Altered Composition Books
Posted 08 August 2004 - 07:14 AM
Here are the steps I use for my mini-comp books.
I start with the mini-size Composition books. They are cheap at Wal-Mart and Target (around $1.00) but each store's version has slightly different binding... I like one binding better for some things and the other better sometimes. As I recall the Target (Mead brand) has a small black binding that you can lift if you heat it with your iron first (use a drop cloth or paper towel though because the adhesive ooozes and will stick to your iron). Then you can place your cover under the black binding for a nice CLEAN edge.
The Wal-Mart version has a stapled binding (think of a booklet versus a larger book with a flat binding for the Mead brand) and the black binding I was unable to get off using the iron. But if you use a nice flat fabric braid or ribbon or maybe Chatterbox molding (haven't tried this yet) you can cover anything that you might want to hide!!
The first book I painted and did just about anything else you can imagine- decoupage, stamping and then a thick coat of embossing powder..... Since then I have started painting (etc) a piece of cardstock and then attaching the paper with my sewing machine and glue and brads, etc- less opportunity to get paint on the PAGES!! I also use an eyelet to attach a tag to use as a book mark and as a way to give me another surface to play with!! I put little pockets inside the books for credit cards, notes or ??? These arequick and easy and fun. They make a cute little gift when it is the thought not the $$ that counts. An added bonus is that they can be a great way to use your scraps!!
Posted 08 August 2004 - 08:13 PM
Posted 09 August 2004 - 08:46 AM
P.S. THanks for the iron/binding tip Jennia, great idea!
Posted 11 August 2004 - 01:01 AM
I'll get some of my digital pics into the gallery and then come back and link to them from this post.
Posted 26 August 2004 - 10:26 PM
Posted 27 August 2004 - 10:12 AM
Posted 26 November 2004 - 03:06 PM
Posted 26 November 2004 - 03:13 PM
I usually cover the inside covers with a white or cream cardstock, or a coordinating color to the cover. I wrap the paper from the front around to the inside cover, then cut the white piece slightly smaller than the inside cover dimensions. After I glue it in place, I run my bone folder over the edges, to pop up the edges of the paper you've folded over from the front. This creates a nice finished look, I believe, just like you see in books.
HTH, and I hope that made sense!