The Bentonville Public Library recently held an altered book workshop for teens. I’d been looking at holding one of these at our library and my son has grown attached to the idea of learning how to do them himself as a new creative outlet. The workshop took place on a Friday afternoon and it was the third they had offered that week. They had done one for elementary aged youth and one for the tween set.
The books we were given to use had been donated to the library but were not going to be added to the collection. Since they had served their purpose already, the workshop director thought they were the perfect selections to use as a foundation for our altered books. My book, incidentally, was entitled Knots & Connections which is actually a bit ironic considered the theme of my altered book.
The workshop started with a set of example books to help give us ideas. They had all been completed earlier in the week and ranged from board books (from the younger workshop) to a quite detailed scrapbook style book created prior to this workshop.
After deciding on a theme for our books, our first task was to divide into groups. One group went to create a wordle (my kids are overly familiar with wordle thanks to HPFF and NaNoWriMo so they helped out the others with this task). The other group sat down to go through dozens of discarded magazines in search of pictures for our books. Speaking of HPFF, it wouldn’t be my life if Harry didn’t make an appearance:
I ignored Harry (forgive me) and decided to go with a more subdued color scheme.
After photos and the wordle were designed, it was time to get to work on the book covers. M’s book theme was mobsters and he was lucky enough to find a picture depicting Atlantic City casinos so he was first to get to work on assembling his cover.
While we waiting for our photos to soak in a cellophane transfer (which I’ll describe in a later how-to blog), we began the cutting and piecing to work on the inside of our books. And…made a mess.
In a little over two hours, our books were covered and altered and ready to take home! (left to right: Mine (Atlantic City boardwalk; D’s: Warcraft; M’s: mobsters)
Since leaving the workshop, I’ve continued to work on my altered book. I have a few pages prepped and ready for embellishment. M decided he preferred writing and that it goes against his upbringing to destroy books (even if they are bad ones!) while D has found a used book to start over with utilizing a music theme this time.