Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chalkboard Books Revisited

I recently made a new batch of these Reader's Digest chalkboard books, but never had a chance to get pictures and share the tutorial again before they went off to their new homes.  I thought this would be a great time to share the tutorial from September, 2011 again...I can't believe it was that long ago.

I have loads of projects I need to work on this week, but it will be a miracle if I get to any of them.  I was away for the holiday weekend and ended up flat on my back by Monday night. I'm moving around a little better this morning, but these backs spasms still have the best of me.  I wonder if this is nature's way of telling me to slow down!

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I picked up some 1975-1983 Reader's Digest Condensed Books at an antique shop a few months ago for just $2.00 each.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them, so I stashed them away until inspiration hit while I was using chalkboard paint on another project.



 This one is decorated with a vintage mother of pearl buckle and buttons, then topped off with an old clip on earring.

These Reader's Digest books make perfect specimens for chalkboards.  They're inexpensive, easy to find, they're thick and stand up easily, the front covers are smooth, and they're guilt free....you can still read them.

 I taped off the front and used a paper towel to cover up the back and sides.  I sprayed on one coat of black primer and two coats of Rust-Oleum chalkboard paint. 

  I cut the trim about 3" longer than the book and then used my finger to apply regular ol' Elmer's glue directly to the trim.  I wrapped it around the inside on both ends and put a piece of wax paper under the front cover to keep the glue from sticking to the first page.


 The metallic silver rosette used to be a shoe clip.  I added a vintage earring to the center and another rhinestone earring to the bottom of the rosette.

 Since there's not a lot of room for writing, wouldn't several of these look good together with just one letter on each book?  

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27 comments:

  1. Betsy, your creativity astounds me once again!! Love these :)
    Sure hope your back feels better soon!
    Susan

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  2. What a fun idea, Betsy! So many possibilities! Take it easy on that back! XO

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  3. I remember these. Loved them then, love them now. Yes, my friend, slow down. I had my little health episode not that long ago. Your body is trying to tell you something.

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  4. Neat idea - Love the touch of bling. Take care of your back. I am paying a high price now because I did not listen to my body years ago.:/

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  5. Such a really great idea! I would love to make some of these to add to my Halloween/autumn decorations.

    Jeanine

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  6. I see a lot of these books, too...what a clever way to bring them up to date! Enjoy your week! Hugs!

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  7. That is such an cool idea to use on old books. Have a great week. Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

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  8. Betsy, hate that you back is out...Goodness I have often wondered how you do all of the lugging and lifting involved in all of the shows you do! You are just going to have to take it easy for a bit....Now, those books/chalkboards are fabulous!

    Carol

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  9. Love ~ Love ~ Love this idea and the best part is the book is still useable, this is recycling on steroids!!! Hey...be careful with your back...those muscle spasms are the worst.

    Mickie

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  10. Back spasms, huh? That's a horrible thing to deal with. Is it your sciatic nerve?

    I've resorted to sleeping in the recliner. Quite often with a heating pad. It helps. I've also learned to position my projects so I can work while standing or sitting in a comfortable position.

    This aging thing sucks. Thank God for the BIG bottles of Ibuprofen.

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  11. Chalkboard is my middle name, so you know I love these embellished books. So sorry about your back. Please take care of yourself!

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  12. Great idea with the books. I too have been out with back (and shoulder problems). I fell hard a week ago and I have horrible tingling nerve pain all the way down my right side. MRI tomorrow. Maybe they can find a cure for my old age and clumsiness while they are at it? Can't wait to get the strength back in my arm so I can get back to the jewelry bench.

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  13. Your creativity never fails to astound me. I think I have bruises from all the forehead smacks. I hope that back feels better soon!

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  14. What a cute idea! You are so creative! I can think of so many ways to use them. I do hope you are feeling better real soon. Back pain is the worst! :(
    A hug
    xo

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  15. These are so great! Love it! And love the way you decorated them with the brooches and buttons! Very pretty! Have a great day!! xo Holly

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  16. What a great idea Betsy! Those look fab, especially with all the lace and bling! Very pretty!

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  17. They are darling! And I love that they're guilt free book repurposings. So sorry you have an ouchie! Grab some guilty-pleasure DVDs and lie down. And don't get up until I say so.

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  18. Totally love those books! I love anything made into a chalkboard. Hope your back feels better soon!

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  19. What a neat idea! Perfect for vignettes or gifts. Great job!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  20. You have such great ideas, Betsy!

    I remember getting those books! I was an avid reader when I was a child :) now I'm sucked in by the Internet and picking up a book is foreign to me :(

    xoxo

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  21. These are so pretty! Mine are pretty plain, but I love to write on them! The ones I recently purchased at a library sale in MI were just 25 cents a piece! You are a real inspiration!

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  22. What a wonderful idea. I have some old books and chalk paint in the garage. This would be a great project (may for Thanksgiving with fall decorations).

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  23. nice idea
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    http://kasthuriscreations.blogspot.in/

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  24. So cute- would for you to link up on gone junkin Friday over on my blog . Your log is perfect !

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  25. Betsy you're the best. Send me your address again and I will mail you some of these doilies. super cute!!

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  26. Ha! Found you- Loved your feature over at Must Love Junk and here I am! Signed up as your newest follower and if I don't fall asleep in the next 2 minutes you will be on my sidebar. Have a wonderful, blessed Sunday- xo Diana

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  27. What a cleaver idea!This would make a great gift!
    xx
    Anne

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