Saturday, March 15, 2014

Little surprises around every corner--but nothing dangerous . . .

Easy-to-add flaps, doors, pockets, and pulls for altered books.


Interactive doors, pockets, and pulls add a little kinetic energy to any altered book.  Not only do they invite the reader to fully investigate the book, but they offer the reward of a little "reveal" when the door or flap is opened or the tag pulled.  Here are several simple pockets, flaps, doors, and pulls for you to consider adding to your next altered book project.  These are all from an altered book featuring baby-to-older-child photos: 

flap hinged at the top

large door hinged on right side

foldover, envelope type reveal

stitched pocket, opening at the side, with tag reveal

March is altered book month here at the Altered Arts Magazine blog, so be sure to check back often for more altered book ideas.

P. S. If you like the idea of flaps, doors, pockets, and pulls, I have several more from this same book posted at my blog:  easily amused, hard to offend--Little surprises around every corner . . .

Have a wonderful weekend,


  1. LOVE YOUR BOOK!!! So many great ideas!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you, Lyneen! There were so many children, it was challenging to come up with the different "reveals," and still keep the book flat.

  3. I LOVE interactive books! great ideas!

  4. These are awesome ideas Trisha! It's so fun to add surprises like these to your altered books!

  5. Hello Miss Trisha, this is a fabulous make, and a treasure to pass on for generations, lots of wonderful ideas you shared, thanks sweety, ((( BIG HUGS)))..