Friday, September 6, 2013

Taking mail advertisements to a mixed media level

Hi there!  Today we are "Getting Altered" at eclecticPaperie!  This month, our lovely hostess is Teresa Jaye!  She challenged us to alter our mail!  Cool challenge!  I will now look at my mail in a new light!  Thank you Teresa!  :D

For my project today, I used a Kohls advertisement that came in the mail the other day!  It came w/ a coupon too!  I didn't alter that part!  That will be used by me at some point!  Can't wait!  I also saved a few other pieces of mail that I might use at a later time.  But, this one, being a tri-fold mailer, I thought would be perfect!  So, here we go!

The "before" pictures!

Front, back and front inside cover.

Inside 3 panels.

Ok, here's the new and improved front cover.

The word I'm altering is shop instead of scrap!  I covered up the words beside the trophy w/ black gesso, and then added some paper pieces to brighten it up!  Added a flower and a couple pearls to finish it.

When you open the front flap, you see this next!  If you look real fast and then look away, it looks like the word boxes are floating!  Fun little tidbit I caught when I was formatting my pics!  I essentially wanted them to pop off the page.  Kind of like those old 3-D books where you stare at it for an hour and the image FINALLY shows through?!  This is kind of like that.  Only easier and you don't have to do any staring!

Here is the inside of all 3 panels together.

Close up of the first panel.  I wanted to hide the words below champion, so I added the paper strips.  And I hid the word shop w/ scrap again here.

This middle section was done, and I wiped it clean w/ a baby wipe and started over!  I was at the ball park for my son's game, and I only brought sprays w/ me, and not ink pads.  So, it looked kind of a hot mess.  When I got home, I decided to wipe it clean and start fresh!  Some of the ink stayed on, and you can see through to it.  I love that look!  Like I did it on purpose!  Which, um, of course I did!  ;D

The girls were fun to work with!  I used the positive stencils for each girl, and then I used the negatives of each when I worked around them.

See the silhouette at the top?  I did that at the ball park.  That was the best part of the whole thing!  So, I kept that at least!  I added some words, which is new.  I've never done that before.  I always make my projects speak for themselves, or I talk about it on here.  But, for this, I needed words.  I want to convey that scrapbooking is similar to perhaps being a fashionista.  You're looking at colors, textures, embellishments, and assorted other things in both scrapbooking and shopping.  You look for the best accessories to go w/ an outfit.  It's the same way w/ a scrapbook page!

I hope that you have enjoyed my altered project today!  Take a look at your mail and think of the possibilities that you could do with all of those bills!  Hahaha!

All joking aside, doing the eP Altered Challenges are SO fun because they allow you to step outside your comfort zone and try something new!  Are you up to the challenge?!  I hope so!!!!!  Check out the eP blog for complete details!

Ingredients and links:
Paper: Simple Stories Urban Traveler & 24/Seven
Ink/Paint: white and black gesso; Pumice Stone, Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean,
                Black Soot; Black and White Faber-Castell pens; Cut Grass, Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange,
                Black Marble
Embellishments/Accessories:  Chevron Grunge, Mini Honeycome, Fifties Clock, Mini Nancy Emily Polly, 
                                             Mini Casey Penelope, Mini Tiny Circles; caligraphy pen, black gel pen,
                                             assorted flowers & pearls.


  1. Oh my giddy aunt have done an AMAZING jOB ... love the theme and yes they do look like they are floating...woohooohooo!!
    Have a great weekend
    Big hugs

  2. Genius idea to use that tri-fold mailer. Love it and yes, they do definitely look 3D :-). You know, I think I just threw a tri-fold mailer from JC Penney's away..... hmmmmmmmm.

  3. WOW! This is a fabulous alteration. I love how you retained some elements of the original mailer and built on top of and around it - amazing!


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