Sunday, 1 April 2012

Altered: From book to rolodex

This old book was from the 1950's. A Popular Mechanics- Do It Yourself  encyclopedia.
Fitting that I fixed it up myself don't ya think?

First thing I wanted to do was coat the book covers with Mod Podge. Just so that it was be protected if ever placed in coffee spill or something. And to preserve the book a bit. I also Mod Podged the inside covers.

Then it's simply folding in every page, in towards the bind of the book. I inked the edges just a bit with greens, a dash of red, and vintage match the book covers.  The black you see are photos originally in the book.

The finished product!

A little play on words here. Dad's initials are DG. Add an O and you get Dog....he's bestest!
The brad is an old fashioned camera...another hobby of
I'm not sure what kind of car Dad had when he was married, there's a photo of it somewhere, but the color of this car brad is close to what make it was...well according to my knowledge of cars anyways :)
Based onto a Tim Holtz die edge cut, on grunge paper covered with design paper.

Dad always liked pocket watches....this one was heat embossed gold. I had no idea what time he was born, so I couldn't place the hands accordingly. Now I know it was around 9pm.....little off in my guessing! I didn't think they would know themselves, but they did.  Oh well.  'ThingsToDo' was cut with my Cricut, using grunge paper and design paper. Embellished with a Tie Brad.

Pennies here in Canada are now being dumped by the government. So I thought it would be kinda neat to find a penny for every decade of his life. Now that they were still in circulation. I managed to find all but two in the year of 01's. Amazingly enough I found one in the exact year he was born, 1941. I couldn't find a 1951 or a 1961, but all the rest I found. For the year 2012 I just added one of the special bicentennial pennies.

Dad is now retired, no longer with his nose to the grind stone. But he put in a good many years providing for his family. So the Tim Holtz Die gears and spinner represent his years of hard work, and as the spinner actually spins here, time still ticks as he still gives a lot of himself and time to his community and his family.

Made with different pieces of grunge paper, pop cans, 1/4"washer, and a spinner, and the "gears" embossing folder.

Happy Birthday Dad.

Challenges: Simon Says Stamp - anything goes
                         Craft Us Crazy - anything but a card
                           Always Crafting - anything but a card


  1. oh how wonderful. awesome. you should be so proud of this Laura. congrats.

    susan s.

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  3. Laura!!
    Uber awesome!! Great job---He will absolutely LOVE what you've created---I love the distressing the pictures, the precious pic of your dad and pup-plus the way you created the 3D gears!!! way to go!!!! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure

  4. Love this! Incredible display, and beautiful art!

  5. OH WOW....What a CLEVER CLEVER CLEVER idea!!! LOVE it!!!

  6. My dear friend I know your dad most have loved your present!!!
    I great

    1. HI Gio.....I wondered if my visitor from Peru could be happy to hear from you. xxxxxx

  7. Great work of art created in love with insight and talent. Amazing and hitorical as well. Your explanation of it put it over the top.
    It's great to have you in the family
    Love Mom

  8. This is FANTASTIC!!! I had the best time admiring all the amazing elements you've added here. A truly unique piece of artwork. Nicely done. :)

    Thank you SO much for joining us at Craft Us Crazy for our challenge.
    Best of luck to you and we hope to see you again next time too!
    Lisa xx

  9. This is such a fantastic way to use an old book. All the elements mean something which makes the whole thing just so much more interesting let alone outstanding to look at.