Monday, January 24, 2022

Altered Mini Books

 Hi Friends!

Here's a little something that I like to have on hand for gift giving.

These mini composition books come three to a pack.

They were from the Dollar Tree.

I know I have also seen them at Walmart.

All you need is some paper scraps and glue.

These tags were from Dollar Tree.

I like to stain them with coffee-

strings included.

These zipper seal bags were from Dollar Tree.

The books fit inside perfectly!

I like to use the bags to protect the books

if the books are going to a craft sale.

I just love ALL of Tim Holtz 

idea-ology product line.

Have you seen these?

Tim calls them paper dolls.

You can use them for all types of crafts.

They are full of detail and pre-cut for you !

I have this 1969 reprint of a 1902

Sears Catalog- 

I love to use pages for background in handmade cards

and books. It has well over 1200 pages.

I also like to use sheet music in my crafts.

I couldn't be happier!

 A little scrap of antique lace on the spine

to finish the book.


A small torn crumpled circle with a button

makes a sweet flower on top of a lace scrap.

Sometimes I photo copy my paper dolls so I can use them more than once.

Then I can use watercolor paint or use colored pencils.

The inside is covered with paper

 and stained with coffee.

Coffee can be spay misted, dribbled, brushed or sponged on!

Young love

Another book with a page from the dictionary,

a scrap of sheet music, a bit of torn cloth and

a rose and a paper doll.

Cover label reads-

A scrapbook of random inspiration
 and things of note

A scrap of lace can look like wings

for a bit of whimsy.

Grocery List

The mini books fit just right in the bags.

Your guess is as good as mine

This sweet boy was sitting so I put him

on top of a sticker, I added the wings- borrowed

from a butterfly.

Go forth and be Fabulous !

I hope my examples 

gave you some inspiration.

xo Lisa S


  1. I LOVE these, Lisa! That reprint of the Sears catalog is a real treasure and I love how you incorporated it into your mini books.

    1. Ann,
      Thank you so much!
      You are the best.
      I appreciate your sweet comment!
      Have a great week.
      xo Lisa S

  2. these are fabulous! I put these little comp notebooks in my kids' stockings this Christmas - my teens love them. And they'll enjoy your inspiration for personalizing them too - thank you for the tutorial!

    1. Thank you so much Linda! I 'm so glad you stopped by to say hello. These little books are one of those things I pick up often. They are a good size for gift giving.
      I hope you have a great week.
      xo Lisa S

  3. These are adorable!!! I'm fascinated by miniature notebooks and journals. You did a fabulous job with this project. The vintage photos and embellishments are perfect.

    1. Thank you Carol!
      I appreciate your sweet comment.
      Have a great week.
      xo Lisa S

  4. These are so wonderful! I love altering composition books, and your mini ones are so cute! What special little gifts they would make!

    1. Pam,
      Thank you. I love these little books. I pick them up often.
      xo Lisa S

    2. They are being featured at the TFT party today. Congrats!

    3. Thank you Pam! Your a sweetie!
      xo Lisa S

  5. Definitely inspired. You seem to really enjoy making these and they are beautiful. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Donna,
      Thank you for your nice comment. I really appreciate you stopping by to visit. Thank you for hosting #HomeMatterParty!
      xo Lisa S


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