At Christmas time I was browsing around Barnes and Nobel and saw this inexpensive black book to house your Internet passwords in. I picked it up for my other half to put in his stocking. Later after the wrapping paper had settled I took a better look at it and decided it would be just the thing for me, not only for my passwords of which I’m sure I have a million, but also my crafty online friends. I get nice comments and chat with so many around the globe but as we all know the name on YouTube or Google+ can be nothing like their given name. I’d been wanting someplace I could jot down info about my friends and perhaps a few notes like where they’re from and what color they like and if they make mini albums etc etc etc. This book fit the bill.
I happened to be talking with my best friend on the phone and mentioned this little book only to have her say, ‘Oh that’s just what I need too!” So I headed out to the store and picked up two, one for her and one for me. The only problem, it just wasn’t very pretty! Certainly not something I’d be thrilled to give to her. So I decided I do a ‘Makeover’ add some paper, ribbon, lace and bling it up a little.
The transformation was great. My little black book morphed itself into a pretty and feminine journal to record our notes in. From start to finish, and that included the hard part – picking out the papers, I doubt it took the two hours. I went with my old standby paper, Heartfelt Creations, Gateway to the Seasons Collection, Daphne Paper Pad. Oh I love this paper, I come back to it over and over and am going to be sad when I pick up the last piece and know it’s done. The colors are so soft and soothing, just perfect for the covers outside and inside of my book. Having the original vinyl book be black was an asset, I just left the spine as is and butted my inked papers up to the covers hinges.
Including a pocket in the front and back allowed me to tuck in a post a note pad in the front and a journaling or bookmarking tag in the back. I added a flower to each book, stamped and cut from the paper with the Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret Stamp and die cut with the matching die from Spellbinders for Heartfelt Creations. In the video I’ll show you how I made the template to match up the die with the stamped image perfectly.
Check out my video, I’ll walk you through, start to finish, how I altered my book and share more photos with you. When you’re out and about just browsing keep your eyes open for some plain journals, address books, birthday books etc that you can spruce up with a 2 hour makeover!
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!
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Supplies from the Store:
HCDP1-234: Heartfelt Creations Gateway to the Seasons, Daphne 12×12 Paper Collection
HCPC 3500: Heartfelt Creations Open Vintage Floret Stamp Set
HCD 727: Heartfelt Creations Vintage Floret die
202: Scor-Tape 1/4″
203: Scor-Tape 1/2″
207: Scor-Tape 1″
TIM27133: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Forest Moss
TIM21469: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Frayed Burlap
TIM27195: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Victorian Velvet
Supplies from my Stash: Ribbon, lace, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, Beacon Fabri-tac, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella clear, pearls, metal corners – butterfly – rosettes