Altered Book by Hels Sheridan





Altered Art is becoming more and more popular and there is no end to the possibilities of altering ordinary, every day items, making them into little works of art. For this project I have altered a children’s board book.


Ingredients 1Ingredients 2Ingredients - SealAltered Book - Front Cover

  • Board book
  • Bind It All Machine & Wire
  • Maison Papers
  • Slide Mounts
  • Tags/Mini Envelope
  • Rubber stamps
  • Chipboard
  • Plain cream cardstock
  • Grungeboard
  • Brads
  • Fragments
  • Charms
  • Wax Seals
  • Distress Inks
  • Adirondack Acrylic Dabbers
  • DS Tape/Scissors/Silicone glue
  • Sandpaper Paper
  • Distresser

I started by tearing all the coloured laminated covering from all the pages, leaving me with plain grey chipboard. I took some Adirondack Acrylic Dabbers and some Crackle Paints and painted parts of each page.

Once the paints had dried completely, I used my finger to smudge Gold Dabber over the painted parts of the page.

Painting - part 1Painting - part 2Painting - the gold

I used papers from the Maison Range by K & Co. To make the papers look more worn and old, I used Cut & Dry foam to smudge Walnut Stain Distress Ink on the edges. I also used a paper distresser and sandpaper to grunge up the edges of the papers and the book. I took care to tear the papers so that the painted parts of the pages were on show.

Distressing Part 1Distressing Part 1Distressing Part 2

Once I had decorated all the pages, I began to build up the design of each page using a selection of rubber stamps, embellishments, chipboard and Grungeboard.

Grungeboard and Chipboard

The stamps that I have used in this project are from a range of manufacturers, namely;

The Stamp Connection/Artistic Stamper – Pgs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10

Invoke Arts – Front Cover, Pgs 1, 2, 4

Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection – Pgs 4, 6, 8

Crafty Individuals – Pgs 7, 9, 10, 11, 12

Paper Artsy – Pg 9

Stamps Away – Alphabet

Catslife Press – Pgs 6, 8, 12 & Back Cover

Lost Coast Designs – Pg 12 (inside envelope)

Stampendous – Pg 1

I hope that you have enjoyed looking at this project and you will have a go at altering things for yourself.

Hels x

Here is the book:


Pages 1 and 2

Pages 3 and 4




Page 6 Open

Pages 9 and 10

Page 9 - File Folder

Pages 11 and 12

Page 12 - Envelope Contents

Back Cover

How to do the Bird

Bind It All Page

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Report from ‘Stitches’

On 19th February, I made the trip to the NEC to ‘Stitches’ which is the largest UK craft trade fair. Held over 4 days, it is a showcase for the new ranges being introduced to the UK market this spring.

If I am being honest, I was a little disappointed by the lack of innovation on show. It was very much a case of more of the same. Yes, there were some lovely new ranges from certain suppliers (more of this to come) – but there was nothing amazingly, radically, earth-shatteringly new.

It was great to go round the NEC when it was quiet (the public shows are always so crowded) and the ability to sit down in one of the food areas without having to queue was a bonus.

The one thing that was missing from the show was ORIENTAL. This really is a trend from 3 years ago – it isn’t current, there is nothing new out there and hopefully we will have seen the end of it… (though I have my doubts)

In terms of design themes, SWIRLS and DOODLES are still very much to the fore along with all things DISTRESSED and SHABBY. Chipboard is still very popular (including a new range from The Artistic Stamper- a CSF supporter). There was innovation in this area from Cosmo Cricket who have introduced ‘Blackboard‘ which is an all-black range of chipboard albums, alphas and shapes. I shall certainly be looking out for that.

Prima have some new flowers (including ones up to 6in diameter), K&Co have 4 new ranges coming through (Blue Awning was my favourite – shabby blues and greens). Trimcraft (the people behind Dovecraft) have a new range of Laura Ashley papers and embellishments – not sure on the prices – but I know people will like these).

Some of you might already know this but Create and Craft are moving into the retail product market. They have launched a range of papers, cards, decoupage and much more. Again, no idea of prices – but it might mean that if you like an element, you can buy just one or two of them rather than a whole kit!

The two ranges that really caught my eye were Fleuriste from Cosmo Cricket and 29th Market Street from My Mind’s Eye. These are in the distressed themes – with some great colour palettes. Click on the links to see more.

I am sure that the UK stores will soon have these coming into stock. I am certain to keep you posted.

On a side note, I bumped into a few people I used to know from my Hobbycraft days – which was lovely. I also met up with Anice from Funky Hand, Leandra from Paper Artsy and Jennie from The Artistic Stamper – which was great.

Anyway – that is my brief report from the NEC – if anyone would like to pay for me to go to CHA in the summer – you know where I am!!

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