Thursday, February 27, 2014

Upcycled Books!

Good morning! leslierahye here to share with you one of my favorite types of arting : Upcycling!
This is one of my upcycled books made from a lunch sack [from take out], envelopes from junk mail and bills, and old book paper.  After trimming the ends and edges of envelopes [leaving some as pockets and some as pages], I punched holes in the middle with my Japanese screw punch and then stitched the pages together and to the paper sack cover. The bottom of the sack was cut on 3 sides leaving a hinged "flap" to make a wrap-around cover. The flap was covered with book paper to provide stability. 

This type of handmade book is great for arting or journaling and fun to give as a gift. Thinner books are great additions to altered books providing artists with extra art space.  They can be glued in on the stitched edge.

Products used in the creation of this journal page : 
all upcycled items : paper sack, junk mail, books

More on tip ins and the ultimate in upcycling--Altered Books--NEXT MONTH as Altered Arts Magazine Blog takes on Altered Books!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my project!


  1. Very clever idea!!! I like to take file folders and make books. Great to share inspiring creations.

    1. Thanks Lea! I love altering file folders too...would love to see your File Folder books!

  2. So cool Leslie! I love to upcycle and this is a great way to use up all that junk mail!