Altered Book Accordion Art Journal

with Sandee Bartsch

Thursday, December 15, 2016
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The topic of this class is art journaling. 

In order to begin the practice of visual journaling; it is a good idea to have one place to keep your entries together.  Nothing sets a tone more than making your own art journal.

Rather than learning the intricate skills of bookbinding, to create your own journal, there is a shortcut, called, the ‘altered book.’

Simply put, an altered book is a hard cover book that is altered. This means, cutting, tearing, taping and gluing an old bought hard cover book. I know it sounds sacrilegious to do all of the above mentioned to a book, I look at it as bringing new life to an old worn out book. Just think of it a way to recycle or “out with the old, in with the new!”

This is a simple journal to make, great for beginners, that generates expert results. This journal is portable, versatile and fun to make!

Supplies to bring:

The main ingredient is:
  • An old hard covered book, with signatures sewn in the book pages. Hint: Find a hardcover book that has a sewn thread through the pages. Or, look at the top of the book. If you see a visible (small) space between the spine and the book pages, this would be a good book for altering.
Other materials:
  • Seam ripper
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Small self healing mat (8 ½ x 11)
  • X-acto knife
  • Old gift card
  • Metal ruler
  • Rag or baby wipes
  • 1-inch masking tape
  • Aleene’s original tacky Glue 
  • Washi Tape, or any other decorative tape, you may have on hand.

Due to allergies we request that attendees do not wear perfume or cologne to the workshop. Thanks for helping keep this a safe place to play for all.

Non-member drop-in fee is $10.

Please RVSP Sharron MacBride at OR use the below form if you are planning to attend so we can configure the room accordingly.




I'm not that artistic person. Every time that we have to submit our works in art class, I would either pass something ugly or pass nothing nothing at all. I'm not good at color combinations and patterns. My art journal is a mess but I keep on creating something that comes to my mind. I believe that art is not about having a presentable drawing but it's about expressing yourself.

12/29/2016 7:51am

I believe that this is a creative and resourceful way to create an art journal. The materials needed also seem cheap and easy to find. However, I don't have a need for such an object. I do know some people who would definitely be able to maximize its use. I hope you can post more creative guides to other useful objects as well.

01/03/2017 11:11pm

It's really an interesting idea, I never thought it before. A very nice article!

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