Monday, 13 September 2010

Book Swap #12: KarleighJae

The book structure is a hardbound book with an accordion spine and sewn pages. The book is made from scraps that I saved. The front features an envelope sent to me when I purchased a bunch of old stamps from someone on Etsy. The envelope is from 1929, and I love it! My favorite things are the way it's addressed "Special Delivery" as well as the fact that someone wrote measurements on the left side of it. (Who doesn't use envelopes for random jottings?) And I also love that someone wrote in red ink "Very old, 1929" right on it. The inside paper is leftover from cutting down large sheets for custom orders. The paper was damaged and wrinkled so I added to the look and tea stained it so I could save and use it. The back cover has a bunch of old used stamps from everywhere. The book features two buttons, which were pulled off of an old shirt.The buttons hold the book closed with the help of a knotted waxed linen thread tie. --Karleigh Jae

Visit Karleigh's shop to see her other books for sale: www.karleighjae.etsy.com

7 comments:

Useful Books said...

This is the book that I got in the swap, and it is as delightful in person as you image. I ADORE it! Thanks, Karleigh!

Katy said...

Beautiful!

Baghy said...

I love this one, I have a passion for old stamps and I think the envelope is lovely! I also love how you stained the paper, Karleigh, it looks vintage and goes great with the stamps and all. Some old stamps have great value, so you might have passed a fortune to Cindy :)

linda said...

Beautiful book - love the vintage look!

Useful Books said...

Ooh. Any stamp collectors in the group?? :)

KarleighJae said...

I've checked the worth! Some stamps in my usable collection are worth up to $2. I think it's worth the two bucks to put it on the book :)

Thank you for all the wonderful comments!

If you want to see more pics of this book you can see my blog post about it here:

http://karleighjae.blogspot.com/2010/09/breathing-for-bit.html

Pauline Paulette said...

simply and poetic, that's pure art...