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The Octopode Factory Altered Storybook

by Amy Bowerman

Happy Friday!  It has been one heck of a week here in my little corner of the world.  Inspiration has struck in every direction it seems and my hands can barely keep up with my brain continually pumping out ideas for new creations.  This week at TOFF our challenge is “Anything Goes”.  I can’t resist an “Anything Goes” Challenge so I went all out for this one.  I am running out of room to store my 3 dimensional creations and have pondered how to make my designs for The Octopode Factory more compact without having to make cards ( I hate making cards…people throw them away…you know who you are).  My latest trip to the thrift solved this conundrum for me when I spied this…

The Octopode Factory Book Before

Ripe for the altering

I’ve never altered a book before…unless you count the Art Journal I made for a friend.  I’ve seen a lot of altered books online and have been quite fascinated with this form of art.  Not only that, but I’m a firm believer that Lily’s Octopodes NEED to be in story.  What better way to begin a story than to take an old story like that of Mother Goose and make it new.  Each week I will be creating a two page layout within the pages of this book to tell the story of The Octopode Factory.  I’m not sure where it will go or how it will end.  I’m leaving the storytelling up to my imagination…a fickle creature indeed!  The only thing I know is that what I’m about to show you is how it all began…

The Octopode Factory Book Cover

The Story of The Octopode Factory

Since Lily “created The Octopode Factory 503 years ago at the bottom of the ocean,” I imagine the crafty lass has hidden the true story of The Octopode Factory and how it came to be within the pages of this book.

The Octopod Factory Book Aerial

Book of Wonders

Only the truly imaginative can decipher it.  I call on you my creative friends and lovers of all things Altered and Octopode to follow me through this journey into the unknown.  I welcome your thoughts and ideas, techniques and tips…I’m winging this thing :)  Please do not hesitate to contact me as I would love to hear your thoughts on this project and will do my best to incorporate them into the book.

To create the cover I used a twist on Tim Holtz’s Shattered Stains Technique from Creative Chemistry 101.  Tomorrow I will be sharing a Tutorial on how I altered the cover of the book so stay tuned for that…and be sure to join us at TOFF this week for Anything Goes :)  I’m entering this project at Simon Say’s Stamp and Show for the Tim Technique Challenge as well.

* The Unicorn is not available as a Digital stamp as it is The Octopode Factory shop logo.

The rest of the story…


Have a creative day!





{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 EmeralDQueen May 1, 2012 at 6:30 am

Your cover is very nice, i really like it very much :)
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2 Daisy April 30, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Love the altered book. It is fabulous! Thank you for sharing and entering the E-Team Journal Blog Hop.


3 Marjie Kemper April 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Great altered cover. Love how you made the frame!


4 Sherry Cheever April 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I guess you are also entering this into the electic Paperie E-Team Journal cover contest this month. Thanks for joining us. I don’t think I could ever change this book . . . I have it and am saving it for my grandchildren (soon to be here), BUT, what you’ve done is absolutely fabulous! I can’t wait to see more!
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5 Starla April 30, 2012 at 10:37 am

OH MY! I don’t know if I could have altered that cover, but I’m glad you leaped off that cliff and JUST DID IT!! What a cool backgound and start of the journey you’ve created! Can’t wait to see more of the story! Glad you linked up to the E-Team to share!
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6 Micki April 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Yay, an altered book! Although your book cover is almost too pretty to alter :-) but boy wonderful job and I love how you used the border of the original cover and played it up. Awesome. So glad you played along with the E-TEAM on our first journaling adventure!!!


7 Linda Elbourne April 15, 2012 at 10:36 am

This is lovely … great stamps and the background is gorgeous! Thank you for joining the team at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week … we hope to see you again soon!
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