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Eartian
« on: September 30, 2008 05:07:09 AM »

Anyways, so I found someone's old art book in the trash at school. I don't usually dig in the trash, if you're wondering, but this book was sticking out and practically ASKING me to take it. There were a ton of empty pages inside, so it would have been a waste to leave it in there anyways.  Wink











At first, I was going to give it to my sister; she likes sketching and started drawing in it right away. Then, I kind of fell in love with it and couldn't stop imagining how great it would be as a fabric covered journal. And by covering it with fabric, I could get rid of the icky paint splatters and pen marks on the cover!

But there were a few things in my way. For one, how would I remove the used pages? I can't just rip them out, can I? Will I have to take apart the book?

Also, there are some papers glued on the insides of the covers. I want to take them off, but I don't want to peel them and rip up the paper. Will I have to risk ripping the paper or just find some new endpapers?

Also, this is sort of an OCD thing, but I just NEED to get rid of the paint on the pages! I'd like it to be completely "clean" on the outside.

(I've got more questions, but I can't seem to remember them right now...)

I'm not really sure how I'm not going to do this, so any help is appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2008 07:14:42 AM »

maybe I'm wrong but isnt part of the charm of this book that it has already been used?
theres no real point trying to return it to its shop pristine self.
I say embrace the life its already had. Grin
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Eartian
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2008 11:41:48 AM »

maybe I'm wrong but isnt part of the charm of this book that it has already been used?
theres no real point trying to return it to its shop pristine self.
I say embrace the life its already had. Grin
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S

You're not the first person to tell me that!  Grin
And you're definitely not wrong. If this was a serious art book, I'd definitely give it more of a chance.
The reason I don't necessarily cherish this book in its used state is because the previous owner didn't do anything worth cherishing in it, if you know what I mean. This book was only used because art was a course requirement; there's no spirit in what's written there. It was tossed into the trash, for Pete's sake.
So, I guess I can say that I'm trying to give it a new life. Something I can relate to and make use of.
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mint_bijoux
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2008 07:28:42 PM »

maybe I'm wrong but isnt part of the charm of this book that it has already been used?
theres no real point trying to return it to its shop pristine self.
I say embrace the life its already had. Grin
regards
S

I was going to just quote this and say the same thing, but then I read your reply to it. I understand why you'd want to revamp something with no prior spirit or passion shown in it. Seeing as I am new to journal making myself I wouldn't know about your questions regarding ripping pages and removing the stains., but what I would do for the edges is draw over them with ink. It would probably bleed a little bit onto some on the pages when you open the book and look at them, but that's something I like, for some reason.
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BexyWoo
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2009 05:15:55 AM »

I just put paper/card etc over the existing pages and add to whats already there!

I have done the exact same thing: found a used sketch book.
What i have done is gathered together some interesting patterened paper and covered the bits that i don't like, this way you're not losing any of the pages

Hope thats helpful!
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