Thursday, September 1, 2011

100th Post: Exploring Phobias

What fun I had working in Kathy's book this AB round! Her book is all about PHOBIAs. Seems there is a phobia for just about everything!
Remember I went ziplining for the first time in my life this past summer? Well, part of the exhilaration I felt was because I managed NOT to let my fear of heights stop me from ziplining. It really was a wonderful and liberating feeling. I still have a fear of heights, but I now know that it is not an insurmountable obstacle for me.
Not surprisingly, I decided to do a tribute to my zipline adventure for this spread in Kathy's Phobias book. after all, it was about conquering--at least for my birthday--my acrophobia (fear of heights). I began with a packing tape transfer of two photos taken along the zipline course and secured them to the page for my background. How fortuitous that I located a page in Kathy's book with Dr. Seuss's poem, "Oh! The Places You'll Go."
I always like interactive spreads and thought that a zipline lent itself to a slide mechanism. I re-sized pictures of me "zipping" and created an image slide with them. To do so, you cut out two small circles (ideally, they should be smaller than your image) and secure together with an eyelet. Glue your image to the top of one of the circles. Next, cut a 1/4" slot along the path you want your image to move. Here, I cut the slot along the zipline. Insert the top and bottom edges of the slot between the two circles. Now your image has a track along which it can slide. Fun!!


  1. What a great topic for a book!! I love it! Your choice of phobia's was perfect.

  2. how clever to use that technique. Wonderful spread. My fear of heights decreased once we built this house with a high deck and a driveway with a drop. It is not gone but when we travel my eyes can remain open except for the very tight hairpin bends!

  3. Gosh, if I were to expand on this topic I could literally write a book. I love what you did with this.

  4. Great page spread and clever slide! The Dr Seuss and the phobia theme are well it. Lori W at Art Camp for Women or Lori de Froup

  5. What a great interpretation. I love the slider... very cool.