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Friday, November 4, 2011

Altered Photography and Coptic Bound Books

I logged on to the PC today to find I'd had 7 sales! Think that must be an online record for me!

This week I've relaunched my Folksy shop. I said a few weeks ago that I was going to concentrate on handbound books and while they will be a lot of what I sell, I realised that I didn't want to be restricted, so I'm branding myself as mixed media art and gifts. I hope this combines the type of things I like to make. I want to make sure I can include altered imagery, polymer clay, glass paints, fabric and watercolour (they're the main materials I like to use!).

So, here are some of the books I've made:

I love the Coptic stitching! On the fronts are some of my altered photos. At the moment I've just used a distressing technique on two of them and two others are my glass painted photos. The fifth book has no photo - just pretty paper!

And here's an ACEO I listed today:

Again, I've used one of my photos and altered it (digitally this time) to create a unique image. The pink swirls are actually a photo of a colourful glass exhibit I saw at Kew Gardens a few years ago.

I've got many more images that I'm having lots of fun altering. I'm thinking of selling these images as sheets of paper for people's crafty needs.

Here's another ACEO I made with one of the butterfly images I took last week:

The only thing I'm not sure about now is the banner. I wanted something that covers everything, but also wanted to include Frederick Frog as he's my avatar and I didn't want to change him... But the white background, whilst it looks OK on Folksy, it doesn't look right here! I wonder how people manage to get their branding right so it fits everywhere?! I guess I could change the blog background, but I like it as it is... Then there's the shop name... I want to change it, but then I can't change my blog or Facebook... and on Folksy people will still see me as Careford Creations as that's my username. Aaaarrghh!


  1. Fab ACEOS! All those books you've made too! Congrats on the sales. I think the banner looks fine as there is some white in the blog background. Every so often I think I should change my Crafty Mushroom name but the complication of having different names in different places puts me off :(

  2. Aw, thanks Debbie! I really like Crafty Mushroom:) It is a pain though if you want to change your name. I thought of mine over 10 years ago, before sites like Folksy and Etsy and nearly even before the Internet! When I found the handmade sites I just went along with it...

  3. Hello! Thanks for your comment on my blog!! Well..i did the same,,,i'm now 'every cloud' as i wanted to take my shop and jewellery in a new direction. The only way i felt i could do this was to open a new shop on Folksy, a new blog, new website and new facebook page, this meant new pacagaing, new business cards, a whole can of worms basically!! I used to be 'my beady eye'...i like the clean start although its a bit of a pain loosing all of the ales history and feedback and starting from scratch! Good look with your re branding! :-)

  4. Hi Andrea, likewise - thank you! I think you're really brave starting again. I'm not sure I could face it!! I'll have to have a think... I like your new name though:)


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