Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Craft Barn Alpha Challenge - Letter 'E'

I am so sorry the letter wasn't 'B'  because this is a beginning.  But I am happy that the letter is 'E' because I am excited to give this challenge a go!

As I said - the letter is 'E" and I choose the word educate.


 Below is a closer view of the left side page with my word 'EDUCATE'.





Here is the right hand side of my rather large dictionary page.




I found my dictionary in an antique and junk store and paid all of five dollars for it!  There was no date when it was published but the pages are yellowed and a little on the thin side. It measures eight inches by eleven inches and weighs somewhat over six pounds.  




To be quite honest, I am not over thrilled with this but the way I see it is that I have no where to go but up!
This is such a fun challenge that the Craft Barn is sponsoring and I will have a pretty neat book when done!
Hope you can play along!!!!


I hope you get a chance to visit and leave  some love.  Thanks to all that do and I sure do understand when you can't!


Sandy







67 comments:

Christina C. said...

This is great, Sandy....congratulations on giving it a try! How do you work with those thin pages????? This is very creative, my friend! Excellent job!

Carla S. said...

Fantastic project, Sandy! Very artistic and creative design! Love it!

Chris said...

Yeah.....I'm very happy that you're joining us Sandy and I love your pages, they're glorious in fact and so rich with colour, stamping and collage!

I saw 2 + 2 and was hoping for 5 as your answer :D but may be you were a teacher?

You can start at the beginning so that you can say you did all the challenge letters, there may be a prize for entering them all, not sure, will have to check. Anyway, I agree these are going to be interesting books by the end but don't lug yours about too much LOL!!!

Scrap Affair said...

Sandy, this looks FAB!!! I do appreciate it even more, knowing how hard it is to work with a thin papers, but it looks very artistic and very original! Way to go my friend, I am quite impressed!
Nadia

Danielle Champagne said...

Hello Sandy, soooooo you joined in! I am soooooo happy! I love the antique look of your page, love all the little images. I am jalous of your nice dictionary! I would have loved to find an old english dictionary, but to no avail. No old book shop in my neighborhood. So I took, an old french english! Fabulous pages, looking forward to see more! Hugs.

Lori said...

You certainly have a "pretty neat" book - love the pages you shared!

Linda Palmer said...

Sandy this is awesome. Do you fill up the entire book with your own pages? Sounds interesting and I know you are having fun. It looks great to me. I think you are doing a fantastic job on your E page.

*Vicki* said...

Isn't it amazing what fabulous items we can find to turn into treasures?! And that's what this is!! I love your "e" idea!! Great details Sandy! HUGS

Scrapmate said...

What a fabulous start. I adore Dr Seuss & love that quote. Looking forward to seeing the other letters in your wonderful old dictionary.

JansArtyJunk said...

What a fab dictionary you found in the junk store Sandy...and a beautiful start to the challenge...love the colouring and wonderful images you have used...great quote too! x

Redanne said...

Hi Sandy, I would be very happy if I produced wonderful pages like these, the colouring is amazing and I love the quote. Looking forward to seeing your future pages too. Hugs, Anne x

Sylvia said...

I can't wait to see what you will do with the other pages dear Sandy. Wow, this is beautiful. The colorcombo is amazing and the quote is perfect. Great job.
xoxoSylvia

Karen said...

Hi Sandy, am pleased that you have joined in. Your book is about the same size as mine |:D Your pages are wonderful...so much to look at my lovely and yes, we will all have lovely books when we have finished!

Thank you for playing along with The Craft Barn xxx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Well I'd be proud if I'd done these pages . . . they look great to me. I think someone's being hard on herself!

Have a fab inky/crafty weekend.

Hugs
Sarn xxx

Marilyn said...

Girlie, you never disappoint and never cease to amaze me - you have so much talent and creativity that I think I could be a bit jealous! These pages are great and you are going to have an incredible book when you are finished!

cathylynn said...

Welcome aboard Sandy!! I'm so happy to see you join this fantastic challenge. Hey girl this is right up your alley. Your pages are fabulous! I'm still working on mine. Anyway you did a wonderful job and I look forward to seeing more.
Hugs, Cathy

stampingwithpeggie.blogspot.com said...

