Monday, April 24, 2017

My Other Creations: Altered Board Book Ephemera File

No one has to twist my arm to "put a number on it," which is this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme.  While math is my eternal nemesis, I do love numbers in an artistic sense.  For my project, I altered a board book by turning it into a folder to hold ephemera.  

My toddler has a special talent for destroying board books (my librarian side has to take calming Yoga breaths when I see that this has happened).  So I decided to take a broken board book and break it further.  I cut all the inside pages out, which left a hollow folder shell.  I traced the cover of the board book onto Strathmore Mixed Media paper so I'd have the correct size of cover art to make.  Then I made a collage out of patterned paper, Washi tape and paint.

I added blue and black paint around the edges.

I added a bit more white here and there and then glued on the decorative elements.  Then I got ready to glue my cover onto the broken-open board book (which you can see behind my cover).

Onto decorating the inside!  More collaging.  This is the inside left page...

And here's the inside right cover.  On this side, I punched holes and inserted eyelets so that I could lace some elastic ribbon through.  I used two strips of elastic ribbon to be able to hold my ephemera in place.

And here's how it looks in action as it holds some scraps and cards and paper pieces:

At the end of the day, my librarian self felt heroic for saving a broken book and my artsy self is excited to have a place to stash more stuff.

Here are the supplies I used that you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I'm sure you will find all sorts of easy ways to "put a number on it" this week, so be sure to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

And speaking of Simon, if you're in the Ohio area this weekend, don't forget that Simon Says Stamp is having its fabulous Create event.  The tickets to the event have sold out, but they will have an on-site store and wonderful "create and takes" that are ready to go!

And it's always good to shop 24/7 online at Simon Says Stamp, too!


  1. Oh, how cool! My daughter didn't tear book apart... she chewed them! Though I have bound well-loved children's books at home with duct tape. (and I have some tape specifically for binding books at the library... though I honestly think duct tape is better... better colors and material)
    I love the way you've put the ribbon in... so *utility*! Another distinctly "you" project. So glad you used the broken book. Better than going to the dump.

  2. You always amaze me with how you put everything together so perfectly. All the elements and colors are perfect and brilliant as always.

    Cathie ♥

  3. What a wonderful creation - and recycling project too! When my kids were little, they used to chew on those board books!!!

  4. great dimension! great upcycle too!

  5. Greta idea for ephemera or anything storage! I am trying to get used to your cosmic ideas although they always amaze me :-) Love your projects! Hugs, Marzena.

  6. How creative!I never thought to use a board book as a storage space!Brilliant idea!Thank you for sharing!

  7. Rescuing books which would otherwise be pulped is one of the great crafting joys (I haunt the local charity book shops - they don't think people want to buy old hardback books so they dump them!). Love this crafty folder - the ribbon holders are delicious, as are all your layers and colours. Fabulous!
    Alison x

  8. What an amazing piece of art, I really love it. The colours are fab and I think the whole composition is just perfect,
    Sarita x

  9. You my friend are brilliant! What an excellent way to reuse a broken item and turn it around into something amazing! I love that you are a librarian... I always knew you loved books and reading. (My son wants to go back and get a library degree). Love the bright colors, use of numbers and ribbons on the inside holding cool things like the Goofy film. hugs, Maura

  10. What brilliant recycling!! I absolutely love this Andrea, totally awesome 😍❤️

    Lols x x x

  11. you did an amazing job bringing the broken board book back to life truly are the queen of collage and love love it...hugs kath xxx

  12. Andrea, I love the way you recycle old items and bring them to life in a new and refreshing way and this is such a wonderful piece of art! The layers are amazing and your crafty folder is just gorgeous ~ I love it! :)

  13. This is stunning Andrea and I love how you saved the broken book and gave it new life. I too seem to endlessly have to fix broken books - especially those with flaps that open or pop-up elements. Love the wonderful colors and patterns here.

  14. This is such a beautiful creation, Andrea. The collaged cover of this book is awesome. Love how it holds the embellishments inside. Great design! :)

  15. This work amaze me! It's so gorgeous, love the idea !!! Original, bright and fabulous! barbara