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Using a few inexpensive supplies you can create a one of a kind altered address book. Make one for yourself or as a gift idea. And use make it into any style you want: country primitive, shabby chic, or even bohemian!
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Altered Address Book Supplies
Here’s a list of items you’ll need for this tutorial. As I said before you can pick and choose any style, color or theme you want. There is no limit to what kind of papers and embellishments available. I’ve included some links to Amazon to help you find some.
- spiral bound journal (I found these great looking plain journal while updating this tutorial. The dotted pages gives you more options to how you layout your address and even give you space to turn your address pages into a creative journal page with drawings, embellishments and such.)
- scrapbook papers
- glue (I used a glue stick for the papers and a glue pen for the ribbon. Permanent craft adhesive works nicely, also.)
- scissors (You may want to keep a pair for just ribbon cutting. That way they stay sharp for easy cutting. Same goes for cutting papers. When you use a pair for tough to cut items like wire, florals, etc it dulls them making it hard to cut a even crisp edge of ribbons, fabric or paper.)
Lay open the front cover of your journal onto the back of your paper. Measure 1/2″ larger and cut out. Do the same for the back cover.
For the front, tear into 3 strips (widths do not have to be even). We’re going to leave out the middle part when attaching the paper so that another paper can peek out underneath it.
Cut a strip of coordinating paper wider than than what is needed to fill the open gap, and the same length as the cover paper.
Glue the bottom ‘peek-a-boo’ strip to the front cover, letting the edges overhang. Glue the two side stips overlapping the middle strip.
To fold over the edges to the inside of the cover, notch out the corner, fold down and glue.
Cut out a coordinating piece of paper the size of your inside cover and glue down. This will hide the edges of your front paper fold. Now complete the back cover the same way, except with only a solid paper on the outside instead of 3 strips.
Glue down ribbon along the paper edge both inside and on the front cover. Repeat on the back cover.
For the dividers, I glued down some pre-cut chipboard tabs I had to the lined pages inside. You can cut these out of cardstock too.
Embellish to your heart’s content. There are many kinds of scrapbook embellishments on the market. Some even have matching paper, stitchers, 3-d embellishments and more.
Submitted by Marnie Perry