the twinery & nikki silvis | product showcase

Have you ever begun a project having absolutely no idea where it was going to end up? Yep, me too! I do it all the time and I'm always happy with the results. Creating is FUN and I do enjoy the time in my craft room!

Altered Book Cover Tutorial | Monika Wright

Welcome, everyone! Today and tomorrow, design team members from The Twinery & Nikki Silvis will be presenting creative and innovative ideas for your crafting pleasure in our product showcase. You'll want to begin at The Twinery blog and then comment on each blog along the way to be eligible for the giveaways in our two day event.


and your choice of one of four crafting kits from Nikki Silvis

Beginning with an upcycled book, I removed the spine and what was left of the pages I had already used on other projects. Using Mod Podge made adhering my newly crafted pages made with the Audrey Collection Kit from Nikki Silvis simple and effective. Yesterday was my birthday, so on a whim I decided to make a book to document the gift of my 48th year...and that's where all the letter stickers and die cuts will in the kit will come in handy.

Altered Book Cover Tutorial | Monika Wright

Just take a look at how layers and layers of Denim, Peapod and Buttercream baker's twine pair so well with those gorgeous patterned papers.

Altered Book Cover Tutorial | Monika Wright

I've added different page dimensions for a little surprise each time a page is turned. The different heights, widths and patterns keeps it interesting and page-turning {sorry for the pun}.

Altered Book Cover Tutorial | Monika Wright

And of course I had to add in at least one page from the original book.

Altered Book Cover Tutorial | Monika Wright

Here  you can see how I constructed my pages and used the Mod Podge to adhere the layers on top of each other atop the original book spine.

Altered Book Cover Tutorial | Monika Wright

Always a good idea to use baker's twine on your shipping tag..so much cuter, especially when adding one of the die cut shapes from the kit.

Altered Book Cover Tutorial | Monika Wright

Here's the middle, which might give you an idea of how I constructed my revamped, recycled, but now cuter-than-ever mini book. I made the "spine" of each page layer somewhat smaller than the one before it.

Altered Book Cover Tutorial | Monika Wright

Oh yeah, and the cover was embellished with more baker's twine and embellishments from this adorably fun, colorful kit. See what I mean about how perfectly paired The Twinery twine and Nikki Silvis' Audrey collection is?


I fussy cut the heart {because I love}, the coffee cup {because I'm addicted} and the lipstick {because I think Bobbi Brown makes the best lipstick ever} and tied them onto the dangling twine strands. I see lots of fun times ahead in the next twelve months as I fill my "48" book with memories.

Altered Book Cover Tutorial | Monika Wright

I'll let time dictate whether I will cover the spine and embellish the front cover or leave as is...all part of the creative process. Don't forget to comment on each blog and good luck in the giveaways! Your next stop is with the delightfully talented and creative...

Angi
For an extra chance to win, be sure to visit with

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for Friday's line-up of designers and their projects!

82 comments

  1. This is so cool Monika! Love the idea of an upcycled book!

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  2. Great project! I would love to see any further work you do on this book.

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  3. I'm such a huge fan of upcycling. This book is FABULOUS Monika. I love all of the pretty details and of course the yummy baker's twine! :) :)

    P.S. Can't wait till you see what I made for this hop. You are my mini album hero and you inspired me to make what I made. :) :)

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  4. Love the book you made...so cute.

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  5. wow! How beautifully creative! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

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  6. This is such a fabulous mini! Just love it.

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  7. I love it! Fantastic job Monika. LOVE how you did the tags! Adorable!

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  8. You are the queen o the mini! Love this repurposed book!

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  9. This is such a cool project! I love all the varying inside pages. Thanks for explaining how you made it :)

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  10. What a great idea for a mini book! Thanks for the tutorial on how you put it together!

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  11. So awesome! I love what you did wit the book and all the embellishments!

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  12. I love projects that just kind of build themselves - except I never know when to stop. :) I love all your books and the details that go into them! You never fail to disappoint Monika!

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  13. WOW. this is just too much. I love all your details and the up-cycled book. Great
    http://www.coolbeansbylb.blogspot.com/

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  14. Such a fun book...have fun filling it up!!!!

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    1. I love how you repourposed the book. What a great use of twine and Nikki's product.

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  15. Hoooly macaroni! I think I just fell in LOVE with that book! WOW!!

