Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Paris in my 7 Continents AB

It's been awhile since I worked in my 7 Continents altered book.  I call it the oldest UFO or unfinished object I have.  Started as a swap project with 14 other players in 2005, I went on to tip these pages into a Physician's Desk Reference (PDR).  When the book fell apart because I dropped it down a flight of stairs, I looked for ways to salvage it.  After lamenting about it for nearly two years, my friend Kathy's husband drilled holes in the pages so I could add them to a 3-ring binder.  That got me back on track, but I quickly lost interest when I became overwhelmed with "too much stuff."  In fact, I have three large tubs of "stuff" I eventually sorted.

Prior to this sorting, I had focused on a single continent at a time.  Once I got back on track, I decided that whatever I picked up, or whatever inspired me, I would work on, regardless the continent.  You can see other pages here, here, and here.

Once again, I started with a page from my PDR as the background, over which I added gesso and some blue pigment ink.  To that I added as many images of Paris as I could find.



The three detail shots above show I gathered Paris memories from various books and magazines.

The back side's images came mainly from a craft magazine, while part came from other fodder, including scrapbook paper, sheet music, and the word "love" I kept from a paper bag I originally used in my Collage AB.  The background was swiped with gesso and pink pigment ink.



Three more detail scans show the second page close up.

Today is Day 6 of AEDM and I created two spreads in my 7 Continents altered book.  Are you keeping up?

22 thoughtful remarks:

Myriam Kozik said...

Yay ... you go ... great spreads! I only did a little doodling today. I will do better tomorrow.

Linda said...

Brings back memories of Paris.

Vicki Miller said...

This is gorgeous, I love all the vintage papers. I know what you mean by too much stuff, I belong to a quilting group where none of the members have UFOs. They alays finish everything before they start something new. I, on the other hand am the group joke because I no longer count my UFOs because there are too many, lol

Halle said...

These are great! Love the dark edging around some of the pieces. Not sure if you inked before gluing or went in after but I like the look.

Kim Price said...

What a wonderful keepsake and treasure this journal must be. Love the Paris inspired collage too. Beautiful work and very inspiring.

see you there! said...

What a great way to use your Paris images. I really like all the pages you created.

Darla

Marilyn J. Rock said...

Thank you for taking me to beautiful Paris with you! xxoo

Indigo Janson said...

Tres chic! The Eiffel Tower is perfect with vintage themes, and I like the little touches you add such as postage stamps.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Loving all the layers and images on this page!

Andria said...

What a fun project!

Carol said...

Great Spread!!!! Still hanging in there..today was a quick collage.

girlunwinding said...

They could be collage papers all by themselves. Very beautiful work.
~Dawn

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Lots of wonderful imagery here....Paris is shining in this book. xox

linda said...

lovely pages!

Janet said...

Love your pages! What a great project! I'm hanging in there so far, but it HAS been a challenge. Without it, I would not have been as good at "arting" every day, that's for sure!

dawn said...

Hello there, OMG, LOVE LOVE this sweet and inspiring journal. What a great idea to have one of these. This is filled with so many pretty and cool pieces. Anyone who wants to go there or has been there would love this too. My daughter Renee wants to go there one day, will have to show her this.
Really love your theme journal ideas, so awesome!
I'm linked up a little late today but still doing great with AEDM. I am sharing my next project on the blog today, hope you like it.
See you tomorrow.

Karla B said...

Paris - what a delightful place to find inspiration.!Lovely!

Terrie Purkey said...

Great pages - I love the collaging and you've got some great materials. You must be up at the crack of dawn to always be the first linked blog....

Dawn said...

Gorgeous pages Elizabeth, that is some stunning ephemera you have incorporated sweetie, superb work as always.
Huge hugs x x x x

Rita said...

Looks like something you just have to finish eventually by hook or by crook! :)

~*~Patty S said...

I applaud you for keeping up with being creative AND blogging about it too...blogging is already a creative activity in my view!

your Paris pages are so inviting and lovely...one day I hope to get to visit with Mr M ... many years ago when I took a 9 week trip to Europe solo I did not want to leave Paris...finally it rained and I got on the train and headed to Madrid ... ah those were the days

oxo

myheartslovesongs.com said...

Fantastic! I've never been there, but love artwork about Paris. Yours is exceptional!


dani