Saturday, October 6, 2007

Yay! Skinny Book Pages Done!! 100th Post- Leave a Comment for a Chance for Altered Art Goodies and Ephemera; Surprises Too!

What better way to celebrate a 100th post than to be all done with a major project. After more than two weeks and at least 48 hours of work, I just finished 54 4 x 8 pages (27 when assembled) for ZNE sponsor The Altered Abbey's Skinny Book Swap by owner and fellow ZNE member Chrysti Hydeck here: and here and here She's a busy thing, that Chrysti.

I was first inspired by her work in issue No. 13 of Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine. I barely made the cut-off to sign up for the books. She was hosting four books of 25 pp. each and I was No. 23 of the last book. Yikes! The book I will be in does not have to be all originals, but I did 18 originals and 9 highly-embellished high-quality photo copies. I can't even tell which is which, so I hope all recipients will be pleased.

Crazy Chrysti then decided to host two more books, this time for charity auctions, hence the 27 total pages I am sending (and one for her). Imagine, she will have her own book of more than 100 different pages! How beautiful that will be! It will be hard to wait for the finished project. I will get one of my own pages back. I did not photograph all 27, so some I will never see again.

I started with heavy weight paper for acrylic paint, cut it to size and then painted every page with a variety of solid, gel and fluid acrylics. I tried some of Chrysti's techniques from the CPS article, such as brayering pages together, painting over lace, etc. I then attached pages in sets of fronts and backs and began to embellish with paper ephemera. I did gel medium transfers, collage, added transparencies, rubber stamping, metal charms, eyelets, fibers, beads, word pebbles, gold leaf and silver leaf and then I sealed each page.

Speaking of 100th Post, I can't believe it has only been two and a half months since I started my blog. It is one of the best things I have ever done. It has forced me to learn my equipment: computer, scanner, camera, printer. It has forced me to learn web-based technology, and it has given me a chance, albeit brief, to get back to my writing. Plus it lets me share my art with the masses (even if the masses are few).

So, in honor of my 100th post, I have 3 or more large batches of goodies like those pictured from my recent haul: old bottles, old jewelry, old Bingo parts, collage papers, scrap papers, vintage cards, stickers, and I will be drawing names Monday night from among those who leave me a comment here in my 100th post. So say hello, and watch for an annoucement in two days. That should give people time to visit. I will get the goodies/freebies right out next week.


Carol ~ Spirit's Journey Designs said...

Gina, Congratulations on your 100th post! Your art & postings reflect the generosity of your life, heart and spirit. You are an amazing woman! Hugs, Carol

ikkinlala said...

Those pages look great. Congratulations on 100 posts!

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

WOW what a LOT of work! You did good girl! I wanted to do something for my 100th post and was lost in the land of setting up a website so I guess I'll have to wait for anotherlandmark number. :-) Did you make your banner????!! The blog looks good!

Big hug for such hard work!

A Note From The Queen said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and inviting me to yours, you do amazing work!!! I'm going to add your link to my blog if thats okay. congrats on your 100th post!! I see we share the same passion for music with our art, they sure do go hand in hand don't they, I can't create with out it. On a side note I see you like the author Tim Dorsey, his books are a stitch thats for sure, I'll never forget the first one of his I ever read, I was just floored by it. Here's hoping your muse sticks close to your side always!


Wow, Gina, where do you get all of your energy! I want some! I really enjoy your blog. You are one talented girl.

Bernice said...

Hi Gina, I hope you meet your goal. It's been fun being in so many groups together.
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday and make some more beautiful art.

Cris Marsh said...


Congratulations on your 100th post. You are amazing!!


Ijsbeer said...

congrats on 100 posts!

I love the altered abby shop:) Your pages look great! The project is really cool. Hope you enjoy what you get back!

Have a great week:)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! Your artwork is just wonderful....and very inspiring to me. I just discovered ATCs and altered art not too long ago. I didn't know what I was missing! Keep up the great posts!!

Anonymous said...

Oops! My comment showed up as 'anonymous'. I don't have a blog or Blogger name, so maybe that's why. Anyway, my name is Michelle M, and my e-mail address is

Anonymous said...

hey Gina...time sure flies by when your fingers are busy typing away! Congrats on 100 posts!

Heidi Eberle said...

Congrats on finishing your project and your 100Th Post! The pages are beautiful - I don't know how you do it... Do you sleep much? :)

m i c h e l l e said...

Hi Gina!!! Congrats on getting your skinny book pages done! I know how satisfying it is to get something like that done and dusted!!! And congratulations on your 100th post!!! Very cool and I'm very glad you're here! :-)

PS...those goodies look some kinda special!!!!

Sea Dream Studio said...

Good for you Gina! I hust finished a huge order of soldered jewelry, so I understand how happy you must feel!!
Your skinny book pages look great!

Chelise said...

Woo Hoo!

Congrats on your 100th post, and your fabulous Skinny Book pages!

Two fabulous accomplishments. : D (well, 100 and 27 fabulous accomplishments, to be more exact!)

xo - Chel