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Springtime in Paris Altered Book Tutorial by Laura Carson!

Filed under Art Projects, Contests/Winners, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Newsletters, Springtime in Paris Kit, Tutorials

Wow! Another lovely project by Laura Carson! Plus new items (including a lot of butterflies!), a new sale, and two FREE offers! First, I’ll let Bella take the lead and introduce Laura’s Altered Book. (And I must say: I am so taken with that stamped clay book spine!)

A Springtime in Paris Altered Book Tutorial by Design Team Member Laura Carson! You already know that it’s going to be quite spectacular so I won’t prepare you for it with flowery, sugar talk. It’s just damn gorgeous!

You’ll love Laura’s tutorial. Laura starts off by showing you how to use Creative Paperclay and the Damask Study Clear Stamp to make the “spine” for the altered book. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make and you’ll be taking off book covers just to make a gorgeous clay spines! Want a little variety for your new shadowboxes you’ll be creating? The Boho Paisley Clear Stamp would be a good choice as well.

After removing the book cover, you’ll learn how to carve out a niche to make a shadowbox. First, the background paper that Laura used is Red Birdcage Scrapbook Paper. Once that was done then Laura placed images from La Mode – Papillon Collage Sheet. AND she also tells you how to make the figures of the mother and daughter dimensional.

You all know I love miniatures, so how stinking cute is the little 1 Inch Pink & Brown Bird with those Tiny Paper Roses? Which reminds me I need to stock up on both of those, especially since the Tiny Paper Roses are variegated! (Better get yours before I hoard them all!)

To find out how make your own Springtime in Paris Shadowbox and to see what else Laura used, head on over to Laura’s blog. Plus, here’s the link to Laura’s Supply List.


 Thursday Newsletter Recap:

Don’t Forget Thursday’s Newsletter
including stamped ribbons by Design Team Member Rhonda Secrist Thomas

French Bees Collage Rubber Stamp

New and On Sale!

FREE Stamping on Ribbons Gift Kit
Well, I’ve been inspired by Rhonda’s ribbons and have picked out some rubber stamps (and some of the new Satin Ribbons) so you can try out the technique; FREE for all orders over $20!

Posted by Leslie, May 18th, 2014

125 responses to “Springtime in Paris Altered Book Tutorial by Laura Carson!”

  1. Sieglinde Nix says:

    Who doesn’t love butterflies!

  2. Donna Luncford says:

    Would love to win Paris & Butterflies!

  3. Willow says:

    Wings wings and more wings. Makes me want to fly away into the sunset. Beautiful collection. Thanx alpha stamps you rock!

  4. Lori Devoux says:

    I adore this. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  5. lorna osborne says:

    … and don’t forget to plant flowers that attract butterflies! They are beautiful.

  6. Rae Higgins says:

    Love the tutorial, especially the paper clay part!

  7. Blair Lowery says:

    Sp many pretties. Would love the chance to win

  8. Sokat says:

    That clay spine is a big wow…

  9. I don’t want to enter the contest – I’ve already won before, and I only feel it’s fair that I give others a chance.

    HOWEVER. I have to – again – say how absolutely stunning this piece of artwork is. The clay spine is inspired and beautifully executed. The whole piece just speaks to me. Gorgeous.

    Thanks SO MUCH for sharing the tutorial … I’m thinking it may be over my skill set – but I’m sure going to give it a shot!

  10. Rosemary Sharon says:

    butterflies are my muse….I would love to win this……like it was meant to be……yes!

  11. Darlene Propp says:

    What cool items in this giveaway. And I LOVE butterflies!

  12. Cherie says:

    Love butterflies!

  13. Carolyn Summers says:

    Every week, something new and the altered book by Laura is amazing. I’d love to win the prize this week and create a Paris book of my own.

  14. KIM says:


  15. I would love to win this. I am making a Fairy Cottage Castle and would love to use the Butterflies and the papers to use on it.

  16. joann west says:

    This one is chock full of delightful goodies. Love it.

  17. Conchi says:

    I know, I am not very original, but…

    I love butterflies, too 🙂

  18. barbara macaskill says:

    I would love to win this giveaway! Butterflies hold a very special meaning in my life. My neighbor’s 7 year old son passed away on May 14th, 2003 and he LOVED butterflies. At his funeral out of nowhere there were hundreds of butterflies and a very few of them landed on ONLY certain people who were close to Joseph. I was blessed to be one of the ones who had a butterfly land on them. Since then, every time I see a butterfly I know that Joseph is stopping by to let me know that he is still with us. I would use this wonderful prize package to make a shadowbox that I would put memories of a wonderful little boy who left us to early. Thanks you for the opportunity to win these wonderful items!

  19. Birgit says:

    Paris and butterflies — how lovely is that?! 🙂

    Happy creating,

  20. I LOVE anything PARIS I would love to win

  21. Wow! Paris in the Springtime…& Butterflies…another great Giveaway! 🙂

  22. Phoebe Diamond says:

    What amazing wings!

  23. Sandy says:

    Lots of great stuff…ideas too!

  24. Jennie says:

    Beautiful work! ::Crossing fingers::

  25. Gail Klein says:

    It would mean so much for me to win this giveaway! My Mom loved butterflies and Paris was her favorite places to visit. This giveaway reminds me so much of her!

  26. Kim B says:

    The giveaways keep getting better and better! Thank you

  27. Arminta says:

    It is a beautiful package of goodies, and I would be thrilled to win.

  28. Teresa Currie says:

    Your Paris & Butterflies Giveaway is lovely, especially the filigree pieces and the beautiful insect collage sheets!! Let’s go to Paris!! 🙂

  29. Butterflies are beautiful in any form. Great project!

  30. Karen says:

    Beautiful giveaway again – lots of ideas are flittering around in my head!

  31. Holly M. says:

    I love butterflies, and all the many beautiful items in this give away. As for Paris…never cared for it. It was always just a stop-over city that I couldn’t wait to leave. That was back in the ’80s, so maybe it’s changed.

  32. Patti Flasch says:

    Thank you to all of you for sharing your tutorials, AND for giving us the opportunity to enter these wonderful giveways!

  33. Noreen says:

    So many butterflies! I particularly like the filigree one. Thanks for the chance to win.

  34. Deb Ettinger says:

    This looks so fun!

  35. Ooh butterflies!!! Fluttery butterflies 🙂

  36. Jennifer J says:


  37. Sandy says:

    I am all giddy at the thought I just might win this kit!

  38. Laurie Davis says:

    so pretty¡¡

  39. Suzanne Stockinger says:

    Butterfly are always wonderful , would love to play with some

  40. Nancy Stone says:

    Love the beautiful butterflies.

  41. Jenny S. says:

    Love this giveaway! Thank you so much!! Beautiful.

  42. Emily N says:

    Oo la la!

  43. Tabitha Klucking says:


  44. Erica Holan says:

    Wonderful giveaway as always! 🙂

  45. I really could use more butterflies in my life! Hope I win!

  46. MargieD says:

    Laura’s book is amazing! I really like the clay spine she made for it and all the layers inside. Great giveaway as usual!

  47. Helen Potter says:

    This is an awesome giveaway! Laura always makes such beautiful things, and I know we all appreciate all her beautiful work that she shares with us!

  48. Love this e mail, it is the best, full of great ideas, and such pretty things, it makes me smile!

  49. angelic says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorials and giveaways!

  50. Kathy Cabble says:

    I love making books. Just finished one with butterflies but I could sure make another in a heartbeat. Thanks for the chance to win another great give away.

  51. Lorna says:

    Beautiful project and a fantastic giveaway. Thanks for offering so much inspiration Alpha Stamps!

  52. lynn says:

    i love the layers of springtime.. and the little bird on sweet.. i really love the 3d effect.. and would love to be in the drawing.. thanks so much for the inspiration ..
    big ladybug hugs

  53. Jen R says:

    I love this giveaway! The bug cuts are amazing, hope I win, this would be so much fun!

  54. Marilyn H says:

    I always love seeing what Laura will come up with next. Great book and great giveaway.

  55. Jeanne Kelly says:

    My gosh, two of the most beautiful things, Paris and butterflies – swoon!!

  56. Marilyn Fishwick says:

    I agree with all of the other posters. This design by Laura is fabulous. I can’t wait to try some paper clay. Thanks once again.

  57. Lori Turner says:

    So beautiful! I’d loooove to win! Blessings, Lori

  58. Janet Turner says:

    I would love to win this! The butterfly wings are beautiful.

  59. Victoria K says:

    What a beautiful book! Such attention to detail!! As usual a jam packed prize pack!! Good luck everyone!

  60. Me Pugh says:

    Look at all the wings! Just lovely.

  61. Karen Crowder says:

    Trying to be random!

  62. Sandra Bolliger says:

    This is a gorgeous book. The details are really interesting. Thank you for the inspiration and the opportunity to participate in the giveaway.

  63. DebR says:

    Laura’s project is amazing as always and thanks for this great giveaway, love it all!

  64. MaggieM says:

    Paris and butterflies-be still my heart! My two favs, in one fabulous giveaway! I love Laura’s altered book! She’s such a fabulous designer-I love everything she creates:)

  65. Luanne Shoup says:

    Wings, wings and more wings!

  66. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous give away!

  67. Laurie Yoder says:

    I would love to win this beautiful collection, thank you for the opportunity 🙂

  68. Daylan says:

    There can never be too many butterflies! Thank you for this opportunity!

  69. Rose Lewis says:

    Paris and Butterflies! Two of my absolute favorites in the art world!

  70. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’m packed and ready to go to Paris. Take me away with this Giveaway.

  71. Angie A says:

    This is beautiful! French vintage anything is! I’d be so happy to win this.

  72. Laura K says:

    Wow, you are really outdoing yourself on this one! French, vintage, *and* butterflies, what could be better?!

    I love the newly posted Springtime in Paris altered book tutorial by Laura Carson as well. What a great idea to use Creative Paperclay for the book spine. Since I just happen to have some on hand, I know what I will be trying today!

    Crossing my fingers to win this kit.

  73. LoriSW says:

    Love, love,love all of the Butterflies!!!!

  74. Carmen Willis says:

    Great Giveaway! I’m lov’in the butterflies.
    Very inspiring…like “Paris in the Spring”!

  75. Natalie Laney says:

    I have loved butterflies since I was a little girl. Want anything and everything that has a butterfly on it. thank you for the opportunity to win BUTTERFLIES

  76. Iris Pistor says:

    Awesome Giveaway….always loved Butterflies….ThAnKs!

  77. Arlene Wheeler says:


  78. Beverly M. says:

    Love this altered book!

  79. Anneke says:

    Great project idea and fab giveaway, would luv to win!

  80. coco says:

    Wonderful project by Laura!!! And thanks for the giveaway, fabulous!

  81. Lorna Dufrane says:

    So pretty!

  82. Lina T says:


  83. LeAnn says:

    Love Love Love Butterflies!

  84. M White says:

    Wonderful giveaway. Thanks for a chance to win.

  85. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    Oh my the butterflies are so lovely. This just a beautiful collection. Thanks so much for sharing with others.

  86. Liz Russell says:

    Laura’s project is amazing! Would love to win this kit to create my own. Thanks for the chance

  87. Jennifer Bumb says:

    Love this fantastic giveaway. The colors are so beautiful!!!!

  88. Roxanne says:

    Ooooh la la! Love the Butterflys! Thanks for the chance to win this great stash from Alpha Stamps! Gosh I love your products! 🙂

  89. P boszko says:

    So many beautiful things!

  90. Sarah says:

    Love butterflies — thanks for the chance!

  91. yvette leblanc says:


  92. Carol Slowik says:

    Flutterby’s!!!!! Love them so thanks for the chance to win!!

  93. Susan says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a gorgeous giveaway. Can’t wait to work with these materials.

  94. Brenda Lubrant says:

    I always admire someone with so much talent like Laura. I was amazed with her tuitoral on making an ornate clay book spine.

  95. Diane Smith says:

    Gorgeous products… many ideas running around in my head

  96. Jennifer Pospichal says:

    Lovely forms and colors…now to check out the tutorial!

  97. Nancy S says:

    Butterflies!! Their just gorgeous…

  98. Kristie says:

    Lovely Paris and butterflies. Tres Chic!

  99. Karen says:

    Wonderful give away!

  100. Diana Kitsmiller says:

    Simply lovely!

  101. Cynthia says:

    This is so gorgeous! Would love to win.

  102. Karen Wise says:

    Lovely goodies to celebrate spring.

  103. Traci says:

    The giveaways are always great but the projects by the design team are fantastic-love the inspiration.

  104. Lana says:

    today has been my lucky day…so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I win this giveaway!

  105. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    Amazing detail and dimension! Mahalo for sharing project and tutorial.

  106. Jo says:

    love the butterflies!

  107. Paulanne says:

    Please puck me. Love the site.

  108. Paulette Akagi says:

    I would be so happy if I won.

  109. Pam W says:

    I love Paris. This would be a great giveaway to win.

  110. Amanda Miller says:

    This is so pretty!

  111. April Dudko says:

    Plant some butterfly host plants, the plants that the larvae feed on to keep our butterfly populations healthy! Thanks for the chance to win this!

  112. Mary Mac says:

    All these butterfly’s, just beautiful and just in time for spring.

  113. Lori Wilczek says:

    Who doesn’t love butterflies! Great giveaway!

  114. Alana says:

    I love butterflies! Pick me please!

  115. Debra Gibson says:

    Love Laura’s work ! And would love the chance to win !!!

  116. Barbara Nekic says:

    Love it! This is the perfect project for this time of year.

  117. Jen says:

    This may be my most favorite giveaway yet!

  118. sheila AR says:

    Loads and loads of wonderfulness…i love this assortment of beautiful stuff! Laura’s book is stunning!!!

  119. Gerri herbst says:

    Such beautiful items. Would love to create with these!

  120. Lovely as always – I would enjoy creating with these goodies.

  121. Michelle B. says:

    I never cease to be amazed at Laura’s creativity or at
    the truly WONDERFUL selection of products which
    Alpha offers! Can’t remember how or when I found
    your website, but it has been “my treat mail” ever
    since !!!!! Thank you so very much for your consistent
    achievement of excellence and imagination!

  122. Roberta Schinner says:

    Laura has totally done it this time!! How gorgeous this book is!! Thank you for such a great giveaway and such lovely ideas.

  123. Alice H says:

    So lovely, it seems as if we should be giving you something rather than the other way around. Laura is amazing!