Altered Composition Book

                                            ALTERED COMPOSITION NOTEBOOK

            The following is a list of supplies I used; however, you should use whatever supplies you have on hand or ones you are comfortable using.

Paper: White and black cardstock of your choice.

Ink: Ranger Dylusions ink spray, Perfect Peals mist spray, Krylon gold leafing pen, Viva pearl pens, Stazon ink pad, Memento ink pad, Sharpie brush marker, Smooch pearlized accent Ink, Stampin Up all-purpose Ink;

Adhesives:  YES Glue (Can be found at Michaels), Redline Tape adhesive, foam tape, ATC;

Punches:  1” circle punch, large hole punch, corner rounder, Stampin Up slant punch, Flower Soft glue;

Miscellaneous:  Paper towels, cardboard box top large enough to catch extra spray mist, water in small mister bottle, Flower Soft,  bling, glitter, 1” paint brush to apply YES paste, white prima flowers, Ranger white crinkle ribbon, embossing folders, embossing machine, sticky-back canvas, assorted rubber stamps, and heat gun.

 STEP 1:

            Cut white cardstock to cover book at 6 2/3” x 9 2/3”.  Lightly mist one side of cardstock with water and turn paper over.  Use dylusions ink sprays of your choice to color the facing side of card stock.  Use paper towels to blot off excess color as needed and when you are satisfied with your color combinations.  Lightly mist with Perfect Pearls mist.  Blot dry with paper towel and lay it to the side. 

            Let’s talk about the sticky-back canvas.  I am not sure how many different types of sticky-back canvas are available, but most people use the Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas for their projects.  Cut the canvas to the size of your choice and cut a piece of black card stock ¼” longer on all four sides.  Spray the canvas side with the colors of your choice.  Make sure you blot off excess inks when necessary and when you have the canvas colored to your satisfaction.

            Use a heat gun to completely dry the colored cardstock and canvas.  Be careful not to burn the paper or canvas while drying them.



            Use an embossing folder and machine of your choice to emboss your canvas.  Use an accent ink of your choice to lightly rub across the canvas to high light the raised image.

            Use a paint brush to apply YES paste to inked cardstock.  This glue is used by book binding companies.  Make sure to apply enough glue to all the edges of your cardstock.  HINT:  I use an old telephone book to place my paper and/or cardstock on and apply the glue.  Turn the page in the book as needed to brush on adhesive to additional paper and/or cardstock.  Apply inked cardstock to book. 

            I like this glue because it allows plenty of time to move the paper and/or cardstock in the right spot on the book.  Also, this glue easily washes off hands and the paint brush with soap and warm water. 

            The down side of using YES paste is you have to mix it in a container with water.  You should put a small amount of glue in a bowl with a lid that is deeper enough to mix it the water and glue.  You should start with about two tablespoons of glue with about 2 ounces of hot water. It’s easier to add more hot water than starting out with too much water.  The glue should be about the same consistency as regular Elmer’s glue.

            Now it’s time to embellish the front of the book using any and every thing you like.  I used the same inking technique as the cardstock and canvas to color the prima flowers and crinkle ribbon.  Once the book is finished, place under a heavy stack of books for 24 – 48 hours because this will decrease the amount the cover curls. 

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