Thursday

a great idea...

Last week Cathy Holden posted a wonderful idea for creating with an old book- 'deconstruct' it and make some pockets. Her instructions are fantastic so I'm just going to tell you that you've absolutely got to check it out here.
I just happened to have one of those old Readers Digest books in my stash- I'd bought it because I liked the fabric cover.
I wasted no time tearing out pages in sections (to make room for additional work on pages and so the book stays somewhat flat).
A template for the pocket was made from a piece of chipboard... I traced it onto the first page in each section and then cut along the line holding the entire section together. That way I only needed to make one cut and they were all exactly the same.
Using my sewing machine, I stitched along the pocket top edge first, then along the entire page edge (top, side and bottom) to include the pocket flap.
I won't kid you- it took a little practice. My first few sections certainly don't look fabulous (somehow Cathy's did but the woman is magic) and I figured that a lot of the imperfection would be covered with collage anyway.
When it was done I had a nice little book with 6 pockets sewn into it.
Out came the collage supplies again and I was off and running (or maybe I should say 'I was off and cutting and gluing')...
I'll show you my first collage page on the next post!

3 comments:

Paper Squirrel said...

What a cool idea! I have TONS of Reader's Digest books like this, but they were my mom's and I don't think that I can bring myself to alter them. She would say to do it, but still...
(BTW, my mom's still living! Just some childhood memories of her attached to those books.)

Kandys said...

Hey Terri, I have made several of these books and love everyone of them. They take a little time but well worth it. FYI...I pick up old used books at the flea market here for only a dollar apiece, all sizes. No attachment.....

Cindy said...

I saw that project too and being the book freak that I am, thought it looked fun, but very tricky. Looks like you pulled it off quite nicely my friend!

c

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