The challenge this month in Lisa Vollrath's Year of Altered Books class was to incorporate a pocket into your spread. Once again, I used the monthly challenge as inspiration for an AB spread I am working in this month.
Teri's "Friendship" theme got me thinking about a group of friends I have known since grade school. Now, almost 50 years later, we still gather regularly--usually at a table, over a meal. I cut out an image of stacked china from a Tiffany catalog and placed them onto a crocheted doily. I embellished the plate borders with glitter glue. I also cut out a silverware setting from another Tiffany catalog to use in this spread. Finally, I used a tea bag wrapper as my "pocket" and created a tea bag-shaped vellum fold out with an explanation of my spread which tucks into the tea bag wrapper.
This book already had a half page cut away on the left side. Rather than wasting that half page, I ran a wide piece of lace down the center on both sides of the page. On the front, I placed a silverware setting. When you open the half page (flap), it reveals a list of words that comes to mind when I think about this group of friends. I aged the edges of the list with chalk ink to give it a more distressed/aged look which made it fit into the vintage-y feel of the spread.