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Altered Book Cover in a Natural Look

By decorating you book with colored papers and decorating elements, you can create a whole new book that looks like you paid a fortune for it at a gift shop. Your creativity and imagination have no limits. You can use often things you have around the house to decorate and the colors can be changed as well to suit any taste. Create a few of these and always have a small gift to give to friends. Any journal or book can be altered into a unique treasure within a short time.



Paper Craft for Summer and All Occasions - Altered Memo Book in a Natural Look

For this project you will need:

- small journal or book of choice
- brown packing paper
- beige and tan colored mulberry paper
- scrapbook paper with subtle and natural colored pattern
- tan colored jute ribbon
- tan corrugated cardboard
- white cardstock
- 1 tan or beige colored marabu feather
- 2 x 1 cm natural colored wooden beads
- hole puncher
- 3 gold eyelets
- Sizzix Sidekick© with butterfly template
- package twine
- 3-D foam pads
- 2 sided strong self-adhesive sticky tape
- tag template for example from Fiskars® or use the template to the right
- sticky tape
- stick glue


Craft Tags Templates

Gift Tag Templates






1. The first step is to wrap your book in packing paper and tape the edges evenly inside of the front and back cover of the book.
2. Trace your tag on white cardstock. On the backside of the cardstock, glue a sheet of scrapbook paper to the tag. Turn the cardstock over and cut out the tag.
3. Cut a strip of corrugated cardboard that is the width of the tag and around 4 cm high. Use the eyelets to secure it to the bottom of the tag.
4. Stick a feather under the corrugated cardboard so just the top of the feather shows.
5. Using the Sizzix Sidekick, die cut 2 butterflies out of the mulberry paper and attach them to the tag using 3-D pads.
6. Punch a hole at the top of the tag and attach an eyelet. Pull 2 ends of a cut piece of twine through and secure.
7. Take the ends of the twine, cut them to a desired length and knot 2 wooden balls onto them.
8. Cut a piece of jute ribbon just smaller than the book and use 2-sided self adhesive sticky tape to stick it to the book.
9. Use 2-sided self adhesive tape to attach the tag on top of the jute band.





A Selection of Summer Paper Crafts

Window Decoration with Birds and Flowers

Faux Metal Butterfly

American Flag Plant Poke

Clown Paper Decoration

Paper Folding - Jacob’s Ladder

Beaded Flower Charm

Paper Wreath With Roses

Altered Memo Pad

Altered Tootsie Roll Canister Bank

Altered Book Project

Paper Craft for Summer and All Occasions - Altered Memo Book in a Natural Look



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