Many of you know that I volunteer for the Friends of the Library, and transform the books leftover after their annual book sale into altered books by cutting them into shapes
or making book safes out of them.
In looking for a way to use the pages cut out of the center of the book safes, we found BOOK FLOWERS! I don't know where I saw them, and efforts to find the original inspiration have failed, but these are the PERFECT way to use those old pages.
Start by cutting circles out of your pages (use a punch if you have one for smaller blooms, or fancy edged scissors for the larger blooms)
Stack them on top of each other, turning the print so that it doesn't run the same direction on all the layers.
Staple an X in the middle.
Start wadding the topmost layer up, and then each layer underneath it, and then loosen the wadded up paper to open the blossom.
They can be hot glued to hair bands or hair clips or to pins to make brooches:
This one was cut with deep lobes to make a different kind of bloom.
Lisa Vollrath at Ten Two Studios is offering her Christmas countdown again this year, posting a new free sheet of images each day until Christmas, with December 1st's (today's) offering being vintage postcards (I love me some vintage!) They are linkware.
It's Friends of the Library Book Sale time here in central Texas, and my library loving, book loving crafty-buds, Louise and Donna, and I have taken yucky binders donated to the Friends earlier in the year that they were going to THROW OUT!, and turned them into Ephemera holders, to turn back into the Friends to re-sell them.
Start with this yucky, but very sturdy binder:
And decoupage the covers like this:
And add in some ziplock bags with STUFF Ephemera in them,
and maybe there will be crafty folks like us who will actually buy our beautiful ephemera holders to put their OWN stuff ephemera in, and thereby keep our beloved library running smoothly.
We also did Book Safes
and our Wonderful Cut/ Shaped books as usual (Can you make out the Alamo in the back?)
Now if ONLY I could figure a good use for those children's filmstrips! The sale doesn't actually start until Friday...I have PLENTY of time before then, right?
I've loved the looks of the paper beads I've seen, but after laboring oer a pitiful number of them, I asked DH for what he could do.
The beads, after trying the new tools:
A little closer:
These two tools work GREAT for rolling those paper triangles into beads, and both are from scavenged supplies. One is from cutting a 1" slit into a very small diameter brass tube (probably leftover from some model airplane or something) and then seating the tiny pipe straight into a wooden dowel with gorilla glue.... the other is basically the plastic straw from the inside of a Windex spray bottle that has had a slit cut into it, a much more primitive, but still effective as all get out, bead roller (I ran a red marker along the slit so that you could see it better- the straw from the inside of a spray bottle is very narrow and very strong):
You just position the paper triangle's base into the slot
Roll it up until the last 2 inches or so, and apply a line of glue
And roll it up the rest of the way... hold it shut for a second or two and then slide the bead off the "spindle" into a bowl or tray to dry completely...
I've been experimenting with sealing by dipping strands of them into a can of varnish and hanging them on the fence to dry:
Having the right tools increased my production about eight fold! I can hardly believe that I made all of these in just a few days, as opposed to the dozen or so I made in about 2 hours (OK, I was a beginner, but STILL!)
Each day before Mar 17 she'll add another page of images, and so far they look wonderfully vintage. I wouldn't be surprised if she will throw in some ATC backgrounds and decorations for tags before it's all over.
Then I tried some other tee shirts that were in pretty sad shape. And THEN I broke out some sweet lavender soft cotton knit, and made hats for Baby Clara AND her big sister, and then, I thought, wellll.... I had plenty more soft knit, so I made one for their mom, too!
The pinky-peach colored one actually has THREE antennas, but they don't show in the picture
And it's all I can do to not keep making them until the world looks level!!!! But it's not very cold here in Texas, and I think winter is just about over for us, so with great reluctance, I may put this project on hold, and divert my fun to concentrate on some summer frocks for the girls
Want to Get Crafty? Frugal Media's is looking to start an Altered-Book/ Book-Crafting group.
As a seller of used books we get a lot of old books that we cant sell and that local charities don't want so we usually recycle them but we thought it might be cool to recycle them in new fun ways like making magnets, buttons, Journals, Wallets, Purses what ever you can think of!
First Couple of Alt Book Meetings will be:
Wednesday January 28th 3pm Sunday January 31st 3pm & Wednesday February 11th 3pm Sunday February 14th 3pm
Bring your own supplies! Here is a suggested list of what to bring: -Scissors -Elmer's/White glue or Gorilla glue -Sewing supplies -Hot Glue gun/ hot glue -X-acto Knife or similar cutting blade -Magic Marker, paints, pens, colored pencils, or stuff to scribble on/decorate paper with. -Blank or ruled paper if you want to make a journal -Decoupage glue if you'll need it
And don't forget to bring anything you want to collage/ decoupage with images from old books, like, a Pre-made blank journal, a picture frame, magnets, or an old jewelry box!
We'll supply the books!
If you've never seen an Altered Book here's a link to a Google image search of "Altered Books" What is an "Altered Book"?
Or check out one of MY favorite ideas, one I am definitely going to attempt! YouTube Video from CurblyVideo on how to make a Hardcover book into a Purse. CurblyVideo