Composition Notebook Cover Re-Do #2

Hi Everyone!

I hope your having a fantastic week so far!

So last week was the first of a series of posts on how to re-decorate your composition notebooks. The first Composition Notebook Re-do was done with Mod Podge and different kinds of paper, then stuck mixed media style to the front and back covers.

If you missed it, you can find it here: Composition Notebook Cover Re-Do #1 (Decoupaged Paper Mix Media Style)  Composition Notebook Re-Do #1

This week’s re-do is all about doodles. I am going to show you how easy it can be to customize your composition book with your own artwork.

I love to doodle, I have notebooks full of random drawings, scribbles and doodles. So it was only a matter of time before they wound up on the front covers also!

So let’s get going 😀

Materials Needed:

  • Composition Notebook
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Sharpies or any Permanent marker. I use Micron by Pigma its Archival ink, which means its permanent and it also dries really quickly. Quick drying is important because the last thing you want is a big marker smear, its fixable but frustrating. I also use sharpies they work well also.  You also want to go with a finer tip, especially if your getting into detail. If not go with whatever you like. I try to keep a variety of sizes around.
  • Watercolors or Acrylic paint. (I used watercolor easy to work with, easy to fix mistakes, and dries fast)
  • cup of water for your watercolors
  • paint brushes
  • Sticklers Glitter glue
  • Acrylic Gesso
  • Clear Coat Spray Sealer

Steps:

Grab your Gesso and completely cover your front and back cover. You may need to do two coats. If you do make sure you let the gesso dry between coats.

Cover the entire front and back cover with Gesso and Let dry.

Cover the entire front and back cover with Gesso and Let dry.

Once completely dry Grab your pencil and start doodling or drawing.

Draw anything you like

Draw anything you like

And doodle some more…

Here are some tools I used to do the back. You don't have to free hand everything if you dont want too. Play with your supplies.

Here are some tools I used to do the back. 

and some more...

and some more doodling…

Outline everything in marker. Remember to use quick drying Archival ink or sharpies to avoid smearing.

Then go over everything with marker.

Then go over everything with marker.

outlined in marker

outlined in marker

Now it’s time to watercolor!

The gesso takes water color well .

The gesso takes water color well .

so therapeutic

so therapeutic

All done!

Once your done with the watercoloring, let dry completely.

Once dry, I used Sticklers Glitter glue to accent different places in the pictures to give it a little pop.

When your completely satisfied, spray your cover with Spray Sealer. This helps keep your cover from sticking to everything.

All Done!

There you have it!  A completely customized notebook! What do you think?

I would absolutely love to see how your projects come out.

Send me pics!

Come on back and check us out next week, when I do Composition Notebook Cover Re-do #3!

Have a wonderful week!

Composition Notebook Cover Re-Do #1 (Decoupaged Paper Mix Media Style)

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Tutorial by Sugar Beet Crafts

Composition Notebook Cover Re-Do #1 (Decoupaged Paper Mix Media Style)

Hi Everybody!

It’s tutorial time! I love to customize my own office supplies. I use composition notebooks for everything so keeping them easily identifiable is a must. I am going to create a few tutorials over the next few weeks showing you different ways to maximize the fantasticness of your notebook, so keep an eye out!

This week I thought I would start with a fun one. Its basically paper mixed media. I use these techniques when I make tags and art journal entries. I had fun with it and really like how it turned out. I hope you like it too.

So here we go!

Materials Needed:

  • Composition Notebook
  • Mod Podge
  • Ink Spray or Watercolors
  • Paper cut outs or Stickers
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Beads
  • Markers
  • Glitter Glue
  • File Folder
  • Scissors

First off, let’s make a reusable template. Now of course you do not have to do this step, you can just trace around your composition book. I personally like a template, easier to handle.

I use file folders, they are the perfect thickness and I usually have a whole bunch of extras around. *You could also use a cereal box, they also work great.

Place the folded edge of the composition book along the folded edge of the file folder.

