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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