ARSL 2011 Handout

Posted by mcJulieO on September 7th, 2011 filed in Uncategorized
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Rags to Riches: Book Recycling for Fun, Fashion, and ….Furniture??!!

Altered Books Commercial Websites:
http://www.rebound-designs.com/ – Book purses for sale!
http://www.bookboxcompany.com/ – These people make exquisite, but pricey, book safes.
http://www.thisintothat.com/index.html Jim Rosenau, Renaissance Man, makes (Works of Art) furniture.
http://karenswhimsy.com/wall-hangings.htm – Book wall hangings at their prettiest.

Altered Books/Creativity Inspiration and Information Websites:
http://www.craftster.org/ – Searchable, totally addictive
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alteredbooks/ - Yahoo group, over 7000 members
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/abc_alteredbookclub/ - Another Yahoo group, 651 members
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_accessories_purses/article/0,1789,HGTV_3227_3661732,00.html – HGTV’s explanation for a book purse
http://www.altered-book.com/index.html – Cyber home for the altered book artist, w/suggested reading list
http://www.gomakesomething.com/ – Lisa Vollrath, Artiste Extraordinaire, resource for altered books artists.

Altered Books Youtube videos for inspiration (there are lots more- Just SEARCH!):
Turn Over A New Leaf Altered Book (no sound) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_yzrnFStPE
An Altered Book (no sound) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhSAd2uQAjs
One Frightful Night (Altered Book) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8a-Cs_18Zo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4RFH0q0Osk&eurl=http://www.curbly.com/Chrisjob/posts/4164-Curbly-Video-Podcast-How-to-Make-a-Handbag-out-of-a-Recycled-Book -Cute guy in Book to Purse transformation
Threadbanger demonstrates rolled paper beads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJKU0L2CKgM

ARSL 2011- Books That Might Be Helpful for Building a Collection on Altered Books

Altered Books Workshop: 18 Creative Techniques for Self-Expression. by Bev Brazelton, 2004.

Altered Books 101 -everything you need to know…”the complete guide” by Beth Cote and Cindy Peska, 2000.

Altered Books 102 by Beth Cote, 2003.

The altered book scrapbook by Susan Ure, 2006

Altered Art For The First Time by Madeleine Arndt, 2005.

Altered art : techniques for creating altered books, boxes, cards & more by Terry Taylor, 2004.

A humument : a treated Victorian novel by Tom Phillips, 2005.


ARSL, Here I Come!

Posted by mcJulieO on September 7th, 2011 filed in Uncategorized
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I’ve been invited to present to the Annual Conference of The Association for Rural and Small Libraries this September, held in Frisco, Texas, just north of Dallas.

The keynote speakers are Big Deals, Linda Braun, nationally-known library technology consultant, Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes, creators of the wildly popular Unshelved comic strip, and Joe Bob Briggs, Dallas gadfly, TV personality, film critic, author, and champion of intellectual freedom, and the breakout sessions look like they’ll be fascinating, but I’m really looking forward to sharing what I’ve found out about the many ways to use up books that nobody (and I DO mean NOBODY) wants.

They’ve given me only a 50 minute slot for my usual 90 minute presentation, so I’ll just have to skip over some good stuff (it’s ALL good stuff) and talk fast….


Altered Books Tutorials

Posted by mcJulieO on April 18th, 2011 filed in Uncategorized
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There are a number of tutorials for those who would like to try making an altered book- taking a regular old book, and turning it into ART… some are even on Youtube

Here are a couple of blogs with introductions to Altered Books (I cannot emphasize enough that there really are no rules in doing altered books, if you fiddle with a page and you wind up “messing up” or just plain not liking your result, all you have to do is paint over it, or, even easier, rip it out, starting over wit a fresh page):

iHanna’s Blog
Tutorial on Altering a Book into an Art Journal
http://www.ihanna.nu/blog/?p=1269

and Jane’s Apron
altered book tutorial
http://janesapron.typepad.com/janes_apron/2010/06/altered-book-tutorial.html


Rags to Riches: Recycling Books for Fun, Fashion, and… Furniture??!! Handout

Posted by mcJulieO on April 8th, 2011 filed in Book/Paper Crafts, How To
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I’m going to have a few copies of a paper handout when I speak next week at the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference, but will submit an electronic version for them to post on their conference website, but wanted to also post it here. I’ve rechecked all the links and they were all working yesterday, and of course, the list of good books on altered books can be added to. There are good ones being published all the time.

