Monday, January 12, 2009

Scrapbooking is Made For Trash Pickers

Scrapbooking is a hobby that is perfect for dumpster divers, pack rats, trash pickers hoarders. Call us what you want we don't care. Scrapbooking allows you to use all those old buttons, zippers, paper clips, shells and doo-dads you were saving to create something fabulous. You can even make your own paper by recycling newspaper! One thing you come across a lot while Dumpster Diving is old hardback books, since the internet became so big apparently people don't find the need to read books as much. Sad, but true. One way to combine scrapbooking, recycling and thrift shopping is to make an Altered Book.
"To make an altered book is to transform a hardback book into a work of art. Once altered, it is no longer the expression of the original author, it becomes the expression of the altered book artist. This altered book tells the story of my grandmother. It is a little different from other altered books, but the techniques can be used when making your own altered book - regardless of the theme." Author Bobbi Holmes teaches you
How To Make an Altered Book.
Her pictures and instructions are absolutely fabulous I'm going to get started on my own today. I'd love to see what ideas y'all come up with for your own altered books. Now I know what to do with that old dusty set of encyclopedias!


  1. What a neat idea. I had never heard of this before!

  2. This is such a fabulous, multi sensory experience! She even adds fragrance to her altered book!

  3. I love altered books. Someone was throwing out a bunch of Frog and Toad and Dr. Seuss books, so I grabbed them up to make greeting cards. You can't just throw out Frog and Toad!