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Star Book Tutorial and Giveaway!

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Feel like having your eyeballs spanked? Good thing you do because Kristin Batsel has created a stunning Star Book for you to gaze upon!

Before we could even ask her to do so, Miz Kristin also created a step-by-step tutorial so that we can all make our very own. The beads on the spine of the book, the Stitched Leaf Ribbon on the cover, and Red Seam Binding to tie the book closed — swoon! I’m all about any extra type of embellishments; like a crazy Magpie always looking for things that sparkle and shine. Oh yes I am but I digress!

I love that vintage matchbox label (with the rose design) on the front cover (from the The Lovely Garden Collage Sheet) — and it looks like Kristin used the colors in just that image to pull her entire color palette. (Hey, and that collage sheet is on sale right now, as it’s part of the BIG Summer Garden Theme Sale going on in honor of the swap!)

Plus, I love the ATCs in the pockets that Kristin has made for us in the past, including the adorable trio announced last week, made for The Language of Flowers ATC Swap!

NEWS: Alpha Stamps is going to be hosting a book challenge! We are asking each one of our Design Team Members to make a hand-made book (sized to hold ATCs… or made of ATCs) and will be putting out the challenge to you as well!

So check back all month for tutorials and book design ideas. And for the announcement of the challenge and a big prize to the contest winner (to be chosen by you)! Be sure you are signed up on our mailing list to be the first to know!

Shoot on over to Kristin’s blog and see her Star Book Tutorial! But before you leave (or after you come back) check below for a Giveaway Leslie has pulled together, based on the colors/images in Kristin’s Star Book PLUS the Circus theme that Kristin loves!

Are you ready? For the mashup of themes in the Star Book + Kristin Loves the Circus Giveaway!? Beside clicking on the photos at left and below to see even more details, here’s a few things in the Giveaway aren’t too obvious (and all are On Sale!):
The Lovely Garden Collage Sheet (Includes the rose image — and the text/title — used by Kristin on her book cover.)
Afternoon Muse Chipboard Album (Not only do you get die-cut, printed front and back covers, you also get three printed & die-cut book pages that fit perfectly inside your album.)
Circus Elephant Clear Stamp (that tiny little guy right above the “.com” watermark at left)
Fun House Rub-Ons (Flags, banners, ornaments and a full set of numerals (in 2 sizes). 6″ x 10″ sheet of rub-ons. 48 individual images.)

To enter the Star Book + Kristin Loves the Circus Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post (and tell me if you’ve ever made a book before) by midnight, May 3, 2013 (Friday night PST). (Don’t forget to leave your email address, too, so I can contact the winner; note, your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.)

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

By Sunday morning’s newsletter, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back Sunday to see who won!

———— Pssst! All of these Goodies in the Giveaway are On Sale! ————

Posted by MizBella, May 2nd, 2013

93 responses to “Star Book Tutorial and Giveaway!”

  1. Rise says:

    Wow! Incredible

  2. Beverly S says:

    Another amazing giveaway! Love love love the star book. I’ve been a fan of star book for years but have never made one. Maybe now?

  3. Connie says:

    I’d love to win this! I’ve never made a book before.

  4. Emily Nilson says:

    I love making books and a circus theme is my fav!

  5. Oh, my! I’ve altered books before but have never MADE one. All the materials in this giveaway are so wonderful. I’d LOVE to win!

  6. Kim Rayko says:

    WOW! So cool! Ive never made a book before! This one looks challenging + fun at the same time!

  7. katie birch says:

    hope I’m in the right place would love a chance to win this delightful package. I’ve made star books before-my favorite prayers, tribute to Mary etc. So here’s hoping for good luck!

  8. Barbara Ramey says:

    I love Star Books and this one is so cute. One year for Chistmas I made Star Books and gave the to Family and Special Friends as Christmas Cards. They were a big hit!

    I make a lot of other kinds of books, metal, cloth and not traditional forms. I am not a scrapbooker but since I found your site I have used all of the items purchased from you in my work. It is like one stop shopping!! Great tutorials and the mercandise is really amazing.

  9. Deb Ring says:

    wow love this book, and the directions for making this one is very easy. thanks for the tutorial and for another great giveaway

  10. Ritva says:

    A lovely giveway! I’ve made a starbook a year back, but not bound with strings like that one.

  11. angelic says:

    This is a cute star book. I have not made any books before and this would fun to do, thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Mary Toriello says:

    I would love to win this star book for my ATCs. All I can say is WOW!

  13. Mary Wilkins says:

    Oh, this book is so beautiful! I am going over to look at the tutorial so I can learn how to do a star book. Thanks for the opportunity to be in the giveaway.

  14. sheila a says:

    Amazing book, love the color scheme. Thx for tutorial to get all lovely details &techniques. Have not made a book from scratch but have altered some . Would looove to win and try this one!! Thanks!

