Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School Altered Books



Last year I bought 4 composition books for $1 and just stashed them until now, because I like to alter them and give one to each granddaughter when school starts. This was done with a sheet of double-sided dsp by American Crafts. I used the side that looked like lined notebook paper and used the red patterned side for the border. The words "happy" and "good times" were cut with red card stock and borrowed dies from a friend, and I think they're by MFT. The image is from Sarah Kay, and it was colored with Copics. The chipboard black & white flower and red corner accent have been in my stash forever, so I just added a die-cut button with some twine and adhered them both with glossy accents. The word "days" was made with acrylic letters from doodlebug designs, and they too were adhered with glossy accents. Other stamps used are from CTMH and stamps by Judith, along with assorted stickers, border stickers & assorted die cuts from my stash. You can click the photo to enlarge for more detail. I really enjoy making these so that the grands have a one-of-a-kind item to take back to school each year.


I had a bit of the paper left, so I made a matching mini composition book to go along with the large book. The diamond pattern was a border strip on the edge of the dsp. I made some punched flowers, corner die cuts and added silver strips of stickers for fun.

I'm entering these in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is "back to school." 

I'm entering the larger book in the Shopping our Stash #165 challenge "chipping away" - to use chipboard. (Chipboard flower & corner accent)

I'm also entering both books into the Snippets Playground #138 - to use snippets.

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day!

Carol

22 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow Carol, what beautiful composition books!!1 I love both, they are so full of pretty details! I love the use of lines paper even for the little flowers in the second book, the contrastant colours, Sarah Key and the other little stamp, the paper and the borders... All! Your granddaughters will be happy!

Desire Fourie said...

Stunning little note books and so fun and colourful.
Hugs
Desíre
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

These are even prettier than you described them to me! Way to use all of your goodies!

aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeous card Carol....am about to cut one up on the cameo for a school project....love the colours and gorgeous image.xxThe Journey is the Start

Benzi said...

How fun and cute are your altered items. Your granddaughters will have one of a kind and all their friends will want one. Great idea!

Linda said...

Super fun! WTG!!!

Di said...

Brilliant Carol! The girls will adore these for sure :)

Hugs, Di xx

Chana said...

Cute project! Lots of fun details! Thanks for playing along with us here at Shopping Our Stash!
Hugz,
Chana, DT

jimlynn said...

Oh my word! Carol, these are outstanding!!! The grands are going to love these and now I'm feeling bad that I didn't do something similar. I love all the different elements you used on these. TOO CUTE!
Lynn

Donna said...

Fab projects Carol! Your granddaughters will love them! That little image reminds me of Holly Hobby! Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping Our Stash for the "Chipping Away" challenge!!

JD/ Jill said...

Great projects, Carol. So pretty! Your granddaughter's are sure to love them.

Brenda said...

Wow Carol, I bet the granddaughters love these books! I know I do. lol How fun to take these to school to take notes in or do classroom work in. I bet your granddaughters will be the envy of all! Hugs, Brenda

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I need to make something back to school-ish myself. Hubby usually makes a special dinner for me for surviving the first day. I work at a school, but this year is a double whammy--I'm taking a class too. I'm already feeling the time pinch and it hasn't started yet. I love both of these notebooks, but that top one with all its detailing is THE BOMB!

rebekah weckerly said...

LOVE these!!

Regina said...

what a totally adorable recycled creation, Carol! So much beautiful details! Your granddaughter will love it!
hugs
Regina

Judith Taylor - Wright said...

ah bless what a fabulous project hun love it hugs Judith x

Karen Letchworth said...

What a great buy on the composition books, Carol. And, you did a great job decorating it too. I'd like to invite you to stop by Word Art Wednesday for our weekly Anything Goes challenges. We have lots of fun, and we offer at least two great prizes every week. This week, one of our prizes is a $15 for wool felt from Prairie Point Junction. I hope you will stop by when you are able, and play along in our challenges. It would be a blessing to have you play along!
Hope to see you soon!
Karen
Word Art Wednesday
www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com

lauren bergold said...

oh my gosh, these are SO totally COOOOOOOOL! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR (chipboard!) STASH with us this week! :)

Jessi Fogan said...

These are so cool! And I bet the grandkids look forward to getting them each year too :)

Deena said...

What an awesome project Carol! I am sure your grand-daughters will truly love them! This is one of my favorite images too...I should pull mine out and use her again after seeing this! Thank for joining in at Shopping our Stash!

Mandy said...

Gorgeous notebooks Carol, you've made them both look so pretty.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
hugs
Mandy xx

scrappymo! said...

These afe wonderful, Carol. They are sure to love them!