Welcome to eclectic Paperie’s ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries! We’re altering our challenges in 2014, creating one, month-long challenge, increasing the prize drawing, holding a design team blog hop, and including a product discount with each new challenge!  Check out the details below:

  • We’ve combined our two challenges into one, announced on the first Thursday of each month.  This gives the design team more flexibility with challenge topics and projects and allows you more time to enter!
  • We’ll also feature a product each month, and during the first day of the challenge, you’ll receive a discount on the featured product….be sure to check for the special code!
  • Our prize drawing is increasing from $15.00 to a $25.00 gift certificate and the winner of each challenge will be announced on the last Thursday of each month and will be featured on the eP blog.
  • Each month we’ll hold a blog hop featuring the beautiful artwork from our design team…just scroll down to the bottom of the post for all of the links!  Talk about inspiration!!

Our challenges are about encouraging you to explore your creative journey and inspiring you to step outside of your comfort zone.  When you submit your artwork, share a unique card, scrapbook or journal page, a canvas, home décor project, or anything that you’re excited to share!  We’re looking forward to crafting with you!

Today’s special is on Liquitex Acrylic Gesso and Liquitex Acrylic Clear Gesso and for one day only, you can save 10% on a bottle of gesso…perfect for all of your altered projects!  Simply use code GESSO03 when checking out.

This month’s challenge is Altered Books – Gesso.

In 1979 when I first went to work as a legal secretary, I purchased two books – a legal speller and Gregg’s Reference Manual.  The legal speller was altered a year ago and became Shield My Heart.  For this month’s challenge I decided to alter the reference manual.

I began by placing the #4 die from Spellbinders® Classic Rectangles LG and taping it down to the front of the book.


Using the rectangle as a guide, the front cover and a number of pages were cut out using a utility knife.


Book binding tape was used to cover all the pages, including the inner cut edges of the rectangle.  Gesso was applied to the front and back inside pages, gluing the covers to the book pages.


The entire book was then covered with gesso, giving me a workable service for whatever this books ends up being.


As of right now, this is as far as I’ve gotten.  I ran out of time yesterday and wanted so badly to take part in this first challenge hop, that I decided you would probably be okay with seeing the beginning stages of my altered book.  I’ll be back in the next day or so with my completed project!

Thanks for joining me today and I do hope that you’ll try your hand at the ePlay Challenge and join us!


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5 Responses to “ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries!”

  1. Sherry, I LOVED seeing your beginning stages! I have never been brave enough to do this! I am not proficient with an exacto knife! Can’t wait to see what you create with this!

  2. Love it Sherry!! Thank you so much showing us your start! Brilliant idea – I can’t wait to see the finished project!!

  3. Oh can’t wait to see what you create with it. Love the tip about using the spellbinder die as a template.

  4. That is so cool….I know it will be great. Can’t wait to see it completed!

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