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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Altered notebooks

Afternoon all, I hope its nice and sunny where you are, coz its wet and miserable here today. But at least that means I can spend time in my craft room. 👍
For todays make I would like to share a couple of altered notebooks, in a bit of a vintage / steampunk style.

I started out by removing the back and front covers of the notebooks and used a stencil and texture paste to create a raise design, before painting with starlight paints to add colour and a shimmer. 
After die cutting some cogs, clocks, locks and hinges, I painted them black and lightly rubbed over some of them with gold gilding wax to give the effect of metal. On the others I used red and gold acrylic paint, stippling it on to produce a rusty look.
These were then arranged on the notebooks with some chipboard nuts and bolts which I had painted in the same way.
Finally I stamped and embossed some words, teared around them, inked the edges and glued them in place.
The back covers were also stenciled and painted in the same way, although I have not taken any pictures to show you.
I reassembled the notebooks and Voila there you have them, finished.

I'm going to enter them into a couple of challenges:

Thanks for taking the time to look,
Hugs Sue x


  1. I have this set of gears and haven't used it much. This provides me with thought and fodder how I might get going with it. I bought it thinking mixed media. Now got to really start playing with it.

    diana @ playing

  2. Oh these look fabulous. Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog :)

  3. Fab notebooks! Really great creation of your rusty look. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month, Jane (DT) :) x

  4. Wonderful decoration of your two journals - love the vintage rusted look of the gears!

  5. Wow! These are so cool Sue! Love the composition and colors. Hugs, Autumn

  6. Fabulous transformations of your notebooks. Brilliant rusty look and composition.
    Thank you for joining in with our September challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

  7. Fabulous metallic finishes! I love rust and Verdigris, great for a vintage feel too... Thank you for joining us at Country View Challenges this month!

  8. Great transformation and beautiful rusty look!!!
    Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics!!!
    Atlette DT

  9. I love your notebook Sue. Thanks for joining in with the CVC challenge.


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Hugs Sue x

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