Friday, January 6, 2017

Altered Book/Hawaii

My resolution for this year is to, CREATE MORE ALTERED BOOK JOURNALS!!!

And here's the first one of the year, up and running, with the stash of coffee dyed papers screaming at me to be included. 
HAWAII by James Michener
A couple years ago, I went on an adventurous trip to meet some family members for the first time, to none other than Waikiki Beach...Honolulu bound, all by my big bad girl self.  It was crazy!!!

Now this book from the used book sale at the local library, was already falling apart.  So its guts just pulled out very easily.  
However, because the spine was so flimsy, I reinforced it with a piece of cardboard, glued in.  
Now, along with my incredible stash of coffee dyed papers, here is a peek at some of the things I collected during my stay...right on Waikiki Beach.  My brother made sure that I got plenty of postcards, matchbooks from the Chart House, where you can sit and sip your Mai Tai and watch fireworks on Friday nights...and some cool coasters from all the bars that he dragged my butt to.  Hawaii beers are quite good, btw.  Especially ALOHA BEER! Who knew?  
Longboard Beer is another good one, and of course I had to snag one of those coasters, too.  I gathered magazines, maps, saved receipts from all the shops and restaurants, and with the incredible photos that I took, this is going to be one great trip down memory lane for me...and also for my brother, an island native, who will be the recipient of this Scrapbook/Journal of our 2-weeks running all over the island.  Good times for sure!

A work in progress...

I even saved the receipt for the awesome Hula Pie plate that I stuffed into my suitcase.  Everything else, I had to ship home.  4 boxes worth!!!  And I will even use part of one of the USPS boxes that I used, because the flat rate boxes in Hawaii have a very nice message...

So good...
With lots of pockets for the postcards and other goodies, this is going to be an interactive journal, that will also include my island cousins...more on that in my finished journal post! 
 So, ALOHA from Hawaii...and frigid New York State!  


  1. Just as cold here in Michigan. What an awesome adventure to go to Hawaii by yourself to meet up with family. I am creating with my hands this year too by tackling an art journal.

  2. Vicki
    You never cease to amaze me. The story and the book you are creating are nothing short of fantastic. I loved going to Hawaii with you for a few short but wonderful minutes.
    Great Work and your brother is going to love it.\
    Your friend, Judie

  3. Oh what a fabulous book-in-the-making! And no doubt your brother will be delighted.

  4. Hi Vicki, looks like a great project!!! I recently purchased this cute sheet of hula girls- you might like it too:

  5. Oh - very cool! This looks like a fun project!

  6. love the idea of a book just about you journey to that beautiful state!!! can't wait to see it so don't take tooo long!!! and I'm so happy that my little Santa found a good home!!!

  7. What an awesome project! You are so creative. I love Honolulu-Oahu is my favorite Island.

  8. Awesome! I love it SO much and have imagined that I could make altered books...some day. I've worked in Smash journals but I really want to do something more creative! I'll bookmark your blog to visit again. I hope you'll share more of your ideas! Hugs from Florida, Diane

  9. Hello, what a great project and journal. I love Hawaii, one of my favorite places. Enjoy your day!

  10. Aloha Vickie, thanks for stopping by to see me on Maui. I'll be here for a while so stop again for some more sights and sounds from Maui. Mahalo

  11. You are very creative. Hawaii is one of my dreams. It's amazing place. It's always good to read about these islands. Have a great week.

  12. This book journal is cool. I was just thinking the other day that I have to get another journal cause mine is all filled up. Journals are so much fun to write in.