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Topic: betsy~tacy book journal (w/pocket and bookmark)  (Read 3397 times)
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« on: November 16, 2004 05:47:09 AM »

Yesterday I wanted to try making a book journal, due to seeing all the cool people at craftster.org make them. At my school library they have a few old books for sale for ten cents, and I found a Betsy~Tacy book there. I loved the Betsy-Tacy books when I was little, and this one was the original cover, published in 1940.

http://whymsical.com/crafty/book.jpg

This took me around three or four hours to make, but I adore how it came out. I don't have a "before" photo, but it looked basically the same, except it had that gross plasticy covering thing that the libraries put on. I just ripped that off, glued the paper cover to the book, and modge podged it for protection. It was really easy to rip out the pages, since the book was falling apart anyway. I cut out a thin rectangle from a record sleeve and glued it to the spine for extra support.

I glued ribbon to the sides so I could tie it and one thin ribbon on the spine for a bookmark.

http://whymsical.com/crafty/book2.jpg
For the inside cover, I cut out all the ADORABLE illustrations from the book, and modge podged them together onto cream-colored cardstock.

http://whymsical.com/crafty/book3.jpg
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In the middle of the book, I added a pocket (since this will be an idea journal, and I always scribble down things on random scraps of paper, I wanted a place I could keep them all together) by folding a piece of cream colored cardstock and sewing it up on the bottom and side. Then I glued two of the larger illustrations on each side

http://whymsical.com/crafty/book5.jpg
This was done the same way as the front inside cover- a modge podge of the illustrations.

http://whymsical.com/crafty/booktools.jpg
These are some of the materials I used... contained in my shnazzy record bowls.

http://whymsical.com/crafty/book6.jpg
Bye bye!

I can post a tutorial if you guys want, but I think it's pretty self-explanatory...
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arabella
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2004 08:37:08 AM »

it's great!  I love how you kept the Betsy-tacy theme throughout.  It looks great.  I know you are going to be so happy every time you use it!

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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2004 10:23:30 AM »

You did a fabulous job!!!!!  It looks really great! 
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2004 05:13:31 PM »

a tutorial would be grand!
 i love this book!
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2004 09:10:53 PM »

That is so cute!  Oh, how I miss those books.  I used to have early editions of all the best ones (aka before they grow up, lol)
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2004 01:18:53 PM »

i love!!! i was a big fan of those books, since my name is betsy! that is adorable! i love the little pocket!
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2004 08:35:35 PM »

A toutorial would be cool, cause i've been wanting to make a book like that for some time.

I love it!
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2005 01:49:41 PM »

This beautiful journal would be the only way I would allow someone to take apart a BT book!! I loved BT and had all the books.  Great work of art you've made there
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2005 01:58:49 PM »

Oo Betsy-Tacy!  I love this theme and the idea of the middle pocket.  It's cute and functional Smiley
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