Monday, October 13, 2014

Once upon a time.....altered book cover

Small things in life often leave a lot of inspiration for me charge my crafting instincts. This weekend I had arranged a play date for my kid. I spent half the time reading fairy tales after fairy tales. …All the books started with “ Once upon a time…..”..With a calligraphic capital “O” written distinctly at a start the story….And the next night (almost all night) this is what I came up with.


I had an old black diary, the cover of which I chose to alter…..I started by sticking a beautiful vintage pp from paper theatre while allowing some black to sneak through  the side. I cut out small pieces of cardboard to appear as bricks and stuck then to create a wall (was inspired by the tale of the speaking wall). I further used my ink pads to directly smoosh on the card board allowing the natural color of the card board to play its role.. .

With My stencil and modeling paste I created a design, once again smooshing it with my ink pads.


Now was the fun part. Last week a friend sent me samples of crackle paint and copper embossing powder. I thought of using them here to create a rust effect. I pulled out a key whose lock was broken, and some chain and ring from a broken key chain and gave it a rust look. Further I made net flowers, black lace, wooden beads and used flower cap spacers from my stash to embellish. I cut out the heel of my kids old rexine shoe (yes I cleaned it well) , dabbed it with walnut stain distress ink to appear like an old bag ( inspired by the tale of Puss in boots tale/ buff colored bag). To add value (quite literally) I got hold of some old non-functional (and no antique value either) coins and stuck them onto the bag.


On the top I sketched a hand on water color paper and once again added some ink and copper embossing powder. The word ‘love’ is made my twisting a kraft paper string, and coloring it with glitter powder and pigment inks. (inspired by the magic hand tale)


Finally I had used this beautiful vintage digi stamp (totally apt for my project), colored it with water color pencils and stuck it unevenly.


Hope you enjoyed it.
Supplies used:
Beads and other embellishments from Itsy Bitsy
Distress Ink: Walnut stain, Black soot
Tim Holtz Crackle paste
Ranger embossing powder copper
Home made modeling paste
Stencil from itsy bisty
Momento inks blue, lilac, yellow
Vintage Stamp: SKD
Original diary

Lessology 40: Create a scene (have created a magical scene)


  1. Love that the reading of fairy tales inspired this gorgeous project! What a fabulous magical scene you have created. Amazing textures and lots of yummy details.

    Thank you so much for joining us at LESSology! :)

  2. That is a super cool upcycle of the diary!!! I'm a REAL lover of fairy tales.....& this project is just gorgeous:):) So glad you shared this with us at LESSology:):)

  3. Hi Urvashi.... beautiful work. So many fairy tale inspirations in a single project. You do put in a lot of thought

  4. oh wow!!! this is stunning!! I LOOOOOOOOOOVE that brick wall! wow!! and all of the mixed media on your card...i'm overwhelmed with awe! so cool!! and love that reading about your inspiration too! thanks so much for playing along with the Lawnscaping Challenge! :D

  5. Such a lovely project and you've done a wonderful job upcycling your old diary! Thank you so much for sharing this with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  6. So very creative! Great project! Thank you for playing with us at
    The Mirror Cracked challenge.

  7. Thats so pretty !
    Great to see the tute !
    thanks for playing with us at BGC#60- Stamping challenge

  8. I like the new look of your diary! It totally changed it's character.
    Thank you for playing with ua at BGC this time!

  9. Oh! The cute bag with real coins! That drew my eye in first and then I had a good look at all the work you did on the front! WOW on the bricks! Such a nice post too giving us all the steps you took! Really awesome job! Love this, hugs from New York and thanks for playing with us over at LESSology!

  10. Love the textures and the little coin bag. What a cute story! Hugs and Happy Crafting.

  11. What a transformation...Especially loved the way you wrote "love"
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  12. Wow what a wonderful transformation - love the texture