Altered Art Ideas

When I first discovered Altered Art, I was so excited as it brings me into another level of creativity. Altered Art means changing an ordinary object into a creative piece of art. I supposed I had done a lot of Altered Art before, not knowing that there is a term for it. And of course, I was equally ignorant about archival-quality papers, adhesives and other materials used. These days, with the popularity of scrapbooking, we are just spoilt for choices for all these materials available in craftstore. With all these acid-free paper, materials, acid-neutralising spray; we can preserve cherished memories to share with the future generations; well, at least to slow down the aging process.

There are many different techniques to express your creativity . You can use painting, doodling, stamping, needlework, college, faux finishing, inking; practically anything that can turn your work into your own personalised creations! There is no necessity to follow others' style. In the following ideas page, I will feature some of my works. I hope that you can send in your creations to share with us.

Basic Materials

dot Paper trimmer
dot Paper puncher
dot Acrylic paints
dot Copies of photos
dot Mod Podge
dot Glue tapes, glue dots, doubled sided tapes
dot Rings
dot Ribbons
dot Cardstock
dot Embellishments
dot Ink pads and stamps
dot Scissors
dot Craft knife
dot Mat
dot Pattern Paper
dot Brush

Mini Album


dot 2 pieces of 6.5" x 6.5 " chipboard (use craft knife, metal ruler and mat to cut to size)
dot 4 pieces of 6" x 6" chipboard
dot Acrylic paint - DecoArt Eggshell
dot Assortment of ribbons
dot Infuse sugar alphabet stickers
dot Clear Expressions from artistic expression
dot 4 pieces of coordinated pattern paper
dot Cloud 9 Laughter Clear Stamps
dot Autumn Leaves Clear stamps
dot StazOn - Jet Black, Saddle Brown
dot Cardstock
dot Lino roller
dot Distress ink-Brushed corduroy



dot Basecoat cover page, front and back of back page and all the edges of the chipboards with Eggshell. Let dry and paint again. Refer to Painting Tips page.
dot Choose a section of Clear Expressionsfor cover page. Trim to 6.5" x 6.5" using a trimmer
dot Cut 2 of your pattern papers into 6' x 6' , making 8 pages.
dot Choose another piece for your front cover, 4.5 x 4.5 and trim. Distress the edges with Brushed Corduroy distress ink.
dot Trim 3 strps of 1.5" x 4.5" of pattern paper for back cover and distress the edges with Brushed Corduroy
dot Using Mod Podge, apply on the chipboards a generous layer, working quickly, paste trimmed paper onto the pages. Distress all edges of the pages.
dot Make sure there are no air bubbles. You can use the roller to straighten the paper, working from centre and pushing glue out of paper. Wipe off the excess glue.
dot I stamped on the cardstock and trim (with a scissors) about 1/10 in around the edges, called detailed cuttings.
dot Punch all the holes and attach 2 rings to the pages.
dot On the front cover, stick letterings 'Come let's'.
dot On the Clear Expression Cover, stick letterings 'Life', and stamp on top left corner to balance design.
dot Attach ribbons to your front and back cover.
(I did not embellish much on the pages, as I prefer the prints of the pattern paper to stand out.)
dot Just stamp and place embellishments to your liking.
dot Tie strips of ribbons round the ring.
dot Hope you enjoy this project! I know I did!

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Check out our gallery page, email me if there is any particular project you woulld like to learn. I will try to share with you as soon.

Canvas Book

You need to do this with your children.

What you need

dot 2 pieces of 6.5"x 8.5" chipboard dot 2 pieces of 7.5" x 9.5" canvas dot 2 pieces of 6.25" x8.25" canvas dot 2 pieces of cut- out fabric with kids graphics dot 2 cut-out felt shapes dot proxy stickers dot letterings stickers dot glittery glue dot glue dots dot assortment of colourful ribbons dot 2 rings dot craft glue dot eyelets and eyelet setter(optional) dotmod podge dot sponge brushdot hole puncher dot acrylic paint- buttermilk.ashley-scrap


dot Paint all the canvas with buttermilk .
dot Apply mod podge evenly on chipboard and adhere the bigger canvas over.
dot Cut the 4 end corners of the canvas at a 45 degree about 1/8" away from the board corners.
dot Score edges of canvas with a stylus. Glue the edges down to the inside of the book cover.
dot Attach the smaller canvas on the inside front cover.
dot Repeat the steps for the back cover.
dot Use a heavy duty hole puncher, punch 2 holes.
dot With an eyelet setter, set eyelets on the top of the punched hole, ( over a mat) turn over and firmly strike with a hammer 2 or 3 times till the hole is cut clearly.
dot Now comes the most interesting steps- decorate- paste the graphics with craft glue.
dot Decorate with proxy stickers, cut- out shapes, glitter glue and tie ribbons round the rings.
dot If stickers do not stick too well, apply a coat of varnish over.

Scroll- Container

scroll-containerWhat you need

dot mod podge dot pattern paper, choose a stripped and floral design dot scroll container dot assortment of buttons dot lacy ribbon and silk ribbon dot cut-out flower dot4 brads


dot Use a string to measure the diameter of the cylinder.scroll-top
dot Cut out the required size for both the top and bottom of container.
dot Apply mod podge evenly on scroll and paste pattern paper over, making sure that there is no bubbles.
dot Decorate the cover with buttons.
dot Decorate the surface with brads , buttons and ribbons.

I bought this scroll for only S$2. You can also customise our own scroll by using recycled kitchen scroll.

Shadow box


What you need

dot mod podge dot pattern paper, choose floral design,one with darker print and another with lighter print dotbox 5.5"x 7.75" dot buttons dot lacy ribbon and silk flowerdot cut-out owl dot stamped "love you" dot acrylic paint- Decoart dusty rose dot pop dots dot glue tape dot acrylic to fit as cover dot double sided tape


dot Paint the inner sides and back of box with dusty rose. Let dry. Refer to tips on painting on wood.
dot Cut the darker print pattern paper to about 7"x 5" to fit inside of box.
dot Choose the lighter print, cut strips to fit the 4 sides of box and also another piece 2"x 5".
dot Apply mod podge, and paste all the pattern paper , one at a time. Wipe off the excess with kitchen towel.
dot Decorate with silk flowers and owl; raise them with pop dots.
dot I use my left over letterings for "mum"
dotThe space is for photo.
dotCover the box with the fitted acetate, and secure with double sided tape.
dot Decorate with lace or ribbon of your choose.

Mini Die- cut book

watering-canThis die-cut watering can is actually a mini wooden die-cut.

dot Select 4 pattern paper that has small prints.
dot Trace the outlines of the watering- can over the 4 different print pattern paper. Cut them with a sharp scissors.
dotApply a thin layer of mod podge, and paste the pattern paper (which you chose as front cover ) over the mini wooden die-cut.
dotApply glue tape on the " handle " of the watering can and paste the 2nd page over. Do the same for page 3 and 4.
dot Embellish with prima flowers, mini buttons and eproxy. Tie the " handle " with assortment of ribbons.
dot I clipped a tiny felt birdie on the inside pages.