Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Scavenger's Book

I enjoy making books, and I enjoy creating with items that are heading to the recycling bin.

So using paper and fabric that was ready for recycling I made these books and sent them off

to GreenCraft Magazine.

They invited me to write an article on how they were made, and that article is in the recent edition (February 2012) of GreenCraft.

The soft covers are made with layers of fabric and paper all glued together on which I paint and stamp and when finished I cover with paste wax.

The pages are from the stack of old posters that are blank on one side. To make pages I put two together (blank side out) and sewed around them to make one piece of paper.

I really enjoy making these books, and was happy to be able to share how I make them.


  1. Thats what is fabulous about you - you are generous! and we are smiling

  2. *yay* published again!!!!! you are awesome Kim!!!
    I love the idea of this recycled book, the only thing that stops me making something like this is that I can't sew.....I don't even have a sewing machine lol, truly I am appaling at stitchery ;o)

    Your work is fabulous as always!!


  3. I read about that. I just love that magazine. I was looking at it yesterday over lunch and I'm so glad i'm able to write you and tell you how much fun I have also make art from recycleable materials. This is just lovely and inspiring!

  4. Yay! Congratulations again! Your books are awesome!
    (I just scheduled several posts about making journals out of 'found stuff' too. I hope it doesn't sound like I'm trying to stealing your thunder! ;)

  5. Congratulations Auntie Kim! You are such an amazing artist! Hope to see you soon!

  6. This is wonderful & the beauty of it, is that it's so accesible to others & gives ideas of what to do with all that waste. You're very generous with your process, congratulations! Love the little leaf stamp coming in from the corner of the page ;)

  7. What a great way to upcycle!
    Thanks for sharing how you make these beauties - can't wait to read the whole article.

  8. I just purchased this magazine...but haven't had an opportunity to read it. What fun it will be to see your article up front, large and colorful. You do such quality work, it is no wonder your work is featured in magazines. Kudos to you!!!!

  9. congrats!! sweet little books....hope to find the magazine and check it out (and make a few too!)

  10. yeah you! will have to pick the magazine up.
    just looked at some of your older posts. love your use of colors and sweet faces.

  11. Your books are gorgeous--I love the covers (inside and out)! I'm very new to bookmaking, but already love making them from recycled materials, too. I'll have to check out that magazine--thanks for sharing these :)