Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Working on Kings and Queens AB for my friend Kathy.

In case you missed the first post detailing this latest altered book I've started, please see here.

Since I haven't seen the latest there doesn't seem to be a new altered playing card challenge this week, I've had time to work a bit on my Kings and Queens altered book I'm making for my friend Kathy.  I've created a few new messes pages and wanted to share them with you.

Using the same double sided tape I described in my previous post, I created this spread, although I smeared the white ink before it was completely dry.  Again, I am trying to keep my embellishments flat until I get further along, or completely finished with the book, when I can add a few without them getting in the way.

Henry I was the next king and he reigned between 1100 and 1135 AD.  I'm not going to apologize for these pictures, because I didn't print them.  I just used the ones Kathy had printed.

Henry I's wife and Consort (the name given to the wife of a king, although sometimes referred to as Queen Consort) was sewn to a page that looked like it had been made on a Gelli plate.  After I sewed the two sides, I folded the page and turned it into a tip-in.  I tipped it in by cutting two adjacent pages somewhere between 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch out from the spine, which created two flaps.  I then added glue to the inside of the two flaps. While still wet, I inserted the folded assembly between the two flaps.

I found this picture after I had created this page and already entered it into the book.  That's when I realized I had to go through every picture to make sure I hadn't missed something.  I had no other way to display this than to use my double sided heart tape to place it over what I had already created.  You can see I have added the last of my colored tyvek to this page.

I hope people will understand this is an interactive page (she says sheepishly) and lift the image to see Stephen who reigned from 1135-1154.

I sewed the picture Kathy had provided to the doily and the colored paper, then glued the entire piece to the page.

Henry II's wife and Consort was Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Apparently Kathy was taken by this Queen, because she had several images and notes about her.  After reading about Eleanor, I was also mesmerized that she was both Queen of France, then later, Queen of England.  I mentioned in my previous post I would be using that "not me" background, and I found a use for it fairly quickly.

I see that Kathy created/printed these pages in March, 2009.  I can see why she gave up on ever creating this book, after she let the pages sit for nearly six years.  I suspect she will be quite surprised if (at this point a BIG IF) I get it finished in time to give it to her for her birthday in early April.  Right now, it's too cold to be in my craft room for any length of time at all.  I'm hoping for warmer days SOON.

Thanks for following this altered book as I work my way through it.

12 thoughtful remarks:

TwinkleToes2day said...

I'm really enjoying seeing this book move apace and I always learn something from you. I didn't know what a tip-in was :D
I hope you are staying warm so as not to get any more nasty illnesses - well not for a while yet anyways, you've had your fair share I think.

Thank you for your lovely comment on my newest Anti Journal pages Elizabeth, I really appreciate your taking time to pop over. {{more blanket hugs}}

Jo Murray said...

Great job!...and fascinating history too.

massofhair said...

I haven't seen a post from Claudine this week either, hmmm...

Wonderful thing you are doing here Elizabeth, it is also good to be reminded of our rich history. Some fab pages taking shape :-) xxx

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Yes, I've been waiting on the next APC challenge, too!

Kathy is going to be really surprised when you present her with this book. It must have taken a long time just for her to research and print all the images and info--no wonder she put it aside to rest!

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

hi there. it is Beth or Elizabeth is my full name. did you know that? i figure so but it is always fun hearing about another Elizabeth too. waiting maybe i'm speaking to Bleubeard? i've heard of cats typing on computer. right??! any who. i got my pretty letter in the mail today. & i will be posting about it on my blog tomorrow Thursday. just so you know. thank you thank you for the gift. i think you called it a quilt-let right? i just love the colors so cool. you are so talented. even noticed the heart wording on the heart. very cool!! if you need my email here is it is again just in case. (

hope you are well better. thanks again!! keep in touch. take care. big big hugs to you & Bleubeard. ( :

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Awesome pages Elizabeth! I guess you will be a historical specialist at the end of this project -lol!


Nan G said...

Oh E, this is going to be a wonderful altered book!

Denise Price said...

Hello! I was just having a cup of tea, which made me think--I should see what Elizabeth is up to.

Did you ever see The Lion in Winter? In the 2003 version of the film, Glenn Close plays Eleanor of Aquitaine. It's a good movie, but very intense and sort of draining to watch.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh Elizabeth - my favourite period in history! This is partly because Stephen lost his crown at the Battle of Lincoln (my home town) but mainly because the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine is one that has fascinated me! On the trip we had to France two years ago we were taken to the abbey where she and Henry II and Richard I (Lionheart) are buried. The atmosphere was so peaceful! Pics here -
There are also pics on post after it of the cathedral where they were married!
Sorry to go on, but just wanted to say how fabulous it is that you should find her interesting too and that I'm loving what you are doing for Kathy Hugs, Chrisx

Dianne said...

you are certainly good at getting into projects that end up being complex! It will be a wonderful gift, whenever it ends up getting finished!...those images are really pretty, And of course I love it when you stitch on your pages. It's mighty cold here too, and I think someone could ice skate on our driveway! Stay warm and safe dear friend...♥

johanna said...

i can understand that you can´t leave kathy´s work unfinished... some really great Pictures here. love the look of the sewings. i think that always adds so much interest.
hoping for spring and warmer days also, the weather forcast for this week here is wonderful, the sun is already out:)

~*~Patty S said...

This is quite an undertaking and turning out beautifully with your special touches on each page E!
Everything is covered in white snow here but will be melting in the coming days as we're having a little warm up...altho you would not know it as today was another record setting cold temp!