I want to share with you my love for covering composition books. Why? Because the construction of the book, with its sewn pages, is perfect for use as a reference journal. I never go anywhere without my 'notebook' because I never know when I need to write down an idea, sketch something, take notes, jot down a phone number, get quotes, write thoughts for a newsletter, the uses are endless. As a result, I have accumulated six altered composition books over the years. They become a part of me, and as long as it is written in my 'notebook,' it can be referenced for future use and enjoyment. My book used G45 Tropical Paradise papers and embellishments for this challenge.
As a paper crafter, my notebook is an extension of me. It is artistic, expresses my love of paper, and serves a functional purpose. Sadly, it can't be too dimensional as it takes a beating going in and out my purse on a daily basis. Over time, it takes a toll, but it still gives me that feeling of being 'my special notebook.'
Here's a quick tutorial about how I prepare the book for adding paper. Because the surface is somewhat slick, it needs to be roughed up by sanding it to make sure the glue will grab.
Next, after tracing the covers, apply Mod Podge (or similar white glue) to the paper you are affixing to the cover. Start in the middle and spread the glue out to the edges.
I'm a firm believer in wadding up a length of wax paper and using that to burnish the glued paper to the cover. It slides beautifully and presses out all glue bumps nice and smooth.
This is the finished back cover. I retained the original black spine and simply added a couple of border strips.
This is the inside front cover and is the same pattern paper for the inside back cover.
Are you ready to tackle your own composition book covers? I hope so!
Hope you enjoyed today's 3d228 challenge! As always, I'd love your comments and/or photos of your own creation. Just tag it 3d228 when uploading.
Happy Paper Crafting!