  15. Teri Steele says:

    I have made several star books. They are a lot of fun and like Kristin I am a Circus collector. Love collecting vintage images so this was right up my alley! Thanks for posting

  16. Linda E says:

    Definitely one of the loveliest and fun ways to show off some of those special ATC collections!

    Thanks for a wonderful tutorial–especially the beaded spine!

    Love all the images you used…great inspiration for this grouping!

  17. Amanda Miller says:

    Such a cool book!

  18. Anne O'Connor says:

    The star book looks very nice. I have made other types of books before and this looks like fun.

  19. I love making starbooks. I’ve made several as gifts. This particular style is my favorite.
    Love the beaded spine on the one you show.

  20. Tricia says:

    Amazing Star book! Great tutorial! I’ve never made a book like this – would love to try!

  21. Traci says:

    I have made a couple of the star books and they are so fun. I love this circus theme and would love to win and make up one of my own. Thanks for the idea.

  22. Kathy Bumb says:

    Hi there – Love your fabulous giveaway. I have never made a star book, but it looks like it would be fun. You have such great tutorials, I am sure it will be easy to learn.

  23. I’ve made a tunnel & ATC book. Thanks for including me in this give-a-way. The star book is beautiful.

  24. Robin Sherman says:

    Kristin is a STAR! What a wonderful book. Love the colors and the theme. I want to win!

  25. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to make one of these and Kristin’s is especially lovely! Thanks for a fabulous tut and the chance to win! xxD

  26. susan salyer says:

    The tutorial is beautiful and so are all the could pick me 🙂
    susan s

  27. Victoria K says:

    Oh wow! Saving this tutorial for a day I can make it. I think my 4 1/2 month old daughters pics would look fab in the star mini book. Love the beads and detail work!!!

  28. Marilyn H says:

    I’ve made a coffee filter book – in fact just finished it up and mailed it off to a swap partner.

    Another fab givaway! Thank you for being so generous.

  29. Alice says:

    Kristin, wonderful work! Starbook with a stitched binding adds just the right touch. Hope I win, but then so does everyone who appreciates great supplies.

  30. Rose Cavalli says:

    This looks great-I have made a book only once before, but with a different medium! Would love to try this.

  31. Bonnie says:

    I have made a book before… I made one for my niece for her birthday.. I loved it.and intended to make one for each of the kids in my life.. haven’t yet:) Awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance!

  32. Mary White says:

    Wonderful ideas. Have made one very simple book in fabric before. Eager to try this method.

  33. Lindy says:

    Gorgeous! I altered a board book once into a book of Crafty Godmothers.

  34. Jenni Brockob says:

    I have never made a book before, but always wanted to try. The star book would be really super awesome to display!

  35. Sheila Lundquist says:

    Yes, I have made many books before, but I am currently collecting things for a circus book.

  36. Carol Fraley says:

    I have never made one this cool, very simple ones.

  37. Cathy Peper says:

    The accordian book I made for the Easter Parade swap was my first book.

  38. Marian Perrine says:

    Love making books…all kinds. In fact, working on 2 right now. But I can always take time out to gather in my winnings & start the star book….oooooohhh if only!

  39. Theresa Goldman says:

    Never made a book before. But it looks like fun…..What patience Kristin has….wow….

  40. Ellen Heller says:

    Make books often, but yours are better

  41. Mary Mac says:

    Yes, I love making star books. I usually make them for christmas.

  42. Alicia A says:

    This is so pretty! Thank you for the chance to win. I have never made a book before but would surely give it a try.

  43. Pam Weiler says:

    I have made one star book. My binding was not the best. I do love the circus. It would be fun to try another book with this giveaway.

  44. Carol DuBois says:

    Yes, I have made a number of books, and have to say this is one of the prettiest star books I’ve seen.

  45. Sharon Kaczorowski says:

    I have made a number of books, including for scrapbook pages. My favorite is one I made for a scrapbook page on my grandson’s love of books when he was a little tyke. I have always wanted to learn to make a star book! This is fantastic.

  46. Lou Anne says:

    I’m working on a book right now. I made lots when I was a school teacher but none as fabulous as this star book.

  47. Angie Windham says:

    This book is so beautiful! Really got my creative juices flowing with this one. I will definately try this project.

  48. Debbie Rollier says:

    Love the book, I have never made a book but would love to try.

  49. Maggie M says:

    Oh, how I love the circus! Yes, I have made many books, all sizes and themes. I’d LOVE to win this giveaway!

  50. Thalia Kottke says:

    Yes, I’ve made star books so fun and pretty. I’ve had “Circus” on my mind for a long time, would love to win this.

  51. Barbara says:

    What a lovely giveaway! I’m now tempted to try making my first book!

  52. Jen R says:

    Have never made a book before but what an inspiration to make a themed book to store some ATC’s!!

  53. Lauraine Sinclair says:

    What a fantastic little book!!I have made books before but have not done a star.

  54. Loved this star book tutorial. I make my own journals using various techniques and often use the Bind-it-all to put it together. Because I have been covering my bookboards for so long this tutorial was right up my alley. My sister and I are always exchanging ATC cards and now we have got to do a circus theme star book for sure! Thanks for the inspiration.

