I love the look of old book pages. The toasty brown edges and pale centers of the pages pair perfectly with the stark black type. Simple design with such a vintage feel, but so fragile and brittle. To fix their fragility, I coated the paper with silicone. This technique preserves the fragile pages, making them flexible, waterproof and durable with a feel similar to oilcloth. With a little basic sewing, these plasticized pages are turned into useful durable items with a vintage appeal. Since I am constantly writing notes and ideas, I made a tiny envelope to hold note cards and a small book to jot ideas. Last, I made a cleanable writing pad for under our computer with a fall inspired elbow-patch mouse pad. Enjoy! – Brenna, paper & ink
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- paper of choice (old book pages, decorative paper, newspaper, etc.)
- household silicone sealer (must say “silicone” on the package)
- scrap piece of cardboard to use as a small spreader
- scrap newspaper to protect work surface
- sewing machine
- spray adhesive
- scrap fabric
- large piece of paper (at least 15 x 21)
- piece of heavy poster board or chipboard with dimensions larger than above
For all projects except writing pad:
1. Lay out the paper to be coated atop scrap newspaper.
2. Squeeze out a heavy line of silicone all the way across the top of the paper.
3. Using the scrap piece of cardboard, squeegee the silicone down the paper spreading a thin layer of silicone over the paper. Let the silicone dry.
For the tiny notebook:
1. Cut a 6 ¼ x 5 ¼ inch piece of coated paper. Fold in half.
2. Insert 7–10 3 x 5 inch note cards or scrap paper into the fold.
3. Sew down the spine of the notebook to secure the pages.
4. Sew a loop of coated paper to the open side for a pencil holder.
For the envelope:
1. Cut a 5 ½ x 8 inch piece of coated paper. Make a fold 3 inches up across the short length of the paper. Repeat above the previous fold.
2. The short third of the paper is the flap of the envelope. Cut it into a soft triangle shape.
3. Starting on one side of the envelope, sew the side closed. Continue to sew along the edge of the flap and down the other side to close. This envelope holds 3 x 5 notecards.
For the writing pad:
1. Apply spray adhesive to the uncoated pages and stick them to the large piece of paper (mine measures 15 x 21). Overlap the pages slightly.
2. Sew over the edges of the pages and around the entire large piece of paper. I left some loose threads for visual interest.
3. Using the same coating method as above, coat the entire large piece of sewn pages with silicone and allow to dry.
3. If you are using this under a computer, cut a piece of scrap fabric about 6 x 6 for your mouse. I rounded the corners of the square using the edge of a glass as a template. Apply spray adhesive to the fabric and stick to the coated paper where you would like your mouse to live. Sew around the edges of the fabric to secure the fabric to the paper.
4. Apply spray adhesive to the chipboard and adhere the large sewn and coated paper piece to the chipboard.
5. Trim the edges of chipboard.