Sunday, October 21, 2012

Altered Books and Storage

So today I set out to find some books with good binding so that I am able to alter them into art journals. I used Christy from Gulfsprite's video to help me find good books to use. I absolutely love all her altered art journals and wanted to try books instead of making my own, although I love making my own too!! :) You can check out her video here... CLICK ME ! I went to the Goodwill store in my area and to my surprise they had a large selection of books that were donated. I spent at least 30 minutes looking through the different books for the right binding. I was looking for signatures that were sewed in as apposed to glued. I found plenty. I chose these 3 because of the size. They are not to large and don't have that many pages as larger pages and books tend to intimated me :(. 
They all have signatures that are sewed in and nice thick pages that I think would be good for altering. I can't wait to get started!! They were only 1.99 each!! This was the first time I had ever been to a Goodwill store and surprised to see all the things that people donate and how big some of the selections were. I have already started another art journal (one that i made) so now I have motivation to finish that one so I can start with one of these books.  I also went to Goodwill looking for storage help. As you have viewed in one of my previous post about my small craft area, I need storage solutions. I didn't find anything that I could use. :( In cleaning out my daughters room I came across this plastic 3 draw thingie (I don't know what they are called) that she wasn't using and fit perfectly in the little space that I had by my desk. It got me in the mood to clean and go through some of my scrap stuff to see if anything could be given away or eliminated. I am very happy with the out come. With this new added storage I was able to clear more space off my desk and from one of the cubby holes in my desk. I used it to store my scraps, stamps and supplies (pastels, watercolor pencils, pens, color pencils ect. ) This
makes me happy. I now feel like I  more space although I probably don't its just now I more organized which is good too. Now comes the big project, making room for the baby! I was thinking about getting a corner desk to see if that helps with room. I think it will I saw one and it was only $119 at Ikea. I might have to invest.

Well i'm going finish washing clothes and to art journal now thanks for reading!!


  1. just popping over from artgeeks, love altering books as art journals xx

  2. These type of drawers are amazing storage for crafting things. Thanks for sharing!!!