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Saturday, 5 April 2014

My First Book Covering

Good day folks, Saturday again, YIPPEE.  Well today I am going to make no bones about being chuffed, proud and really pleased with myself.

I have been going to Slimming World since January this year and I am doing okay, quite good really but my book is getting a bit tatty and I wanted to combine my crafting with my slimming so decided to have a go at a book cover.
I needed something that I could add too so decided to go with a front and back cover using ring binders.
I found some grunge type board in my crafty stash, why I have it, when I bought it I have no idea but it came in handy for my first attempt.  I cut it down to the size I wanted to fit A5 poly wallets.
I then painted it with white gesso followed by IndigoBlu English Cottages Acrylic paints, originally one coat of pantry white and then I decided that as slimming world colours are yellow and orange I painted a coat of banana custard.
I inked around the edges with black soot and left that to dry and then stencilled with spiced marmalade and left that overnight to dry as advised by indigoblu.
I then stamped my image in black versafine and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I stamped my sentiment the same.  I have also used creative expressions detail copper embossing powder for the swirls and an orange embossing powder for the butterflies and bird.
My name is some metal alphabet pieces I bought years ago.  The back was decorated the same. At the moment I have left the inside except for the back which I have stamped by personalised stamp.
I then needed to seal it and turned to mod podge gloss lustre, a thin coat.  I put some holes in with my cropadile and finished off with the eyelets. 
I have also designed some note paper in Serif and printed those out to put in and it fits my poly wallets perfectly.  I am so pleased with it I keep looking at it.
Yeah I know I am sad and need to get a life to anyone else but as a crafter I am sure you will know how I feel, I have never done anything like this before but now I want to do another one.
Eventually the grungeboard will have to be replaced so, I feel a visit to B&Q coming on with my darling hubby to purchase some mdf which he will kindly cut to size and then I can begin again.
I hope you like it as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by and putting up with my excitement.
Take care, see you soon.
I have entered this project into the following challenge: -


  1. Beautiful Book! I completely understand. I need to make one of these for my stop smoking challenge so I can keep it to remember how hard it was to quit when I get the urge to smoke. Great idea!

  2. fantastic cover love the colours you have used, thank you for sharing xx from gail at http://guffdesignscardcreations.blogspot.co.uk

  3. WOW Kandy this is fabulous, I love the gorgeous stamps you have used and wonderful step by step too.
    Linda xxx

  4. Love your book covers - super design and congratulations on your Slimming World success.

  5. I certainly do like as much as you Kandis, I think it looks amazing. Well done on your slimming progress too. xx

  6. it's really pretty!
    Thank you for your participation in "anything but a card" on Craft 4 Eternity

  7. Fabulous book! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x