TLA 2011- Rags to Riches: Book Recycling for Fun, Fashion, and ….Furniture??!!

Altered Books Commercial Websites:
http://www.rebound-designs.com/ – Book purses for sale!
http://www.bookboxcompany.com/ – These people make exquisite, but pricey, book safes.
http://www.thisintothat.com/index.html Jim Rosenau, Renaissance Man, makes (Works of Art) furniture.
http://karenswhimsy.com/wall-hangings.htm – Book wall hangings at their prettiest.

Altered Books/Creativity Inspiration and Information Websites:
www.Craftster.org – Searchable, totally addictive
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alteredbooks/ - Yahoo group, over 7000 members
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/abc_alteredbookclub/ - Another Yahoo group, 651 members
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_accessories_purses/article/0,1789,HGTV_3227_3661732,00.html – HGTV’s explanation for a book purse
http://www.altered-book.com/index.html – Cyber home for the altered book artist, w/suggested reading list
http://www.gomakesomething.com/ – Lisa Vollrath, Artiste Extraordinaire, resource for altered books artists.

Altered Books Youtube videos for inspiration (there are lots more- Just SEARCH!):
Turn Over A New Leaf Altered Book (no sound) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_yzrnFStPE
An Altered Book (no sound) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhSAd2uQAjs
One Frightful Night (Altered Book) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8a-Cs_18Zo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4RFH0q0Osk&eurl=http://www.curbly.com/Chrisjob/posts/4164-Curbly-Video-Podcast-How-to-Make-a-Handbag-out-of-a-Recycled-Book -Cute guy in Book to Purse transformation
Threadbanger demonstrates rolled paper beads http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJKU0L2CKgM

TLA 2011- Books That Might Be Helpful for Building a Collection on Altered Books

Altered Books Workshop: 18 Creative Techniques for Self-Expression. by Bev Brazelton, 2004.

Altered Books 101 -everything you need to know…”the complete guide” by Beth Cote and Cindy Peska, 2000.

Altered Books 102 by Beth Cote, 2003.

The altered book scrapbook by Susan Ure, 2006

Altered Art For The First Time by Madeleine Arndt, 2005.

Altered art : techniques for creating altered books, boxes, cards & more by Terry Taylor, 2004.

A humument : a treated Victorian novel by Tom Phillips, 2005.


Uses for Book Flowers, Or Book Flower Apps

Posted by mcJulieO on April 6th, 2011 filed in Book/Paper Crafts
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So, OK, we know how to make book flowers, but we can wear only so many book flower corsages in the course of the day, even if they ARE just made out of paper and cannot be expected to last indefinitely…

They make lovely little embellishments to headbands,

Small book flowers hot-glued to a headband

Small book flowers hot-glued to a headband

Closer up

Closer up

Closer still

Closer still

and sometimes they make lovely BIG embellishments to headbands..

Made from a map, this flower was hotglued onto a plastic headband.

Made from a map, this flower was hotglued onto a plastic headband.

Big, bold, beautiful and hotglued to a plastic headband.

Big, bold, beautiful and hotglued to a plastic headband.

Washed with simple acrylic paints, the text is still visible in this large book flower hotglued to a plastic headband.

Washed with simple acrylic paints, the text is still visible in this large book flower hotglued to a plastic headband.

Even small book flowers hotglued to a plastic headband make an eye-catching accessory.

Even small book flowers hotglued to a plastic headband make an eye-catching accessory.

Though made of paper, and therfore, ephemeral, these book flowers hotglued to a plastic headband, are cute, and fun to wear.

Though made of paper, and therfore, ephemeral, these book flowers hotglued to a plastic headband, are cute, and fun to wear.

They would make a great statement on a hat…

And they can be really cute as earrings, too.

(I’ll see if I can get photos… don’t hold your breath)


Cut/ Shaped Books

Posted by mcJulieO on April 3rd, 2011 filed in Book/Paper Crafts
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Does your nose run?
Do your feet smell?
Then MAYBE you’re built upside down!

Well, my nose is running, and I’ve got a cruddy cough… (no word on the feet smelling). I think it’s a cold, but the DH thinks its all the sawdust I’m inhaling while using the bandsaw for several hours each day, cutting books for my talk on Altered Books at the Texas Library Association next week. I keep a shop vac going while I’m sawing, but cutting up books makes a really fine dust, and I’m sure that some of it has made it into my lungs…

It must be time to focus on something else for a while.

But I have a LOT to show for my labor:
Before cutting, it is a discarded, unsellable book, leftover from the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale.

