Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A RANDOM ACT OF RECYCLING

I am always amazed by the kindness of others, especially when I know they have no idea why I feel compelled to alter things. Over a year ago, one of the other totally unrelated offices where I work, came down to see me and said that they were getting rid of some of their office manuals and wondered if there would be anything I could use in my "art." I spied a lot of old green linen three ring binders - faded from sunlight and beat up from use. (In other words, perfect for what I do.) I declared my interest in those and they "retired" about a dozen of those notebooks and sent the retirees my way. I gave a few away to other interested souls and I bought some fabric for one for a nature book I want to make from canvas paper. Otherwise, they just set on my shelf. Last weekend I bought a piece of scrap upholstery fabric I thought was too beautiful to pass up and yesterday I decided to try covering one of the notebooks with it. Above is the result. I also covered the inside (below) with scrapbook papers. Don't know what I'll do with it yet, but I thought it turned out nicely. I glued the fabric with Golden Gel Medium, inelegantly using my fingers to spread it evenly over the notebook. I glued the inside papers with modge podge.


Here's what the original notebook looked like.



Here's what it looked like inside.

2 comments:

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Love what you did to spruce up these notebooks. Such a great and lovely idea.
Thanks for sharing.

Irma :)

Sherry/Cherie said...

I think it's lovely that other people keep our art hunger satisfied...what might be "junk" to someone else is definitely a treasure to us!! You really repurposed this and it looks fantastic!