The current theme on the Art 'n' Soul Flickr group is to alter a coaster or beer mat to the theme of 'Autumn/fall or nature'.
Here are the two coasters I used which I changed into covers for a little book which holds a mini sized post it note pad.
I cut the coasters into rectangles measuring approximately 3 inches wide by 2 and half inches long. I then coloured them on both sides with brown acrylic paint. Once dry, I rubber stamped a pretty floral garland on and then embossed it with three autumnal colours.
I attached the two covers by punching holes into the top and threading and knotting some garden twine through for a rough and rustic look.
Then came the bit I enjoyed the most - making autumn leaves with scraps of leather which I first ran though some embossing folders to give added texture, then cut to shape using the 'Tattered Leaves' sizzix die from the Tim Holtz Alterations range. I stuck one of the leaves on the front cover (with E6000 adhesive) and tied the other two onto the side of the book with more of the garden twine.
On the back cover instead of using one of the leather leaves, I stuck on a metal one left over from the ATC I made the other day (waste not, want not!)
I kept the inside plain - and of course stuck in the mini post it note pad!
I may just have to make another one now to keep for myself!