Learn How to Add Bling to Handmade Books with a Junk Journaling and Mixed Media project using Thrifted Book Bling. We will learn how to add jewelry and other trinkets from thrift stores to your handmade books. You won’t want to miss it. Please scroll down to view the video!
Add Bling to Handmade Books
I truly love thrifting. There are so many cool things that can be found in thrift stores. Today we will ‘bling out’ the spine of the Enchanted book that was created in January. Let’s start by reviewing the bling on my Mixed Messages book that I made several years ago. I actually made the beads myself. A ribbon along with jewelry, such as the little heart from a bracelet that I tied on the ribbon are displayed. Painted beads and buttons are sewn onto a beautiful piece of antique lace covering the spine, adding bling. A charm made from polymer clay is another good choice.
Your jewelry box is often a great place to find bling items, such as pieces that you don’t wear any more, or may not even recall being in there if you’re like me! Now let’s look at some items I have found recently. First is a pretty bracelet with a nice clasp for a book closure. The beads and pearls will make a nifty tassel for the edge of a book. Round pieces from an old chain I especially like for making the number 8 among other uses. The ‘key to my heart’ is awesome for putting in a book or use with a gelli plate. A splendid set of gold and silver hearts with engravings will be perfect for a future book.
The turquoise colored bead necklace will be used on today’s Enchanted book spine. The little dangling chain on it is so nice. This one is perfect for adding bling since it is decorative and lightweight. Charms such as peace symbols and stars adorn the next piece, which can be taken off and used individually or together as a single unit. It also has a large clasp on it. This is followed by one with an arrow, charm with a musical note, and feather that I removed. Other items like a feathered broach and a packet of trinkets from an estate sale, such as a mushroom, flag, and stick pens can go right on pages or covers of a book. As you can see, there are endless fun possibilities!
Setting the book with its spine facing up, we start by removing the ‘clip’ part of a binder clip, placing on some ribbon through, then resetting the clip to hold it in place. The clip is then secured onto the spine, and the ribbon is weaved around the necklace and pendant, then tied off. A section of ribbon is cut off. A tie pin button with pretty blue colors is pinned onto the ribbon for another nice added touch.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s tutorial as we have seen that limitless options of items are available from thrift stores, estate and yard sales, etc. for embellishing our book projects by adding ‘bling!’ The application of the items to the book is pretty simple and straightforward as you have seen. I look forward to working with you again next time, and keep on practicing and having fun on your junk journaling journey!
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