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Altered Book Box Tutorial (plus Botanical Tea Collection and Giveaway)!

Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, French Corsets Kit, Giveaways, Newsletters, Tutorials

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. But you can try searching on the same names (as links below) on the new site.

Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has created An Altered Book with a Secret Inside — how delicious is that? Even better is that Caroline also created a tutorial for it as well!

What’s not to love about this book? The color palette is dreamy and makes you wish for Spring to be here! The front of the book uses the On Sale! Die-Cut Chipboard Corset as the closure on the wrap-around cover (clever!) which Caroline has also enhanced with Golden Molding Paste and the 6×6 Stencil – Lace Trim.

You’re loving those peachy colors on the inside papers, I can tell. Alas! We do not have the exact papers that Caroline used, however: the New and On Sale! Botanical Tea Collection is a great match! They have the same mottled brown with light green colors, and pink instead of the peach that is in the papers Caroline used. This collection really is quite stunning — whether you use it to create your own Altered Book Box (or simply add it to your stash)!

If you’re wondering where the gorgeous images that Caroline used came from, she used the Decorum, Lace Edgings, and The Secret Out At Last Collage Sheets. (Hey, all of those are On Sale! as part of the Victorian Collage Sheet Sale — and two of those sheets are also in this month’s kit: French Corsets!)

In addition to the Altered Book Box we just talked about, Caroline also created a second box to go along with the video tutorial she created! I know! She’s so crafty crazy, that one.

The second altered book box (shown at left) opens more like a standard, portrait-orientation book (and without the wrap-around cover) but still has a box inside. It uses the The Garden Timeless Scrapbook Paper on the cover, the Pink Roses and Emotions Collage Sheets, and the new Shocking Pink Tulle Netting to tie it closed.

Yes, yes, I have seen how Caroline makes the Altered Art Box. No I will not tell you how, or divulge any secrets as you must watch the video and enjoy learning how to make it yourself!. Before you run off to check out Caroline’s tutorial, look below for some more art samples by the Design Team using the Botanical Tea Collection (like that adorable Fairy Artist Trading Block by Design Team Member Nichola Battilana, at right — and more new flowers and today’s Giveaway)!

Here’s the link for Caroline’s blog post and video tutorial for both Altered Book Boxes.



Hooray! A Pink Botanical Fairies Giveaway!

Ok… I may have gone a little crazy (note: most of the papers in the Giveaway do not show in the photos):
ALL 12 (!) Botanical Tea Scrapbook Papers New and On Sale!
Gardenias – Mixed Pink Back in Stock and On Sale!
Mulberry Paper Lily Mix New and On Sale!
Tiny Paper Roses – Cream-Pink-Brown New and On Sale!
Gardenias – Cream-Pink-Brown New and On Sale!
Flora ATCs Collage Sheet On Sale! as part of the Victorian Collage Sheet Sale!
Pink Fairies ATCs Collage Sheet
The Lovely Garden Collage Sheet
Vintage Postcard Fairies Collage Sheet
Fairy Labels and Ads Collage Sheet On Sale, too!
Tulle Netting – 6 Inch Wide – Light Pink New and On Sale!
Tulle Netting – 6 Inch Wide – Shocking Pink New and On Sale!
Pearlized Stick Pins – Cream and Brown Leaves New and On Sale!
Pearlized Stick Pins – Green Leaves On Sale!

To enter the Pink Botanical Fairies Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post by TOMORROW NIGHT (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, FRIDAY, March 14, 2014).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; 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!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Sunday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Stationer’s Desk Giveaway? That would be Jackie! Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, March 13th, 2014

134 responses to “Altered Book Box Tutorial (plus Botanical Tea Collection and Giveaway)!”

  1. Traci says:

    Beautiful love the beautiful pinks so feminine.

  2. Barb J says:

    Ilove Graphic 45 papers and the corset is adorable!!

  3. coco says:

    Really gorgeous altered box!!! And thank you for the chance to win this new giveaway!

  4. Carol Milgram says:

    Such creativity…wish I had that much…very beautiful

  5. KIM says:

    Flowers and more flowers.
    I can’t get enough.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. Debbie Emmons says:

    What a wonderful, magical collection!

