I bought a large old hardback copy of a microwave cookery book from a charity shop - just because it seemed a nice size.
I decided to go with a shabby theme and I removed all the pages and used image transfer to cover the front and back. before sealing I added some distress inks around the edge to make it all well worn!
It turned out well so off I went to my local craft shop Minerva crafts in my home town and bought some material to line it and a button for the fastening.
I had some lovely lace in my stash so I distress with vintage photo ink and stuck a strip across both sides.
To line the bag I made some handles and a loop for the fastening and glued them into place before lining with the same material (I added a little padding underneath the material on the sides )
I cut some die cuts out of greyboard which I gessoed before distressing with inks...mmm water based so decided to seal them - this made the ink smear but it seemed to just add to the shabby effect.
I stamped a leafy swirl stamp and embossed in gold.
I added some flowers and buttons and stuff - done.
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