soon be famous, as they dunked the basketball. And one of the long time players, Tony Parker of the Spurs, won the Skills Challenge. It was his third appearance in this event. The first time in 2003, he took last place. Third time really IS a charm!

The left page has the only 3-D element in the book, a small puzzle piece. I didn't want this book to be too thick, although I did quite a bit of collage fodder layering. Now I'm not sure what the Lakers mascot looks like, but I can surmise it isn't one that looks like these guys on the right page. However, they were both so cute, I couldn't resist the photo, especially of the "guy" on the left with the basketball nose that looked more like a tennis ball to me.

For the women's page, even though I don't think of women as necessarily feminine, I wanted a page representing a softer side. Therefore, I used a bit of my leftover "love" deli paper and a sticker rose from Mrs. Grossman, along with other bits of collage fodder.

The left page of this two page spread represents the colors of the Lakers, yellow and purple. I found the star ticket that seemed perfect for an ALL-STAR weekend. Speaking of ALL-STAR weekend, I was watching the ALL-STAR game this (Sunday) evening when I finally finished this book and had to get it uploaded before it was too late.

Now you know why I don't like to write by hand anymore. I used to have lovely handwriting, but it has deteriorated since my mid-20s. I simply can't write small! The message reads "Magic Johnson (in background) coaches an ALL-STAR jam session on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

I used all my "E's" on the front and had to turn an extra "F" into an "E" on the back. I also used all my "2s." And even though they don't look it, the stars on both the front and back are shiny gold.

Lessons Learned:

1. The next ATC sized book I make will not have rounded corners. The corners and the outside binding were not compatible.

2. As many books as I've put together, you would think I would KNOW to leave an undecorated space for connecting the pages together. It seems I managed to cover several important bits and bobs when I added the stickers made from address labels and painted using Twinkling H20s.

3. I've often said I don't like using printed images in my ABs because I really prefer using magazine images or rubber/acrylic stamps. The color is NEVER as good as the original. I suspect some people who use their printers a lot, have fabulous printers with multiple color cartridges, or they print line art images in black, then color them in.

4. Never, never, EVER use a fine tip gold leafing pen to outline around my book pages. Larger tips will create a groove that will keep the pen from slipping, while the fine tip doesn't want to work properly. Even worse, if it did create a groove, the tip would soon be worthless.

Since it's late Sunday night in my universe (aka time zone), I'm sharing this with CED. Next Sunday night, I'll be back with Lesson 3 in my Altered Book class. Hope to see you there, and feel free to join me here all this week, too. Please remember, I am only updating my Linky Followers once a week until I get better at it.

This week, I'm also linking up to Inspire Me Monday. Thanks Ramona for the invitation to join this group. I actually remembered this week.

Also, I want to thank Dianne again for the inspiration to make this small memory book of my basketball weekend. I suspect there will be more of these small books in the offing.

12 thoughtful remarks:

voodoo vixen said...

I think it is lovely and a great keepsake of your sporty weekend!! I have never had any joy with embossing onto transparencies... always melt or warp them trying to get the powder to melt so you have my admiration for getting it on there in the first place!!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, a wonderful little book, some great pics. I don't undersand the technicalities of basketball haha. I love your project with the cabbage roses further down, fab flowers and the background is gorgeous, love the colours :-)
Anne xx

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderful creations ~ very inspiring and creative ~namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor) linked with CED

Carolyn Dube said...

Fun book! I think the cover is fabulous! What a creative way to celebrate your weekend!

see you there! said...

Very creative. Never thought of an ATC Book. When I make just one ATC I feel quite accomplished, can't believe how you got that all done in one weekend while watching basketball.

Ohhh Snap said...

Sounds like a fabulous weekend! And productive :D. I've never made an ATC, let alone an ATC book. Do you play basketball as well? I thought I'd love having a basketball hoop at the house, but after realizing that we were surrounded by windows (there were a couple of near misses), I thought better of it lol.

gina said...

What a beautiful memory book! Such fun to see your creative process and get your tips along the way. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. Have a great week!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That is totally awesome! What a fun way to remember the highlights of the weekend! You are so creative!

Anonymous said...

I'll admit I'm not a fan of basketball, but I'm a big fan of ATCs and of I love it!!! What a great way to celebrate one of your favorite things :)

Karen Smithey said...

Love this! At first I thought the binding pieces were paper medical tape (or athletic tape) both of which would fit the theme. I don't think it matters a bit that they cover bits and bobs--

Dianne said...

Your atc book turned out great! thanks for the 'plug' by the way...I always enjoy how you tell the story of your process and the lessons learned. It's why you have so many readers! well done!

Create With Joy said...

HI Elizabeth

I'm so glad you joined us this week - consider this your reminder for the upcoming week (smile!) I not only love that this is an ATC book - I also love that beloved Bleubeard is our guide for the Altered Book lessons! Wishing you a fabulous week and looking forward to this week's inspirations!