Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas Projects # 13 Tags from Vintage Books. Or not?

Am I bad?
I'm not sure if I should post this or not.
But, let me confess: I make craft projects where I use pages from old books. Many projects. Very old books.
Like these tags with illustrations taken from a 150 years old book with descriptions of every major city and it's buildings in this country. Sheets are very thin, so I glue it to card board, cut it, decorate it with white paint and glitter and finally trim it with mat silver ribbon or tassel. I have a crush on these colours and textures together, sigh... And, ehm... pangs of conscience because I ruin this book.
My vague excuse is that this book was going to end its days in the waste bin. It belonged to an illustrator friend of mine. He was clearing up his studio and took this to an antiquarian who rejected it. Then asked me if I wanted it.


Britt-Arnhild said...

You have given it a wonderful new life......what a great idea!

Snowbear said...

that's what I was gonna say! Recycle and reuse! Nothing wrong with that!

mrsnesbitt said...

Fantastic! Absolutely fantastic!


Corey said...

I have a hard time cutting anything old. I understand your pang of conscience! As beautiful as your cards are I still couldn't do it!

sarah said...

I *love* taking old, crumbly books and turning them into new projects. It's always hard at first, but it definitely beats just throwing them out.
Those tags are gorgeous...the colors are so lovely and calming. I think they're beautiful!

eivlys said...

God I share your feelings !!!

kirsten said...

i'm with sarah - love cutting up those books! i have recently made tags, magnets, and ornaments - here's my flickr site:

Violette said...

I am not quite sure I could do it.
I work with vintage linens, and for every project I have to think about it for a while. It is a complicated process in my mind ... to get the courage to cut out even an old teatowel.
I just finished some Christmas stockings tonight (you can see it on my blog tomorrow) and I used pictures I scanned from a book and printed on special transfer paper.

Anyway, you have made something beautiful and your blog is GREAT !!