Last month I mentioned that I was playing with books, thanks to the book by the same name by Jason Thompson. Completing the projects in this book requires plenty of cutting, tearing, and disemboweling poor, unloved books that have been discarded, thus bringing them new life in a different form.
One of the first projects I completed was a business card holder.
I like the look of the folded pages, but I’m not particularly impressed with its usefulness as a business card (or any other type of card) holder. I thought it might be a fun way to display some of the beautiful postcards from recent swaps, but you can’t put any in front of the halfway point, or they dangle forward in a way that prevents you from seeing the front of them. I almost think it works best as a piece of “book sculpture.”
Being the postcard fan that I am, I loved this next simple project I completed:
One place on the internet said that you cannot send postcards with rounded corners in the USPS, but the woman at our post office didn’t seem to know what I was talking about when I asked her about it.
My most recent favorite project was the book blossoms.
I thought at first that this project wasn’t going to look like much, but when I finished the flowers and put them in some bottles that I had decorated with vintage papers and stamps, I really liked the look. I ended up sending one to Sylvia for the Stamping Ground PiF two weeks ago.
I’ve always failed miserably when I’ve tried origami. For the life of me, I have never been able to follow those pictures of folds to create anything that looks like anything. Thompson’s book has a dimensional circle ornament that isn't exactly origami, but I thought maybe I would finally be able to complete a paper-folding project.
Besides the circles for this last project, I cut a bunch of butterflies, which I used for cards and sewing machine practice.
I then used some of them for Mollie C. Greene’s Immobile Mobile project in Thompson’s book.
I have started the book jacket billfold project; I have the book cover laminated on cardstock and ready to fold and sew.
And then there’s the book page tote.
And the paper beads.
And the pocket book (I already have a copy of Black Beauty picked out for that one!).
Playing With Books is likely to keep me busy for quite some time!