This one will become a teapot.

This one will become a teapot.

The teapot shape is our best seller, but other things capture artists’ imagination as well.

Teapot, Teapot, who has a teapot???

Teapot, Teapot, who has a teapot???

Who can resist the adorable Scottie dog?

Who can resist the adorable Scottie dog?

Cut/ Shaped Books

Bilateral symmetry makes a lot of design elements possible.

Bilateral symmetry makes a lot of design elements possible.

Any money that we make off of them goes to the Friends of the Library to ultimately fund library activities, whether the children’s summer reading program, or genealogy databases, or whatever.

In order to get a few more books cut, I’m going to need to wear a micro-particle mask… good thing it’s still cool-ish outside when I work in the garage.


More Book Flowers

Posted by mcJulieO on April 2nd, 2011 filed in Book/Paper Crafts
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Not being UP with all the details of this blog technique, I’m finding that it is not quite as intuitive as I would have liked…but I’m learning.

That being said, I’d like to show some more book flowers that we crafty bibliophiles have made.

Remember, the bigger the circle of paper, the bigger the flower… and the kind of paper, its weight and finish, will affect how your flower will turn out… You can cut a simple round, with or without specialty scissors, or use a lobed template to make the “petals” more pronounced, but the technique stands unchanged… and fewer circles of paper will make a less full flower.

Handcut lobes give this flower a beautiful camellia look.

Hand cut lobes give this flower a beautiful camellia look.

A little of this and a little of that, and pretty soon you've got Bling!

A little of this and a little of that, and pretty soon you've got Bling!

The text still shows through this acrylic paint layer, and the colorful ribbon gives a great place for a pin.

The text still shows through this acrylic paint layer, and the colorful ribbon gives a great place for a pin.

Note the deep lobes of the petals.

Note the deep lobes of the petals.

Dye Ink from an ink pad gives this paper flower its color.

Dye Ink from an ink pad gives this paper flower its color.

Though not exactly glitzy, this book flower sports extra tulle, chiffon, satin, and a feather, courtesy of Toni G. Who could resist such a concoction?!!

Though not exactly glitzy, this book flower sports extra netting, chiffon, satin, and a feather, courtesy of Toni G. Who could resist such a frou frou concoction?!!


Book Flowers

Posted by mcJulieO on April 1st, 2011 filed in Book/Paper Crafts
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I think book safes are really neat, and they are SO easy to make using a band saw, BUT I still wind up with a LOT of pages of text, that could still be used for something cool…. and it’s almost exactly the same with the book purses. Everytime I make a book purse, I have a book’s worth of pages that I hate to just THROW AWAY! (this is a problem with wanting to recycle everything)

Anyway, book flowers are the perfect answer, with the bonus that they are easy (can be done by children of almost any age), AND they can be handsome enough to actually wear for almost any event….. SOME crafty types really like to bling them up, but I like them a little less glitzy.

Book flowers are lovely just unadorned

Book flowers are lovely just unadorned

Many recycled flowers have color from charts or even highlighting in textbooks.

Many recycled flowers have color from charts or even highlighting in textbooks.

Recycled Book Flowers

Recycled Book Flowers

They are so easy…
Start with circles of paper, you can cut them out of a book, a catalog, or even an advertising flyer (I particularly like maps), and you can use a paper punch if you have one. Cut several layers and stack them on top of one another, turning the circles in varying directions so the text is not all going in the same direction. You staple all of the circles together twice, making an “X”, and then you just scrunch the layers one by one, starting with the top one, and working through all the layers. The bigger the circles, the bigger the flowers.

Stack about 8 or 9 together.

Stack about 8 or 9 together.

Staple an "X" in the Middle

Staple an "X" in the Middle

Shapes are punched (or cut) from paper removed in making a book safe

Shapes are punched (or cut) from paper removed in making a book safe

Punches work, but are limited in size, while scissors can make circles as big as you like.

Punches work, but are limited in size, while scissors can make circles as big as you like.

Stack and Staple an "X" in the middle (2 staples criss-crossing)

Stack and Staple an "X" in the middle (2 staples criss-crossing)

Scrunch Each Petal Layer, working all the way down to the bottom layer.

Scrunch Each Petal Layer, working all the way down to the bottom layer.

Unscrunch the layers to fluff the flower out. Apply a pin backing to the backside of the flower, or glue to whatever object you desire.

Unscrunch the layers to fluff the flower out. Apply a pin backing to the backside of the flower, or glue to whatever object you desire.

