This week at Frilly and Funkie we'd love to see you transform something. Sue Carrington is our host and her project is a real stunner.  Whether you have something laying around the house or something you've purchased specifically to alter, we'd love to see what you make of it.  And remember… there's a gift certificate to Linda Coughlin's Funkie Junkie Boutique for a random winner.

I have many things I've picked up with altering in mind, and this faux book has been waiting around for a long while.  Here's what it looked like to start:

I had at it with my Dyan Reaveley Ink Sprays and liberal spritzes of water. I love these sprays… the colors are just fantastic!  I then stamped Tim's Papillon script stamp repeatedly in Vermillion Archival Ink and inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I will be using this faux book as a tabletop box for special pens and my water brush markers (which are filled with Dyan's sprays for more detailed application.)

I also used Linda's corrugated kraft paper that I ran through the Vagabond with one of Tim's on-the-edge dies, three colors of Linda's burlap string, and giant eyelets from my Crop-o-Dile set.

I didn't want a title on it so I could change my mind on storing it vertically or horizontally, but I definitely wanted to decorate the spine.  I used two of Linda's filigree pieces attached with brads. The filigree pieces are thin enough that they're easy to bend:

Besides the brad, I used several tiny rolled up glue dots to secure them.  I lined the inside with a page from one of the Stampington pubs designed by Chrysti Hydeck.

I love her style, and it was a joy to fill the box/book with something that I find so totally visually appealing.  Hope to see your new altered creation at Frilly & Funkie!

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  1. Alexa Noble on May 15, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I love this altered book – colours are fantastically vibrant and the paper you’ve used inside looks like it’s hand drawn.

  2. Alexa Noble on May 15, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Fabulous project – colours are so vibrant and I love the paper inside.

  3. Ali Manning on May 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I’m speechless! This project is stunning, Marjie.

  4. Lisa Sackett on May 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

    This is very cool, and I really like the papers you used for the inside, as well as the filigree on the binding. I have to tell you, I’ve been working on the exact same paper book! No kidding…mine’s not nearly done yet, as I am working on way too many projects at once, but mine is more about what’s inside of it. Hopefully I’ll be done before the end of the decade and you’ll get to see it. LOL TFS!!

  5. iReneM on May 13, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Wow! such gorgeously vibrant colours – love it :)
    A fantastic project.

  6. Helen Tilbury on May 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    WOW!!!!! Marjie this is so coooooool!!! Excellent job and indeed it is super special :-D Wonderful work!!

  7. Sue C on May 10, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Gorgeous project Marjie, the colours are fabulous, I realy must give the Dylusions sprays a try ! Sue C x

  8. Donna on May 10, 2012 at 6:37 am

    What a fun way to store your goodies! You’ve done a beautiful job in the coloring, too. I want to try doing that, too! Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Silvia on May 10, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Wow, that’s a fantastic project, great use of the Dylusions.

  10. Shahrul Niza on May 10, 2012 at 3:35 am

    WOWWWW Maarjie. It looks like a REAL old book!. Awesome art!

  11. Linda on May 10, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Wow, what a AWESOME project!!!

  12. 2amscrapper on May 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    love this project–what a transformation! Thanks for the info about the filigrees that are bendable.

  13. trisha too on May 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Fabulous piece, Marjie!

  14. kathy/NorthCarolina on May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Marjie…just love this! The filigree brads on the spine are the perfect touch, and I love the liner. You’ll smile every time you get out your water pens, won’t you?

  15. Deb Neerman on May 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    So cool; love it! I have one .. or three .. of these hangin’ around waiting for me to do something with ’em. Thanks for the inspiration, Marji!

  16. Sandra on May 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    This is amazing, love the colors you’ve used! Those Dylusions Ink are wonderful!

  17. Anne Redfern on May 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Marjie, this is a stunner and so practical too. Love the way you have made it look like an actual old book. Dylusions inks are a real must have for everyone these days, they are so vibrant. Anne x

  18. Amy* on May 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Well you certainly turned that plain jane faux book into a real dazzler! I especially like the inside that paper is fab. Now that I’ve joined the art journaling world I really must bite the bullet and order some Dylusions spray ink…my blue eyes are starting to turn a dark shade of green with all the “Dylusional” creations I’ve been seeing…this lovely is no exception :)

  19. Cath on May 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Looks good, Marjie and a great way to store things on the table – great for sneaking in craft supplies, lol x

  20. Brenda Brown on May 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Love the sprays on the book, just an eye popping effect.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  21. Nancy Maxwell James on May 9, 2012 at 11:22 am

    thank you for the sweet comments on my blog! You also have a beautiful blog and amazing projects! Love this one! the colors are so warm and what an fabulous inside! Lovely art!

  22. Jingle on May 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Wow! This is really amazing!

  23. Alison on May 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Absolutely scrumptious Marjie!!! x

  24. Anita Houston on May 9, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Absolutely loving this Marjie!!! The cover looks likes leather, and the inside is fabulous!!!! What a super cool altered project!!!

  25. Deb M on May 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

    OMG, Marjie! You’ve outdone yourself! This is fabulous! I need to check out the F&F site! Thanks for your inspiration!
    Deb M

  26. Terry on May 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

    DT Sister, you have done F&F proud! Love this altered and very cool paper mache book. I have one, but it is in the brown state! Happy Wednesday!

  27. Inkypinkycraft on May 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Is fab, just love it!! The colours really do pop!!! Love it! Hugs trace x

  28. Dyan Reaveley on May 9, 2012 at 6:23 am

    ooh its gorgeous darling xx

  29. Candy on May 9, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Very cool book, Marjie! I have a couple of those paper mache books. Guess I need to dig them out now! haha Your colors on the cover of your book are amazing! The inside is really cool, too! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  30. Cathy on May 9, 2012 at 5:45 am