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Monday, 16 April 2012

Altered Book lesson 5(pt1)

The hardest thing about doing the lovely ~Elizabeths Altered Book Course~ is wating for the next lesson hahaha!!!  Thats probably because I have collected all the pics & ephemera for my Mums book now.  For this lesson we looked at design principles.  I have to say that I found it quite hard to think about the different elements involved as I tend to go by eye in my crafting (& not think too much) so don't know if I have got this right.  Here is the page in my book...sorry its a bit squiffy!


I love this photograph of my Mum with her favourite sister Mary. Aunty Mary was a girly girl, don't you just love her dress? I love the way they are holding hands :-D

The elements we were asked to consider I have tried to get all on one page to save pages in my book.

Harmony...I went for 1950's type of theme this time using colour, roses,the photo and the old chiffon trimming sewed down the edges.
Unity... this is reflected in the rows of roses cut from paper napkins
Balance...I tried to balance the photo with a grey-stamped rose opposite.  There is also symmetry with the borders.
Emphasis...definitely on the photo of my Mum with her younger sister.
Proportion...think I failed this one, comparing the roses to the photo hahaha!

If you are wondering why there are sort-of-blank areas in my pages...I intend to write in it at a later date.

Thank you so much for popping by today, HUGS xxx

26 comments:

Gez said...

awe, gorgeous pages Karen. What a super photograph to use in your book. Love the rose border ♥♥

Kaz said...

It's a beautiful page Karen and I think you've got everything covered. Mind you, who needs rules? Sometimes I think the best pages are those that just happen and you 'feel' what should be there.
Fab napkin roses, she's going to love this xxx

Julia S-W said...

I can only say 'oh wow'!! This really is a gorgeous page spread. I love those roses in particular along with the green chiffon (must be the textile teacher in me!). Loving Auntie Mary's dress too! Just fab Karen.
Juliaxx

Angelnorth said...

Great retro feel to this! Glad you're having fun with the lessons!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I think you did an excellent job with these principles. Those of us with no art training often rely on our intuity to create journal pages. However, IF you know the principles (and elements, which will come next lesson), you will be far more pleased with each spread that you create. I sometimes forget to apply them to my spreads, so I'm glad you were able to identify what you were working on.

The large single heart is proportional to the many smaller and smaller hearts. Thought you might like my take on proportion (grin).

sandee said...

Love your 1950's theme page, it's beautiful! As far as proportion goes, can't showing out of proprtion be equally as important as being in proprtion, plus Elizabeth says we can break rules anyway! lol But I truly love your pages! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

BJ said...

Karen, the roses are just beautiful and set the pages off so well. Love your choice of colour and the chiffon edge is lovely. What a wonderful memory book you are creating. BJ

elle said...

I DO like your spread, Karen. I also like how you listed and pointed each element out on your page. The rose edges are so nice and the frilly green adds to the feminine aspect of the pages. Writing in it will be a treat.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Karen, you have created another lovely page and were so clever to combine all the elements into one spread--I think that is far harder or requires much more thought than what I did which was simply 5 different pages. The pink roses with these leaves are complemented so nicely by the edge trims!

Cheryl said...

oh Hun,just love this that really is one beautiful photo of your mum,and her sister Hun a real page to treasure hugs Cherylxxxxxxx

Kathy said...

Its a great photo and I like the colours you've chosen to go with the Black and White image. I wouldn't know where to start with something like this!

Traceyr said...

Wonderful entry in your Mum's book Karen. Those napkin roses are fabulous.

:)

Dawnie Prawnie said...

Beautiful honey, lovely to see Mum and Aunty Mary in their heyday. I am so lucky to be able to see your fab creations in the flesh too x x x x

Dawnie Prawnie said...

Beautiful honey, lovely to see Mum and Aunty Mary in their heyday. I am so lucky to be able to see your fab creations in the flesh too x x x x

fairy thoughts said...

I love this page and yes to me it does fullfill all the design elements.
janet

tracy said...

i love your page karen,liking the ribbon on the edges:)
i've looked at this class and i'm the same as you-just go by eye-if i like it it stays :)

BJ said...

Thanks for your comment Karen, yes well spotted National Trust magazine it is. Loved the article and nearly just stuck it as it was - LOL.

Terrie Purkey said...

What a delightful, charming page. It's such a great way to remember your mom. You did a great job of trying to cover all the bases on one page - I too usually just go by my "eye" without analyzing why. When you stop to think about the why, it's nice to realize you know what to look for! Visiting from Elizabeth's.

Dawn said...

Such a lovely page hun I love the holding hands too and the 50s is my fave era for clothes. Love Dawn xx

june macfarlane said...

Hi Karen, I love your work on these pages, beautiful art. also i am enchanted with your little pin cushion houses, how adorable
hugs June x

Helen said...

Karen, thank you! I think I've got the idea now.... have been trying to over-think this lesson. hope you don't mind but I've printed off this page to take home and remind me what I need to remember when I do my homework. Obviously I'll use my own theme.
this page is absolutely beautiful, and you got the feel of the 50's (not that I was there of course, except right at the end as a wee baby!) Helen.

Jacqueline said...

THAT is just beautiful!! It is extremely pleasing to the eye and very soft and gentle! Just gorgeous .

Thanks for sharing.

Jackie.

Ann B said...

It's a beautiful page and demonstrates Elizabeth's lesson really well. Looks like you are having as much fun doing this course as I am.

Ann B
xx

Susan said...

Beautifull pages. I'm gona try to blend al principles in one too next lesson.

EllenaElizabeth said...

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Sherry said...

Oooh, another lovely one Karen. Your theme is so good x