If you are a crafter – you are, aren’t you… you know what CHA is… The Craft & Hobby Association will hold it’s annual summer convention in Chicago. I’ll be attending as a volunteer for Scrapbook Royalty, a California non-profit that specializes in coordinating events for charitable crafters, artists and retailers. Click the link to the right to learn more about SBR. There will be an exciting announcement to come in the next few days regarding SBR. It’s sure to be a super fun trip to Chicago, but tiring both to the body and the mind. Lots of talking and lots of hard work goes into staffing a booth and setting up a “Super Crop”. Looking forward to meeting new artists and friends!
Can’t wait to see what they have in their “luggage” at CHA in Chicago!
Did ya think I forgot about the vintage book plate project? No, just enjoying the Jaws Log!! 🙂
Okay, you’ve had time to gather your supplies, right? Let’s focus on the flower.
There are many ways you can create the paper flowers. Here’s one, and it’s super easy.
Take several pages from the old book you’re using for this project. Stack the papers and freehand cut a large circle (really it’s several circles) from the middle of the papers. Punch a small hole in the center and add a small brad to hold the circles together. You can always change out the brad later with a more decorative brad or old button.
Now take the scissors and randomly create notches (pointed triangles look nice) around the edge of the circles. Once you have some notches), turn the paper circles and curl up the edges so the circle begins to resemble a flower with curled petals. You’ll want to ink the edges of the paper flower to create depth and continue curling until you have a dimensional flower shape. Maybe you’ll need to add additional layers. It depends on how full you want the flower to be.
Keep in mind, you can stagger colored or patterned paper in between the layers of book pages for a multi-colored look. When you have the “perfect” custom flower, brush on Modge Podge to give the flower some stability. You can use acrylic paint, but that will cover the page text. You might water down the paint with water for a shabby bleached look. The paint/MP will help the “petals” stay curled. Now locate a decorative brad or other a cool old button for the center and glue it on. Another center that looks really cool is fine gauge wire. Just poke it through the hole from the back. Wind the wire around a pencil to form a curly center. Cut the end of the wire and glue it to the back of the flower.
Cut words or a phrase from the remaining book pages. That will be the little phrase you glue to the front of the book. Use ribbon, chipboard shapes and letters to finish the book. I’ll post a couple of photos of some samples soon. You can hang these from a wine bottle or door handle. They make a nice attachment to a gift bag for your favorite friend too.
Among the alternate titles for this bestselling thriller of the 1970s were A Silence in the Water, Leviathan Rising, and (suggested by the author’s famous humorist father – LOVE IT) What’s That Noshin on my Laig? Guess the actual title.
Well, it’s my all time favorite movie and one that I’ve viewed more times than ANY other movie, including The Black Stallion – du, duh, du duh… Jaws.
Yes, I’ve seen Jaws more times than any other movie, and I’ve read the book several times. Okay, so I’m a nerd! I’m really just stuck in the 70s, I love a good, bloody thriller (on the screen and in binding) and Great White sharks are one of my completely irrational fears. Like I’m going to run into one of those in the middle of Iowa’s sea of corn. Land Shark! (SNL)
I just purchased The Jaws Log: 30th Anniversary Edition by Carl Gottlieb, screenwriter for the film. Guess you know what I’ll be reading pool-side this next weekend… snap, snap!
Making a “Vintage Book Greeter”
Sample shown below
Visit your local antique store for old books, buttons, costume jewelry and ephemera. Choose items that you like – that speak to your style. Get an old Book – any size, any condition – just make sure it has at least one cover (front or back) that you can remove. I like to dig through antique stores for reasonably priced vintage children’s books (I rarely pay more than $2 for a book). Children’s story books and readers often contain colorful pictures that can be used for additional projects. Head’s up… you’re going to take apart the book, so don’t use a favorite from childhood that you plan to pass down to others!
Separate the cover from the pages. Don’t worry about tearing the binding or any messy strings or glue that pull out. Depending on your style, you may want to keep some of the bindery strings intact. If not, you can snip them off with scissors.
If there are special interior pages/images that you’d like to keep for other craft projects, remove them and set aside. Cut the front cover away from the spine and do the same for the back cover of the book. You’ll end up with a cover, a spine and a back cover – three indivisual pieces.
Set aside the spine and the back cover. Choose a page from the book that would make a nice backing for the cover. Use a strong paper adhesive to glue the page on the back of the cover and brayer over the paper to smooth out any bumps.
Now, search in your stash for ribbon, buttons and embellishments that will coordinate with the color/style of your book cover. Don’t be afraid to mix old and new!
For next time… vintage handmade flowers and choosing a phrase. Ready for some fun?
In the meantime, check out Ruth Rae’s book Layered, Tattered & Stitched: A Fabric Art Workshop at your public library or local independent bookstore. It’s full of ideas for mixed media artists.
What can you do with an old book? Hmmm? Lots of potential for re-purposing a book! Check back and I’ll show you some ideas. Coming soon….
In the meantime, have you seen the award winning documentary “Man on Wire”? It’s the story of Philippe Petit who captured the world’s attention in 1974 when he successfully walked across a high wire between New York’s Twin Towers. Fascinating story and well done documentary!
This blog is has been in place for a couple of weeks, but the newness is wearing off. It’s time. Time to get busy, posting ideas, giveaways and referrals for creative types. Of course you may see a random photo of the little ones in my life, including Brody – French Bulldog extraordinaire!
So, who likes to reinvent/embellish every day items around the house? Do you…you? Feel like I do!
Admittedly, this file folder is not your typical manila file folder. It came with the wonderful black and white damask exterior and a pop of pink on the inside. Note to self: those label stickers will work on another craft project upstairs.
Anyway, grab a file folder – any folder. Add pockets, punch a border, weave ribbons, affix photos, whatever strikes your fancy. Make yourself a really cool, custom portfolio. I took a slightly worn album sleeve from a, yes, a Peter Frampton album (imagine that!) and incorporated it into this folder. The stage lights and worn corners were perfect against the crisp damask pattern. Note the binder clip in shiny silver under the polka dot ribbon. Grab those office supplies and put them in the project; who knew they could be so cool!
I’ve picked up several more albums – Aerosmith’s Toys in the Attic, some ZZ Top, and others. More portfolios to come. Want one, but don’t have “glitter fingers”? Request a portfolio of your favorite artist by sending me an email.