Thursday, 2 March 2017

Home Sweet Home altered book

Hello, friends and visitors!
Spring is just around the corner which makes me so happy. If you love Spring like I do then you are going to love our new challenge theme at Stamps and Stencils!
Our lovely Toni is hostessing the challenge this month and she has chosen the theme: 'Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep - Put a Bird On It'!
This is how she describes her wonderful challenge theme:

One of the joys at this time of year, is to wake up to the glorious sound of birdsong. The challenge this month is in celebration of our fine, feathered, friends. We would love to see your mixed media projects, that include at least one bird. Whether it's a  journal spread, an assemblage or card, just make sure that a little dickie bird features somewhere. Please don't forget to include stamping, or stenciling or both. Can't wait to see your creations!


I was so inspired by Toni's challenge theme to alter a book and here is what I came up with:

I sterted with the book from a charity shop cutting out the middle of the pages.  To decorate the covers I used my Golden acrylic paint in Teal as a base and then my Golden Quinacridone gold paint through the brick stencil to create some texture.

I used those leftovers to stamp and draw some images. For the houses I used Penny Black's stamp set. Since I wanted to achieve some dimension I cut out the windows using my craft knife. To color my images I used my Loew Cornell watercolor cakes.

Then I started to layer my images inside the book. I used my glue stick to glue the images down. 
I cut out the branch with the bird using the Sizzix Bird Branch Bigz die and my leftover book pages. I attached my colored branch onto the front cover of my book.
I stamped the quote using the stamp I had in my stash.

More close up photos.

I cut out the lamp post using one of my dies and painted it in black.

That is all for today.  I  hope that I have inspired you to create a mixed media piece that include at least one bird and to join in our challenge at Stamps and Stencils this month.


Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!

Hugs! Branka xx



  1. Awesome project Branka, I hadn't realised it was an altered book but that's just made me love it even more. Gorgeous house stamps and such layering that has created a beautiful diorama. Ruth xx

  2. wow so intricate and imaginative. beautiful project hun - Thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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  3. and with my Altered Eclectics hat on I echo my previous comment - love, love, love it !

  4. Oh wow Branka, I want to live in one of those fabulous, vibrant houses!!! I love how you altered the book and the way you made those houses dimensional - stunning work my friend!! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. This is absolutely gorgeous! I would have never thought to tear out middle pages of a book to create a three dimensional project! Just beautiful!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  6. Oh my gosh, Branka, this is stunning!! Wow!! I absolutely love how you altered the book!! The dimension of the houses and the colors are amazing!! Each detail is perfect!! I love how you added the clouds, too!! The is so spectacular!! I adore it so much!! Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Happy March, my dear friend!! Sending lots of big hugs to you :)

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  7. Oh, for Pete's Sake, Branka! This is an outstanding piece of book art! I love the clever idea of altering a book, and I have a true appreciation of the time it took to make this! But oh, so inspiring and so worth it! Love your layers within! I cannot say how excited I am to see this truly inspired artwork! You are amazing, my super talented friend! Sending warm hugs!

  8. Branka, this is so incredibly cool! You never cease to amaze me! These row houses just float my boat and your design with the book makes me happy beyond words! Super work, my friend! Hugs, Autumn

    1. I am just so happy to see your talent get recognized at SSS this week in the spotlight! You really blew me away with this creative and beautiful project. Biggest congrats my friend!!! <3 Hugs, Autumn

  9. Gorgeous project Branks, I love the layered houses and the vibrant background is just fabulous ! Sue C x

  10. Wow Branka - this is so beautifully colourful. I love your how to - so very clever - hugs Rachel x

  11. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu, good luck!!! Amy DT

  12. Oh my gosh Branka, this is absolutely genius!! I can't believe you hollowed out a book and built a little town inside! Your creativity is so amazing to me. Love the brickwork on the front, a perfect fit for your town. The scene inside is brilliant, everything is layered so if I stepped inside it would be really 3D!! And then of course, there's your beautiful birdie sitting on his branch enjoying the view. Love his colourings. You've outdone yourself again my friend, this is glorious!! sending hugs :)

  13. What a wonderful interpretation of our challenge theme and you have put so much work into this project ~ it's amazing and the detail is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing your project and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  14. I was so excited to see this piece. It is so happy and beautiful. What a great, creative use of these stamps and the old book. Now I have to go order these Penny Black stamps. Thank you so much for sharing this project with us.

  15. Holy cow batman! B, this is amazeballs! I want to live in this lovely book town. So freakin awesome sauce with the way you layered the town to create such wonderful depth! Hit diggity dang and then some because this is my new fave of yours. The little bird adds the perfect touch of whimsy and that lamppost grounds everything nicely. Bravo and huge round of applause dearie!!!! Hugz to you muffin!~Niki

  16. Oh! This is so pretty Branks...what a scene you have created here! Love the vibrant houses and the way you layered them.Brilliant and a wonderful keepsake. Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Good Luck, Rupa.

  17. Wow, such great detail, looks like you put a lot of work into this and it was well worth it. I am certainly inspired. Beautiful job, thank you for sharing with us at Eclectic Ellapu and good luck in the challenge.

  18. Oh my...this is so awesome Branka!!! Thank you for the inspiration...❤

  19. What a happy combination of colours Branka! Thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month.

  20. This is so cool and so beautifully executed! Love the design and your technique. Thanks for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics!
    Chana, DT