Here is what I've come up with!!
Nancy won't know what hit her, the Battle of Cute is on! So, how did I alter this comp book?
First, to create a base colour, I covered the front and back covers in strips of green washi tape, and with orange thread ('cause that's fun!) I went around the edges to prevent the washi from curling. I also stitched a doily on the front that was cut to fit. I used the same orange thread with some messy stitches.
The bunting was next and oh so fun!! I picked out my very favourite washi tape from my stash and folded over little strips to make the banner pieces. I cut a variety of shapes and then took them to my sewing machine. Now, here is where it helps to have a steady hand or teeny fingers. It's insane that I can't, for the life of me, sew a straight stitch on say something simple like a curtain hem, but I can stitch these bitty buntings together :D I made sure to leave lots of excess thread at the end of the stitching so I could make cute little trendy string messes at each end of the buntings.
Last, I wanted the binding to have a vintage book feel to it. After watching my boys tape their hockey sticks, I got an idea. Hockey tape is almost as cool as washi tape. They twist the tape up on itself, spiral it down the top of the stick and then tape over it. They say it's to get more grip, but I think it just looks cool!
So, I took this idea and used it on the spine of my book in 4 spots for that vintage binding look. I actually braided 3 twists to get them big enough. Then I covered it all with the blue flowered washi and I cut small strips of gold washi to go over just the 'bumps'.
You know, this only took about an hour to do... actually, it would have only taken an hour, but I originally used pink on the spine but it was too bright, so I ripped it all off and started again with the blue floral. :D
So here is the challenge for you:
1. Using only the supplies we used, washi tape, doilies and a sewing machine, alter the cover of a book (not necessarily a planner).
2. Post a link to it here or in the comments in Nancy's post at domesticraft.com before Feb 6th and you will be entered into a draw to win a spot in my Practically Perfect Planner class. Remember this is a 3 part challenge so the more challenges you participate in the more chances you get to win.
3. Sharing on social media will also earn you chances to win. Use the hashtag #practicallyperfect and come back here and let me know where you shared.
You can also get another chance to win a spot in my class at SarahShotts.com and while you are there you can check out my guest blog post there too!