A magical book

Hello everyone! Long time, no post! I've just been a sloth and recently went to NC for a short vacation to see the beautiful Fall colors! But I'm back with another upcycled book. This one is a mix of pastor colors, fairies & unicorns, and shabby wonder!

It all started with this:

Which turned into this:

I used papers from Stamperia's Wonderland collection to create a soft, fairytale-like book. The pastel colors are soft and soothing yet shabby and worn. I first covered the whole book with paper, leaving the back cover plain. Then, on the front cover, I layered torn strips of different papers and fussy cut a fairy. I embellished with a leaf wreath, lacquer/glitter, and stenciling.

On the spine, I adhered some ribbons with a little fairy girl wood embellishment.

The inside is where the fairytale comes alive!

On the left side, I covered it with paper, then added a strip of braided trim. I then cut out a pretty square which I mounted on foam and embellished with lacquer. I embossed a frame and mounted that with foam, creating a pretty window! I also added soft-colored flowers.

The right side is carved out in layers and holds some surprises! My unicorn is embellished with lacquer and glitter. What's fun is that he swivels to reveal more underneath!

You can see a pretty sentiment with a butterfly and a pretty background with 'i believe in fairytales'. But that's not all! That background is a tag that slides out with the help of ribbons to reveal one last thing!

There's a fairy underneath with a pretty pink background! 

I used lacquer and fine glitter to make things pop! You can see the layers as they tunnel deeper.

This upcycle was so much fun to do! It would look lovely in a baby's room or a shabby home. The soft colors go with any decor and everyone loves a mystical fairytale with unicorns and fairies!


  1. Oh gosh this is awesome! I would feel a bit icky tearing into ANY book, but I so love what you've done with it!! It's like a magical tunnel filled with wonder and surprises! You've given so much attention to all the little details and there's a new treasure to discover around every corner! Wow!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Morgan's Artworld

  2. Oh my my my - fantastic work here. You did such an amazing job with this stunning project. Well done. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT

  3. This is such a fabulous make over, I just love everything about it! The covers are beautiful, Stamperia papers are always too nice to cover up. Inside is such a wonderful surprise, the carved pages look amazing and I love the surprise inside. A truly beautiful creation!

    Thanks so much for joining in with us at Mini Album Makers this month. Anne xx

  4. An amazing transformation! Such fabulous use of those wonderful papers and I love all the wonderful elements on the inside pages. Absolutely magical!

    Thank you for sharing your amazing book with us at Mini Album Makers this month. xx

  5. Such a fabulous creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx

  6. Stunning work, inspirational and a lot of love has gone into this I see. michelle x

  7. Love it!! You always amaze me with your unique ideas Cathy. Have a creative week. Judy

  8. great alteration! Stunning! Thank you so much for playing with us at MMA challenge!

  9. Absolutely amazed by this project Cathy.
    Love it, beautiful details. Perfect make for our challenge this month. Thank you for joining us at MIxed Media Academy

  10. Oh my!!! This is just gorgeous! A feast for the eyes with such depth and richness!!! Lovely creation! Thanks for entering our challenge at Mixed Media Academy. All the Best.

    Priyanka Srivastava

  11. What a beauty it turned out to be! Thank you so much for joining us over at Splashy Mix Challenges!

  12. Wow! Such a beautiful creation. Love it. Thank you for joining our monthly challenge On Splashy Mix.

    DT at Splashy Mix Challenge.

  13. Beautiful project! Thank you for joining Mixed Media Academy this month! :)

  14. Beautiful work! I love the shabby chic style. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene DT

  15. What a beautiful transformation,I love how you have torn into the book to create a window within. Decorated with such detail, it must be a pleasure to flick through.
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Mini Album Makers.
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  16. Such pretty soft colours and lovely shabby chic paper edges give this book a magical feel even before you turn to the inside and see what's happening there. I love the butterfly dancing outside the window frame, but even more the magical peeling away of the tunnel layers to reveal the fairy opposite. Completely delightful. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  17. A great creation - thanks for sharing it with us at The Mix It Up Challenge Blog.

    Helen x


Hey - Tell me something good!