Oy. Sometimes, motherhood involves standing quietly by as your child melts down in agony and knowing just the right moment to go in for the hug. I'm traumatized. Can you tell?
ANYWAY, as I've been going through books and purging, I found my mother's old biology textbook. I've kept it for sentimental reasons: I pretended to be a college student studying biology when I was in third grade and mom was in dental hygiene school. The book she let me play with was actually her old high school book, a paperback printed on highly acidic, cheap paper that has yellowed beautifully with age. As my purging self contemplated throwing it in the recycling bin, I realized that I would rather tear it up and use it on cards.
So I made this.
|A close-up so you can read how appropriate the text is for the image. |
I searched for hours to get this right!
It's not bad for a first effort at tearing up a book...an act that made me look over my shoulder repeatedly in case my third-grade librarian should appear and yell at me for violating a book!
And isn't that tiny paper clip the cutest widdle ting ever?!?!? It's from a Tim Holtz hardware pack I picked up a few years ago. Eeep! I used one!!!!
And now for two points of business from my last post.
1. I heat-set the Memento ink on the fabric because it wasn't drying quickly enough and I worried it would smear. Memento is waterproof but I'm not sure how waterproof it is on fabric.
2. I will take some pictures of my calligraphy and illumination efforts to share, but I warn you...there's a reason I turned to rubber stamping. Calligraphy and illumination appealed to the medievalist in me, and they were fun, but they're not clean and simple, and I wasn't good at them.
stamps: Papertrey Turning a New Leaf
paper: Papertrey vintage ivory
accessories: old biology book, paper clip, ribbon, glue stick, corner rounder