Hello Friends, Welcome to my tutorial of an altered composition book perfect for filling with your wish lists, activities, plans and memories.
Here, I have taken a standered composition book that I purchased from Wal Mart but you can also find them at The Dollar Store.
Cut your paper 9 3/4" x 7 1/2" to cover your book. If your composition book has rounded corners, you can use a corner rounder found at your local craft store or after gluing your paper down you can take a nail file and sand the edges in downward motions to create a smooth edge around your book. I then took song sheet paper that measured a 7 1/2" x 6 1/2" and distressed the edges by running my scissors along the edges and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I then added a 1 1/2 inch strip along the spine too add more dimension to my book. I also added ribbon along that strip and tied a bow which I added to the top right corner of my book. This book says Christmas Memories along the top, but you could change that to whatever fits with how you plan to use the book.
I then cut out this sweet image of Santa, cutting of the bottom right below his belt.
I then glued my image to the cover and added clear glitter to Santa's fur coat. I also glittered the kitten's bow in a bright red glitter.
I also added this swivel clasp by Tim Holtz which you can find at your local scrapbook store. If you need help finding this, contact me for more info.
A large red brad holds the clasp in place.
To give your book more pizazz I decorated the first page, too! A simple envelope secured with masking tape gives the book a vintage distressed feel and the perfect pocket for storing ephemera and photos.
I also stamped Christmas images and added lace ribbon which I stapled to the page.
I covered the back with pink cardstock and secured the swivel clasp that wraps around the front using a red brad.
And that's it! You're done! Composition books also come in small sizes, too. They are small and the perfect size to fit into your purse!
I cut my paper 4 1/2 x 7 and wrapped the paper around the book. You will need to set something heavy on top as the paper dries on the cover so that the book will stay closed. I then added a strip of mini red ric rac to the top and bottom, glittered, and stamped the cover. I then added a paper flower with a vintage pink button tied with twine.
I hope you enjoyed another tutorial as we begin our Sugar Kissed Christmas. Please leave a comment to be entered in our giveaway pictured below. You have until tonight at midnight to be entered.
Have a great weekend, Lindsey