Saturday, June 7, 2014

Cheap Art

What can be cheaper than making a book out of cardboard?
I was inspired by instructions by Michelle Ward on how to make this cardboard book (See here).  I also have a slight obsession with cardboard, and it was right up my alley.  My book is smaller than her sample.  Most of my boxes on hand were shallow Amazon boxes, so my book is 4 x 6 inches (hers is 5 x 10).  I was thrilled to see I had a box from Cheap Joe's - what a great cover that would make!!  (And if anyone wants to make a book called Joe's Stuff, I might be able to help you out with the cardboard!)
These are the pages, all of which are in progress and will have more stenciling, stamping, or whatever strikes my fancy. 

I didn't realize at first that the Cheap Joe's warning symbols are actually art-related.  But the ink is all smeary in the printing, and they are very hard to read.

Now we are going to have a quiz - were you paying attention?  Did you by chance notice where there might be a little hidden message in this book?  Look closely for a little arrow sticking out.

Just think of the hiding places in those corrugated openings where you might hide little rolled up pices of paper with messages!.

Fun Factor for this book:  10+!!


michelle ward said...

Weeeee! How fun! Fantastic journal. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm for this format, and thanks for the shout out Pat.

Medbury Gaye said...

You've done a lot. Love the clover page and the addition of exposed corrugated cardboard on the circle page. Can't wait to work on mine.

RobinG said...

I love your book!! I was also inspired by Michelle's blog and am planning on making a photo book out of cardboard of helping our daughter and son-in-law move into their first home.

Pat said...

Great idea, Robin. I had a friend who once used cardboard to make postcards, used as a change of address notice.

Pamela Levingston said...

we saw Gaye's tonight...lovely. I think everyone wants to make them.