  7. June Sample-Josefiak says:

    Flowers and fairies…fabulous!

  8. Lori Wilczek says:

    Beautiful! It says spring to me.

  9. Emily N. says:

    Love me some pink!

  10. Sharon Barbera says:

    Oh!!! How cute is that!!

  11. Virginia S. says:

    The flowers and papers are so sweet and spring-like! Love them.

  12. Conchi says:

    Beautiful fairies!

  13. Teresa Currie says:

    Love the pink fairies and the Botanical Tea paper collection!! Spring!!

  14. Marilou says:

    Oh my! Just beautiful, my granddaughter would love to have me create her a treasure with this collection:) So magical!

  15. Blair Lowery says:

    Just like spring hope springs eternal. Maybe this will be the time Iam chosen. Such a pretty selection.

  16. Holly Day says:

    So beautiful! Perfect for springtime projects.

  17. Jennifer Jesson says:

    So sweet! I am loving all the corset inspired crafts. 🙂

  18. Noreen says:

    Love the pink fairies and all their woodland environment. The corset box is SO clever – how fun!

  19. Lori Turner says:

    The giveaways just keep getting better & better! Blessings, Lori

  20. Diane d says:

    Love all the beautiful colors and items that are included in this fantastic Give Away. Everything reminds me of the olden days and I love how feminine everything is. Thank you for the chance to win this great package of goodies.

    Take care,

  21. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow, what a gorgeous prize.
    Beautiful colors and very feminine.
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  22. Diana Kelly says:

    I fell in love with this the second I saw it. It is so beautiful and feminine. I love the fairies and flowers.

  23. Spring like treasures!!!
    Love to win!!!

  24. I just love books and boxes – so book boxes= yay!! Also fairy mad 🙂
    Think that botanical tea papers are amazing

  25. Daylan says:

    I’ve been collecting fairies all my life, even when they were hard to find and not so popular (in the 1980s and early 1990s). Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  26. Just absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  27. Regina Salvador says:

    Looks like spring!

  28. Cherie says:

    Beautiful giveaway!

  29. Lou Anne says:

    Beautiful! I would love to win this.

  30. Karen says:

    Fairies! I am the most fairyish of people and would love to win this give-a-way!! (My little friends would be so pleased.) Thank you for having these wonderful contests and for all the fabulous tutorials!!

  31. rosemary woodruff says:

    Truly love all the creatons on the blot. Would love to win one.

  32. Lorna says:

    Another great giveaway and gorgeous projects!

  33. Penny says:

    I just love altered stuff and would be thrilled to play with the things in this giveaway.

  34. Caroline Lawson says:

    I love all the flowers and faeries.

  35. Oh pleeeese pick me, love this giveway sooo much!

  36. Rosie says:

    Wow! Two altered books??? What a talented gal and thanks for sharing…

  37. Miss Iowa says:

    Graphic 45 has the best designs and they’re perfectly paired with the corset. Great job.

  38. Mary says:

    Gorgeous spring like colors and lovely designs by Graphic 45, and so many other beautiful goodies! Pick me, pretty please?

  39. Carol Feiner says:

    Love the botanicals (and the corset book, too!)Want to make it all1

  40. Gigi Jordan says:

    Oh, please, please pick me! The flowers and beautiful colors are a breath of spring.

  41. Dianne says:

    I love, love, love the tea papers…so very sweet. Hope I get them! Thanks for having this great give-away.

  42. Mary-Ann says:

    It’s all beautiful!

  43. Suzanne Stockinger says:

    Absolutely beautify would love to have all to work with

  44. Heather Sanders says:

    Spring time!! What a wonderful way to celebrate the promise and hope of Spring!! Whoever receives this amazing give-away bundle will be blessed with an abundance of materials. My mind is already conjuring images of the beautiful possibilities. Good luck everyone!!

  45. Maura Flood says:

    This paper has such a lovely mix of colors. I enjoy soaking up all the inspiration.

  46. Janeen says:

    Makes my heart sing !!