Add color early in the project, before stapling, or use an old textbook that have been liberally highlighted for extra color. The size of the flower is determioned by the size of the starting circles.

Add color early in the project, before stapling, or use an old textbook that have been liberally highlighted for extra color. The size of the flower is determioned by the size of the starting circles.


Fun at TLA!

Posted by mcJulieO on March 22nd, 2011 filed in Uncategorized
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The Texas Library Association is not exclusively for professional librarians…they let laypeople join, too, and even have a round table just for these “oddities”. LiFTA stands for Library Friends, Trustees, and Advocates Round Table, and when the annual conference rolls around, they sponsor the opening luncheon that has GREAT authors speaking on their latest books… Since I’ve been a member of LiFTA, I’ve gotten to introduce a number of authors, including Jon Scieszka, the hilarious, award winning children’s author, in 2009…

This is what I said to introduce him:
“Our last author, Jon grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second of 6 boy siblings, which may be the defining fact of his genesis as a writer. He has been quoted as saying,

‘You can get out of a lot of trouble if you are the one telling the story.’

More impressive, perhaps, than his Master’s from Columbia, is that he taught elementary school in New York City for ten years before writing his version of the Great American Novel, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, alternately rejected originally for being too sophisticated, or for being too weird, NOW HAVING SOLD OVER 4 MILLION COPIES. Other great literary works sprang from his fertile and creative mind over time.

Who, after having read it, could ever forget his The Stinky Cheese Man, a Caldecott Honor Book?. Or perhaps, Math Curse, a Texas Bluebonnet Award winner?

Creative, indeed! And kind enough to include, on his website, a wave file demonstrating the correct pronunciation of his easily mangled name, with its uncommon collection of vowels and consonants. It’s easy- It’s SHESH- ka
On Amazon.com a reviewer wrote: To get an idea of Scieszka’s humor, let me tell you about how he once introduced himself to a group of kids. “Hi everyone,” he said… “Now I know some of you have been having a little trouble with my name. It’s not that hard, really. Let’s all say it together… Ready? … JOHN!”

I don’t want to take any extra time allotted to him, but I DO want to mention that last year, Jon was named the first National Ambassador for Children’s Literature, a position created jointly by the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature. It’s a two-year term, and he will advocate for children’s books in countless ways, while also promoting Guys Read, the nonprofit literacy organization he founded.

Jon lives in Brooklyn, New York, and I ask you to join me in extending a warm Texas welcome to Jon Scieszka! Howdy, Mr. Ambassador!”

His autobiography, Knucklehead, had just been published and he gave everybody there a copy… It’s a scream, especially for anyone who has brothers, or male children.

Ambassador for Children's Literature Jon Sczieska & Julie Ousley

Ambassador for Children's Literature Jon Scieszka & Julie Ousley

How I wish I had a better photo of us together! He was an excellent lunch companion, and his talk was a wonderful kick-off for a great conference!


Texas Library Love

Posted by mcJulieO on March 21st, 2011 filed in Uncategorized
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Besides being active in our local library, I’ve been honored to work with libraries in this part of Texas through the Alamo Area Library System, which stretches from Seguin westward all the way to Del Rio, from Fredericksburg on the North, southward to (I can’t remember what the southernmost library is in the system)…
AALS is one of ten cooperative public library systems in Texas. The System covers twenty-one counties surrounding San Antonio and has forty-five member libraries working together to serve over 1.9 million people. Besides the really big library in San Antonio, there are big libraries like ours that serves a population of about 50,000, and little bitty teeny weeny libraries, like Leakey, that has a city population of about 250! Through the Alamo Area Library System, I’ve learned a lot about our differences and similarities. AALS was the first group to ask me to speak on book recycling, (When I first spoke for them, we called it “Rumpelstiltslibrarian: Altering Books for Fun and Profit”) and their enthusiasm has fueled an outreach to a greater audience.

AALS just hosted their annual Spring Membership Meeting at the new Tye Preston Memorial Library out in very rural Comal County near Canyon Lake…  Among other interesting presentations, Jeannette Larson, retired librarian (and degreed anthropologist) discussed her newest book, Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore From the Americas, but while she was speaking, a Texas Roadrunner with a grasshopper in its mouth came up to the building right next to where I was sitting, and tapped on the window.

Fortunately I had my camera, so I got a quick shot of him:

Beep! Beep!

Beep! Beep!

He is a common sight for library patrons, is about 12 inches tall when he stretches up, and very curious.