Text is an essential part of altered bookmaking, as it makes pages more visually interesting and allows you to incorporate the original look of the book into your alteration. While you can add text to your pages through use of stickers, stencils and journal tags, incorporating the original text of the book will give your pages a distinct, vintage look. Here are some techniques you can use to infuse the original text of your altered book into your new pages.
Cutting out words from pages of the book and gluing them on top of your alterations is one of the easiest ways to use the original text in your altered bookmaking. Find words or passages within the book and carefully cut them out before gluing them onto your pages.
For a dramatic effect using the text, use a dark marker to block out all of the text on the page other than the words or phrase you want to draw attention to. You can tone this look down slightly by using a lighter colored ink when blocking out the rest of the text, as this will allow it to show through while still placing emphasis on the text that is not blocked out. When using colored ink, make sure the color you use coordinates with the color of any other embellishments you are using on the page.
Text as a Background
The text on the page can sometimes make the best background for your page. Layer your die-cuts, ribbon, photographs or other embellishments directly on top of the original book page so that the text is visible behind it.
If you find a paragraph or phrase within the book that you want to showcase on the page, consider framing it with a paper scrapbook frame. This will tie the text in with the rest of your altered page layout while still placing emphasis on the text you want to show off.
These four techniques can be combined throughout your altered book for a unique look. You can even mix and match multiple techniques on the same page for an edgy, creative look.