  55. Rena Matus says:

    Yes, I’ve made a few different types of books by taking classes, but not a star book. This star book is really pretty and
    the circus items would be really fun to work with.

  56. Kris Martinez says:

    I love the star book! Have always wanted to try to make one – maybe I will go for it. I have made several books before but never the star kind. Thanks for the give away!

  57. Theresa G. says:

    OOOOHHHHH!!!! I have made several mini books before…however, I would love to win a kit to make this one!! It is so fun!!!

  58. Evelyn says:

    I have made several books – everything from beautiful journals to a small accordion book with box, a double panel book made from painted and decorated coasters and some great steampunk designed table book. – never made a star book until now.

    Would really love to have all these materials to work with!!!

  59. Jennifer U. says:

    So much fun pulled together as one prize pack! I have constructed journals and mini books… just made one for Mom for Mother’s Day, in fact!

  60. Jo says:

    Another beautiful giveaway! I love the tutorials!

  61. Carolyn B. says:

    Love, love, love the little book. I make altered books all the time and sure would enjoy getting my hands on the items in the giveaway. Thanks for the constant inspiration. ♥

  62. Wonderful giveaway! I am working on a circus piece now. 🙂 I have never made a book from scratch but have made mini photo albums using the rings and cardboard.
    hugs Karen

  63. Marcia Greer says:

    Star Book. LOVE

  64. Jackie says:

    Love all the treasures you are giving away! Absolutely love the star book and have never made one- but sure am willing to give it a try! Love it!

  65. Christine N says:

    Wow! That’s incredible. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  66. Lisa Riel Abate says:

    I have always wanted to make a star book! This kit would provide a great opportunity to try one out!

  67. Kate says:

    I love this kit! Fabulous!!

  68. Kathy Sorensen says:

    I will be starting the star book tonight. The giveaway looks amazing!

  69. Diane Douglas says:

    What a fantastic book. So different from the usual miniature books I have seen and have actually made myself. Most of my books are regular type style books. This is a definite must make for me. Thanks so much for another great giveaway.

    Take care,

  70. Jessie Hawthorne says:

    I Love this Book!
    If I don’t win, can I buy a kit?

  71. Chris P says:

    I did the book on the cover of Expression Magazine several years ago-I would like to do this again!!! You have given me the incentive to start pulling papers and making books!

  72. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I have made two books in the past. One was a journaling book for a special friend and a beautiful garden book for myself.

  73. Janet says:

    Wow, what a fun kit!

  74. Heather C. says:

    Oooh — this looks like a fun book! I’ve never made a star book, but I’ve been on a book making spree lately, so I’m definitely going to check out this tutorial…

  75. wow what a giveaway! I love making books and have made many in my time but never one like this. looks fantastic!

  76. Retta says:

    Would love to win the circus items! I have made books before with a school theme.

  77. lee maynard says:

    have started making mini books to wear as jewelry, and i’m planning on making 2 journals

  78. Carolyn says:

    Who doesn’t love the circus? I have made several books, but never a star book. I have been intrigued by it since I first saw one in Expressions magazine way back when.

  79. cathyn says:

    No I never made a book like this. I have made pages to go into a book. I would love to try.

  80. Michele G says:

    Ooh I’ve never made a book! This sounds like the perfect kit to make one!
    Thank you!

  81. becky jeffress says:

    I made a simple one way back but have forgotten how. It wasn’t any where close to gorgeous and this one is just that!!

  82. Mary alicea says:

    Great idea! Would love to win and make.

  83. wow this is awesome yes I have made a book out of dominoes and took a class with Ingrid Djikers and made a book with her as well

  84. Mickie Leyva says:

    Live thus kit. Never made a book before but feeling inspired.

  85. Sheree says:

    This looks so cool, I’ve never even seen one…let alone make one…sooooo I’m going have to look into this! Awesome kit!

  86. Dawn Furie says:

    I’ve not made a star book…yet. My latest creations have been little 3×3 inch “W” books. Making the tags to go inside have been the most rewarding.
    Next project I want to work on is a circus wagon out of an Altoid tin. So winning this giveaway would be awesome!

  87. Shari Peters says:

    The only book I have made is a paper bag album. Love the star book tutorial!

  88. I love making books and I love circus themed things!!!

  89. Trish Werther says:

    I have yet to make a book and love the circus theme!! My hubby even jokes that I should join the circus. 🙂

  90. Audry says:

    love the stat book. I have made 4 fabric art journals.

  91. Shea Seeber says:

    This book is incredible! So cute. I love the star book but have never made one before.

  92. Beth W says:

    I’ve never made a star book before-but I have always wanted too. I’ve been wanting to do an altered book based on send in the clowns-I’m thinking this would work.Thanks for the incredible inspiration and chance at such a great prize.

  93. connie w says:

    i have never made a book before but this is gorgeous!