Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Old Becomes New !

For this month's additions to the Emporium in Fredericksburg, I finally got around to working on some old books that I have been stashing away for a long time. I have never met a Used Book Sale that I could pass by and often I get some wonderful finds as no one else wants the beleaugered volumes that I am looking for!! All of these books were collected because I liked the vintage covers and most were totally falling apart. I took the covers off and in some cases saved the innards and then went to work collaging the cover boards. Above you see the spines of the three journals that are now for sale at the Emporium at Liberty Town. I have decided to call them "Begun Again Books".

I will show you the books from left to right corresponding to the spine shot above. This Journal is created again with my hand dyed fabrics and a piece of embossed Fabric/Paper. I can see this Journal being used for gardening notes. Each journal has three to four signatures with each signature (group of pages) covered by a hand painted paper that I created using a gesso resist technique. Each signature is stitched into the book with waxed linen thread and embellished on the spine with glass seed beads.

I covered the interior of the book covers with vintage sheet music and here you can see an example of the signature wrap sheets. Each wrap sheet was done with differnt colors and patterns depending upon the style that the old covers told me that they wanted to adopt.

This is the middle journal from the top picture. I love this cover! These are not easy to find but I am sure that this was left behind because it was barely attached to the block of pages and the pages were so damp that they were shredding at the slightest touch. But I had a vision and I am thrilled with the results. Oddly enough, the title of this book was "The Life Of Napoleon" Not what I would have expected from the beautiful floral embossing!!
For this Journal I used some soft floral upholstery scraps for the spine, accented it with some crimson crushed velvet bias cut fabric and then framed a piece fo Fabric/Paper. I added a smidgen of vintage tucking and lace, topped off by a beautiful carved Mother Of Pearl button.

This Blue Journal was a wonderful old volume fromoa set of Encyclopedias. The spine was again pretty much detatched , but it had this wonderful gold embossed lettering and design on it. I saved the spine embellishment and had to include a small piece of it here as a collage element. (bottom right corner ) I used all of my own hand dyed fabrics to refurbish this journal and also added a piece of Fabric/Paper that included a stamping of my hand carved bird . This journal has a special surprise on the back.

This is a pocket from a pair of jeans. I always save the pockets from old jeans!!!! I collaged the pocket with my fabric/paper technique and added it to the back of the journal as a working pouch for journaling tools or ephemera, to be added to the journal at a later date. This is my "Begun Again Pocket Journal".

I have many more sets of covers in various stages of doneness and I am working on several to add to my new Etsy shop that I hope to be relaunching in May!!
If ever you come across wonderful old books with fabulous covers, don't pass them by. You can refurbish them and create something wonderfully unique that has a purpose. Or you can send the covers to me!! I always accept wonderful tattered donations!!!!!
Happy Spring Weekend to all!!!


Jeannie said...

These are beautiful and would be wonderful to give as gifts to art friends. Thanks for the inspiration.

Patti G. said...

These journals are gorgeous and I am sure somoene will snatch them up right quick! The red one is my favorite.....but they are all wonnnnnnderful!Great job E!

Createology said...

Very clever and a great way to save an old book. Happy creating...

Jacky said...

Wonderful journals to record gardening thoughts, daily thoughts and that last one a great journal for a young person. The jean pocket is fun!
I'm sure they'll do well in the shop.

Jacky xox

p.s. love the previous post with the dyeing! Have that magazine, but havent had a play yet. I will find some time soon as it looks fantastic.

Marilyn Rock said...

These are sooooooooooooo gorgeous Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing! Love 'em! xxoo

Elizabeth Seaver said...

These are fabulous, E. What would Napoleon think??

Joella said...

WOW!!! I just happened to stumble across your blog and loving what I see so far:) I create mixed media pieces and have found your blog to be very inspirational! Thanks for Sharing...I'm your newest follower:)

Liz said...

What a great way to "reborn" old books! How cool to find one with an embossed cover. Did you try stamping or rubbing with it? Too lovely to cover up or modify.

Plays with Needles said...

Your Begun Again Books are marvelous! You are always so spirited and wonderful in everything you do! Love it all!

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth, hi! Thanks for stopping over at my blog. You're right about it getting hard to find scrapbook paper that's different. All the chains carry the same stuff. I have been getting downloads and yes, I collect old books and make copies of the images as long as the copyrights have expired. I love old books! They're getting harder to find too! At least where I live. But when I do find them here, they're pretty reasonably priced!

Thanks for the compliments!
Diane (who is doing NO Photoshop! LOL!)

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

So much eye candy! I would never have thought of adding beads to the spine where the signatures are sewn. Love all your special touches.

Ro Bruhn said...

Fabulous journals Elizabeth, making journals is one of my favourite pastimes as you probably already know.

Deborah said...

These are all beautiful!


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