Wednesday, January 11, 2012

ABC round robin swap #2-first exchange

Greetings Everyone!

I'm sure that you are all waiting breathlessly to know whether or not our local Altered Books Club was really going to participate in another Round Robin Swap.  The answer is Yes! However the group is a little smaller this time around with 6 participants instead of 11 with the addition of a totally new member to the group.
Since many of you seemed to enjoy the last glimpse into our swap I thought that I might blog about this one as well.
For swap #1 I received Maureen's book, the theme of which was :Romance. EEKKK! was my reaction. One of the most difficult things about this theme for me was distilling it down into something manageable.  There's so much you could do with the theme of Romance.  To start the swap off I wanted to so something uniquely me-but unexpected.  That meant no romantic skulls-that would have been just too easy.  And quite frankly the entire group was sure that I would do that.  Instead I decided to deal with my hypocrisy. Yes I am a hypocrite.  Sounds like an AA meeting doesn't it.   Why do I say this you ask?  Because of course I would never stoop to reading bodice rippers and other such trash.  And its true that I generally don't read that type of book.  They contain just a touch too much romance for me.  But as I got to looking around at all my favorite books and movies I realized that most of them deal with the subject of romance.  In fact I have and entire book of nothing but romantic movies. Movies that my husband likes to call woman trash (even though you will very often find his butt parked on the couch watching them with me!) I won't even go into the number of times I have watched these movies or reread the books.  Suffice it to say that I practically know them all by heart!
After admitting my weakness I was ready to move on and suddenly I knew what I wanted to add in my spread or spreads as it turned out. I decided to stay with a very simple paper collage style for this one.

One common theme in all of the movies and books I mentioned is that they might as well start out: Once upon a time.  You can see my Once upon a time collage above.  I included one of my favorite Preraphelite images called The Bride.   I thought her appropriate.

Of course every Romance should end with Happily Ever After.  In this collage I made a little niche. Don't be fooled not only am I Jonesing for Happily Ever After...

What I am really waiting for in every book and movie is " The Kiss".  In the niche I have created a shrine to the kiss.  I sculpted a small iconic glass slipper and put it in there as well.

But I didn't stop there!  In my second spread I show a beautiful princess dreaming (that's of course what I wanted to be as a child until reality imposed itself on me) and on the other is another kiss (sigh) with a pocket containing two booklets listing a few of my favorite romantic movies and books.  Just in case the others have missed some of them of course!
And just in case some of the group was a little too serious or panting too heavily,  I decided to inject my own personal bit of humour.

Click on this picture to enlarge it and you will see that this woman just does not look comfortable on that horse. I believe that this is because she is dealing with an age old woman's problem. Come on guys it couldn't have been much different back then!

Connie-over and out until next time! 

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