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Altered Board Book Basics and Beyond: For Creative Scrapbooks, Altered Books and Artful Journals (Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications) Paperback – 1 May 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing (1 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571203095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571203090
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 0.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,390,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jan Bode Smiley, originally a quiltmaker, now uses her skills in book arts. She started by carving her own stamps, and now makes altered books, visual journals, and scrapbooks.

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If you are only a beginner this Journaling/Book art book is a good place to start. It gives good and clear step by step instructions. It has a good choice of ideas, examples etc to play around with. And it will inspire you to try all the mentioned techniques etc
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x930421d4) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x934cc57c) out of 5 stars Nice pictures but lacks detail 5 Nov. 2005
By Linda Ritter - Published on
Format: Paperback
Lots of inspirational pictures by the author and other artists, but there is little description of how some of the more interesting techniques were done, like accordian board books and other binding techniques. Found it overall a little disappointing, but at least it wasn't too expensive. Also I wish there was less use of scrapbooking supplies and more use of original background techniques or art papers.
39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x934cc5d0) out of 5 stars Shop till you drop 14 Oct. 2005
By newmexicohome - Published on
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This is one of the worst books on bookbinding it has been my misfortune to purchase. It lacks detailed information on techniques and substitutes what is generally a "go out and buy" attitude. It encourages the purchase of materials such as premade scrapbooking items rather than giving ideas for an individual to make and incorporate in the creative act.

Altering books is one of the crafts that affords the integration of everyday materials in a way that is fun and INEXPENSIVE. This book should have a shopping list in the back and get it over with.

Showing examples of other artist's work is fine but if that is all there is the author could just put together a book of "other people's ideas".

There are numerous other books on altered books and journals and I would encourage anyone interested in engaging in this craft look to those instead.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x938d6054) out of 5 stars A little confusing for a beginner 12 Sept. 2005
By rose thyme - Published on
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Overall, I think that this book has a lot of information, great photos of lots of examples. The only reason I gave it four stars was that I think it could be better organized. It jumps around a bit and does not explain how some of the books are constructed. That may be simplistic for non-beginners, but this seems to be a beginning book! I found myself enjoying the pictures of the books, but wondering how some of them were made with rings, etc. This book is actually a very good value, but I wish there had been some photos of a book in progress, instead of jumping right in to finished pages! Overall, I am glad that I bought it, even though the instuctions are pretty general.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9335a12c) out of 5 stars True source of inspiration 27 Aug. 2005
By Martha Rodger - Published on
Format: Paperback
Although the size of the book is not large, the scope is great. It is full of solid text and ideas supplemented with wonderful illustrations. It combines how-tos and inspiration in meaningful ways. A true source of ideas for anyone who pursues, or would like to pursue, these crafts. Thanks to all her contributors - there are some great creations presented.
HASH(0x934cca08) out of 5 stars Great Book 28 July 2013
By kim - Published on
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I love mini books and this book helped me with the basics. You'll really enjoy the easiness of learning and so what if you're not sure, try it, you'll still love whatever you make.
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