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Monday, July 18, 2011

Gussy Up a book

I was walking past a Specials bin in a city newsagent this morning and there was this little book, with a spiral back and kraft covers, and vintage looking pages.  It was $1 and it called my name - I bought it and this afternoon I used some old stash to cover it and gussy it up a bit.  The cover is where I was trying the resist technique (emboss with clear on glossy paper, cover with ink and wipe clean, polish with a tissue) for the first time.  You can see it was not very successful as it was in the days when I was not very good at wielding a stamp or embossing stuff - not that I am much better now, but I do at least try to be neater and clearer. Anyway, I then used some ribbon given to me by Sue Walsh last year, from AnnaBelle stamps. Notice it has circles on it. I tied a big bead onto it to create a place ribbon, and tied on anther smaller bit for decoration to the spine. I then used two sheets of another pad I had picked up in one of those dinky little vintage shops, somewhere on the mainland while on holidays, because I liked the vintage look of the pages.  I glued this inside the front and back of the covers.

I will enter this in AnnaBelles - Say it in Circles challenge, as it is using circles in the ribbon, on the face plates (well, technically they are ovals, but who is complaining, right?) and the flourish is circular, the flower is a circle and the brad in the middle of it is a circle, while the bead is a definite circle!!

Sorry about the photography - I think it is my camera on the blink.....

It is shiny so hard to get a good photograph of the bits......

The inside front cover........

A close-up of the flower - it is die cut with a Spellbinders Heartfelt Posy die, and held together with a SU brad. 

I have 25 followers now - I feel so privileged that so many of you have decide to follow my blog and am delighted to welcome Sally as the 25th! I am starting to feel like a real blogger now! 


Sue W said...

Love your altered Notebook Susan! Your die cut flower is delish!!! Thanks for playing along with AnnaBelle Stamps Say It in Circles challenge this week..........good luck!

Kylie said...

What a stunning altered notebook, Susan!
LOVE your flower and the colours are so warm, Awesome work Susuan!
Thanks for playing along with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

Take care,
Kylie X

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog said...

Love your altered book Susan!! And what a bargain! I love when you have a find like that lol!
Thanks for sharing with us this week :)

Sue Kohler said...

what a fabulous make over for a bargin note book! the flourishes are gorgeous, especially love your colour selection!
Thanks for sharing with us at AnnaBelle's this week! :)