Well, I think your pages are fabulous. You are way too hard on yourself. Can't wait to see the rest of your book.

Kelly Neis said...

Hey your close ups are perfect, great job Art! I love the aged colors on the background and they faded perfectly. I love the kitty prints to show where to read next and quilt page with Dr. Suess is amazing. Overall I love it and quit telling me that is you are not satisfied. This is a perfect piece of art you created, I love it. REALLY! I keep finding more stamps on here, I love the alpha blocks but those vintage kids reading are so darn cute. Your Ee is extraordinary.
Love you dear!

Kelly Neis said...

Hey your close ups are perfect, great job Art! I love the aged colors on the background and they faded perfectly. I love the kitty prints to show where to read next and quilt page with Dr. Suess is amazing. Overall I love it and quit telling me that is you are not satisfied. This is a perfect piece of art you created, I love it. REALLY! I keep finding more stamps on here, I love the alpha blocks but those vintage kids reading are so darn cute. Your Ee is extraordinary.
Love you dear!

Pam Sparks said...

very cool Sandy! Love those school kid stamps and all your ink techniques!

Stamps and Paper said...

HI Sandy...I have seen these projects before using a dictionary and what a great idea...I think your pages are lovely and wouldn't mind having go myself...look forward to seeing more from you....
Anne x

Lau W said...

Oh lala, Sandyyyy ! This is fab, so creative ! You're talented, no doubt !Love what you do with this book !
Oh and love the image with the cat of course ;-)
Have a nice week-end super Sandy !
xxx

Pat said...

Great work Sandy, so different, book looks super and so do the photos. Well done.

Pat xx

Netty said...

wow thats a great page Sandy as is your splendid book. You are doing fabulously my friend. Hugs Annette x

koala said...

Wow,this is gorgeous, Sandy !!!(^o^)/"""
Love this vintage taste and colors.
Very beautiful !!! (^_^)v"""

Annie said...

Beautifully crafted pages with so much detail. I love the looks of your dictionary from here. You alter a bunch of pages in it and it just might make you feel all differently about it. I predict it will happen. LOL

BJ said...

Love all the work you have done on your pages. BJ

paulaexuk said...

What a beautiful book you found and your choice of word is perfect for this challenge. Loving your stamps and the knowledge feel to the spread

♥ Mys ♥ said...

Wow - your pages are stunning:)
Love the colours, images and everything else:)
This is my first entry at the Craft Barn too and I think we´ll have a lot of fun with our dictionaries:)
*Hugs, Inger*

coldwaters2 said...

Fantastic project Sandy I am always amazed at this sort of crafting, I tend to spend quite a bit of time just looking at everything, I think it is so creative, terrific project.
hugs
lorraine x

Leah Ann Gast said...

Awesome project Sandy, love it! You are very creative...I would have never thought of doing this kind of project...Hugs! Leah Ann

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh my... don't you just love playing on old book pages? Yours are marvelous!

butterfly said...

Absolutely LOVE this, Sandy! I love old books, and book pages are so perfect to play on... and could you have picked a better E word?! Love the colours, and all the stamped images, and especially that there's plenty of that beautiful dictionary text still playing along - wonderful! I'm so sad that I don't have time for this challenge at the moment...
Alison xx

Sandra said...

Wow Sandy, what gorgeous pages! Really like that you used an old book for this! You're really exploring (also a great E word) another side of crafting. So exciting to see! Hugs, Sandra

lena-dailyscrap said...

Hello there! We choose the same word. Lovely pages.

Payne Holler Cards said...

Now this is really clever! Love the inspiration ...would be great for an art journal (-: too!
That is going to be an awesome dictionary (/:

Alice Wertz said...

love that you started your art journal. awesome pages and a wonderful start! looking forward to seeing more! =)

The Craft Barn said...

hi,
I am glad you are joining us with such a beautiful page. Love the background and the stamp with the cat wearing glasses.
Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn
Izzy

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, these are wonderful pages - really fantastic.

