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Monday, January 31, 2011


Hello, everyone!  Happy Monday!

Up until about 15-20 years ago, the yellow and white pages telephone books here in Illinois were huge!!!  In recent years they've reduced the size considerably.  However, when I was a teenager we used to take those big phone books, fold back the pages and use them to hold our vinyl records -- and no! -- not the 45's buy the big records (I think they were called LP's).  Anyone remember those?

Over the years I've seen books with pages folded back to create the look of Christmas trees, among other things; however, while browsing the internet I ran across a book which inspired me so much I decided to "lift" the idea.  I don't know who the creator is or where to go back and find the inspiration for this idea, but I'd reallylike to thank this person, and for bringing back a fond memory from my teenage days.

Here's the card and letter keeper I re-created from an old book:

This keeper, up close, is really very pretty.  I don't think you can see it in the picture but it glimmers!   I stained the pages with distress inks, sprayed and sprayed and sprayed them with Glimmer Mist, and added Stickles and glitter.  The pages and folds are so sparkly and glimmery!!!  What you're getting here is really sort of a "sneak" peek because I still need to decide who will receive this so I can put a name or initials in the label; I think too it needs something (some sort of decor) at the bottom.  Anyway, until I make these decisions, I'm going to leave it as is -- except to show you how it will look when it begins to get filled.  Would you like to see?  Okay!!!

Now, is this incentive enough to keep those old books?!!!  LOL!

I'll be back!  So,...

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mforquer said...

Gorgeous Audrey!!! Fabulous idea - love the sheer ribbon.

On another note - got my pendant this weekend - LOVE IT!! Thank you Thank you Thank you - you are too kind!!! Thanks friend

Jean said...

I love projects made out of old books and this is such a cool idea!

Terry Oulboub said...

Audrey, your letter/memory keeper is gorgeous. I love the design. Yes, I remember LP's! :-) The thought brought back some happy memories. This is a great altering project!

Love That Bug said...

What a fabulous idea from a now out dated book. I absolutely love it.
Thanks for sharing

Angi @ CokiePop said...

You are so awesomely creative Audrey. Love this idea. :)

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

wow....... you never cease to amaze me with your ideas!!!!! Love it! Fabulous project!!!!

Beebeebabs said...

Wow this is very nice and very creative Audrey tfs!!

Staying Crafty said...

Oh how fun!

flowerdisco said...

i have never seen one before today. i do remember the christmas tress since i made one myself in school. this keeper is beautiful and i can see some of the bling. love it audrey---love it!

Toni said...

That is so Nice i love it , (i might need to scraplift this idea :P ) .... and we love lisening to records here!!!!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

I remember those records and I do believe they were called LP's.. lol.. I am still so tired from CHA.. and it was a 9 1/2 hour drive.. whew.. and I have been sick all day. My throat is so sore and have a terribe head ache, starting to feel congested. I have been trying to come down with this for awhile, I think it finally got me. .. I haven't even posted anything. Going to go put vick's on and wrap a cup towel around my neck, hope it helps. :-(
I love your amazing project..

CraftyGirl said...

What a clever idea!! I love it! And as always... the way you decorate it is perfect!
Barb :)

Susan said...

Oh, Audrey, what a wonderful project! That is very clever and pretty. And I sure do remember LP's! I hope that you are well, and staying warm and safe in this wild weather!

scrappin sista said...

very nice Audrey!

Brenda said...

WOW how awesome is this....Audrey you amaze me with your talent!!
Thank you again for all your prayers and support!

DonnaMundinger said...

What a cool idea and how beautifully it turned out! Love it! May have to scraplift! Hope you're all set for the big storm. Stay safe and warm, girly! xxD

Rhonda Emery said...

very pretty. I just wanted to let you know your mini you won is posted if you want to take a look at it. I will mail it to you on thurs. hugs.

~BridgetL~ said...

how fun. my boys just did the christmas tree with our phone book back in Dec. I loved making things like that when I was younger. :) thanks for the memory :)

Lori Apgar said...

Our local library has an Altered Book Club and they make some pretty cool things out of books. I haven't seen anything as pretty as this though! Pretty and purposeful ~ a great combination!!!

Curt in Carmel said...

I had never heard of using the phone books for LPs but what a great idea. And then to see what you created for holding letters. Such beautiful work my friend! Best, Curt

Rose said...

awesome!!! you always amaze me :)

OK I do remember LP's, 8 tracks, and even pong :)