I like to make templates I can re-use.

I like to make templates I can re-use.

Trace. Cut out.

cut out template

I always keep the scraps for later. You never know when you need a random piece

The bendable line farthest from the folded edge of the folder is the same amount of space the black tape on the composition notebook. This comes in handy if you are not going to cover the entire book and want to keep the black tape on the notebook exposed.

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I usually bend it over then trace on that line to get the right size.

folded

Now the fun stuff.

You can use anything you like as a background. For the tutorial I decided to use 2 pages that were photocopied out of a vintage dictionary. One for the front and one for the back.

copied page of vintage dictionary

Gather your materials:

Gather your template and your background page.

Gather your template and your background page.

Trace the template onto the background image.

Then cut out.

Cut out your Background page

Gather your ink sprays or watercolors, Spray with color!

I used Dylusions Ink Spray, but you could use watercolors or anything you like.

 Dylusions Spray

I colored up the page by spraying  Ink Sprays around the page.

Then I added some water to get the colors to run together and combine.

Let completely dry.

I used Ink spray and water

I used Ink spray and water

  1. Once the spray is completely dry, Open the composition book so that it’s flat.
  2. Make sure your finished background fits the top of the composition book the way you like.
  3. Smear the cover page of your composition book with Mod Podge then stick the background in place. I add a layer of Mod Podge, then lay the page on top, then carefully smooth it out.
  4. Repeat with the back page on the back of the composition book.
  5. Let completely dry. The drying time is the hardest part.
  6. Once everything is dry, it’s time to start adding the fun stuff. Gather all your cutouts or stickers or whatever you would like to stick to your composition book.

Arrange your cutouts, once you’re happy use the Mod Podge to stick them down.

Stick down cutouts

Now Carefully cover everything with the Mod Podge. The Mod Podge will pick up the color of the ink even after drying, so I usually pour some out into a container rather than re-dipping the brush in the main container.

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Sticker for the back
Back

Front Cover Dried

Let completely dry.

You can now cover with a spray clear sealer if you want too. I like to use it. Keeps things nice.

Now, You can stop here… but I didn’t.

I like to add bookmarks. And random stuff.

Usually, I just tape a ribbon to the inside of the front or back cover as a bookmark, but I decided to have a little fun with this one.  

I had some left over tags that I previously decorated.

  1. I placed them side by side and taped just the outside side on each tag. So they open towards each other.
  2. I then strung some embroidery string through the Tags hole, and added a pretty little bead to the bottom, just for pizzaz.
I used pen to add some detail to the leaves

I used pen to add some detail to the leaves

Flaps

Bookmarks & Beads

Here is a link to some earlier Mixed Media tag projects, you might like some ideas to use for your Composition book covers. https://goo.gl/CdvZcc

I would love to see what you come up with! Send me some pics!

Next week I will be doing Composition Notebook cover RE-Do #2! You will have to check it out to see what it is.

Have a wonderful week everyone! Let’s get crafting!

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New Items! Meet Glitter Junk! @ Sugar Beet Crafts on Etsy

Hello Everybody!

I just wanted to drop a quick line because I have been super busy making new stuff for my Etsy store.

I created a new line called Glitter Junk! It started off as just a fun project for myself. I love glitter and have been really into it this season. I wanted glittery jewelry that was not to child like, but I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted. So I decided to make my own!

I loved it so much and received so many compliments I decided to make a bunch for the Etsy site.

These charms are so fun and really pretty. They sparkle at every angle and have an awesome 3D effect. Each one takes about 3 days to make and every one is unique.

My favorite part of crafting is having an idea or vision in my head and then actually fabricating it into something real. Working with resin is kind of a challenge, especially when working in a small space.

In the end, I am super happy with how they came out….too happy, its hard to part with them.  Me and sparkly go hand in hand!

I would love to know what you think! They are at https://www.etsy.com/shop/SugarBeetCrafts

more items coming soon.

