Old books repurposed

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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