Rene said...

Sandy, only you would have an image of cat that can read! And those little girls in the corner could be Iz and Grace...only they're getting along so maybe not! Lol! Fantastic project!!!
Rene :D

Charlene said...

You are to cute Sandy!! I LOVE THIS!!!!!Did you make those tiny squares on the right top of the page, or is it paper?

Paper Tails said...

Your altered pages look great!

Karen

May said...

Love your pages Sandy...Wonderful colours & design...I would be so proud if I could produce this... Fabulous work... Hugs May x x x

Patricia Garcia said...

LOVE the Pages Sandy...Beautiful colors. How do you work with thin pages?

Hugs,
Patricia

MaryH said...

You've done such wonders with this $5 dictionary. Much prettier than when you found it! Seems everyone is getting into Altered Books (lots of my buddies are doing this). You did fantastically well with this, and surely met your challenge theme. E for Educate...good choice! TFS a lovely art piece. Can't wait to see your next project. Hugs

Daen'Ys said...

Oh la la Sandy, with this big dictionary you can participate in many challenges! ;-)
You made a fabulous start!

Rosi x

Patricia St Martin said...

Sandy, Years ago I did this with some books, it was really different but also a lot of fun. I like what you have started... Now you need to keep adding or take away from the book. I can't wait to see what else you do with the book.
Hugs

julieprice3 said...

This is awesome Sandy, I havent altered a book in ages, Great job and love the colours, can't wait to see whats next
Hugs Julie P

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Bonnie Irvine said...

Sandy, these pages are awesome. I love all of the little details and the flow of the whole layout. It's like going on a treasure hunt and finding something delightful at each turn. Now I can't wait to see what's next!

Lisa M said...

I'm so glad you're taking part in this. I LOOOVE the concept of this whole idea. What a brilliant start you've done too.
BIG HUGS,
Lisa xx
How much longer before flip n' flop are home?

Shannon White said...

Goodness Miss Sandy! Is this ever going to be one AMAZING Book when you are finished!! Gorgeous pages and details (LOVE the cat with glassed image!!) Just Super Lady! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon

Sylv said...

Love the colours and pictures, great pages.

Nan G said...

Great pages! Love the studious kitty. :)

Michelle Webb said...

It's a wonderful challenge Sandy, I think I love it too! This is one heck of a fantastic journal page! It's awesome honey! I love the colours, the layers and the painting Sandy. You always make my day when you come to call on my blog. Thank you. Michelle xxxx

Maria said...

Wow, Sandy! It's certainly a creative adventure for you! It's very artistic and creative! So much interest...love it! Take care, hugs!

scrappymo! said...

Great chalenge and you picked a great word for your E page!
You can always go back and do A - D later!

Love the vintage childrena and your Dr Seuss quote!

~Tammy~ said...

This is so neat! You did a fantastic job!

Marjie Kemper said...

What fun pages! Love the way you've built up the colors. It will be fun to see all the pages at the end!

Faye said...

I think it's beautiful and a great way to use that very old dictionary. In my house growing up we had a huge old family Bible and an old dictionary the same size. It was huge and weighed a ton.

Kjersti said...

Wow Sandy, this is just gorgeous!! Love the colours and the great design - so beautiful!
Have a nice week!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Cheryl said...

oh wow Hun this looks amazing gosh hun you are way too hard on yourself this really is brilliant hun just love what you have done here hugs Cherylxxxxxxxxxx

Terry said...

What amazing journal pages! Love your choice of colors and design! Enjoy!

Ann Marie Governale said...

what a great project, Sandy. I love seeing projects that use old papers or dictionary pages...I also took a peek around your blog at your other projects... my oh my... so incredible!!I am now your newest follower! Thank you also for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment...xxx Ann Marie (My Eclectic Spirit)

Becky said...

Amazing journal pages, such beautiful colors.

butterfly said...

Yay - congratulations are in order... just saw your name come up at Color Me Happy for Shelby's great giveaway - hurray!!
Alison x

Anita Houston said...

"E"xcellent!!!