Our first crafting project of the Autumn Jubilee event is a fun one. With Halloween coming up, I’ve been working on a plan for costumes for us. We have a really fun Halloween party to attend at the end of the month with our Mini Cooper Club, and the costumes last year were spectacular, which means we needed to up our game a bit for this year. We decided to do Hogwarts professors, as we have much of what would be needed to pull it off, needing just a Snape wig for My Sweet Babboo, and couple of other small details. I remembered a post I saw on another blog, and want to give credit for the basis of this idea to Sadie Seasongoods Altered Books. But you know me, I could not stop there, I had to put my own spin on it. She used yearbooks for the leather covers. But I wanted the inside of the book to reflect the outside subject, so I began searching in the used bookstores for something appropriate.
I found a gardening book with a plain cloth cover for $1. The book has gardening information as well as uses for herbs, and making teas.
So, if someone looks at the book, it actually has the right kind of text inside.
I used my marblizing stamp with two colors of ink, one brown and one green, to add texture to the cover.
Just a light stamp gives the book more interest instantly.
Two colors and it is starting to look a bit creepy.
Next, I measured the cover and marked a straight line for lettering.
Beginning in the middle, I worked outward placing the lettering for the title.
Then I began adding hardware. I got a whole bag of hinges and such for $1 at the thrift store.
I dug around in the stamping stuff and found some rub on flowers and gold filagree stickers. Those were added to the bottom right corner.
I put some on the spine too.
A couple of stick-on dragonflies, and this book is done.
Inside, the perfect material for a Hogwarts textbook.
When I happened across this one, it was perfect, and just $1!! The printed cover was spooky enough as it was. The book itself is about weird and unexplained phenomena in our world, like the Bermuda triangle, the Loch Ness monster, strange appearances of unearthly things, UFOs, and a report of raining frogs, along with a lot of other really weird stuff. It reminded me of perhaps a bunch of underage wizard’s spells gone wrong, and Muggle reports of what happened. I began altering this one with a stick on rhinestone on the star.
I added hardware and more rhinestones.
Stick-on shapes were put on the left side.
My Sweet Babboo marked the book and drilled holes in the cover to mount this handle with screws from the underside.
Too cool, isn’t it?
I added more stickers to the top and bottom.
And here it is all done.
So we will carry our textbooks, wear our robes and hats, take wands, and have fun pulling it off. Anyone wanting to look at our books will find the inside just as interesting as the outside.
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