These are volumes 12 and 14, their colors are so beautiful and they were in great condition, just like my others! I couldn't pass them up! I paid the same for them as I did the rest ($2 each) so I wasn't out too much! Here they are with the rest of their family:
So of course, when I got home, I had to google it to see how many there are in the whole set aaaand: 14! That means I only need 3! I need volumes 10, 11 and 13. I see these around occasionally, so hopefully I can find them on my own before I feel the need to seek them out on Etsy and Ebay! There are also some on Amazon, but with shipping, they are still more expensive than what I would pay at a thrift shop.
Soooo, Reader's Digest books are super awesome, right? Well, I got some from other sets that had some really beautiful covers. I knew I wanted to use them for crafting, but I was so nervous to actually ruin it. Then I finally dove in, and I did it. I defaced a book. But I made it into a different kind of book, so is that almost okay? Here is my finished product:
So I know you can't really tell what I did from these pics, but a little background. I really wanted to have a journal for Instagrams. I love taking them, and I wanted a place to keep a year's worth of them. I was really inspired by this post on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess. It really is a post that gives you inspiration on printing your digital photos! How much fun are pictures if nobody else can see them but you?! So here's what I did on the inside:
I wanted it to be so simple. Scrapbooking overwhelms me. I have a scrapbook that I started last summer that I have still yet to finish because there is a lot to it. I really wanted this to be just pictures, and maybe writing in some fun little captions.
If you want to try this project I used this tutorial (w/even more references) and this tutorial. Here is what I used:
-120 sheets of thick(er) paper, I think it was 50 lbs I just know that it is in between cardstock and regular printer paper
-Old Reader's Digest Book
-Large Craft Needle
-Hot Glue Gun/Sticks
So I improvised a little and I think my book still turned out great. I think the hot glue actually does a decent job of attaching the pages to the spine, especially since it is so thick. One of the tutorials I read said that hot glue would work just fine, so after a failed attempt with E100, I stuck with hot glue. (Ooooh pun!)
*Things I would do different next time:
-Pull tighter when threading the "folios" (folios are the little packets of pages that you folded in half, my folios each consisted of 8 sheets folded in half, creating 32 pages front and back for each folio. I used a total of 15 of these 8 sheet folios making a grand total of 480 pages front and back.) I had problems with the connection of the folios being too loose, I think I can do better next time as I got better with time.
-Don't bother with a fabric backing between the folios and the spine. It was hard to get my alignment correct and I ended up tearing it off anyway.
-Use a better condition book. This one was a little crusty and the cover cracked when I first opened it. It's okay if it is fragile though, I've not head of any glue shortages lately ;)
- Cut about another 1/2" off of the length of the pages. For this book, I cut pages down to 7.5 x 10 and folded that in half. I think it would fit better if it was 7.5 x 9.5
I would like to try another one soon, it really didn't take that long! If I get good at them, I will totally offer them to my readers for only cost of materials + shipping. But I doubt a lot of people would want them if you can just make them yourself!
Oh and happy spring by the way! It's baby season at the farm!
Today I went with a friend to look at a horse that she works with that the owners want to lease. We had lots of fun even though the horse tested me quite a bit when I was working him! It was fun though, he seems like he won't be boring! Haven't made the final decision yet, I still need to ride him!
Have a great week everyone!
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