  47. Sandy Holva says:

    Stunning! This I need for sure.

  48. Jackie says:

    Wow! Such gorgeous projects from Caroline and Nichola! I think it’s time for tea!

  49. Shona P. says:

    Gorgeous flowers and papers in this giveaway, makes me dream of Spring!

  50. Linda Ellis says:

    Absolutely lovely! Wish I could win sometime!

  51. Anneke says:

    Inspiring! Thanks for the generous offer, love the flowers and the fairies!

  52. Vickie says:

    Delicate and divine. It is 19 degrees here today. Need Springtime now! xoxox

  53. Lorrie Koenig says:

    Love the spring like colors and a cool project!! Another winner from Graphic 45. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win all those awesome goodies.

  54. Carmen Willis says:

    I would love to win this beautiful giveaway. Love the pretty floral sheets. What’s better than a spring breath of fresh air from this long dreary winter season.

  55. Jackie Barth says:

    Lovely collection – would love to own it.

  56. MaggieM says:

    Gorgeous giveaway! I LOVE your fabulous giveaways, even though I’ve yet to win one:) I have got to get my hands on that die cut corset! You carry the neatest things! I love the corset “book” and the video tutorial is great. Keeping my fingers, toes and eyes crossed, lol.

  57. Lynne says:

    Enchanting products, gorgeously pretty and the altered project is sublime.
    Oh my word how I would squeal with delight if I could win this generous giveaway.

  58. Janet Turner says:

    Really lovely collection. It looks like Spring!

  59. melody says:

    Oh, so much gorgeous-ness!! (fingies crossed!)

  60. April Dudko says:

    It’s cold again here today, so something that looks like spring is so welcome!Lovely collection!

  61. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that I will win this great giveaway.

  62. Sharon K says:

    This may be the loveliest kit to date. It is really beautiful and winning would be fantastic.

  63. Kate says:

    Love the collection! Hope to win this one! Thanks!

  64. Nan says:

    Love the corset and the new paper line is gorgeous. I can think of so many ways to use this paper!

  65. Lori Devoux says:

    Love this! Thanks for the chance to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  66. carol says:

    I had just suggested doing a fairy swap and along came these treasures. This sure would help with inspiration.

  67. Ginger Benedict says:

    Such pretty pink spring colors. Plus the faries are magical. Love this giveaway.

  68. Joe says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  69. Laura says:

    Amazing, this inspires me so very much!

  70. Luanne Shoup says:

    Yup, gotta have it!

  71. Karen says:

    Oh Yea! Hope to be selected for this – another beautiful giveaway.

  72. Beth Bynum says:

    What a cool give-away. I’d love to win.

  73. angelic says:

    I love the beautiful spring colors. This is a beautiful collection.

  74. Darlene Propp says:

    I love all your collections, but I’m so ready for Spring! These are beautiful!

  75. DebR says:

    Wonderful projects and tutorials by Caroline and I’d love to be entered into your pink botanical fairies giveaway, thank you!

  76. Sokat says:

    Count me in..need a new distraction

  77. Kathy Bumb says:

    What a fantastic giveaway. Love the tutorials and beautiful papers. Love your store.

  78. Roxanne says:

    ooohh La La! Love the Corset and Victorian papers! This is such a lovely vintage set! I would love for Random dot org thingy to pick me please! Love it Alpha Stamps! Your the Cats Meow!

  79. Thalia Kottke says:

    Absolutely adorable, thank you for the chance to wim.

  80. Nellie Cotnam says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE – thanks for giving me a chance to win.

  81. Sandy Fisher says:

    Oh so beautiful!!!! Can NEVER have too many flowers. This is such a beautiful layout and I was thrilled to see the Basic Grey paper there too because I’ve saved it all these years for something beautiful to do with it. I’m very excited. Now all I need is those amazing beautiful flowers. You are wonderful to offer them. Thank you for all you do to motivate us all the time.

  82. DebbieK says:

    Love Graphic 45 papers and the project is simply gorgeous!

  83. Els Schutte says:

    Love …..Love …… LOVE it!!!!!!!

