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Monday, 16 May 2011

Altered book box(loads of pics)

I've been making art journal pages(there will be 52 in total), and Darcy asked me how I was planning on fastening them together.......
I was planning on using my bind it all tool, easy! But the pages are getting too thick to join, so I have decided to store them in a box. But what box?? Then whilw trawling Hobbycraft for a bargain (yes you can find them if you try) I found this papier mache book box.......

and my pages fit !! Well they are a bit shorter than the box but it'll do :)

Bit boring though, so lets decorate it, yay!

I don't have any of that posh gesso stuff, so I use watered down matt emulsion to prime the box.

Inside and out....
Then (after letting it dry) I added a coat of black matt paint (I use matchpots)
I just painted the outer cover black, so the paler section looks like pages.

Next I printed off a selection of papers I received from Crafty Chaos Design called Gothic Bruise......
cut them to size, and scruffed them up a bit.

I decided which pieces where going where, and stuck them onto the surfaces.

Now I just had to decorate the front cover....

I started by adding a title, which I chose because of the skull papers on the inside :D
As well as alluding to the personal nature of the journal pages.

I printed an image from a Dezinaworld collage sheet, called Faux stamps 1, onto vellum and glued it on.
Then I added a few Tim Holtz grungy bits...

and I have storage for my journal pages :D (might add some more stuff yet)

Thanks for looking :D XXX

I am entering this project for the following challenges;
MAWTT#98 2B's (box,book,black)


  1. Wow i love it, totally perfect, gorgeous web paper. Brilliant job. I have given up hope of binding mine lol too thick already so i am going to some kind of box too tho no idea what yet.

  2. Fabulous storage and I love the 'a glimpse inside my head' I still can't work out what i will do with mine when we are finsihed, at the moment they are in a huge zip lock bag... very unglamorous...

  3. Oh Gina its fabulous and perfect for your journal pages. I love the grungy fun dark way you did this.Thanks for the link too my friend,you are an angel
    hugs June xxxxx

  4. Wow Gina, what a brilliant project! It looks gorgeous and its perfect for your journalling
    Claire xx

  5. What a fab project! I love altering these little books too! Love all the great details you have added! Thanks for joining us at The ABC Challenge this week! Good luck! Hugs & Sunshine!/Sari

  6. Brilliant. I have seen these boxes and now you have inspired me to get one. Love how you have decorated it.
    Thanks for joining in our 2B's challenge at MAWTT we are so pleased you have shared this with us.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  7. Fabulous project, and I love the box book. Your altering skills are amazing and you've created a superb keepsake.

    Thank you for joining us this week at the MAWTT challenge.
    Hugs, Sylvia x

  8. That's a fantastic idea, I'll keep it in my mind.

  9. Wow what a fabulous project and thanks for sharing how you made it all!

    Thanks for sharing your creations with us at MAWTT and hope to see you again for the next challenge!

    Kitty xx

  10. Hi Gina
    Sorry I am late in commenting for my challenge - but thankyou for taking the time to enter. Good Luck.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox