Wednesday, 15 September 2010


Though I keep my calendar of events in my Black Berry and Ipad, I still would like to have a  diary with me.  With the year coming to an end soon, I have purchased my diary for 2011 and I decided to give it a 'face-lift'  by altering the front and back covers to make it more interesting and glamorous!

Guess what?  I  transformed a store-bought spiral diary into an object de art!  Take a sneak peek, only the covers not the inside please!
Instead of using molds like the kabukas and 'big mamas', I opt for rubber stamping on the metal sheet.
Using black archival ink the image is stamped on the coloured metal and traced  with an embossing tool.
 A ball & cup tool  used to create the design and further dimension added using the decorative wheels.
To hold the shape of the words and figures and to fill in the overall design, I used glossy ascent instead of spackle which can be rather heavy. To give the metal surface an antique finish, alcohol ink is dabbed on it and the excess wiped off.
A stylish pattern paper glued on the inside of cover to give the book its elegance.
The back cover is given the similar 'face-lift'.  The spiral binding wire is replaced by a bigger  one and to a more classic copper color.  To give my diary a more feminine look, I had it decorated with black and lilac laces.

This metal art has certainly made my diary more attractive and  into a cherished keepsake even after it has been used.


Susie Jefferson said...

Whoo hoo! The lace etc are the perfect embellishments. This looks so classy - use with PRIDE!


Toh Ee said...

Thx Susie. With such an attractive diary, I may use this more than my Black berry, LOL!