Long, long ago, I’d like to think it was a few months ago but more likely it was a couple of years ago, I had this great idea to glue scrapbook paper to one side of a playing card. I repeated the process until I had stacks of decorated playing cards.
Then I needed to come up with an idea to use them up. I had a brilliant one – turn them into little house shaped lanterns. I took a stack and painstakingly cut 4 windows into each card. I carved them and shaped them until it took the form of a lopsided house that seemed a little too flammable to have a lit candle inside.
I stacked and sorted the cards and set them aside. Someday, I would finish that terrible idea. Why on earth did I think I’d want to go through that again?
So they sat until I saw this post. Alisa Golden had turned a stack of playing cards into a book. I had playing cards that were just taking up space. So I resorted and restacked my cards and using her technique, I turned them into books.
Being that it was scrapbooking paper decorated, I found myself thinking of pictures of my son as I created the books. I will admit that I made more books than I really thought about. The technique was so fun and I had so many playing cards, I got to the point that I could sit in the doctor’s office and stitch together books.
However, I couldn’t just share my little books – what purpose did they serve except to completely delight me as I made them (I really want to make more, they were so fun).
I’ve finished 3 to the point I am happy. I have made little books about my son’s childhood for his 3 grandmothers.
To be honest, they are a little hard to part with. So I have two in the works for me.
There are only two things I really want to warn you about if you opt to make some yourself – be gently with your paper piercer. I got impatient and my stacks kept getting thicker and thicker until my poor little needle snapped right in two. Now I have to buy a new one.
The other is, if you are going to use these as scrapbooks, make sure you have enough tiny images to fill the books. I had to reject so many great pictures because they wouldn’t fit on the playing card.
I just chose to dig through all my pictures and pull duplicates for these projects. If you are going to print pictures – go small, like wallet size.