Friday, September 2, 2011

Magic of Oz Extreme Altered Book

We are home at last.  Although it is HOT, HOT, HOT here is Arizona I am happy to be here.  Our travels were lots of  fun but as they say (whoever "they" are), there is no place like home, which brings me to this post.  I hope you enjoy the Magic of Oz.  Over the next week or so I will be posting some of my projects with instructions that were featured on the Graphic 45 blog in July.   

When I started this project, I had an entirely different end result in mind but as most paper crafters know- some things just take on a life of its own. When I first saw the previews for the “Magic of Oz” I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I had my book, a dictionary from GoodWill, all ready to go before the paper ever reached my doorstep. When I first started cutting into the beautiful Graphic 45 paper (which is so hard to do) the vision started changing.
I will share a few pictures of what happened along the Yellow Brick Road. When I started on the book, I simply folded each page in half and tucked it into the center. Since I had lots of pages the book made a circle on its own. I then removed the book covers which made it look like a filter of some kind. I then divided the book into 4 sections and cut the pages down.
This was a very messy process.

I originally thought I would use a rod in the center and used an old paper towel holder which worked for holding it secure while working but later decided that was not the look I wanted. After searching around my kitchen for awhile I found this bowl and thought it was just right.

As you can see I just kept cutting and placing my images around the altered book until I was happy (and couldn’t fit any more in). I made the YELLOW BRICK ROAD from some yellow card stock (Stampin Up, Barely Banana). For the brick pattern I used the Tim Holtz Brick embossing folder that I first inked with Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy and then ran through my Big Kick. After gluing on the road, I poked the images in using the Tim Hold Memo Pins.

I cut out the cards that were on one sheet of the 12 X 12 paper and placed them around the sides and back of the book. They can be used for pictures or notes and pulled out and replaced at any time. There is almost no limit to how many can be added. A great way to display recent photos or use on your desk to hold notes and memos.


  1. THIS is STUNNING! Absolutely amazing work. I LOVE it to pieces!!!!!!


  2. Your vision for this project was absolutely incredible! This is a work of art.

  3. Hi, I think this is absolutely stunning. I was wondering if you could explain a little bit more how you did this. I am trying to make a centerpiece for my daughters 1st birthday and the them happens to be the wizard of Oz and this would be perfect. I would love to get your help as I try and recreate your amazing project. I hope this is not wrong of me to ask for your guidance


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