Sunday, May 30, 2021

Quotes & TIME ~ Altered Books

Helt siden jeg var liten har jeg likt å pynte forsiden på skolebøker, dagbøker og notatbøker, men etter at jeg begyndte denne hobbyen for rundtom tyve år siden har det blitt mere mixed media på dem enn vanlig gavepapir og klistremerker..

Akkurat disse bøkene må jeg ha kjøpt på slutten av nitti-tallet en gang, ettersom bildene på forsiden er Madonna fra den tiden hun ga ut CD'en 'Ray of Light'. Favorittsangen min derfra er 'Frozen' ❤️ 

Har alltid hatt øye for en god deal så de bøkene var nok til salgs for en tier eller noe, og så har jeg tenkt at dem kunne jeg gjøre pene - men det tok meg alltså over tyve år!!! LOL

Bøkene er mitt DT bidrag hos Creative Fingers #209. Er litt forsinka, beklager det - har hatt migrene i dagevis .. og jeg er ganske sikker på at denne gangen har Finnabair voksen skylda! Jeg satt på scrapperommet og koste meg og så BANG! Kvalme og skallebank.. Jeg reagerer ofte på sterke lukter, spesielt parfyme, og den fra Finnabair er ekstremt sterk på lukt... Viva Decor voksene har derimot nesten ingen lukt, helt trygge å bruke. Veldig synd at Prima har valgt å ha sånn sterke luktestoffer i voksen da de er helt nydelige i fargene og helt kremete og lett og bruke, kommer nok ikke til å kjøpe flere enn de to jeg har nå. Hvis du vet om andre typer voks som er trygge å bruke, tips meg gjerne!

Angelique har sponset Creative Fingers utfordringen med en flott premie! Dermed har vi hatt fritt frem med kreasjonene. Som alltid har vi et 'Lag-hva-du-vil' tema, og velkommen skal du være! ❤️


Ever since I was a child I've been decorating my notebooks, wether its schoolbooks, journals or diaries. But after starting my crafting hobbies about 20 years ago, its been more mixed media  and art journaling than the regular old giftwrapping papers and stickers I used to have!

Theese books I must have bought sometime in the late nineties, going by the photos on front of them (before altering), as the photo of Madonna is from the time when she sang 'Frozen'. I love that  song so much ❤️ The 'Ray of Light' album its on is one of her best in my opinion.

I've always had an eye for a good deal, so I reckon that I got those books for next to nothing on a sale, with the intention to pretty up the covers - but here we are... it took me more than twenty years to do so!!! LOL

I am a couple days late with my contribution, sorry about that, I got a massive migraine just when I was almost done working on theese. Was having a fun time creating when BLAM! Feeling sick  and queezy with a massive headache. And I'm sure it was the Finnabair wax this time that did it 🙁 I often react to strong odors and fumes, especially perfumes, and theese waxes has a very pungent scent to them. It is such a shame that Prima chose to add that, as they're otherwise just gorgeous to work with, so creamy and beautiful colors! The Viva Decor waxes I also use are practically odorless, so they are safe to use. Probably not going to buy any more than the two Prima waxes I have now. Please do let me know of any other brand of waxes you know of that are safe for me to use!

My two altered books are my DT inspiration for challenge #209. at Creative Fingers, wich is sponsored with a fab prize from our DT Angelique. As always it is an 'Anything goes theme', and you are more than welcome to join with your creations ❤️

inside the Quotes Book

inside the TIME Book

I enter my books in theese fab Challenges: [Ends on]
Simon Says Wednesday ~ Anything goes [June 2nd.]
Through The Craft Room Door ~ Always AG
[June 1st.]
Pammie's Inky Pinkies #PIP2121. ~ Always AG [May 30th.]
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #158. ~ Always AG [June 5th.]
We Love 2 Create #6. ~ AG Mixed Media!
June 10th or 23rd?]
Crafts Galore Encore #87. ~ Anything goes [May 30th.]
Mixed Media Lovers #1. ~ AG Mixed media!
May 31st.] X
The Creative Crafters #40. ~ Always AG [June 8th.]


My process in the making of the books.

First I cut a square piece of fabric for each of the books, no measuring needed as its easy to estimate. But I cut it quite enough bigger than the books to be able to easily wrap it around the edges and then fold over and adhere inside the bookflaps - as shown in the photos.

The trick to making the wrapping pretty is by first tucking the corners inwards, then the sides. If like me you mess up and there is an open gap when trying to adhere the sides over the corner - you just add a tiny piece of cloth (or paper if you use that for your book) in the corner, tucking it in.


After stencilling on the front covers and adding the waxes, I was left with a lot of leftovers - and I am not one for wasting - so I dilluted the wax with water and using my paintbrush and a splatter brush I made pretty golden paper and some papers with speckled gold and black. Before adding those papers to the inside of my bookcovers I taped some gold threads on each side to be able to keep the book closed together when it eventually will be filled with stuff :)
Stamps: ...  Fabric: Jysk bord løper 'In Home - Gedeblad' (table runner imitation black suede leather made of polyester/polyuretan fabric).
Images/Papers: Bazzill cardstock. Plain white cardstock. Prima Marketing inc. 'Almanac collection' A4 Paperstack Designerpapers and images.

Embellishments: tvunnet gull snor / threaded gold twine. Misc Washi tapes, mostly from Panduro Hobby.

Tools: EK Success® Whale Of A Punch 'Large Circle 1.75'.

Stencils/Embossingfolders: Visible Image 'Time flies' stencil. Hunkydory 'Starry skies' stencil.
Dies: QuicKutz (now LifeStyle crafts/WRMK) 'Nesting Star DC0173' and 'Parade alphabet DA0312'.
High-Tack adhesive tape Sookwang Scor-Pal tape &/or Red tape.

See photo tutorials! When adding waxes to the cover - after the stenciled images with the aid of a spatula were dry to the touch - I used my fingers to rub wax on the covers here and there. The waxes I used are from Viva Decor Inka Gold 'Copper', 'Gold', 'Old Silver' and 'Brown Gold'. Prima Marketing inc. Finnabair Art Alchemy wax Cire Cera 'Firebird'. Black Gesso from Royal Talens Amsterdam. I used my paintbrush as well as a Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush to make the fine gold & black speckles.


  1. Hi this is a stunning project. I love it. Thank you for joining us at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog for challenge #87 which has the theme Anything Goes. The sponsor is Morgan’s ArtWorld. Hugs Jackie DT xxx

  2. Fabulous books, and thanks for the tricks about the cover!

  3. Fabulous proect Thank you for entering our Anything Goes Challenge atThrough The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Good luck Ginny
    My Blog As I do Rodos

  4. Wow, what a beautiful creation! Thanks for sharing with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, and sorry for my late comment! :)

    ~Marie B -DT

  5. What an incredible project it looks amazing! Love it!
    Thank you for joining us this month at We Love 2 Create With Polkadoodles! Jane (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  6. These are so cute. The little gnomes are my favorite from SSS. [Bunny]


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