Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Altered Notebook

Hi everyone! Anna-Karin here with a fun altered notebook tutorial, using the Word Play and Love Birds dies:

I constantly find things I want to alter, but the items often have to wait a long time before they get the attention they deserve. After spotting this little notebook in a grocery shop, I actually started altering it that very afternoon, must be a record!

Here's the original notebook. It was the 'second chance' text that made me spot it on the shelf. You can use the techniques in this tutorial on almost any project: a canvas, altered book, card, tag or layout. Try it on watercolour cardstock or another fairly heavy base. It will also look great using other dies: flowers, stars, hearts, numbers, etc.

I removed the covers and glued dictionary paper from an old dictionary to them using multi-medium (matte or gloss work just as well).

I've been waiting for a die like Word Play for a long time. The size of the letters is just perfect and I love being able to cut letters out of almost anything. For this project, I die cut the whole alphabet out in grungeboard with my Big Shot, adding some additional letters later on to be able to fill the whole surface of the notebook covers.

Place the letters on the covers, some of them in random order, some of them forming words. I like such little details, which make projects more meaningful. Can you spot the words? ('Life', 'books', 'my', 'write', 'road' and my initials). When you are happy with the placement, glue them down with multi-medium.

Paint the covers inside and out with gesso, but don't cover all the background text completely. Let dry.

Brush Juniper paint dabber over one of the words on each cover, for a dry-brushed effect (you could use a paint brush too). On the back cover I painted the word 'write'.

Do the same with Lettuce dabber.

Paint the inside covers with Lettuce.

Stamp the covers randomly with an alphabet stamp and Archival Ink Coffee, using both first and second generation stamping (stamp without reinking the stamp).

Swipe the edges and some of the letters with Espresso paint dabber.

Paint the covers with Distress Crackle Paint Rock Candy, aim for an uneven result, so leave the paint thick in some places and thin in others. This adds extra texture. Leave to dry.

When the crackle paint has dried, dab it with Distress Stains here and there (I used Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy). Wipe off the excess and heat with a heat gun to set the ink. I love the final result, with all the letters, words, crackles, stamping and texture.

Adhere natural sticky-back canvas to grungeboard. I covered the grungeboard with a thin layer of multi-medium first since I wanted the canvas to stick down real good. Die cut the Love Birds. The birdies are so cute, and I love that the wings are cut too.

Ink the birds with Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy and Peeled Paint.

From a leftover piece, die cut the Mini Arrow Movers & Shapers. Ink and then stamp only one word from a sentiment stamp on it using Archival Ink Coffee. Use a piece of scrap paper to mask the rest of the stamp when you ink it up.

Stamp another sentiment stamp on kraft paper. This one had some great words that I wanted to cut out for the cover.

I restamped it one more time on kraft paper to add to the inside cover.

On the back inside cover, I used another stamp about creativity and found items.

Glue the birds to the cover, but don't glue their wings down. Tuck a pen nib and a word strip from the sentiment stamp underneath the wings.

Glue the arrow and another stamped word to the cover. On this photo you can also see the crackle effect better.

The finished back cover of the notebook. I stamped my name and the year on a tattered banner.

Thank you for looking at my tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful and inspiring.


Surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Grungeboard; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas- Natural; kraft cardstock, old dictionary paper, notebook or something else to alter
Paint: Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint- Rock Candy; Ranger Ink Adirondack Paint Dabbers-  Juniper, Lettuce and Espresso; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium; gesso
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink- Coffee; Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint 
Stain: Tim Holtz Distress Stain- Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy
Stamps: Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous- Urban Tapestry, School Desk, Words for Thought, Stuff to Say
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Pen Nibs
Tools:paint brush.
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  1. That's wonderful! Thanks so much for a great tutorial!...Nancy :o)

  2. So creative!!! Love it!! Thanks!

  3. LOVE this! I have some composition notebooks that just might receive a version of this technique. The wordplay die was on my must haves....LOVE it!

  4. I love this- I've gotta get the Word Play die NOW.


  5. This is gorgeous - I love the soft colors and the great textures! Especially how you stamped on the raised letters! Thanks so much for sharing this great project!

  6. Absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful idea like this. Thanks for showing how.

  7. I love it. It looks great. Thanks for sharing, Johanne L.

  8. Absolutely fabulous...every single detail!!!

  9. This is AWESOME~~~ thanks for all the wonderful ideas here!

  10. ohhhh I love this!!! I'd love to get some books like the one you used, it's fabulous! I've been drooling over that word play die for months!

  11. Amazing! What an excellent step-by-step tutorial. So nicely done. It makes it so much easier to follow how paint is applied to obtain a certain effect. Thank you!

  12. Thank you for your terrific tutorial. I love everything about your altered notebook; style, texture, colors, sentiments. Inspirational. Well done.

  13. I absolutely LOVE this project. Still on the Waitlist at QVC for a replacement WORDPLAY die as my first back in February was faulty :( BJ

  14. How cool is this! Just catching up after CHA- love it Anna-Karin!

  15. Totally gorgeous!! Love the creative way you used all the dies!

  16. Wow...looks like fun, great tutorial, love the letter techniques.That bird die is too cute !

  17. Anna-Karin those covers are awesome. Love that word play die. On my list list. Thank you for sharing such a clear detailed tut!

  18. This is so fabulous! Missed it the first time around and just found it on Pinterest. Off to re-pin...


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