Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Second on the 2nd: Halloween tea

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I went back all the way to October, 2011 for this post that I call

Halloween brings out the tea in me

I'm starting this Halloween tea post with Assam tea at my library table. As you can see, I have gathered a few embellishments to add to my Halloween altered book.

As the tea steeps, I begin reminiscing over this book that I started in 2004 with a few tip-ins from a swap.

This tip-in above is especially important, because it came from my dear departed friend Gina Wise. It and one other are the only tip-ins made for a swap that I will show, other than a few I made myself, and one made especially for me. This was sent as a gift from Gina because whatever the swap was, I was not a part of the original players. 

I sewed this plastic together and turned it into a pocket page.

For this page I stamped a pumpkin using a foam stamp. I also added a slide holder that I covered with handmade paper and stuck some Halloween confetti behind a bit of organza.

 Here I used several UNICEF boxes left over after collecting for UNICEF. Actually, I think this is from two different years, because I was quite involved with UNICEF back in the early 2000's.  Note the left side of this spread is started with a Halloween napkin, while the right side has my handmade paper.

I realize this is not much, but I wasn't much of an altered artist back in 2004. You can see I had very few supplies and tried to make due with what I had on hand  (ED: I still try to use what is on hand and buy very few products and tools when I create my altered books and journal pages).

To compliment the tip-ins I received, I decorated pages near the tip-ins. This is one I actually liked. Once again, I used my handmade paper, something I had an ample supply of when I was first getting started making altered art.

Tissue paper and a decorated brown paper bag on the right compliment the stamped paint chip on the left. The tag pocket (also on the left) is highlighted with words about the "the day after Halloween."

A little filler I called "In the pumpkin patch."  Die cut pumpkins gifted me by my shopaholic friend Kathy.

This is one of the houses I got in my Haunted Houses Halloween swap a few weeks ago. This one was created for me as the swap host by Dianne of Art Beneath the Cottonwoods. Several of these tip-ins were placed back to back, so you will see more than one tip-in in the picture. But, the one from Dianne, hand drawn and hand colored, is front and center.

All of the houses have now been added to this Halloween altered book, and I've started adding a few pages to complement the pages between the houses.

I have a few more pages to alter before it is finished, and the cover to decorate, then I can call this book finished after seven years.

Now to finish my tea and continue decorating my still sparsely decorated Halloween home (not that my house is sparsely decorated, quite the opposite, it just doesn't have a lot of Halloween decorations).


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12 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

That's a great Halloween book, looks like you had lots of fun with it. Have a great 2nd on the 2nd, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

Your Altered Halloween book is so beautiful - what a fantastic project to gather things together for it over the years!
Very inspiring dear Elizabeth!
Great you showed it again since I didn't see this project before.
Happy Second on the 2nd!
Big hugs, Susi

My name is Erika. said...

I haven't seen this book before so it's a pleasure to get a little morning spook. I was looking for a second post with T, but nothing in my archives excited me. You, on the other hand, found a good second look in your archives. And you mentioned you were are still in the 90's temperature wise. Wow. We are in the low 50's with rain these last 2 days and I pulled out some flannel pjs last night as I was cold. It's always amazing how the weather can vary so drastically around the country. I would think warm but not 90's for you. Hope it's a happy october 2. Hugs-Erika

RO said...

Wow! How cool to put together a Halloween Book! It makes me want to come up with some ideas to do a Christmas book in addition to my Planner. I absolutely love all the work you put into it! Hugs...RO

CJ Kennedy said...

I love your Halloween altered book and the time and care you are taking to finish. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and your book was a bright spot on a dreary, rainy, Tuesday morning. I tried to get the rain to go your way, but Mother Nature wouldn't listen to me. Thanks for sharing the process on your HAlloween altered book.

Caty said...

So wonderful Halloween book Elizabeth !! It ´s really great, love the beautiful pages you have shown, they are lovely all, the gosts pocket page is a so clever idea!! the houses are lovely too, every details are great. Like this cup of tea!! This will be a fantastique Halloween book!
I wish you a very nice day, big hugs, Caty

Divers and Sundry said...

I always am awed by the altered books, both the concept and your execution, and I love Halloween, so this post is a real treat for me :)

Sandra Cox said...

All sorts of Halloween fun going on.

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

That's a wonderful altered Halloween book, Elizabeth. I've yet to do an altered book, but it's on my list (grin). I really enjoyed the flip-through.

Hugs, Eileen

P.S. When I joined the T-party, I didn't even know what a tip-in is!

Anonymous said...

Some serious Halloween in that journal. Nice and chunky. Cute skellie piece to add some dimension. xox

Lowcarb team member said...

What a great Halloween book …

All the best Jan

pearshapedcrafting said...

I have to admit I really struggle with Halloween - no reason, just when I try to put something together it never looks frightful enough!!! I must say though when I se all of the plastic gory things in supermarkets I don't really like them - now Autumn - that's something else!!! It was goo do to see this post with your inspiration though!! Hugs, Chrisx
ps silly me forgot to link until now!!!