Oh what fun we had yesterday at the Altered Books Class here at The Magic Shack!!! Glenise Ward of Stonebridge Lane is one of our favorite instructors who comes to share her own form of artistic magic with the students who flock to fill her classes. If you didn't make it to this class, be sure to contact Glenise via the link above to see when she will be teaching next. She never fails to inspire us with the creative use of old book covers and decorative papers and elements to design your own altered journals. I promised I would post a quick blog for all the ladies who attended on ways to use the inside pages of the book that are left after you remove the covers. I'm always saving ideas and especially love discovering new ways to recycle things into other useful items. Here are a few crafty ideas I've compiled that might inspire you too....
Oh me, oh my....I do love a cute birdhouse and this would be perfect for a spring vignette! Simple folds and the addition of a bit of lace and paper trim and paper flowers are all it takes to create this uber-cutey!
Simple Simon folded paper tealight holders!! These ones are done in a Christmas theme but you could easily change out the ribbon and stars for a different seasonal effect!
What a perfectly simple tabletop vignette! By folding the pages in half lengthwise, then placing on a vintage tray with a bit of greenery, you've got a perfect way to display your favorite greeting cards, feathers, or maybe even a small glittered paper bird tucked into the pages for instant impact. It would be so cute with a little birds nest nestled at the base for spring! Gotta make one of these for my dining room!
Add a little glitter to this cutie or a bit of watercolor and you've got the bird to tuck into the book vignette above! So cute!
Lol! Need I say more????
Simply stack your coverless books and wrap with stamped muslin ribbon and lace, add decorative hang tags, glue on vintage buttons to the spine or glue a strip of burlap along the spine and stamp it with a saying you especially love and you've got instant vintage charm that you can use as risers on your bookshelves to display framed prints, decorative bottles, a small pot of greenery or seashells...the possibilities are endless!
I just had to add this sweet little paper pear! Go to this FB link for the quick instructions on this pretty little craft! She colored the edges with watercolors and it just brings it to life! I can see this on a shelf in the dining room, maybe sitting on a stack of ironstone plates (one of my favorite collections, by the way). I could go on for days with the many things you can make out of book pages but I think you get the idea! So the next time you find yourself trapped inside on a cold or rainy day, pull out those leftover book pages and whip up a quick craft...and then write about it in the journal you created in "Sweet Glenise's" Altered Books Class!!! Come back tomorrow and read about our upcoming class scheduled for Feb. 18th from 2pm-4pm here at the Magic Shack! I'll be teaching the first class in our Patina Series, entitled "Rusty Crusty". You'll learn 2 different techniques on painting ordinary items make them look like the rusted vintage lovelies we all covet but can't necessarily afford!
I love levi's and flannel shirts with the sleeves rolled up. I love every opportunity to create unique furniture whether it's simply a repaint or a custom build project.
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Interstate 77 to exit 59 go East on Tomlin Mill Road 8 tenths of a mile, turn right on Fairmount Road, We are 1 mile on the Right.