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Altered Scrapbook Album Cover


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Design by: PaleDaffodil (3 Projects)
Project skill level: advanced
Project time: 2 hours to 3 hours
Project tags: Vintage Trendy Playful Monochramatic

I decided to use an "ugly" album cover as a canvas. The goal was to alter it in the style of a mixed media art journal page as a gift for my daughter who is expecting. Her chosen nusery colors are blue and grey so, I started there. Actually, I started with several layers of Gesso before painting. Texture was added using kraft packing paper. This paper is like brown paper bag, only a little thinner. To acquire the texture I wanted, I crumpled the paper multiple times to break down the fibers slightly.

CRICUT ®: WHAT WAS USED

OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Tissue Paper
  • StazOn Black Ink
  • Vintage Lace
  • Old Book
  • Inkadinkadoo Stamps
  • Gel Medium

STEP-BY-STEP How-TO INSTRUCTIONS

Take apart your Scrapbook so that the front and back are separated. Prepare your work surface. I used a 13 gallon trash bag. Use several coats of Gesso, drying each layer in between coats. You don't need to completely cover the original design. Add texture: Crumpled kraft or thick tissue paper work well. You can also recycle your paper towel rolls by opening them up, wetting them, crumple them, then dry them. Add Gesso to the texture. Now paint away.
Adding stamped images over texture; Stamp images of your choosing on thin, white tissue paper using StazOn ink (or any other permanent, non-water soluable ink). Lay down a coat of Gel Medium (be generous), then lay down your stamped tissue paper. Apply another coat of Gel Medium being careful not to tear the tissue paper. Allow to dry. You can use a heat tool to dry the Gel Medium slightly, however, I have discovered that it is best to let the Gel Medium dry naturally.
Grab an old book, cut out some pages and stamp your text. Again, use only archival quality ink. Cut out. Adhere to Scrapbook using Gel Medium. Gel Medium is used like glue (it is actually acrylic paint without pigment) so, lay some down on the book, then your book words and another layer of Gel Medium on top. Watch for air bubbles. Otherwise, keep them if you want.
Adhere the lace the same way using Gel Medium. Then, place your Paper Doll using glue (I used Glossy Accents). Note: Check out my other project on creating the doll using the Paper Dolls Teen Scene Cricut Cartridge. The back of the Scrapbook can be painted like the front. No texture necessary. But, the Gesso is.

Step 1

Take apart your Scrapbook so that the front and back are separated. Prepare your work surface. I used a 13 gallon trash bag. Use several coats of Gesso, drying each layer in between coats. You don't need to completely cover the original design. Add texture: Crumpled kraft or thick tissue paper work well. You can also recycle your paper towel rolls by opening them up, wetting them, crumple them, then dry them. Add Gesso to the texture. Now paint away.

Step 2

Adding stamped images over texture; Stamp images of your choosing on thin, white tissue paper using StazOn ink (or any other permanent, non-water soluable ink). Lay down a coat of Gel Medium (be generous), then lay down your stamped tissue paper. Apply another coat of Gel Medium being careful not to tear the tissue paper. Allow to dry. You can use a heat tool to dry the Gel Medium slightly, however, I have discovered that it is best to let the Gel Medium dry naturally.

Step 3

Grab an old book, cut out some pages and stamp your text. Again, use only archival quality ink. Cut out. Adhere to Scrapbook using Gel Medium. Gel Medium is used like glue (it is actually acrylic paint without pigment) so, lay some down on the book, then your book words and another layer of Gel Medium on top. Watch for air bubbles. Otherwise, keep them if you want.

Step 4

Adhere the lace the same way using Gel Medium. Then, place your Paper Doll using glue (I used Glossy Accents). Note: Check out my other project on creating the doll using the Paper Dolls Teen Scene Cricut Cartridge. The back of the Scrapbook can be painted like the front. No texture necessary. But, the Gesso is.

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