Some books, especially children's board books, come in special shapes. These specially shaped books provide opportunity for creativity. Think outside the box and you have a unique project.
I made the altered book below using a children's board book. It had a circular arc on top. The bottom of the pages and covers had rounded corners.
Each inside layout contained a door that opened.
This altered book was for a swap. The theme was a house shaped garden book. I used corrugated card stock to fashion a simple roof on the top. I wanted the book to resemble a weather beaten garden shed.
This is what I came up with. I distressed everything to create the image of a weather beaten old shack.
Materials for this Altered Board Book
1 board book. This one has six pages.
1 foam brush
white acrylic gesso, opaque
card stock, cream colored
card stock, corrugated (or simulate a corrugated design by dry embossing)
scrapbook paper, several different papers that go well together
strong adhesive. I used Zip Dry Glue.
photographs of gardens
other images or clip art
miscellaneous embellishments as desired
Video Demonstration of the Specially Shaped Altered Book
I made a video demonstrating how I turned this specially shaped board book into a house shaped project. My finished project is a hybrid. It is definitely an altered book but it also has elements of scrapbooking and art journaling.
It is definitley a mixed media project. In addition to the book itself, and the paper and card stock, you will find marble-like rocks, wooden alphabet blocks, beads, metal charms and sapes, chains, wire embellishments, boshers, clip art, photographs, die cuts, punched shapes, raffia, pressed flowers, a celophane envelope, ribbon, embroidery cotton, stamped images, burlap,garden cord,and tiny plastic bottles.
In any case, here is the video which shows it better than I can explain: