Altered Diaries using 'Often' Collection with a Tutorial

11:00 am Hussena 13 Comments

Hello everybody,
This is Hussena here and I have some really quick and easy gifting ideas for the New Year. I'm sure most moms would agree that they would like to give a lil' something to their childrens' teachers or their hubby's clients. These altered diaries would make a perfect gift. The papers in the 'Often' collection are really very bright, peppy and trendy and they mix and match really well. The die-cuts that have been introduced with the paper packs make the perfect accents to dress up these diaries. Here's a look at two of these altered diaries that I have made:
(Scroll down below to check out the step by step tutorial on how I went about creating it).

 Diary one

A look at the inside of the diary:

The last page of the diary. The tags are die-cuts from the Often Collection.

A look at the back of the diary.

Diary two

Here's how I have embellished the inside of the diary.

This is how the last page of the diary looks like.
This is an inside page with a photo mat to include those special memories.

I have punched out circles and cut them in half to create these tabs on the side. These circles were punched out from all the left over scraps from the Often collection.
The back of the diary. 

 Now here's a simple  tutorial on how I went about creating this Altered diary :
Step 1 : Choose the pattern paper of your choice and measure and cut 2 pieces for the front and back of your diaries ...Just take an extra inch to your measurement as it will help to neatly fold over your paper.
 Step 2 : Cover the entire front cover of your diary with Mod Podge and also the back of your paper and glue it together.

Step 3 : Once you have glued the paper to the front of your diary, open it up  and cut a small slit on the corners of your paper as it helps to fold the paper easily and gives a finished look (As shown in the below picture).

 This is how it looks once you fold over your paper :

Step 4 : Now cover the back of your diary with Mod Podge and cover it similarly as shown in Step 2 and 3.

This is how your diary will look once it is covered :

Now to cover the spine of the diary cut an paper measuring 2 inch in width and the length will be the length of your diary cover. ..Mine was 8 inches so my dotted paper strip measures approximately 2 inches by 8 inches. Glue it over the front and back sides of your cover and now your diary is ready to be embellished.

A look at both the diaries together!

And this is how both the diary cover's look once I finished embellishing them. In both my diaries, I have used papers from the Often collection and have used die cuts from both Often and Infinity collections to embellish it further.

Hope you like my work and find the tutorial helpful.
Please do leave me your feedback as I love hearing from you :)
Have a nice day everyone!

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  1. Oh Sweet...Just a perfect gift idea for the year end to teachers...will surely give it a try!! Love both altered diaries :)
    Thanks for tutes with tips, Hussena :)

  2. Such beautiful alteration, love the cover page! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Totally loved it. Thanks for sharing

  4. wow great alteration Hussena,loved the way you decorated itand great use of the papers :)

  5. love the alteration Hussena !! thanks for the tutorial, you have added so much of glamour to a mundane object !!

  6. Lovely Diaries Hussena!! Loved the complete makeover of these!

  7. Lovely diaries...well explained tutorial...n paper collection looks awesome

  8. Superb definetely gonna try it.


  9. They are Beautiful ! Hussena ..will make gr8 Gifts !