Tag Archives: upcycling

In Her Boudoir: An 1134 Press Journal Collection

15 Oct

 

This collection of handmade journals, Boudoir, was inspired by Victorian grandeur and kitschy eclectic styles. From images of decadent furniture, traditional portraits and jewels, I not only wanted to capture what I saw happening in fashion this fall, but to create journals that inspired me to write.

boudoir 5.jpegWho says your travel journal can’t match your floral sweater and mustard skirt?

 

boudoir 2.jpegGet it HERE on Etsy

Of late, I’ve been thinking about the intersection of the act of journaling and the physical journal. Aside from the journal being a place to jot down ideas and observations, and its use a therapeutic tool, there is something about journaling that is sensual. What you doodle, or write in your journal are presumably for the self—like an act of cognitive masturbation. When thinking about my personal journaling in those terms, I wanted to create a journal that created a romantic atmosphere. Thus, in this collection there are rich pinks, deep blues, golds, and floral patterns that adorn the covers. Boudoir is nothing short of feminine. The choice to use images of furniture grounds the journals in a home of magnificence.

 

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In perfect travel size, you can take romance and extravagance with you everywhere.

 

Pack Rat, Book Junk Queen

20 Aug

The bookmaking possibilities are endless when you use the materials laying around the house. From empty wine boxes to broken junk jewelry, there is an incredibly unique and eco-conscious book waiting to be made.

Envelope book.JPGA new journal made up of recycled envelopes and cardboard. Get it on Etsy!

 

 

When I first started making books I would spend so much money going to craft shops to buy book and chipboard. But then I wised up and realized that I could eat my elbow noodles and make a journal out of it too!

 

Book Trash.jpg This is chipboard! These boxes will be used for semi soft covers.

 

 One of favorite materials to use in crafting books is through upcycling library books. I like spending a day going “book hunting,” by hitting up the different libraries in my area searching for books that found themselves abandoned on “free” shelves.

Library Books.jpgLibrary books waiting to become blank books!

 

You might be asking yourself if cutting up a book is ethical. I wrestle with this moral question constantly, especially while browsing book art sculptures on Pinterest. The truth is that some publications will inherently end up never being read again due to a lack of interest, over publication, and so forth. While I don’t make sculptures from published books, I do reclaim covers, colored end pages, and images. To maintain a moral compass while out on a book hunting expedition, I keep two things in mind: 1. Do I want to read the content so I can save interiors for reading later? 2. Is the cover interesting?

 

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Reusing materials can help to reduce the carbon footprint in a small way. Reusing materials also forces you to use creative problem solving skills by reimagining what an object could be. Check back here next Sunday for a tutorial on how to make your own upcycled library journal!