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Saturday, February 1, 2014
The First Step...er...Page
I started a new altered book this week and chose this quote from Martin Luther King to mark the beginning since taking the first step is often the hardest part of a new project. It is not on the first page since I will work randomly in this book, just like the last.
The book I chose for altering is a sturdy copy of Joy Street by Francis Parkinson Keyes. I love the name of the book so I used parts of the dust jacket for my altered cover. I'm sure there is probably something illegal about that and the copyright police will be knocking at my door any minute.
I couldn't resist a little embellishing but I stayed away from very dimensional and dangly things for now. At least I learned that part of the lesson from last time - lol! That stuff can come later. Right now the book feels very stiff for working in. It will "break in" over time and hopefully not burst in the process.
Several people asked about removing pages. In the last book I did it as I went but this time I removed a bunch at the start. I removed 3, glued 2, removed 3 and so on. Clearly I did not cut them all exactly the same! I am sure all those glued pages are part of the reason it feels stiff right now.
It is good to have a new friend!