Old books repurposed

Old sewing machines, vintage buttons, yellowed lace and worn thread spools conjure up memories of days spent learning to make doll clothes at the age of 8. Side-by-side we would sit at the kitchen table as my mother patiently taught me to use her Westinghouse sewing machine, so when I saw the new Tim Holtz Alterations die Sewing Room I knew I had to have it. It is the sole inspiration behind my latest class project – Memories stitched with love.

I began with an old hardcover book and originally thought it to be the perfect size for a Vintage-looking wall hanging. But the more work I put into it, the more it spoke to me —  you ever have that happen? It is now a book. The insides are currently plain cardstock pages and after pondering on it for a day or so I’ve decided to swap those out for inked, distressed and stitched envelope pages with photos. I like the idea of adding more ribbons, lace and buttons to the envelopes and tucking photos inside.

Smaller photo projects like these mini books make great gifts for a special person in your life, plus you get the satisfaction of knowing you completed a scrapbook. I can’t wait to start working on the interior pages, then finding photos to add.

Recently, my cousins and I have been sharing photos of childhood days on Facebook and reliving the good ol’ days. It might be a nice touch to add some of their comments into the book as well.

For product information and class dates and times visit Linda’s blog http://scrappedtreasures.com