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An altered book in it's simplest definition is taking an existing book and turning it into something else. My first altered book is called The Traveler's Tree. This was a magnificent way to encompass all of my formal design training from the University of Michigan and the papercrafting techniques I've learned over the past few years.
I love trees, so I kept the book's original title and used images and quotes I gathered over the years. The themes I chose were Life, Growth, Strength, and Change.
Some of the quotes I used for The Traveler's Tree were from books I read during my remission from Hodgkin's Disease (cancer of the lymph nodes). Making that book inspired me to create a new one based on my experiences with Hodgkin's, and my mother's recent battles with breast cancer. The name of this book is Fighting, Winning, & Living: A Battle with Cancer. The themes I chose were: Diagnosis, Treatment, Support, Remission, and Cure. This has been an emotional journey, to say the least, but I have also been able to introduce new techniques and materials. This is a work in progress, so I will add pages as I finish them. If you have any feedback or questions, I'd love to hear from you.
I do not consider myself to be a scrapbooker, but I do enjoy paper crafting. I love making cards for my friends and family and have dabbled a bit with decoupage. Here are samples of my latest work.