Shabby Chic Photograph Book

I headed up to my shed late morning to make something shabby… it feels like an age since I made anything shabby…

I was supposed to be working today, but I worked my butt off for 10 hours straight yesterday, so that I didn’t have to go into work today.

So shabby chic it was and as it turned out, very much a recycling project..

here is what i made:-

Shabby Chic Photo Book 1

 

it started off  it life looking like this

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then I chopped the sides off

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and made it into a bookcover..

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I added some watered down acrylic paint..

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and painted the cover back and front with several coats, until it looked how I wanted it

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I took a second & third piece of corrugated cardboard, ran it through an embossing folder, and gave it the same paint treatment, all the edges were inked with pumice stone distress ink..

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the picture above is the piece that I added to the outer spine of the photograph book.  I then added some burlap strands and a piece of junk jewels from my local charity shop and it looks like this…

shabby Chic Photograph Book

 

The inside pages are just a heavy weight textured cardstock that I stitched together, then stitched them into the book, I used Ozegran (Jen’s) binding technique, a link to her blog is on my sidebar.

Shabby Chic Photograph Book 5

 

I roughed up all the edges of the book pages..

Shabby Chic Photograph Book 2

 

the front of the book features another one of the wooden hearts that I picked up from Hobbycraft at christmas.

there are also some vintage flowers, a padlock and a heart stick pin.. and I also incorporated some of my own handmade paper that I made last year from pulping down old letters and envelopes

Shabby Chic Photograph Book 3

 

As I mentioned at the start of my post, I have done a lot of recyling and “using it up” in this project..

  • The cover was from an old cardboard box
  • the spine gem came from the charity shop
  • the cardstock I had for 4 yrs (using it up)
  • the handmade paper on the front I made from old letters and envelopes

you can see the handmade paper just peeking out from behind the wooden heart..

Shabby Chic Photograph Book 4

 

Thanks for popping round.. hope you have had a great weekend!

Sarah

Shabby Chic Photo Book 1

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9 thoughts on “Shabby Chic Photograph Book

  1. Like this a lot!! A lot A lot A lot!!
    I have loads cardboard & some junk. Would have no idea for stitching & binding though. Also NEED to know how to make paper!!
    Will search your site….
    Thank you for true inspiration !! Caroline :))

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