Monday, March 17, 2014


We are enjoying Altered Book Month at the Altered Arts Magazine Blog!  So many wonderful ideas and tutorials.  I hope you've visited us!

I am showing a journal I made with sponsor products, back in September.  This is an empty book that is just a book.  Wonderfully empty pages inside!  Just waiting for something to be written on them.  But books like this don't have to stay plain.  Altering the cover is a fun way to make a plain book your own.

Gather your supplies.....

Take out just one piece of the collage tissue.  The sheets are super big and there are a lot in the pack.  Get your gel medium and a paintbrush.  Paint a thin layer of gel medium on the journal and place the tissue on top.  You can also collage the tissue onto the cover.  Either way it's a fabulous look.

After it is dry, rub the ink all over the tissue.

The ink is a subtle way of brightening the journal up.  The collage tissue is called "Life" and I circled all the "Life" words on it.  I also circled a few other words.  I added some gauze to the lower center of the journal and a piece of rope.  Then I placed the canvas tag on top, some corrugated cardboard and a little tag.  I glued the other piece of rope to the back.  Some gauze and flowers on the left, and a few paperclips on the right were the finishing touches.  I use this as a handwriting journal.

So, is this an altered book. or is it just a decorated book?  Is it good the way it was or did you hear it asking for a make over too?  

Keep visiting the Altered Arts Magazine Blog.  There are lots more Altered Book posts to come!!


  1. I love that you made this book your own by altering the cover! It definitely needed a little jazzing up, and the tissue paper was a great choice! I will try your techniques on one of my plain notebooks!

  2. oh wow, I love this!!!!!

  3. Nicely done. Any book, journal or binder is better after being altered with Creative Bliss. Lovely Dear...

  4. This is so gorgeous! I made an Art Journal without an actual book, as well. Miss talkin' with ya!! Hope you're doing well.