I have a girlfriend who rescues children's hard books from thrift stores, peels the slick, shiny paper off and leaves the white fuzzy cardboard behind. While this is a strange pass time, it definitely is a great way to make inspirational books where all you have to do is provide content.
On the left is a book with page peeling started. At the top, a small book that
has been completely peeled, and on the bottom, one of my already made books.
I'm ready to start a new book, beginning with the cover, and decided that I would get myself started (sometimes I need a push) by creating that cover and my RubberMoon blog at the same time.
I used David Brethauer's Wishing Tree, and Monica Holding Heart, and Marylinn Kelly's Alter Ego stamps. I've used these stamps before, and what I love about stamping is that you can use the same stamps over and over and come out with very different results. Here I made a collage painting, and here I made jewelry.
I used crayons to start the cover background, made the title letters inspired by Brenda Smoak's recent post, and then layered it all together.
This is a small book, collaged, with a fold-out page.
You can see them in the videos I have linked to below.
the finished book cover for this project
My favorite way of working is BIG, but I find that stamps encourage me to try small. This books measures 3 3/8" x 3 3/8". Thus stamping takes me outside of my comfort zone and makes me rethink how to use my tiny creative space - it is very different than working 16" x 24" or larger!
Having started, now I get to riff some more in the scale of little: 10 pages, the back cover and spine to go!
You can see some of the different ways to embellish "books" - large and small - here, here, and one here specially for the younger set who might want to make their own stamp and collage book.