Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How To Make An Altered Book - Gardening File

 
 

 
This Better Homes and Garden Book is the perfect size for this project.
 
The Book measures 10'' H x 8'' W x 2 1/2'' D.
 
It is the one with the notebook binder center.
 
There are other books in this series, a Cookbook and a DIY Handbook.

These are very common at used book sales and thrift shops if you are looking for one.
 
 
 
 
An accordion style file -6 1/2'' H x 9 3/4''W x 2 1/2'' D
 
I found mine at the Thrift Store, but I see them online and at some
 
stationery stores.
 
 
I used Dollar Tree Washi Tape to cover edges and areas that were warn.
 
Optional Stickers- mine were from Dollar Tree
 
You need about 24'' of Ribbon  scrap or Dollar Tree
 
I used TACKY GLUE also from Dollar Tree in 3 oz.
 
 
 
You will be removing the binder !
 
 I GLUED IT IN SO FAST THAT I FORGOT
 
TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THAT STEP!
 
 
Cover the edges and binding of the book with your Washi Tape for a finished look.
 
Glue the ribbon to the outside center of the file first.
 
Then glue the file inside the book cover, do not glue the bottom of the
 
file to the binding. You will want it to open and bend freely.
 
Add your stickers if you like.
 
 
Make sure it is centered.
 
Close the book and stack a few books on top for added weight,
 
and allow to dry.
 







 

Your file will be a good way
 
 to save gardening information, future DIY projects,
 
veggie recipes, favorite garden pictures,
 
seed packets or gardening month to month TO-DO lists.
 
 
 
 
It can lay flat.
 

 
It can stand on its' side
 
 

 
 
or it can sit flat.


 



I love the bright and cheery artwork cover on this vintage book.
 
 



On the shelf it just looks like a book. The ribbon will
 
keep it closed, nice, neat and organized.
 
I hope you liked this project.
 
xo Lisa S

 
 
 
 


16 comments:

  1. I love projects that encourage me to be organized; this is great!

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  2. This is such a great idea! Pinned & Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

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    1. Thank you !
      Great party thanks for hosting! xo Lisa S

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  3. I'm new to your blog and am enjoying your creative ideas!

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    1. Hello Lil Red Hen,
      It's nice to meet you ! You are invited to look around and come back often. Thank you for visiting.
      xo Lisa S

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  4. I do! I love this idea!!! I use a huge plain brown accordion file for my seeds-- a cover like this (if I can find a book big enough) would be so pretty....

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    1. Thank you Liberty, I hope you find a cover too!

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  5. What a darling idea! I saw this book at the estate I helped with a couple weeks ago. I just about bought it, but decided I didn't need it. Now I wish I would have! :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  6. Jann, Thank you! Oh no, I hope you can find another copy soon. Thank you for hosting at Share Your Cup !
    xo Lisa S

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  7. Lisa,
    I love this idea. You are so clever. Thanks for sharing it at Thursday Favorite things last week. Stop by tomorrow since you are being featured.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Bev, You always leave the nicest comments !
      Wow thank you for the feature. I love your parties-
      Thursday Favorite Things is awesome. xo Lisa S

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  8. I have this book and I love how you've used it! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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    1. Thank you so much. I hated to take it apart but the inside was damaged(by water) and the cover was fine.
      xo Lisa S

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  9. Lisa, this is absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for sharing it at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. I've made it one of the features this week!

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    1. Queenbeebaker, I am so thrilled! Thank you!
      xo Lisa S

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