Saturday, June 27, 2009

altered composition book


My niece will be spending her summer in another country so I wanted her to have something nice to write down her memories. Her favorite color is blue and her name is Stephanie so that was the inspiration for the cover. I used Storybook cartridge for the border, corners, frame, and the letter S. Hope she likes it. I have also decided to enter this project for Todays Mama contest. I found out about this site on my favorite message board: Cricut. I hope you create something also and enter the contest for a chance to win some new cartridges. As always thanks for visiting my blog and wish me luck.



The back of the book was just trimmed with a border(created with a border punch )

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Tutorial

Start with a composition book (9.75 x 7.5 inch




cut adhere pattern paper to the cover
trim and sans the corners for a rounded look



You are ready to decorate the cover.
For my cover, I my used Storybook cartridge. Cut the corners by pressing the fancy corner key and chose your style. Mine is from page 60 and cut at 1-1/2 inch
The border is also on the same page, press the Tall/border key, the fit to page key, and cut to fit 7-1/2 inches (it will cut the border at 1-3/4)



The frame is found on page 61. Press you Accent/Frame key and cut at 5 inches
I cut this one on pattern paper and chipboard and glued together.






The letter S was cut at 2-1/2 inches (both pattern and chipboard)
I then covered the letter with Inkssentials glossy accent.






Final embellishments of your choice.





5 comments:

Monique Griffith on July 4, 2009 at 1:12 AM said...

That is just stunning!! Really gorgeous book - I hope your niece loves it.

Newfy Mom said...

What kind of glue do you use to keep the paper on the cover? Is it just tape or do you paint on something for "full coverage"?

It is really beautiful.

I do a similar book for my preschoolers. We have Traveling Ted-The Teddy Bear. We use the composition book for his diary of his travels & adventures the kids take him on. So if I embellish I need it to be travel worthy. Is that possible?

Nilda on July 6, 2009 at 10:32 AM said...

Newfy Mom... I would just be careful that the embellishments you use dont have dimension, those can come off easy or be easily taken off by Pre-Schoolers.. I have one so I know he likes to take things off. ... the second would be for the edges on the binding and where you open the book, I would use colored duck tape... ..since those are the areas that would get touched more often . I have also heard of using Modge Podge to seal. I have not tried that yet.. Good luck to you and if you make one please let me know. I would love to see it.

Nilda

Brenda on July 17, 2009 at 8:13 PM said...

You give very good instructions even the page number.....even I can follow that!!!
Thank you soooo much!
hugs
Brenda

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