Recipes, A Different Type of Composition for the Book

Altered Composition Book

Altered Composition Book

This is one of my favorite altered composition books. The scrapbook paper is perfect for a recipe book. Curls and I featured our Altered Composition Book tutorial on our Aug 6, 2012 blog.

Because I often change recipes into different sizes, since there is just two of us at home now, I used one of my large recipe cards to add handy measurements to the front.

What’s inside you ask? A lot of different recipes I find online to try. This is an eco-friendly way to collect recipes. I’ve done away with all of the printing, saving both paper and ink. If I find that we don’t like a recipe, I just write a big “YUCK” and draw a “x” through it. I’ll also paste another recipe on top which I’ve cut from a magazine. I do have two arrow tags marking my much used Everything Granola and Cheesy Garlic Biscuits recipes. The biscuits are an American biscuit, so don’t think sweet treat.

QThanks for stopping by. Go be crafty and alter a composition book.

Add Sparkle to Your Coffee

Yeah! Curls took some time off of work, came to visit, and we’re able to have Chick Time! We live 40 minutes apart so we don’t just drop in on each other. I had the perfect craft! We both LOVE Starbucks and have their clear plastic, insulated beverage cups. Too boring you say? Jazzing them up is just the ticket.


Insulated, clear plastic cup
Mod Podge
Foam paint brush

Assemble the materials you want to use. We are especially lucky to have our Grandma’s glitter and sequins. She was a first grade teacher and had a lot of that fun stuff. Barb, Curls, mixed up red and gold glitter together and I mixed up red, blue, green, gold and silver.

Using the foam brush, apply Mod Podge, grandma’s favorite glue, to a small portion of the cup.

Curls attached sequins and then sprinkled the glitter on the cup. She wanted a lighter coat of glitter.

Q did a heavy sprinkle of glitter and then attached sequins. If you are going to put this on the outside of a cup or glass, you will need to use a sealant. Since ours are inside of an insulated cup we didn’t. I’m still thinking that it might be necessary.

We let the cups dry over night. I have two cups, a tall one and a short one. For the short one I used sliver glitter and attached both purple and magenta sequins. Here are the super gorgeous results:

Yum, now that’s some kind of iced coffee! These can really qualify as an accessory. We can’t wait to use these cups at Starbucks!


Magnetic Personalities

~ Saw this great idea on Pinterest from Tonya’s Sewing Room! Making magnets using fabric. I decided I wanted to make my magnets using photographs. This is such an inexpensive craft, but absolutely marvelous when finished. The total cost per magnet is about 5 cents! You can use fabric or paper instead of photographs. How about alphabet magnets spelling out your child’s or grandchild’s name?


  • scissors
  • photograph
  • a bag of small accent glass gems (got mine at the Dollar Store)
  • pencil
  • mod podge
  • paint brush
  • super glue – or any other type of glue
  • magnets

Step 1: Find the perfect picture. Test by placing an accent glass gem on the face to make sure it fits.

If it fits, scan the picture and print at 100% so the size remains the same.

Step 2: Using the glass gems, use a pencil to outline each face. I have 5 faces to outline.

Since the gems are differing sizes, I made sure I outlined by age, keeping the gems in order from left to right.

Step 3: Cut the pictures out just inside of the tracing line. Place the gems on top to make sure they fit.

Step 4: Apply Mod Podge to the gem and place on appropriate picture. Press down with finger or folding tool to remove all of the air pockets.

Put another coat of Mod Podge on the back of the picture. It will dry clear. After it drys, add one more coat of Mod Podge so there are a total of three layers.

Step 5: After the Mod Podge is totally dry, I left over night, use super glue (or any other glue) to attach the magnet.


Make sure you keep the magnets far apart while gluing and drying. 😎 Allow at least 24 hours to dry thoroughly! Do a finishing trim.

Now they are all ready to use. Perfect on the refrigerator to hold up a drawing by the person in the photograph. Or, on the magnetic white board in the craft room. What fun!