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« on: July 24, 2003 05:22:14 PM »

I made this as a gift for a friend who's a Madonna fanatic.

materials:

  • blank sketch book
  • old album
  • spray mount
  • paper cutter or X-acto knife and ruler


Spray mount takes some getting used to.  You should use it outside and place all of the materials on newspaper.  Be sure to change the newspaper between every step in this project or you may end up getting some residual glue stuck to the sketchbook like I did -- and that does not scrape off!

It's nice and permanent but once you lay something down, it adheres instantly and there's now moving it around.  So if you don't lay it down exactly straight, you're kinda screwed.


















Materials for a material girl.
Cut out a piece of the cover that's slightly smaller than the sketchbook cover.  Spray mount it to the front.
Then I cut a piece the same size from the record sleeve.  This happened to be the lyrics for the album.  Spray mount this to the inside back cover.  Remember to change the newspaper between spray mounting.
Then I cut another piece from the record sleeve.  Spray mount this to the inside back cover.


Now, what to do with the record?...

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2003 03:14:41 PM »

What to do with the record? How 'bout this super-easy record bowl from Get Crafty?

http://www.getcrafty.com/read/craft/features/recordbaking/index.html

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2003 12:54:29 AM »

Nice journal.
What to do with the record?

Paint it and put a clock mechanism through it. Like this: http://www.barsottidesigns.com/Gallery/home_decor/index.html
page down to the clocks. See Boy & Shoe Clocks, 60s Chicks, & Coffee & book clock.

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2003 02:47:07 AM »

sincerelyme, those record clocks look fabulous!  Any advice on what kind of paint?  It's hard to tell from the picture--are the grooves still visible through the paint?
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2003 05:32:23 AM »

Jamby,
I just used acrylics. I coated the record first with white acrylic paint then just had at it. It's easy to make the center hole just a tad larger by using an exacto knife. Just put the blade in as far as it will go and gently remove enough so that the clock works will fit through. If the clock gets handled, coat it with a clear sealer.

The grooves are slightly visible. It all depends on how thickly you lay on the paint and if you sand between coats. Often times I would have to take one down to show the viewer that it was, indeed, an lp.
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2003 09:18:40 PM »

great idea!

i just covered some books i got from the dollar store with cheap records from a thrift store [luckily i work there and got 4 for $1.05 and the books at the dollar store were a dollar each]

i just used hot glue tho cause i didnt have any spray adhesive.

thanks for the idea!

here are my books if you wanna see


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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2003 06:15:00 AM »

hey jordy.

those look great!

I keep trying to come up with uses for record covers because I often see such nice ones so cheap.

thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2003 09:37:21 AM »

I'm actually obsessed with old LP art and with making these but I don't cover an existing journal I make one.

I cut the album down and mod podge it to make it glossy/keep it from scuffing further --  I'm still learning to perfect this and would love some advice on what grit sanding to use with mod podge. I use the back cover of the album for the back of the journal.

I then select some acid-free cardstock to create the pages and take it to Kinko's or Staples for binding. They've messed up several of mine so be as specific as possible with the person doing the binding.

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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2003 11:32:11 AM »

isadora,

Those "bound" journals look great!  Mind if I ask how much they cost to have bound (with paper and all)?
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2003 02:38:31 PM »

Honestly, it depends on the size of the binding but it's surprisingly cheap! Staples is crazy cheap (less than $2) but my local store doesn't have the most creative of staff. They kind of screwed a couple of mine up! I wish they'd let me go in back and do it myself! Smiley

I've learned that most binding places don't want to fiddle with centering the cover (I was cutting it oversized) and I've decided to stop doing that to make screw-ups less likely.

The most expensive part is buying a high quality cardstock (I hate cheap paper!) & the hardest part is finding the best finish for the LP itself (I'm still working on that part).
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