Monday, March 30, 2015

An Altered Stack

altered books, vintage photos, vintage booksNot a single original idea in the post today.

To reduce the number of books sitting around doing nothing, I made altered stacks of books.

Used up quite a stack of them along with twine, lace, keys, and other bits.


I do not use my vintage photographs.

I copy them on vellum.

They are quite see-through.

Cut them out with deckle-edged scissors to fit the front of the stack.

Some vintage lace attached with glue strips.

A tag or a key or a rusty star.

The stack of loose pages is secured with thin twine.

I make sure the ornamentation is below the people in the photo.

 A fake hydrangea.

I think I love the sides as much as the fronts.

If you are going to alter one, you might as well alter a stack of books.

And decorate them in many ways.

Just think maybe a descendant will buy one and never know they are related.

If you are my age, you will remember the photographer who walked around the neighborhood with his pony.

We also had a photographer with a goat cart.

The stirrups are dated 1952.

Clever photographer!

The altered books are available in Booth W-10 (Riverfront Antique Mall) and in my Etsy shop where you can use the 10% off coupon below. 

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  1. I have a stack of books that are falling apart that are in my "to do" pile of book stacks. Although, I didn't have nearly as clever of an idea as you did for re-purposing as you did...

  2. I'm with you, I like the sides as much as the front. When I'm out scouting around, I usually buy a few of these. Adorable!!

  3. Not an original idea in this? I got inspiration for displaying books, printing old photos on vellum(!), and the term 'deckle edged'.

  4. Love Love the books! I have a photo of me on a horse! Yep the guy in the neighborhood came and my parents had photos of me and my brother. I would love to make altered art books with some old family photos. Just need to find some time...yikes to that!

  5. Miss Donna;
    These Books are simply Stunning!!!! I bet that they will sell very quickly.
    I honestly thought that this was your idea, as you make the most Beautiful things, and you bring so much sheer JOY to so many people out here!!!
    I Hope that you and Chucks have been doing well. Take Care :-)

  6. These are so lovely Donna. I love everything about them..

  7. I like the idea! I'm sure they'll sell like hot cakes!

  8. Love the altered books and how you embellished them!
    I am inspired!!

  9. These are so pretty Donna! You make the coolest things! I see these flying out of the shop! Have a great week!!!

  10. Love look of your altered books. Where do you find your vintage photos? Where do you get your vellum you can put thru a printer? I tried using regular vellum, it gummed up my printer something awful so had to find printer friendly vellum paper. Used to get it at Walmart and Office Depot but they both stopped carrying it. I love to print things out on vellum to put over other images beneath. It's such a great look.
    Love all the neat things you use to embellish your altered book bundles. They look really nice on a staged table or mantel for example.
    Please let me know where you found your vellum. Contact me at Thanks Happy week and Easter

  11. What a neat idea! These all turned out very pretty. Love how you embellished each one. These are so pretty that it makes me want to run out and get a stack of old books to decorate. Found you via Vintage Inspiration party. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Donna I love stacks of altered books. You have a knack of dressing them up fabulously! Love the bits of lace, keys, flowers, etc. I bet they are a big hit in your booth! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. I love these, Donna. You are clever with your embellishments.
    I've seen pics of my mom and her sisters on those old photos!

  14. Donna do happen to know where the photo of the child on the horse was taken. Is there anything identifcation on the back?

  15. These are all so wonderful! I love old photos and old books...what a great combination! Off to look in your shop! Hugs, Diane

  16. These are so very cute!! Love how you decorated them and such a great idea to scan in your can then use them as many times as you want! So sweet they are, thanks for sharing the how to!! :) Have a lovely week! xo Holly


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