Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cuttlebug Challenge #97-Book It!

Good Morning!!!!  Today's challenge at the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog is to create something with, about, or from a book.  How fun!  I have been wanting to alter a child's board book ever since I saw one in a Somerset magazine a while back.  I found a book among all the books and toys, that some little sweet grand-baby hand had scribbled all over with an ink pen.  And so, that was the perfect start to my project.


I painted the whole thing with gesso and once that dried real good (about 24 hours or so), I painted it again with some pink acrylic paint.  That doesn't take too long to dry so I could start right away.  I printed some of my favorite photos I have taken recently, gathered up some of my favorite Our Daily Bread designs scripture stamps, kissed my sweet little green Cuttlebug (LOL!) and was ready to go!

One thing I have found over the years, the easiest way to create a scrapbook, is to use papers from the same paper pack and then to use the same supplies and similar embellishments throughout the book.  That keeps me from having to think too hard!  I used Mod Podge to glue the papers down.  (And here is a little secret.  After I had put the front cover on, I decided I didn't like it!  What to do?  Well, I just glued down another front cover and hid my edges with velvet ribbon!!!)  Some of the papers are embossed and some are not.  I then added a few more swipes of paint and also sponged with Tim Holtz ink to distress it. 

This was also a great way to use up some ribbon and lace scraps that I can't seem to throw away.  Another thing I learned along the way, is that all this painting caused the inside part of the binding to be very unattractive.  I added the butterflies which helped a lot but then they split in half when I opened the book!  Well then, I sponged more ink and glued ribbon down the middle of each page with Beacon 3-1 glue, winding the ribbon up and down each page leaving me with two tails at the top.  I tied those in a knot at the top and added a pearl bead to each end.  Hope that makes sense!  
That hid the ugly inseams though, thank goodness! 

I consider myself so blessed to have been able to take the photo of the deer!  She was standing right outside my aunt and uncle's garden as we were leaving my parents house a few weeks ago!  Wow, what a moment! 

Another thing to note is that the book will warp a little but to me that just adds to the vintage feel.  I also noticed that when I stamped the scriptures directly to the painted and mod podged page, it seemed to try to stick.  Not sure if it was the type of ink I used or because I was stamping onto the mod podge layer.  
But my stamps are all fine, so all is good.

Here are the supplies I used:

Gesso, Acrylic Paint, and Mod Podge
K & Co Designer Paper Pack
Ribbons, Lace, Buttons and Pearls
Cameo Hat Pin and a piece of crocheted doily
Various Spellbinders Dies
SU! Border Punch
Memento Black Ink and Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Cropadile and large eyelet

Thank you so much for visiting with me today!  
To see more inspiration for this challenge, check out the Cuttlebug Challenge blog!  
The design team has lots of great ideas to share!

Have a wonderful day!

My Siggy


  1. Hello!

    This is so beautiful! I love it!

    Wishing you a good day today!

    Barbara Diane

  2. Oh my goodness gracious, Sandee!!!! I am speechless my friend, this is so creative and so AWESOME!!!! I love, love, love it....from the choice of colors and those fabulous embellishments....WOW!!! I am blown away!!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

  3. I bow to you, oh paper crafting Queen! You know I am a huge fan of your lovely work, but you still can take my breath away. Gorgeous, stunning creation...AGAIN :)

  4. Sandee this has got to be the most beautiful altered book I have every laid eyes on I just love every detail oh and the vintage look my favorite style.

    Gorgeous work of art

  5. Sandee, this is beautiful! I recognize all your photos. You did a wonderful job and I can't wait to see this one in person!

  6. Oh Sandee that is just gorgeous! Gonna have to try that!

  7. This really is gorgeous Sandee. The detail is inspiring.

  8. Oh Sandee, Sandee, Sandee... how amazing is this book!!! I just love every detail about it! Now I'm wanting to try one!!! Gorgeous!!!

  9. Sandee, this is gorgeous. I love the papers that you used. I love the butterflies on the cover. By the way congratulations on winning the SSIC gift certificate!! You go girl!!

  10. Sandee, your altered book is absolutely beautiful! This is truly a treasure for you and will be an heirloom for your family. Beautiful work Sandee!

  11. Beautiful and a great inspiration! Thanks for sharing


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