Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Using Book Pages for Collage

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While on vacation, and having a few hours to myself one day, I googled thrift stores in the area, and found a local Salvation Army. After [only] three u-turns, I finally found it.  It was a bit disappointing.  However, I did pick up this wooden caddy for 99 cents. 
When I got it home, I realized it came with its very own dead moth.  Ewww!  I don't want to know how long it's been hiding in there. 
After a thorough cleaning, I painted it in my current go-to color, Behr's Clear Pond, which I had
on hand.
Ahh, it looks better already!

For creative inspiration, I turned to a vintage children's book called "The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island."   I fondly remember reading many books in the Bobbsey Twins series in my early reading days. 

Using book pages and my stash of paint chips, I began altering the wooden box into a handy desk caddy.
collage with book pages
For those of you familiar with my altered art, you know I prefer clean lines.  For this project, I'm going to go c-r-a-z-y and try my hand at collage!  [My friend, S, will be glad to know I'm using her favorite art technique.]
Paint chips.

Torn pages [eek--don't tell the librarian!].

A collaged clothespin on each side--to hold notes.
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A vintage measuring tape cut around the 56" mark -- happens to be the year I was born [and, uhh, also my current age, at least for one more week], a stamped image and a rustic metal tag.
 A roll of the dice shows another five-six.  Cosmic.
 collage book pages
Added these metal "legs" to give the caddy some stature. 
(Plus, I've had them forever.)
Here are photos of the finished caddy.  For now, it will hold markers.



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What do you think of my new desk caddy?  What would you use it for?

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  1. Love the collage effect and the metal legs! I have a couple of cigar boxes and plan to decoupage them and add legs. I like the paint chips and the tape measure and my number to cut off at would be 64! Haha!

  2. I love the look! Unfortunately, I don't know if I can bring myself to cut into a book, even if I have two or more copies. I know, a little weird. But this looks great. :-)

  3. I love that you add legs to it! I would use it for markers or paint brushes. Great finished project!

  4. I really like this! And what an awesome find, man I love the thrift store. I also love crafts that use book pages but I simply cannot bring myself to tear up a book. I fell like a part of my soul will be crushed if I did, regardless of if I liked the book or not haha

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  5. I love collages and this is adorable! You did a great job!

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  6. Really neat idea! Something else to put on my to~do list!! Thanks for sharing ;)

  7. Terrific tutorial and pictures!! Your project is really different and creative.
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  8. How fun! There are so many fun things you can do with book pages. This is awesome!

    I would love for you to share this (and any other post!) at my Life of the Party link up! It just opened! Im going to poke around your blog a little more. :)

  9. Wow, you are very creative! Love anything collage and this is definitely a PinIt.

  10. How cute...and perfect for pens! I love those little metal legs! Where on earth did you find them? Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays!

  11. What a creative use for that tired old moth house. You're so clever the way you embellished it with measuring tape; you'll always remember just when you made it. Love the addition of the feet!!

  12. So cool! You really "altered" this piece!
    It looks amazing with the book pages and clever embellishments.
    Thanks for sharing.

  13. I love the little legs on here!

  14. I love it! You have a real gift!!!
    Great colors, items, combinations, and compositions....

    hugs x Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  15. love it! you could also use it as a centerpiece with a bunch of flags or any craft made on a long stick....thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, Shanah Tovah!

  16. Looks great!! What a great score that little wooden caddy was!!

  17. This is so cute!!! I love the bottom pieces you added. I would LOVE for you to share this at "That's My Style" Link Party TODAY! I hope to see you there. :)

    Karla @

  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet comments.

    I love the idea of decoupaging with book pages - but I just don't think I could bring myself to rip them out of the book! Maybe I could photocopy and age them :)

    Wendy @ The View from the Manor

  19. Love! I tried to do a mixed media project and it was a failure. It's still in my craft room while I try to decide whether I can salvage it or redo it.

  20. I think the extra touches are great and make a difference - like the clothespins on the sides to hold notes!
    Discovered your blog via Throwback Thursday.


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