Projects from the Pages of a Book

July 21st, 2009 in blog, projects     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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I clipped this image from one of the pages of the book. Do you remember this show? I thought it was perfect for a surprise party invitation. Copy the original for multiple invites, mount on to corrugated card stock, and embellish. Imagine me choosing the phrase, keep it zipped!
The artwork used above is from the advertising and editorial design and layout section.
I loved his page! Shes a mod little thing with a freestyle hairdo and a headband straight off the locks of one Miss Olivia Newton John. Oh, how I miss the 80s. I just took the page, rolled it up and slipped it inside a a vintage bottle. A smaller vase is also slipped inside to hold the water and the flowers.
Every girl has to have a little bling! I will keep this key with me always. 39 forever? Only n my dreams!
My favorite section of the book is fashion illustration. I love the romantic style of days gone by. Look closely at page 23...the importance of skirt swing? Hmm...funny!
Heres a new twist on an old idea. Youve seen luggage tags used as place cards before, but I gave them a little personality. I cut out some fashionable ladies, glued them to the backside of name the card, wrote my guests names, and slipped them back in their pouch. This way they can be taken as a gift and can still be used to identify luggage.
P.S.
I bought the tags in the dollar section at Michaels. I love the dollar section!
Oh, Candy, you came and you gave without taking...but I sent you away, oh Candy. If we ever get sick of Barry Manilow tunes I can always sing the Sandy song from Grease.
This page is from specialized design. It breaks down the steps for you to make a paper tree based upon a photograph of a real tree.
These images make for Very inexpensive artwork! I put them in box frames with store bought mats.Im thinking I will send them with Elizabeth to adorn her dorm room.
Kids get in the action! There is a huge cartoon drawing section in this book that is perfect for a one-of-a-kind kids party. The price is right too!
The cartoon pages are perfect for crafting timeless, handmade party favors.
Awww, Little Debbie Cakes!
I clipped this image from one of the pages of the book. Do you remember this show? I thought it was perfect for a surprise party invitation. Copy the original for multiple invites, mount on to corrugated card stock, and embellish. Imagine me choosing the phrase, keep it zipped!

I clipped this image from one of the pages of the book. Do you remember this show? I thought it was perfect for a surprise party invitation. Copy the original for multiple invites, mount on to corrugated card stock, and embellish. Imagine me choosing the phrase, keep it zipped!


I call vintage books junk with value added. You can admire and display them as a whole or you can take them apart and use them page by page or picture by picture. Wow, just imagine how many things you can do with a 200 page, $15 book! Now I'm not recommending that you dimantle first edition copies or other books that are truly valuable. This manual was not in mint condition making it perfect for a junker's needs.


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Comments (14)

Shelley_ writes: Soo Cool! Great ideas! Posted: 2:20 pm on September 2nd
eveh writes: So many good ideas, I don't know which one to swipe first. I love the idea of putting the page in a clear vase. I have some lovely sixties pics in a magazine. I am going in search of my clear vases and see if mine can look that cute. You rock! Posted: 6:01 pm on August 17th
chippingcharm writes: Wonderful ideas...I absolutely love every single one :)
Laurel Posted: 8:56 am on July 23rd
WhitePineLane writes: Such great ideas! While usually the idea of taking apart a book would leave me in shock, I can see how certain books, like this one, are lots of fun when "repurposed"! Posted: 10:11 am on July 22nd
fellowjunker writes: GOSH Sue.......you never cease to amaze me. You can take any thing on this earth and make it look stunning. Absolutely beautiful post, absolutely great ideas!!! Just love the shade of green you have used.
xojanis Posted: 7:27 pm on July 21st
Heavenly_Treasures writes: Sue, You never cease to amaze me what you can do.Like some of the Ladies have said what a gift Lord has given you to bring the best out of all your friends. A tear came to my eyes when you said what you might do for Liz at her new place when she leaves.What awesome idea you have with a book. Its very inspiring. Blessings on you, Robert. Posted: 3:21 pm on July 21st
RustyDiva writes: As usual Sue ~ awesome! I'll never look at books the same way again. Thanks for broadening my horizons. Posted: 2:17 pm on July 21st
VintageTeri writes: Love anything to do with repurposing old books. When you were in Portland, Oregon at your book signing at Stars we took you to our favorite haunt for finding old books. We've now opened our own store called The Vintage Station. Come again and we'll take you on a new tour. http://vintagestationvs.blogspot.com/ Posted: 1:27 pm on July 21st
ALVN writes: So many ideas! You've really got me thinking!!

Amy Posted: 12:33 pm on July 21st
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I can name that Barry tune in 6 notes...

These projects are cute and quirky, Sue, which is such a great combo! The graphics are delightful and I can see your mind was all abuzz with ideas.

Way to inspire yet again, Sue! Love them all!
Candy Posted: 11:31 am on July 21st
byabpryor writes: I have those luggage tags.. got them for 50 cent..LOL

Sue I love books as I love words and letters. So I have collected many many that are indeed junkers' finds... Thanks for the amazing ideas!!! Posted: 11:26 am on July 21st
shabbychick writes: Well...Sue! This is all just sweeter than Candy...! :)

I love the luggage tags (it's a name tag AND a napkin ring - very fashioinably cool), the vase (reminds me of my Doris Day carafe), and the cartoon "wrapping" paper...it's ALL just fun!

Books can definitely provide some great material to work with. All of your projects are just so clever - and of course the dialogue and photos are too entertaining!

You've done it again!

Kathy
Posted: 11:12 am on July 21st
CottageElements writes: I think this post was well worth all the work you put into it. Love all the projects, and well, the pages of the book are "mahvalous dahling"! Love how all the tags resemble us (except we don't exactly know what Janis looks like-LOL). These are all totally cool...glad you didn't keep them a secret!

Lani Posted: 9:58 am on July 21st
monakent writes: (Music Maestro, please) "WHERE do I begin.... to tell a story 'bout how great these projects are..... a sweet love story that is older than the sea, a little story 'bout your lovely small framed trees......mmmmmmmm"

Okay, so the words aren't exactly right, but these projects brought to mind the theme from "Love Story," since I am in love with them ALL!! (And yes, I sang the song as I was writing the words above!!!)

Every project shown here, is book-worthy. The artwork from the book is a hoot! I do enjoy the artwork during this period. It is usually plain and simple, with little frills. Maybe we got the saying "less is more" from the 50s - ????

aDORE your idea of the luggage tags, adding the names and using them as napkin holders. By the way, just how MANY sets of dishes do you have???? The plate shown matches the "napkin tag" perfectly!!!

LOVE the picture in the glass vase/jar. I never would have thought of that. What an awesome way to add charm and charater to any party.

The invitation is a "keeper." It's so cool, I wouldn't want to throw it out.

I could go on and on, but YOU get the message.... LOVE the ideas and the projects. Can't wait to see what's next in that creative brain of yours!!!! gailmarie Posted: 9:44 am on July 21st
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