Has anyone tried to paint a Sn@p Binder?

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Posted 10/7/2013 by Wandalicious in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 325,126
June 2007
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Posted: 10/7/2013 2:07:06 AM
Last year I used a Simple Stories (Sn@p) binder in red for my December Daily and it came out SO CUTE. This year, I have a brown one that I won, and I am considering using it for my December Daily again, but I'm wondering if I could paint the fabric spine (either white or silver?) I don't know if anyone has tried this and I'm wondering what type of paint to use since the fabric part is already a pretty dark brown. Spray paint? Primer? Acrylic? Any ideas out there or examples from anyone that has done this?

Thanks in advance!



PeaNut 36,328
April 2002
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Posted: 10/7/2013 6:44:05 AM
Hi. I haven't painted a Sn@p Binder, but I've painted the spines of BoBunny Barenaked binders. The spines on those are a natural color canvas and easy to paint. I used fabric paint from the craft store (M's), found in the t-shirt/fabric decorating area. If yours is brown to start with, you might have to paint it white first (maybe a couple of coats) and then silver or whatever color you decide on. You can also buy a "fabric medium" that lets you turn any acrylic paint into fabric paint. Have fun. Maria


PeaNut 3,602
April 2000
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Posted: 10/8/2013 3:25:47 PM
The Martha Stewart paint works on fabric.

Like pcfrn said, to turn a dark color to something light might require a lot of coats of paint. What about adding some pearl or sparkle paint to the brown to be seasonal?

Christi in MA

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October 2001
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Posted: 10/8/2013 6:24:41 PM
I think I would mod-podge some paper over it. Like Christmas paper or polka dots.

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PeaNut 292,044
January 2007
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Posted: 10/8/2013 6:40:21 PM
I reckon you could use gesso to cover the existing spine and then you could pain over anything you like
Gesso is really sticky and will easily cover smooth surfaces,fabric or whatever


PeaNut 325,126
June 2007
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Posted: 10/10/2013 9:34:24 PM
So here's what I think I will do - Gesso first, as a kind of primer, then probably some paint, then a final coat in whatever color I want. The MS sounds good and there are lots of pretty colors. I thought about Mod Podge, but I'm too afraid to put paper on top of the fabric and have it peel up later.

I did realize that I am over thinking this - if it turns out ugly, I can always buy another binder. Geez.

Thanks for your help - I will post pics when I try this!


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Posted: 10/10/2013 9:48:41 PM
If the fabric is the same inside maybe you could do a test spot on the inside back cover. Hope you find a solution that works

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