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« on: June 05, 2006 01:57:32 PM »

I lucked onto a batch of about a dozen tiny board books, approx. 2"x3", and want to start doing things with them - my instinct is to paint all of them with white gesso to give me a blank starting point.  Does that make sense?  I'm also a little concerned about how much I can do to a page without making the whole thing too bulky - they don't have a lot of wiggle room between the thick pages.

(I also picked up a lovely copy of a "Pictorial Medical Guide" from 1956 that is hilarious/scary - topics like "Preparing for Womanhood" and "Sexual Hygiene."  It will make perfect fodder for a little revising...)
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2006 11:27:51 AM »

Have you ever done any digital scrapbooking? For Mother's Day, I made my mom a miniature scrapbook of her kids and grandkids that was bound with ribbon and enclosed in an altered Altoid Tin. She carries it in her purse and she can look at it or show off her grandkids anytime in a bit more interesting setting than just having photos in a plastic sleeve. These board books would be perfect for that sort of thing, and if you did the scrapping digitally and then decoupaged them on the pages, they'd be flat so the book would still close properly. It would be great for a mom or grandma, and I've been thinking of doing a "Best Friends" one for my sister with pics of the two of us in it. You could enclose the board books in a little drawstring bag or tie it up with a pretty ribbon to protect the pages when it's rattling around in a purse. Just an idea. HTH!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2006 12:45:20 PM »

WHat a fun size. I've done several altered board books and they can handle quite a bit. You can either sand the pages to remove the slick surface, cover them with gesso (like you mentioned) or gently peel off the top layer of paper. I usually do the second or third depending on the book. Some book pages peel easily and it will leave a textured cardboard surface.

have fun and post what you do. I'd love to see them.

p.s: would you be interested in a personal swap of one or two of those books?
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2006 04:37:37 AM »

p.s: would you be interested in a personal swap of one or two of those books?

Do you mean swapping the "raw materials" or after I've done something with them?   Smiley
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I meant the raw materials Smiley
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