Friday, March 25, 2011

friday creative

so as you can imagine i'm feeling super excited to be creative in my new workspace and my adorable friend heidi fay sent me a picture of this really cute project made by kelly rae roberts (see it here). i thought, "oh that's cute, i'll have to make it sometime." but then i was unpacking and found an old making memories idea book called beyond attachments (an oldie but a goodie) and there was a very cool and very similar project inside from jennifer jensen. and well that seemed like a sign so i had to make one! so here is my own vintage book
-vintage book
-craft knife
-straight edge (like a metal ruler)

how to:
-use a craft knife & metal edge to carefully cut a square from the cover of your book (i cut out a 5x5 square).
-then cut 5-10 inside pages approx. a 1/2 smaller than your cover was cut (my inside pages are about a 4.5x4.5 square) and you might want to rip a few pages out first like the title page, so text will actually be showing.
-sand the edges of the cover and pages for a fun distressed look if desired.
-crop your photo to fit (i cropped my 5x7 to a 5x5).
-place your photo under the text pages and tie book shut with ribbon, leaving decorative knots/bows on front or hiding under an embellishment like a pin. (you could also adhere the photo inside the book and skip the ribbon if you wanted).
-ta-da! perfect for my new studio space right?! hope you have as much fun making it as i did!

happy friday!
xo, carly


Anonymous said...

Oh! You made it! I'm so excited, and I love the way it turned out Carly! I am verrry much in love with the gorgeous accents that you used, too! I am going to have to keep my eyes open for vintage book of my own! :)

love and miss you, carly!


Laurie said...

Love this idea... so unique may have to make one for myself!