Friday, 16 March 2018

Altered Book Style box+ Accordion mini Journal

Hello My Crafty Friends.........

It's me Arpita again on the blog today.Today I am sharing a cute little project,actually there is 2 projects in 1 today.A altered book style box and a accordion style mini journal/album,yes tried making a little accordion style mini journal book/album.Album making is very new to me and its my first,enjoyed making it.

Will share a written tutorial with you at the end of the pictures.Hope you enjoy the projects.....

Tutorial for the altered box

1.First started with the binding part,wanted to give it a faux leather look..for that i first tore a tissue into small bits and started to adhere them randomly on to the surface,did two layers of the same process as only one layer had not given as much texture I wanted.

2.To paint this I tried to take the colors complementing the color of the paper i was using.i choose sap green,yellow ochre,pink and brown.I diluted these paints with water and started applying them each color at a time and letting them dry between each coat.painted till i was satisfied with the color.

3.Wanted the side to look like pages,so i painted the base with brown once dried added a thick coat of gesso and as it was still wet took a comb to draw lines through it.

4.Now stuck the pattern paper,embelished them and I was done with the book box.And yes don't forget to varnish the inside of the box once u have painted it.

Tutorial for Accordin style mini journal/album

Before starting with the steps I want to say I have not used any score board or trimmers .all papers are cut by scissors,a normal blade.So if you are thinking you need to have all the tools to do this,no u don't.

1.As I wanted this to fit in my book box,took measurements suiting the box.
2.The album measures 4'' * 3''. Fistly i cut a white cardstock 9'' * 4'' strip,cut 3 strips with the same measurement.
3.At every 3'' made a fold for all the 3 strips and stuck them together.the last fold of the first strip overlaps the 1st fold of the 2nd strip.
4.Cut the pattern papers a quater inch smaller and stuck them on the raw album base.Also added some corner inserts and pockets.
5.Added a long piece of lace trim on the top which acts as a closure and i wa done.

Materials used :
 MDF Book Style Box , Pattern Paper .Chipboard Embellishment used inside of the box all from The Element Craft Studio
ThankYou for stopping by...
see you soon with another interesting project,till then



  1. Really love the page look given on the box and ur idea of doing it

  2. its juts look like a real look on this box is pretty good & yes once again easy & lovely tutorials

  3. Lovely finish of book like box. And beautiful mini album too . Beautiful memories can be treasued in beautiful box Loved the tutorial

  4. Happy to know that it can be done without expensive tools.

  5. Thanks for the tip that we don't need any extra tools to make it .
    Amazing project

  6. Such a pretty book box Anushree😘😘

  7. Beautifully done..loved the detailing with so many embellishments..jute..etc..

  8. Beautiful paper used very well . And lovely creation

  9. Fabulous project and lovely

  10. Love ur idea of making it in pocket friendly manner