Hello Thursday! Years ago, when I first got into designing for companies, I used to “specialize” in trash to treasure kinds of projects. I was really big on picking up clearance aisle bargains and giving them new life with papercrafting projects. I used to joke that I could recover anything with scrapbook paper. We all go through cycles in our crafting and art and I ended up moving away from those types of projects.
A friend recently commented to me how much they used to enjoy what I made with the ugly bargain finds. It got me to thinking about how I miss doing those types of projects too. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE getting inky and stamping and will never give up making my tags, but sometimes I want to mix it up a little. So I hope you won’t mind, if every so often I bring you a Thrifty Thursday and show you some ideas for giving bargain bin finds new artsy lives.
One of the places I often spy things needing an artsy make over is the Dollar Spot at Target. I LOVE the Dollar Spot at Target. I simply can not walk past that section without looking. Last week I was there checking out the goodies and spotted these fun spiral bound journals. I especially loved these because they had fun colored pages inside.
I chose a journal with a kraft cover and pink inside pages.
There are lots of ways to recover the front of the book. The quickest way is to place the cardstock for the cover inside the book. Line up the edge of the cardstock with inside edge of the spiral binding. Use a pencil to trace around the edges of the cover onto the cardstock.
Optional- If you would like to cover the cover from edge to edge, including under the spiral binding, you can pry the binding open and remove the cover. You can then re-cover the entire cover. Use a craft knife to cut the paper out of the openings in the cover for the binding. Re-assemble the cover and binding.
Use a paper trimmer to cut the cardstock along the pencil lines.
Round the top and bottom right corners.
To emboss the cardstock, first select an embossing folder design that is easy to match and has a good repeat. Place the folder on the upper right corner of the cardstock.
Turn the folder so that the bottom of the cardstock is in the folder. Match up the pattern as much as possible. In the case of this folder, the pattern is actually flipped (the dots were on the right and are now on the left) but it is not very noticeable.
After embossing, you may get a seam were the bottom of the folder flattens out the design. This is easily disguised later with embellishments.
The top and bottom edges can also be embossed by again turning the folder and matching up the pattern before embossing again.
Use a sanding grip to sand over the surface of the cardstock to distress and show the core color of the cardstock.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the cardstock and over the raised surface.
If desired, add machine stitching around the edges of the cardstock for decoration.
Apply adhesive to the back of the cardstock. Using a Xyron machine (510 or larger, depending on your cardstock size) will make the task quick, easy, and mess free.
Match the bottom corner and bottom edge of the cardstock and cover. Slowly lay the cardstock down onto the cover, smoothing and keeping it lined up as you go.
Use your hand to rub over the cover to help set the adhesive.
Die cut several different embellishments as desired from cardstock. Sand the cardstock to show the core color. (How super cool is the Black Magic cardstock with the color core?) Use an ink blending tool to apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges of the die cuts. (Not shown, green vine die cut.) Since the heart in hand is my logo, I had to get this die set!
Apply adhesive to the back of the cardstock die cuts.
Adhere the frame to the lower right of the front cover. (It will help hide the embossing seam.)
Place a strip of ribbon over the top of the frame. Adhere the large heart to the front cover over the top of the ribbon and the frame.
Tie a bow with the ribbon along the left edge of the heart.
Adhere the hand die cut to the center of the large heart. (The flap of ribbon on the right edge of the heart can be tucked underneath the edge of the heart.)
Wrap the banner around the small heart. Write a sentiment on the banner. Staple the banner to the small heart. Adhere the assembled piece to the center of the hand die cut.
Adhere pieces of the vine die cut along the left edge of the heart and frame. It can be used to help hide the seam in the embossing. Brush the edge of the petals of four small flowers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. Adhere three small next to the vine and bow.
Adhere the end pieces of the vine die cut to the lower right edge of the heart. Adhere the fourth small flower next to the vine pieces on the right side of the heart.
Quick and easy and so pretty! And if you use dies you already have on hand along with scraps of cardstock (you know we all have TONS of scraps) then if is a pretty inexpensive project as well. Journals like this can be great as gifts or a nice little treat for yourself!