Saturday, September 2, 2023

Inspired by Books, Newspapers, or Magazines

 Time for a new challenge at The Outlawz Anything Goes in a Card-free Zone (formerly known as The Outlawz Paper à la Modeand the Optional theme is Books, Magazines, Newspapers!  I was inspired by 'Books' and have chosen to go with an old book from a sale and turn it into a Horse Themed Journal/Picture Frame Combo.  I'll be adding all sorts of treasures to the inside of this book as time goes by.  


You can see the frame and decor of the cover in the video below!

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Material List:

Old Book with cool page edges!
Photo of Harry
Black cardstock
Bits of lace, flowers, feather, pearls, fabric, twine, chain all from stash
Instant Gratification Snap Charm on clearance for 74 cents!
Charms from Stash
Needle and thread
Pencil, single-edge razor blade, Exacto-type knife
Adhesives: Fabri-Tac; ATG; Double Score Tape
Cricut Design Space: Design and template/pattern 
Cricut Access: Shapes 
Cricut Standard Mat
Cricut Maker

My project is off to the following challenges:  
Aloha Friday:  School/Books
Use Your Stuff:  Vintage  I've been hoarding that western style snap charm!
Crafting from the Heart:  AG but NO Cards
Crafty Animals:  AG with an Animal
The Creative Crafters:  AG involving paper
Critter Crazy Challenge:  AG with a Featured Critter
Double Trouble:  AG  Also entered in Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge
Make My Monday:  Hobbies  (horses and book altering!)
Lil Red Wagon:  Anything but a Card or Question:  Large or Small
CRAFT:  Shabby Chic  I went with the definition:  'a fashionable but informal style of decoration that uses furniture and other objects that look old and used, not modern and new' 
My project includes old-style lace, charms, gems, and an old book!
As You Like It:  Fav Animal  Horses are such peaceful animals, there's nothing more lovely than being in the barn come evening and listening to them munch hay.  But they can also be full of exuberance and life running and playing in the pastures!  They seem to take in your mood and reflect it; then they comfort!  Amazing animals which is why I needed a journal to record my specials art, pics, writings, etc.
Night Owls:  I Love... I love old books, embellishments, journaling, pictures, and horses!!

Be sure to visit  Anything Goes in a Card-free Zone 
for all the details about the challenge and 
to check out all the creative inspiration from the DT and participants!

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  1. What a wonderful project, love the image and all the dimension and embellishments. What a great way to use an old book! Thanks for joining us at Double Trouble.

  2. Beautiful details, Katrina, so perfect for horse-loving! Such a wonderful frame! Thanks so much for playing at Make My Monday!

  3. Whinny-ing and neighing over here with positive reactions!!! :) Your altered book cover is terrific! I love the charms and the bolo style set on the upper right! Great details!! Thanks for sharing at FQGS' anything farm or country goes! --Becca

  4. Love the vintage feel of this project - that text paper is a great background! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

  5. Awesome journal, Katrina!! Love the turquois and silver embellishments. Thank you for sharing your exquisite creation with us at Jan's Digi Blog Challenge. It's Beautiful!
    (Owner & Illustrator of Jan's Digi Stamp Shop)

  6. Wow it's gorgeous, I love how you've played with the decorations to add different layers and texture. A fantastic project. Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start. Hugs, María.

  7. Wow, what a work of Art ! Thanks for joining us @ Little Red Wagon this week and i hope to see you back again soon.


  8. Great way to use an old book, gorgeous cover and I'm excited to see how you decorate the inside. Thanks for playing at the Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge. We hope you'll join us again soon.
    Donna xx

  9. A super project. I love all the different elements you have used. Thanks for joining AYLI challenge. Elaine

  10. Beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Aloha Friday Challenge!
    //Caroline DT- Aloha Friday Challenge

  11. Total piece of art!!!! FABULOUS
    Thank you for joining us this week at the Krafty Chicks "Anything Goes"
    Please join us again, we love seeing your creations!
    Guesting at Krafty Chicks Challenge

  12. This is beautiful!! I love that gorgeous western themed embellishment! Thanks for playing with Critter Crazy Challenge.

  13. Wow, you make your book journaling cover look so easy... love how you embellish... beautiful cover and page. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and four of our previous partners earning an additional 4 chances to our random draw.

  14. Wow, this is terrific! Thanks for sharing at Double Trouble - Crazy Cousin Suzanne

  15. WOW! I love how you are upcycling a beautiful book and making it even better. The details are wonderful!! Thank you for playing with us at the MMM Challenge. I hope you can join us again soon.
    Debbie, DT
    Secrets To Stamping
    Join my Creative Creases Challenge for fun folds!

  16. wow - that´s a great project. The layout is wonderful.
    Thank you for linking up at Nachteulen Challenge!
    Good luck and happy crafting!
    Ilse (thera)

  17. Awesome project. Great image and design. So glad you shared over at Make my Monday.

  18. A fabulous project.
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge, looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl xx CRAFT DT

  19. A wonderful, unique creation. Love how you explained your take on shabby chic. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at CRAFT Challenge!

  20. Loving all the layers-especially that book paper! Thanks for joining us at the Aloha Friday Challenge!

  21. A wonderful way to reuse an old book. You've done a fabulous job with the transformation and the added embellishments are beautiful.
    Thank you for joining in with our September challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x