Saturday, May 12, 2012

Book Repurposed - Fast and Way Too Much Fun

Having finished the portfolio I was feeling pretty good about getting back into cutting and gluing stuff together again and wanted to get right back into another project.

I save scraps - can't help it.  Some time ago in an effort to clean out my side of my husband's garage I started to throw out books that were in bad condition and had no redeeming qualities in content.  I got as far as tearing out and throwing away the content - but kept the covers.

Design thoughts:
--Utilize chip board scraps (I didn't worry about the grain of the chip board and/or paper)
--Repurpose one of the saved book covers. 
--Insert a box that could essentially hide small things or become a conduit to a mixed media book project.
--I liked the inside covers of the book cover and decided I wanted to see as much of them as I could when the book was opened, yet have a big enough box to make the effort worthwhile.
--The large space between the edge of the cover and the box was considered.  Since the inside of the book would not likely show on any book case I would put it on I decided to err on the side of being able to see the inside of the cover vs covering it up with a box.
--Since this was a trial - I wasn't willing to use my "good" paper.  I used 2 pieces of 12' x 12" paper - on the thin side but worked well.
--PVA watered down by 10% was used on the paper to cover the box.
--Straight PVA was used to construct the box and adhere it to the inside of the covers.

The closed book cover is 5 1/2" x 8".  The box is 3 3/4" x 5"
Outside of Book Covers

Inside of Book Covers
A 2" wide band of black book cloth has been glued to the spine.
Mock headbands were made.  Showing clamshell box top and bottom made from chip board scraps.
Finished Book-Clamshell Box on my shelf.
Book-Clamshell Box showing box attached.

Book-Clamshell Box open and complete.
Decided what I want to put in the box so I added a removable set of dividers.
My goal is to get more comfortable and faster in covering boxes.  This was fun and could be done in an hour.

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