Friday, December 30, 2016

Altering An Old Dictionary

Happy holidays everyone! I have a project that took two videos to make! I love making art journals and have made lots of them.  What makes this one different is that I use the old book paper for the inside of the journal.  In the first video, I make book cloth using lots of stencils and a few different sizes of Gel Press® Plates to create a colorful cover.  In the second video, see how the book cloth is attached to an old dictionary book and how I prepare the book to become an art journal.

Video 1:

Video 2:

Front Cover

Back Cover

Inside Cover

Front Cover

Here are some other creative uses for book cloth:
  • Die-cut into flowers and layer to use as 3-D embellishments
  • Cover a lampshade
  • Sew into a brush or pencil holder
  • Cover a box 
  • Make a cloth journal
  • See more ideas on Pinterest HERE (I especially love the "quiet book" idea for children)
I would love to hear your ideas for using book cloth. Please leave a comment below.
Thanks for visiting today!


  1. Hi Kathy! Love the colours you used. The print and the colour combo makes it so bright and cheery!

  2. Did you glue the fabric to the front or just the one inch fold to the inside? This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing! :0)

    1. Thanks for asking. For some reason, my camera missed that part! Yes, I glued the cover on using gel medium, then did the edges. Sorry I didn't show that!

  3. Hi Kathy! I can't wait to try this! I was wondering why you added the tissue paper on the back of the muslin?