Friday, February 4, 2011

Judging a book by it's cover

I've always liked the covers on old Readers Digest books.  The colors and designs, just do it for me, what can I say?  I wanted to make some journals using the RD cover for the covers.  So what to do with the rest of the book.  I didn't want to just toss it in the recycling bin.

For Christmas I made a few trees.  See the post here.

Last summer I got carried away making these, see the post here.

Cootie catchers.....ignore the spelling error, I eventually fixed it but didn't take another picture.

Then I needed a different way to card my earrings because of a tag issue for a sale I wanted to join.

So I came up with this.

Still I have alot more pages than ideas.  How many unbound book stacks can one have until their family turns them into the hoarder show?!

Anyway back to the point of this post.....the journals.

So here they are.  That's velvet fabric on the spines.  Pictures are pages from the books.  I'm much more comfortable embellishing with fabrics and notions than paper.  I don't know how some of you do it, I just can't get loose enough

The insides are stacks of vintage and odds and ends paper.  Accounting spread sheets, graphing paper, steno pads, music composition sheets, odd scrap-booking papers, and a variety of lined and solid color sheets.  I saw someone use a mix of recycling paper somewhere online a long time ago and always thought that was a interesting idea.

I thought the spines would make fun bookmarks.

I haven't posted in forever and I haven't linked up with Debra's Vintage Inspiration Friday for even longer.  Treat yourself to a look around Common Ground for all the vintage goodness over there.  

BTW, we finally got some snow action that everyone else in the nation seems to have already gotten.  Only a half inch for us here, boo hiss!  Remember, I'm from the mid-west I love the stuff. 

Yeah, a little wind with this weather too.  That first cushion is not just covered with snow.  Those #%& squirrels ripped the top off to get at the stuffing for their nests.  Well, I hope they're warm!!!
I'm leaving it in hopes they won't attack another cushion.

The water's on so the pipes don't freeze.

School is canceled because of the ice under the snow.  Mr. Wonderful went to work.  Just me and the puppy here.  She was able to find a spot to go potty so she's all right.  By the time I go out all the snow will be melted.

Keep warm everyone!


  1. Hi Susanne! Nice to meet you! Thank you for visiting me today! What a great post about repurposing books! I have some of those Readers Digest compilations too! I had never thought to turn them into journals! What a great idea! I love all of the crafts you've done with the pages too (though they look too tedious for me!) I too work better with fabric than paper, esp. when it comes to decoupage.
    Have a wonderful weekend and please come visit again!
    p.s. I am yoru newest follower!

  2. I love what you did with these old books and the bookmark idea is brilliant. I found five old Reader's Digest books at an antique shop recently. In fact, I forgot about them until I saw this. Hate it when that happens. Good idea to leave the waterfall on, you don't need any surprises when summer rolls around. Stay warm.

  3. I love all things that have to do with book paper and you came up with some great ideas! I'm going to have to look up how to make a cootie catcher! I wish I would have saved all of my mom's readers digest condensed books!

    The journals are all fab-u-lous!

    You are from the midwest and you MISS snow? Girl, you've been gone too long!

    Hugs ~~ Connie

  4. Hi Susanne, I've always loved these too. My grandparents subscribed to RD and recieved these every month. The covers always intrigued me. I love how you've been recycling them. such a great idea!! I'm so glad you linked up for the party,
    big hugs,

  5. Hey, I've always been drawn to those covers too! I've gotten a few and have plans to make some kind of book or journel with them. I really like yours!!