My aim is to create a vintage collage using the book as the display. A lot of my inspiration form this piece comes from a friend of mine; Sue Roddis of Jabberwocky fame who does marvelous things with books and old things – I really admire Sue’s work but we accept we have completely different styles. This is my take on the book display. I hope you enjoy my brief and simple project.
- Hard Covered Old Book
- Bone Folder depending on type of pages in book
- Distress Inks/Spray Inks / Dabbers
- Card/paper for stamping
- Wet Glue / Glue Stick
- Vintage Ephemera such as lace / ribbon, buttons etc
- Lace Ribbon
1. Now this is the time consuming/hard work part (I found it quite relaxing actually in front of the television). Working from the front page, fold in half towards the spine of the book, it doesn’t make a difference whether you fold towards the cover or towards the middle. Entirely your preference. Done about 10-pages at the front of the book and then go to the back of the book and do the same. The intention is to work towards the middle.
Once all the pages have been folded I find no adhesive is needed and the folded pages stay in place and the book lies flat.
2. Now for the fun part the decorating:- distress the folded pages in whichever way you prefer (I am a great believer in making something your own – so I am not going to dictate what colouring medium to use). The only thing I would say is if using any of the various spray inks do not over do it – as your book pages may be fragile and soak up too much liquid. I used distress inks, faded jeans and tea dye. I just applied the ink pad direct to the folded edges.
3. To decorate the inside covers of the book – in this instance I used pattered papers leaving the edge of the book showing as I like to see the grain of the book cover.
4. You are now ready to decorate in however way you like. I used female vintage images; a variety of stamps, glossy images and charms. When placing the stamped images or embellishments that you want to stand up leave (or add in the case of the frames) a tab.
I cut this down to size and slipped in between the pages after distressing with ink so the cream card would blend in and not be so stark.
5. I assembled various embellishments including a silhouette die cut which I used gold metal sheet which I further burnished with brown Stazon ink to age. Chipboard which was heavily glittered was sanded down using a nail file to blend in to the shabby/vintage feel I was hoping to achieve.
The flowers were created by using a scallop punch numerous times; spritzing with water before scrunching up and distressing with distress inks. Glue stick was wiped over them to keep the scrunched appearance and then affixed with a brad.
Here is my completed folded book display:
This folded book technique can be used in lots of differing styles/genres and if you wanted to be clever - lots of different shaped folds could be used. I hope I have give a little inspiration.
Lots more photos of the finished project can be found on my blog. Suzanne B ~x~