Thursday, 20 February 2014


Hello!  Have you ever had a project on the table and been really keen then it turns out really pants???  Well this was one of them haha!!!  This altered book from a Charity Shop was supposed to have a drawer put into it but it looked so rubbish that I tore the inside of the book out and made a folder/case/whatever instead ;-D

- Take a hardback book and carefully cut away all the pages using a craft knife, being careful not to cut the cover. Apply Multi-Medium and cover the inside and outside with crumpled up tissue paper. When dry apply two coats of Americana Vivid Violet.

- Cut the gussets and closure flap from Grungepaper. For the gussets cut two pieces that measure the width of the book spine plus 3cm (1.5cm for each tab) by the depth of the book cover minus 4cm. For the closure flap cut a piece that is as tall as the book and at least long enough to wrap round from the back. Shape the front by drawing round a DL envelope flap. Paint with Americana Bahama Blue.

- Apply Brilliance Pearlescent Purple to a crackle stamp and apply over the painted Grungepaper on both sides. Go around all edges with Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate. When dry glue the gussets and flap firmly to the book base as shown. Score where the Grungepaper needs to fold.

- Attach some lace over the flap and around the back so that it ties in the front. Add a Painted Tando Flower and crocheted flower with a brad to finish.

If you go the The Craft Barn blog there is a PDF to download ;-D

I was pretty pleased with the result as its really sturdy and I can see that the idea could be adapted so easily into a bag!!!

Thank you so much for popping by today, it means a lot, HUGS xxx

Old Hardback Book
Idea-ology Grungepaper
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints- Bahama Blue, Vivid Violet <<...>>
Brilliance Dewdrop Inks - Pearlescent Chocolate, Pearlescent Purple
Kaisercraft Texture Clear Stamps - Crackle
Tando Creative Grab Bag - Floral


Kaz said...

This is brilliant Karen! I'm glad it started pants so it ended up like this ;) I have had a few if those projects too!! Xxx

TiaraHelen said...

I absolutely love this idea - perfect for extra-special packaging a gift of stationery or keeping a precious journal safe. Brilliant, can't wait to try it. xxxx

Angelnorth said...

Well it may not have been what you intended but it's fab nevertheless! Hope you kept the pages for other projects!

Coco said...

Ooooo, that's a great recycle/upcycle project!!!! Love it Karen! xxxx

chrissies said...

Wonderful idea Karen and it would make a gift with a new book inside-thanks for sharing the idea

Love Chrissie x

Dawn said...

He he this is an amazing project sweetie. I adore the colours and details, what a brilliant idea for an altered book-cover, would defo make a fab gift box for a book lover. Lol I'm with Kaz on this one too - if it wasn't for the hiccup it may never have happened, yay for the odd hiccup!!
Huge huggles x x x x

Traceyr said...

Very ingenious Karen on first looking at it I thought it was leather. :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Simply brilliant, Karen. I've seen purses, but never turned into a folder for holding your craft supplies. I bet that would look pretty on a desk, too.

Gio said...

For me it's gorgeou as it is, drawer or not drawer! A nice gift for a stylish little girl.
Love the combo, too!