I hope you enjoy!

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Blue

Green

Green

Green

Pink

blue skull

Glitter Junk! Dark Blue Glitter Skull

Rock meets Glam!

Rock meets Glam!

A Perfect Gift

A Perfect Gift

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Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Brandie Bell

Brandie Bell

Happy Cinco De Mayo Everyone!

I hope your having a great day and will have an even better night! So what is Cinco De Mayo? Well, many people think it is the Mexican Independence Day but that is actually on September 16. Cinco De Mayo celebrates Mexico’s triumph over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Which was a big deal, the French had not lost in a long time.

So here we are! Let’s Fiesta then Siesta!

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Here are a few things to get you set for a fun and traditional Cinco De Mayo Celebration.

1. Food!

Chips & Guacamole!

Guacamole dips is made of avocados, chiles, onions, tomatoes, salt and lime! Mush it all together and PA-DOW Guacamole!

Now instead of buying corn chips you can heat up some oil, cut up some tortillas into quarters, fry them in the hot oil until crispy and PA-DOW better celebration chips!

Tamales, Tamales, Tamales.

Looking for a recipe? Check out for lots of Tamale       Recipes. But just so you know… none will compare to my Gramma’s! – Food.com http://www.food.com/recipe/traditional-tamales-pork-15286

Chalupas!

Now you can go to Fast Food or you can go to WikiHow and make your own!! Love it!                                                                                   http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Taco-Bell-Beef-Chalupa-Supreme

2.  Loud Music!

Its just one day..so let it rip! Bust out the loudest Uuum Pa Pa, Uuum Pa Pa music you can find. Don’t have any you say?! Well here you go!

Got to LOVE Pandora: www.pandora.com/music/mexico

3. Crazy Lucha Libre Masks?

Well no…but Hey! Why Not! It’s a celebration! Not sure just how to make an awesome Lucha Libre Mask…

No Problem, click on over HappyThought.co.uk. This fantastic lady has not only given awesome instructions but there is also a free downloadable template! Its not too late Get printing!! https://happythought.co.uk/craft/printables/how-to-make-lucha-libre-masks-free-templates                                                                                          …no your NOT too old!

Have A Good Time!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

I love Frida

I love Frida

Oh and May the Fourth be with you!!

6 Amazing Recycled Basket Ideas from around the Web

Easter and baskets go hand in hand, inspiring this spectacular recycled basket post.

These amazing basket ideas have been gathered from around the web. They are brilliant and all from recycled materials.

enjoy!

1.)   Here is a great recycled basket pin by Tihamer L Nagy featuring recycled a  Hot Air Balloon made of newspaper:
Recycled Newspaper
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/520236194431468823/

2.)  Check out this awesome basket out of maps tutorial: Flashback: Woven  Map Basket  By

Woven Map Basket

http://makezine.com/craft/flashback_woven_map_basket/

3.)  Terry Ann from Atkinson Designs created a wonderful tutorial for making a basket       out of scraps of fabric.

Atkinsons Designs

Atkinsons Designs

http://terryatkinson.typepad.com/atkinsondesigns/2014/02/woven-fabric-basket.html

4.)  Denim Do Over came up with an amazing recycled denim cover for your basket:

Denim Do Over!

Denim Do Over!

http://www.denimdoover.com/2014/03/make-a-denim-basket-for-easter/

5.)  This fun little basket by Craft Elf is a great way to reuse all those empty soda bottles!

Recycled soda bottle into basket by Craft Elf

Recycled soda bottle into basket by Craft Elf

http://www.craftelf.com/Caft_elf_Easter_Soda_bottle_basket.htm

6.)  Baskets woven from recycled plastic bottles by Brainstorm. So Pretty!

Woven Baskets by Brainstorm

Woven Baskets by Brainstorm

http://ems-brainstorm.blogspot.com/2015/01/woven-baskets.html

I hope these earth friendly projects help you create something wonderful.

Have a wonderful weekend!