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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / I'm altering a book for the first time, and I have questions! on: July 19, 2012 04:52:14 PM
Okay, so I'm trying to help a friend make a prop book for a costume, and I'm up-cycling an old book we had lying around to do it. For this project, I need to: paint the cover, apply a new cover image, and hollow out some pages to make it lighter.

Thankfully, the cover is a smooth one, like that of a textbook. So I don't have to deal with any embossed text, but because it's got that laminate over it, I'm just not exactly sure what type of paint to use. For most crafts I do acrylic paints, but will that stick? Should I sand the cover down a little to make the paint stick better, or is there a different paint that I should use instead?

For the image, I know I want to use Mod-Podge, but what would be the best type of paper? A regular printer paper, photo paper, card stock? I've used Mod-Podge before but that was for labeling bottles, so although I have no problems with how to use it, I'm just wary of what type of paper I should use.

Finally, for hollowing it out, I was thinking of hollowing all the pages, glueing the edges together into two sets, and then inserting some "fake" pages on heavy card-stock paper so that she can open the book to a predetermined page with accurate text, so that it looks legit when it's open rather than the image-heavy book I'm using. I don't think this will be an issue, but what should I use to glue everything? Will Mod-Podge work?

Thanks for any help!
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