07 March 2021

Notebook

 Hi Everyone, I have been on the "make" again. I decided to have a notebook for my DT notes I had a couple of nice books that had been given me. The one I chose, I had made a mess of taking the wrapper around it off, why did they stick it to the fab book? Oh! well  it was perfect for a recover and this time I decided leather was the order of the day, so off I went into town and bought a piece of expensive leather! Of course I did! Not! hahaha

I had seen a YouTube tutorial about making "leather" and decided to follow it, I just made a note of the ingredients, now I can't find the particular tutorial for you to follow as I saw it ages ago. I found the note this week! Why do I do that, I really should add the author.  I think there are quite a few tutorials out there.  I grabbed some brown packing paper I had in the house, wet it with water from a spray and just crumpled it over and over until it was very creased, I then took a few Distress inks and spread them lightly over the crumpled paper, then let it dry, it didn't take long at all. The next step, blew me away, spread hair conditioner over the whole lot and let it dry. It actually flattens it too. It became very pliable. Let it dry and add Modge Podge to finish. To add a label, I cut a shape out of gold mirror card with the Cameo and added brads, then slipped in a title and attached it to the front of the book. I'm really loving the finished "leather".

Notebook - stash
brown wrapping paper - stash
Distress inks - Vintage Photo, Whipped Sapphire, Fired Brick
hair conditioner - bathroom
Modge Podge - stash

The notebook and paper I used

The paper crumpled

after being inked and water sprayed

After the conditioner and Modge Podge

The inside with paper added to cover the folds

the finished cover, it's quite flat and not crinkly as it looks, it
 has texture and is quite flat, as a cover should be! Feels good too.

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23 comments:

  1. Your note book looks amazing, thanks for the tutorial.xxx

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  2. Faith I love ths, it looks fabulous, what a great textured finish.xx

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  3. WOW!! this is absolutely fabulous Faith and what a difference to the front of your notebook, well done, Kate x

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  4. Brilliant cover and great transformation and technique
    Carol x

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  5. Wow! This is amazing Faith. It turned out looking like the real deal. A great place to keep all those crafty notes we need. xx

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  6. Your notebook looks fabulous with it's new cover Faith, a great job.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  7. This is fabulous Faith, I've never seen this technique before. xx
    PS Let me know how you get on with your new purchase. 😉

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  8. How clever is this Faith?! What's even cleverer is that it is a book for your DT notes - I take it you don't fly by the seat of your pants like I do then!! You really had me going at the beginning of your post - haha! Vicky x

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  9. Wow what a fabulous technique and a great result Faith....Who knew about hair conditioner?....x. So unique and textural looking and so creative x.

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  10. Brilliant job done there! Just love the final effect

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  11. Wow, this is very cool! I had never heard of that technique but just may give it a go! Looks easy enough and the result is stunning! Love it!

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  12. Oh, wow! What a fabulous notebook with the leather technique! And, how interesting it was reading your tutorial about the creative process...how fun!

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  13. Not seen this technique before Faith but it looks so effective and for a change I have all the ingredients to try it in my craft cupboard !! Another inspirational idea xx

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  14. Thanks for sharing the recipe! It really does look like leather! What a fabulous make!

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  15. Wow, Faith! Your cover is fantastic! I love what you've done! :o)
    I'm sorry that I have fallen so far behind on my visiting. I've been under the weather for a while, and am slowly trying to get back to things!

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  16. Faith, this is awesome! I am a huge fan of Faux Leather notebooks and yours is very, very, nicely done! Love it!
    Hugz,
    Chana Malkah

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  17. Wow, Faith! That is absolutely gorgeous! I love it! What an improvement on the original x

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  18. What a neat project! You sure are good at figuring out new things to try!

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  19. Fabulous creation! I love what you've done to create that fabulous cover for your notebook! Well done!

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  20. Wow, your covered notebook blows me away Faith! I'm so intrigued at how you made your faux leather. It is the hair conditioner that has wowed me. lol I am guessing you just spread a thin layer over the paper??? It sure turned out great and your notebook looks amazing! I love how you put the label on it like that. So fabulous and so practical. Now I'm gonna have to give this "leather" making a try! Wish me luck! Hugs, Brenda

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  21. Very nice work! This is actually my favorite way to cover a journal or whatever. I haven't done a leather-look one but I love the crinkled look of decopauged tissue paper. You can see my best recover job here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/artfarts/50864693108/in/dateposted/

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  22. It looks great! I've done this a few times with kraft card and used an embossing folder which gives it a whole different look too. L x

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  23. wow... your notebook looks amazing, faith!

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