Altered Books for Valentine’s Day

Altered Books for Valentine’s Day

If you recall, I had a grand old time making altered books for Halloween last year.  I loved them so much, I wanted to make a few for Christmas, but I never got around to it.  You know how that goes. So when Silhouette sent me some of their new double-sided adhesive to play with, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: altered books for Valentine’s Day!

Step one: procure some old thrift store books.  (Sorry Danielle Steel!  I’m sure Message From Nam is a very interesting read!)  Step two: Mod-podge a damp paper towel over the covers for an aged leather look.  Step three: let it dry, then paint them whatever colors your heart desires. I didn’t want these books to be super creepy like the Halloween books, (or even somewhat creepy), obviously, so I went easy on the distressing this time around.

thrift store books to makeover

Then, the fun part.  The double-sided adhesive paper is exactly what it sounds like, sticky on the front and the back, so you simply cut your designs like usual with your Silhouette machine, stick them to your desired surface, peel off the backing  (or fronting?)  then get crazy with glitter or flocking powder.  EASY!

altered books for valentine's day

I love this stuff!  I was worried about using it on the bumpy texture of the books, but it is super sticky, and held up perfectly.  I even used it on my burlap pennant, as you can see, with no problems whatsoever.

altered books for valentine's day
 Right now you can get your hands on the the double-sided adhesive starter kit for just $12.99, which comes with 6 sheets of double-sided adhesive paper, 3 colors of glitter, 3 colors of flocking powder, 10 exclusive designs, a Silhouette spatula, brush, plus an instruction/idea booklet.
Don’t have a Silhouette yet?  Well hey now, that’s on sale too!  Get the starter kit plus a Silhouette Portrait for just $179.99.  GREAT DEAL!  Find it here, and simply use the code AFTER at checkout to receive your discount. 

Questions about the double-sided adhesive?  Watch the video!

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  1. February 5, 2013 / 12:13 AM

    I just linked through to your Halloween Altered Books and I love them! Your valentines day ones are amazing too but I really get a kick from the Halloween ones. Where is the tutorial that you followed for creating the books? I’ve found a number of results on YouTube, but none of the ones I’ve had a look at are what I am looking for.
    xXx Helen

  2. February 5, 2013 / 1:19 PM

    Those are so dang cute!!! What a great idea that you won’t find at the store.

  3. February 5, 2013 / 8:48 PM

    These are darling! I already have a Cricut though…wish I had a Silhouette! If I’d only known then…
    This is a great way to decorate your space for Valentines Day though!

  4. Anonymous
    February 5, 2013 / 11:45 PM

    these are really cute!! i love them. they look like a lot of work though and i think they would be just as cute either painted a solid color or covered in fabric or velvet..and might take less time. very cute though!!

  5. February 12, 2013 / 11:49 AM

    Hi Lindsey….they are both beautiful!! We ave a challenge going on over at eclectic Paperie and theme is Altered books…you should pop on over and enter your books…gorgeous!!!

  6. February 13, 2013 / 2:47 AM

    This is fun! I’m looking forward to trying the Halloween ones. I love the idea of altering books.

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