Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Books on my mind

Up until about a year and a half ago, I occasionally made a journal/gluebook out of vintage and new papers, torn and cut, with the occasional tag and envelope (to tuck things into), using cardstock as covers. I made about 10 of them, like this one. They did quite well, although they weren't cost-effective: too much work for too little return. Still, there was the pleasure factor (I love making things that I would want for myself).



This book had some damage in the interior, so cut out the pages I could use, detached the covers, and created another journal/gluebook. It has some funky old Cunard Shipping Lines ephemera, and an old, used trunk tag, with the passenger's name written on the back, whose string you can see at the top. While the earlier ones looked new, this one looks old, like something a great-aunt may have passed down to you. The idea is to add to it; some pages you can write notes on, others you can glue things on, and there are a couple of heavy pieces of printing paper to draw or paint on.

9 comments:

  1. what a wonderful idea. I've been keeping my hands on a wonderful looking book that is simply titled "The Classroom Teacher". The inner pages are only an index to some sort of set of encyclopedias or somesuch, and was wooooondering what to do with it for myself...this may be a really great idea - pages from other things and envelopes and such...Thank you for sharing!

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  2. YOU are just so clever - your creations always touch a special part of my soul x0x0

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  3. Fabulous. I see these tucked in an ancient bureau wrapped in light blue tissue and a lace ribbon. They are full of the mystery and beauty of an artist and writer waiting to be discovered. They look so old and have "place". You are a true romantic soul!

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  4. These are fabulous!!! Your blog is fabulous!!! I love your art style and have been looking at everything you have done in your past entries. I have tons of old books and would love to do this with some of them.. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I have free image Tuesdays at my place. Stop on by and copy away:)

    Jamie

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  5. This book is delicious and so is the fabric one below...I love your creations and all the joy and magic you put in to them.
    XOXO

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  6. You are making such wonderful art Colette! Love this book and the one below. Just beautiful....

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  7. The top image is my favorite, I like how you photo-ed it as well.

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  8. Fantastic! Your creativity knows no bounds. xo

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  9. Hi there colette, it's lauren!!!

    I am now the proud owner of that little hand made "Lummox" journal, and i will certainly have some fun adding my distinctiveness to it. So many ideas in my head, I even like the smaller ones up higher on your blog, what a cute idea!

    Love,
    Lauren :)

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