Friday, 4 September 2015

Altered Notebook - Pretty Little Studio

Yesterday was my turn on Pretty Little Studio's blog and I thought I'd create something else than a layout for a change and came up with this altered notebook. I can never resist buying more notebooks, even if I don't need them. I have them in all shapes and sizes and this one is from the Hema (one of my favorite stores in The Netherlands).

I chose the Silly Monkey collection for this project and here's what I did:

I started by choosing a “main” background sheet and decided the “Silly Abby ABC” sheet with all the letters would be perfect for a notebook. The 8×8” size of the paper actually works great for this kind of project! Next I chose a few other patterned papers that I liked and got layering. Next I had to decide what to use for the actual front, I mean the part you see best, the top so to say. I’ve always liked triangles and turned this idea over in my head and came up with this. I picked a sheet with wood structured flag cut-outs, but instead of cutting them apart I left the sheet in one piece and only cut off the sides, following the lines of the triangles. Now I had the fun “triangle” background I was looking for! Last but not least, I added a title, a monkey and a few star stickers. Loving the result!

A few designer tips:

  • use a sheet of cut-outs as a “whole” instead of cutting everything apart
  • when decorating a (note)book with a hard cover make sure to do the stitching before you start adhering everything to your book
  • use lots of layers for a whimsical effect
  • create a bookmarker by punching two circles out of your patterned paper scraps and glue these together with a regular paper clip in between and maybe add a flair button as well.

PLS Products Used: Silly Monkey Collection: Patterned paper: Silly Abby ABC,  Silly Harry Houndstooth, Silly Yvonne Yellow Dot, Circle Tag, Cut-outs: Silly Monkey Bunting Flags, Stickers: Silly Sally Star, Silly Woody Word, Monkey Diecut, Word Art Digital

This is it! Hope you like it. If you’re going to give this a try, I would love to see it!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Happy crafting!


  1. This is soooooooooooo fun! LOVING the "bananas" quote and love love love the monkey's!!!!!!!!

  2. Wat onwijs leuk! Dat aapje is echt te schattig.

  3. Dat je houdt van kleurtjes dat zie ik op je blog !
    Bedankt voor je twee reacties op mijn blog , ik kom later nog eens langs . Liefs ☆ Sarah ☆

  4. One can never have too many notebooks. Love the "bananas" on it. :)

  5. Vind het er helemaal geweldig uitzien! dat kleine aapje is ook zo cute! En natuurlijk helemaal i.c.m. met de tekst.

  6. Such a fun and creative notebook - love the triangles and the title looks so cool!! Super cute monkey too!!

  7. Hey ik heb juist even de tijd genomen om rond te kijken op je blog . Bij je pagina kaartjes staan veel mooie bijzondere kaartjes ! Ik heb me aangemeld op je blog , dan kan ik volgen wat je nog meer maakt ! liefs sarah

  8. ooooh wat een schatje dat aapje en de rest ook natuurlijk weer helemaal leuk

  9. ooooh wat een schatje dat aapje en de rest ook natuurlijk weer helemaal leuk