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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Altered Notebook Challenge From Sue!

At our last DIVA Day event Sue gave us each a little navy blue vinyl covered notebook to alter as our challenge.

When I make "patterns" for notebooks I usually just use copier paper. I took a piece of copier paper and cut it to the size of the notebook. I had one long strip the size of the notebook. I went from the front of the notebook to the back and around the sides back to the front for the cover. Once I got it wrapped around I folded the corners over and looked at the front to see how far I wanted to cut the flap back. I then measured my fold lines on the copier paper and proceeded to cut and fold my card stock accordingly.

I used the Stampin' Up! Boho Backgrounds set on Pretty in Pink card stock. Since I was going to be coloring in some of the details of the images I used the Basic Brown ink pad so the ink wouldn't lift off the paper. After coloring in the images I cut out the pieces I needed and began to create all the pieces to my cover. I had cut the card stock pieces 1/4" around smaller than the piece I was laying it on top of. It's difficult to give measurements since each notebook will vary in size.

I used the "One of a Kind" set and cut out the images. I had stamped them on Pretty in Pink and Chocolate Chip card stock. I used the white gel pen to put the dots in the center of the flowers. I sponged all edges and set them aside

Once I got all of my pieces cut out I sanded the notebook cover lightly. Then I took a piece of magnetic sheet and attached it to the notebook using the Sticky Strip tape. I needed something that I knew would hold. I put a piece on the cover of the notebook and one on the inside flap I created. I wanted the notebook to be able to stay shut but I didn't want to use a ribbon or fibers for that. I like the look and feel of the magnetic sheets on a notebook. It give the notebook a clean crisp look and a touch of "professional" too!!!

For some finishing touches I used some Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon and a piece of buckle hardware on the front. I taped this around the piece of card stock before I attached it to the front of the notebook. I then attached the "flower" pieces and the final thing I added was the half-round pearl from the "Pretties" kit.
This was a VERY fun challenge. I really enjoyed playing with this one!! Thanks SO much Sue

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Thank you SO much for stopping by,


Deanne Stewart-Mills said...

This is a really nice idea. I may borrow this idea to cover some art journals I use as Idea Books.
Thanks for the inspiration.
Sydney Australia

Unknown said...

I never would have thought of putting a flap on the front of the notebook...great idea! Yours turned out beautiful.

Anonymous said...

this is just divine! I love the cover on this fabulous notebook!

Anonymous said...

That notebook is absolutely darling!! I'm so glad I bought that set now :) I have a few notebooks that are just blah ugly, I know exactly how to gussy them up - and the magnetic sheet trick is genious! Have a great weekend :)

Debby said...

Oh Wanda I love this, I am going to have to make one for my purse.
Angel hugs

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea. It makes a notebook look so much nicer. And impressive when you pull it out to use it! :0)


Unknown said...

This is great Wanda, I love the BOHO style!

Diane Gilbert said...

Wanda I LOVE your altered notebook!