Monday, 5 October 2015

5 in 5 - October 2015 - PAPERLOVE BOOK

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes. 

Last year I did an online course ran by Rachel Hazell and a couple of weeks ago I made a trip to Edinburgh to attend a Paperlove Alumni. I was a bubbling of excitement for weeks ahead and so much looked forward to meeting people who I had got to know during the course!  Rachel provided a good supply of materials and my friend Sue had generously bought a long a huge old ledger for me, and another one for the group. I still shiver with excitement when I think of the hand written pages and ways I want to use these! Another friend bought a collection of old stamps to share and there was more excitement from everyone in the group.  It is so lovely to share company with those who understand such pleasures!  
So this month I thought I would show you one of the books I made. 
I used a page of text from an old book.  Now I know the thought of this might make some of you squirm and to be honest I once struggled to tear pages out. Then I realised how many beautiful old books are shredded or destroyed so now I like to think that I am saving some from this fate by giving them new life. This page was about printing and publishing of books, perfect! I also used small pieces torn from a ledger sheet, and some of the stamps.  These were collaged onto greyboard to make hardback covers.  

We made signatures and sewed these together, then attached the cover.  See the beautiful heart stitches?  Rachel cleverly designed the stitch herself. 

And inside I had to include more of the stamps.....

and of one the ledger sheets which I carefully folded to fit the page and glued down.  Linen thread invites a gentle pull...
and the page opens to reveal columns of figures, handwritten 86 years ago.  Having spent the weekend with fellow paper-lovers I know I am not alone in feeling excited about such things. And I am looking forward to filling the rest of the book over time, using other beautiful finds that will also make me smile and wonder about their past.

 Thank you for popping by, your company and comments are always appreciated and special thanks to Maggie, Eileen, Helena, and Melanie who took part last month.
If you would like to join in this monthly photo challenge please link in below so I can come and see your photos. Here's the plan:
  1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below. 

   Please note: 

You can take  your photos any time, they do not have to be taken on 5th!
And you have until the 25th of the month to add your photos to the link.
There are more details here

Sunday, 4 October 2015


I immediately thought of Helena's photo pairs this when I saw tis scene in Birmingham.  Where major demolition work is underway they have screened with scaffolding and hoarding that gives a mirror like finish and looks sculpture like.  Look close and you can see cars and street scenes....
And close up, beautiful ripples and distortions.   Sometimes even the ugly can be made beautiful.

I tried to include this a couple of weeks ago as part of my Birmingham posts but unfortunately I had technology problems. But perhaps the timing is more fitting since Helena's own PAIRS post this week is about demolition.  You can read about it here.
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