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Altered Book ATC

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Swap Coordinator:LiveTheChaos (contact)
Swap categories: Books  Art  Artist Trading Card (ATC) 
Number of people in swap:17
Last day to signup/drop:January 10, 2007
Date items must be sent by:January 31, 2007
Number of swap partners:2

OK, time to get creative!

For this swap, you will make an altered book that is the size of an ATC. Since most books are a bit bigger than 3.5 X 2.5 inches, you can simply rip pages out of a book and use them to create your little book. You could have an accordian-fold book that has two ATCs for the covers. Some good ideas for altered book pages can be found at


The only element that MUST be included in your ATC altered book is book pages. The Dollar Tree has big fat books with lots of pages for only $1. This is an excellent chance for all you collage-ers to show off your skills!

You will make two of these neat little altered books, and send one to each of two partners, so you will send two and get two back!

I hope this hasn't been too confusing! Let me know if there are any questions.

Now, for recap, you will make a mini altered book that meets standard ATC requirements. Its closed size must be 2.5 by 3.5 inches, but when open, it can be much bigger. You must use book pages for this project!

Happy swapping!


Alphenquilts 12/22/2006 #

how many pages must you make? it would be nice if the book still fits in your ATC covers, I think.

groeten Francis

LiveTheChaos 12/22/2006 #

There is no set amount of pages, but when I was making the swap, I was thinking that it would not be too thick to fit into a cover. In other words, make as many pages as you want, but try and keep it thin enough to fit into the plastic ATC sleeves.

mcall 12/24/2006 #

WOW! now this sounds like fun! I'm in.

Alphenquilts 12/25/2006 #

Can anyone tell me a good way to attach the ATC's together? I've made 4 pages till now, but I don't know a simple way to make it in to a book.

groeten Francis

LiveTheChaos 12/25/2006 #

I've seen lots of book binding articles, and a cute way you could bind them in a book form is just to sew the ATC covers and the pages with a needle and thread. I would recommend using a large needle and thick thread, so it will last longer!!

An alternative would be to cut a piece of cardstock and make an accordian-fold book. You could glue the pages to the cardstock, and use a ribbon to keep it closed.

AngelFaeryKathleen 12/31/2006 #

What are we putting in the books or are we leaving the pages blank?

LiveTheChaos 01/ 4/2007 #

You should definately do something creative with the pages. Don't just leave them blank! With altered books, the artists will paint, collage, stamp, draw, etc. all over the pages in the book they are altering.

Susi 01/ 6/2007 #

Francis, Ill try to explin how I make mini books. This is what I did with my atc zines: I made the front and back covers with thin cardboard, then covered them with decorative papers. I then took a strip of card stock, abit smaller the width ot height of the ATS and made a mini accordian, little mountain folds if you will, one for each page.I then made my pages, and glued one page (just put glue on the back bottom of the page) and glued to onf the folds. The important thing is to leave enough of a "tail" one each end to glue on to your covers, the little accordian fold should be in the middle. I know it sound confusing. I'll see if I can make a tutorial in pictures, and put it up on my blogspot. Just give me some time to do this ok? This might make the book too thick for ATC holders, but you might want to learn how to make it for future uses. My zine was 11 pages long inside of 2 ATC covers! I also used a ribbon to tie it closed. It may not work for this project, but I;ll still get the tutorial made as soon as I can. I;ll post my blog spot when it's done. It'll be my first time ever making a tutorial. Who knows there might already be one out there already, I learned how to makit by looking at a book made in that format. wow, maybe the accordian page or sewing oages WOULD be easier for this! But I'll still make the tutrial for those interested. In any case, this is going to be a great little project! susi

Susi 01/13/2007 #

Last night I made the pages for my altered book atc. The pages look like atcs themselves, only they are much more fragile. I don't have a theme, they are just "Off the wall" or "Out of hand" (one of these will be the title, or maybe one title for one, and the for the second. Anyway, I hope that it will be ok, i am fairly new to altered books, I've done one altered board book, another board book that I altered to put some of my art dolls in, and am working on another altered book at the present time. I wish i could scan some of the pages and send them to someone, just to get an opinion. I also am not sure how I a\will make these into a book, either sewing it together or using small jump rings, or making a book like I described above. AGH so many decions, and i am not even sure if it's any good yet! susi thanks for letting me vent, lol!

twobluecrows 01/15/2007 #

Susi, scan them and send them to me! toobluecrows at yahoo.com Cyn

user5126 01/18/2007 #

Paula and JoLyn your "Altered book" ATCs are in the mail today.

AngelFaeryKathleen 01/20/2007 #

Hi Junanne, your fabulous wee book arrived yesterday, Saterday in New Zealand, Thank you so very much I love it and so does DH :-))))))

AngelFaeryKathleen 01/22/2007 #

Hi Poggy and LittleGoode-Dortha, Your books are postal from N.Z. today - Tusday so keep an eye out in about a week.

123Poggy123 01/30/2007 #

Kathleen, I received your adorable little ATC book today. Thank you!

Laurie 02/ 2/2007 #

Cheryl, I received your little altered book and found it absoulutely amazing....I love it....You gave me a lot of new ideas...Thank-you Laurie

dreamstealer 02/ 4/2007 #

Sue, What a wonderful little Altered ATC Book...It looks antique....such a neat way you put it together....smile....I do like roses...

AngelFaeryKathleen 02/ 7/2007 #

Hi hartsnyou, your delightfull wee book arrived yesterday, thanks a bunch, love it.

dreamstealer 02/ 8/2007 #

Kate, The altered book is a work of art ...thanks...

AngelFaeryKathleen 02/ 9/2007 #

Hi Gartenzwerg HELP I'm confused, I went to do my rating today as I have books from hartsnyou and dreamstealer both great but when I went to rate them it came up fro dreamstealer so no problem and then wren on the run not hartsnyou.

AngelFaeryKathleen 02/ 9/2007 #

to continue

I know wren on the run is sending to me as she emailed me to say it was in the mail!

AngelFaeryKathleen 02/ 9/2007 #

Hi, me again, I have been "talking" to hartsnyou and it was a mis mailing on her part so all sorted, thanks for "listning" to me! :-)))

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