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  16. Such a gorgeous book and a GREAT idea! I love that you took it all apart and created the pages from scratch - much more fun! The 'Audrey' collection is FAB and just perfect for your project. I know the feeling about not knowing where projects are headed when you start out - that seems to be the story of my life!! LOL! Thank you so much for the inspiration and the chance to win! Happy birthday for yesterday :-) x

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  17. Great idea and great inspiration also!!!

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  18. Amazing mini, as always, Monika! I love the idea. Hope you have fun filling it up! :)

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  19. Love all the fun elements in your book.

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  20. Angi your book is amazing, what a fabulous post!!!

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  21. How cool! Love the book, especially the pages! So fun!

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  22. This is awesome!!! What a fun idea and that paper and twine go so well together, love it! Thanks!
    Lisa

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  23. Love your book and all the fabulous pages inside!!!

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  24. Awesome book, love how original and creative it is!

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  25. This is such a fun project!! I love all the details you added! You showcased the papers and twine very well!

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  26. Firt of all Happy Birthday and may you be blessed with many more. I love this journnal because you put little pieces of yourself on every page. I also like the fact that you left it as a work in progress just like life, TFS :)

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  27. Very cute. you sure have filled it with great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Congratulations on reaching 48 with many, many more birthdays to follow! What an awesome job altering this book to use for special memories of this BIG year to follow. Lots of new uses for Twinery twine ~ love that stuff! Nikki's paper collection is perfect for this.

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  29. I love this! Thank you for sharing!

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  30. Gorgeous! This is such a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  31. This is a beautiful project. Wonderful idea, thanks so much for sharing!

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  32. What a great idea. Nicely done and thanks for sharing the how-to's.

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  33. LOVE this idea. So cute. So usable. Grand!

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  34. Inventive use of twine! I love how you repurposed a regular book!

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  35. Adorable way to decorate the book! I think I'd leave the spine the way it is! Love how you have used the papers.

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  36. What an adorable book. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  37. Monika - your book is outstanding! I love your ideas!

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  38. Love love love your book!! GORGEOUS!! you rocked Nikki's papers! Thanks so much for sending me some love on my bloggy today! I appreciate it!

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  39. Wow it would take me 48 years to make that awesome book! Great job!

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  40. What a great and fun idea ... TFS :)

    pruttybird at comcast dot net

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  41. Love the idea of repurposing an old book. And I love the random, miss matched shapes and pages. Amazing project!

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  42. that's really cool. good job.

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  43. Monika, this is such a cool & neat project! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  44. This is a very different project from the cards and layouts! Great job!

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  45. what a cool Project. Love the way you use this book. I love the papers and the packets. thanks for sharing.
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  46. The paper with the deer is just adorable. Good choice.

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  47. monika, love the upcycle on the book. The Audrey collection by Nikki
    is beautiful, you did a great job showcasing the collection as well as the twine!!!
    ava

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  48. I absolutely love this up-cycled book.... We are currently trying to make projects with only recycled items and it's amazing!!! Great job!!

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  49. This is an amazing project- I love how you created this from a book.

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  50. You women are so creative. How do you come up with these crafts?

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  51. Very creative project and great use of the twine.

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  52. I love how you incorporated the twine into your amazing project--such a nice touch.

    isabelzito at verizon dot net

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  53. Great idea for a mini book! I love the papers!

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  54. I love this project. The colors and patterns are great!

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  55. Wow! I love the awesome album! Great idea.
    melinda at sbmsystems dot com

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  56. I loved the way you repurposed that book, it is so cuute!!!

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  57. Lovely idea with the book. Very creative!

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  58. OMG... that is such a sweet project and the lipstick embellie... to die for!

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  59. what an amazing project!! Love it!!
    //Katarina

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  60. Cool project! I love all that twine!
    DeniseB
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  61. Your book is totally adorable!

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  62. that book is so stinking cute. Love it.

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  63. Love your use of Nikki's papers and the twine...really cute idea.
    Michelle

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  64. I love the colors of Nikk Silvi papers. The twine use is good I will try this on my next project. tyfs
    Leonie

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  65. SUCH a great idea! I have about a million books lying around that I could use! And seriously- LOVE LOVE LOVE the twiner! I just bought 8 colors and am anxiously checking the mail everyday! haha You should totally enter this project in Craftbaby's 'Upcycle Challenge'! http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/3/upcycle-it-sweeps

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