Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mini Altered Journals

 A few weeks ago, while strolling the aisles of Family Dollar,
I found a 3 pack of mini composition books $1.50!! 
The were so cute and screaming for a make-over!
These are perfect for your purse, car, or night stand.
 They are only 4 1/2 by 3 ish inches.
 And have 80 college ruled pages.
For this project I used...
The first step, is to trace both sides of the book on the back of your patterned paper.
I traced from the edge to the black spine,
as I knew I wanted to use a different paper for that side.
Remember to consider the placement if your print has an upside and a down side!
Now you can Mod Podge the cover on.
Be sure to coat the edges really well,
as it will be manipulated a lot when you use it.
If your paper comes off  the sides- no worries- just trim it down.
Next, I cut about a 1/2 inch strip of coordinating paper for the spine side.
This is a great chance to use a border punch if you have one!
After, the front is nice and dry, flip it over and do it again on the back.
Let it dry as well, and then it is time to embellish the front!
If you are planning on layering any more flat pieces,
go ahead and Modge Podge them on.
I used a scallop punch. 
 Any fun die cuts of flat stickers will work, too.
Last you will want add your fibers and 3d embellishments.
For this book I used
  • bakers twine from Jillie Bean Soup,
  • vintage buttons,
  • and a scrap of ribbon

I also tied fiber scraps onto the colored paper clips
 to serve as cute book marks!

Here are the bunch I made. 
Anything goes here, girls... 
 tickets, chipboard, flowers, fabric, ribbon, and ephemera!

I will have some in my Etsy shop HERE!


Allison said...

Wonderful! Way to find a treasure in everything ordinary!

Erin K said...

I love these! I'm betting they are going to fly off the shelves of your Etsy shop!

Jody Spiegelhoff said...

I love your little notebooks! I'm following your fab blog. feel free to stop my mine at
Keep up the posts on MW Studio!

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