Monday, August 26, 2013

Altered Composition Book - HSS167

Pin It Now! Hello, crafty friend!  Homeschool is getting started around here, so I used the sketch from Hand Stamped Sentiments to alter a $0.50 composition book from WalMart.

Here's the sketch.
It's so easy to make!  Just trace your background paper and glue to the front and back.
 I used the Canvas Creations #129375 for the spine, it comes in a 12" x 12" sheet, and cuts wonderfully with a rotary trimmer. It adhered really nicely with Snail.  I tucked a layer of Baked Brown Sugar Stretch Ruffle Trim down the side.
Here you can see the trim.  The corset body form from this Etcetera DSP is cut from its second sheet and popped up.  One doily behind, one scrunched on top with a Frosted Finished Designer Embellishment (Holiday 2013).  A few small rhinestones along the left side.
 "Smile" is from Happy Day, and is stamped on 7/8" Natural ribbon in Calypso Coral, pleated and placed over the popped up body form.  A little linen thread and Designer Faceted button finishes it off!
This composition book will be used as my attendance book for homeschool, so there's a little added meaning on the front.  My boys are in 4th and 7th grades, so I placed the 4 and 7 on either side of the form.  And SMILE is something I like to remind myself to do every day, especially when teaching my children!  

I hope you're inspired to alter something that will bring you a SMILE, and that you might check out HSS and all the inspiring projects these ladies have to share!

Have a blessed and creative day ~ Erika

STAMPS: Happy Day
INK: Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker
PAPER: Etcetera DSP
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Basic Rhinestones, Frosted Finishes Designer Embellishment, White Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Baked Brown Sugar Stretch Ruffle Trim, Canvas Creations, 7/8" Natural ribbon, Linen Thread.  


  1. Very Pretty!!! Love all your texture and layers- so pretty!!! Great altered project!!!

  2. Erika, this is beautiful! I love all of the details and your symbolic placement of the dress form. ~ Bree

  3. HOLY CRAP GIRL! I love this project, I can't believe that your brain can come up with the most amazing things, I am SOOOOO wanting to hang out in your brain!

  4. WOWZA!! Your stuff is always so pretty and so well put together! I love the layered doilies and all of the many textures and elements. GORGEOUS!!

  5. WOWSWERS!!! you go're on a mission & a lovely one, too! TFS!! can I play in your scrap room some day (with you, that is!)

  6. Great idea! I've never altered a notebook before. You made it looks so easy and I love the stamps and embellishments you used. TFS

  7. Not sure if my comment posted....
    So here it is again.
    Great idea! You've made altering notebooks seem so easy. I love all the details and embellishments. So vintage! TFS