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Altering Lemony Snicket I

Cindy Tonkin - January 27, 2017

Nicola gave me these books to alter. They have deckle edges, are on beautiful creamy paper and already have some foxing. The illustrations are great little etchings, so it was a challenge to decide how to alter them.

This is a set of 5.

So far I’ve folded pages in and inserted envelopes. Today I made triangular books to complement the 45 degree angle of the folds.

My plan:

  • find a lovely coloured card to go with the spines of the books (maroon, grey, navy? Let’s see what’s in my stationery storage!)
  • use that card to make covers for the extra triangle books
  • use the same card to make inserts for the envelopes (which may have lines from the books: there are many good ones)
  • make a box so it’s a “boxed set”

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s a good start!

Update one week later:

one week later I found an excellent crimson paper with elephants and peacocks on it (Linda gave me this paper years ago for a Christmas present maybe ten years ago). I’ve made covers for all of the triangular books, and begun inserts for the envelopes in the same crimson.

I like the crimson because it sets off the formal navies and maroons of the bindings. And because it has a child-like quality to it (after all, Lemony Snicket is a children’s book series).

Also experimenting with my circular hole punch (bought on special at kmart recently… loving that it was only $2: the large circular punch I bought for a fortune years ago doesn’t work, this one does!). Making book mark-like inserts which stick out a little from the book itself. More to go.

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