  84. Marcia Kaiser says:

    OMG! I would love to use all those papers to
    make my Mothers day cards! They are beautiful!

  85. Judith Janes says:

    This looks like a must-have! Put my name in the hat!

  86. Nancy Schlis says:

    What’s not to love. Feminine, fairies, absolutely fabulous!!!

  87. Mary Mac says:

    So ready for these beautiful papers to work on spring projects.

  88. Julie Blake says:

    These papers are gorgeous – thank you for the chance.
    So happy to have found your blog! The giveaway is a bonus!!

  89. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Luscious giveaway to match the luscious projects and collections! Love Botanical Tea! Mahalo for the op to win.

  90. What a welcome thought with all the bad weather, faeries and flowers!

  91. Kimberly says:

    Another great giveaway!

  92. Pat says:

    Bring on Spring!! Thank you for an awesome giveaway opportunity!

  93. LoriSW says:

    Wow, what a lovely spring feel!

  94. Michele says:

    This is the best Spring-themed project yet!

  95. teri steele says:

    Wow this looks great. I really loved the tutorial.

  96. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Oh my gosh! How cute is this?

  97. Jo says:

    Love this springtime book and giveaway! So sweet and feminine!

  98. Jen R says:

    Lovely flowers. I would love to win this!

  99. Pam Weiler says:

    Beautiful giveaway! Love the flowers and spring colors.

  100. Jen says:

    Love the birds, blossoms, and the babe!

  101. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I definitely am in the mood for Spring. Today’s blog has put a smile on my face.

  102. Marilyn H says:

    Very pretty. I love the altered book.

  103. Donna Meyers says:

    Fairies have been my favorite for many years, how do you find so many great fairy ideas???

  104. Laura says:

    Wonderful giveaway!

  105. Charlene says:

    What sweet papers.

  106. Helen Potter says:

    I adore everything about this giveaway!

  107. Carol Slowik says:

    Best one yet!! Love it! Hope I win.

  108. Cindy Fitch says:

    Love the papers and beautiful colors. Thank you for the tutorials and the chance to win!

  109. Hannah Foss says:

    What fun! Hope I win!

  110. I would love to have this !! It is just beautiful and so heartwarming ! I love this one just as much —–maybe !

  111. Nelda Johnson says:

    Oh, wow! I would so like to win this giveaway. Thanks!

  112. Paula Sorensen says:

    Love the wonderful altered book. Just received my kit and am wanting to reat. Hope I win this giveaway!

  113. lynn says:

    wow all the colors and flowers are just perfect for this theme.. caroline did a wonderful job.. i would love to win this one… each one of the projects get more beautiful every time..
    cant wait till you pick my name 🙂
    big ladybug hugs

  114. Fantastic! Hope I win 🙂

  115. Debbie Rollier says:


  116. Maxine Kincora says:

    Amazing. Again.

  117. Sharon Marie Lawson says:

    So pretty. Good luck to me!!!

  118. Debra Gibson says:

    I love to alter boxes! this one is for me !!!!!

  119. Sunny Gupta says:

    Holy Toledo! This Pink Botanical Fairies collection is fabulous! I live in the north where we are all SO sick of winter. These images really evoke spring. Thank you!

  120. Angie Applewhite says:

    These flowers are adorable- it’s perfectly sized for scale model houses decor :3

  121. Mary White says:

    Wonderful collection. Absolutely love it. Such fabulous items to work with.

  122. sheila AR says:


  123. Linda says:

    These are so beautiful! Thanks for a chance to enter for a drawing.

  124. Stacy Blow says:

    The flowers are gorgeous! Even if I don’t win they’re definitely going on my wish list!!!!

  125. Sheila A. says:

    I love that we have weekly chances to win beautiful prizes. Good luck. To me, too.

  126. Michele biondolillo says:

    Spring is in the air!

  127. Lina T says:

    Wow – best one ever!

  128. Ronda Liebert says:

    Simply beautiful.

  129. SanZ says:

    Tea! How lovely!

  130. Me Pugh says:

    pink fairies, oh my, looks like a lot of fun.