Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Mini Concertina book

A while ago I reminisced about  a little souvenir concertina book brooch which I had when I was a child. The type of thing that when you are a child you buy on holiday then gets pushed to the back of the drawer and eventually gets thrown away. I wrote about how I would love to own one of them now but after having searched on line only found one that a lucky lady owned and posted about on her blog.

Happily I was lucky enough to come across one a little while later at a Vintage Fair. I couldn't believe my luck and it was of one of the places in which I spent my holidays as a child. The Lake District in Cumbria.

Since my first post on the subject I have been wanting to make a mini concertina book and this week at the back of one of my drawers I came across a strip of heavy watercolour paper leftover from an old project which was ideal. So I got to work and this is the result.

I used leftover papers that have images of  ink and paint from cleaning off stamps and brushes. I just love the random marks you can get, hence the  name of my little book, 'Serendipity'.

The cover is made from a brown tag which is stamped with a script stamp and scrunched, opened up and scrunched again until it feels like fabric. I then painted it with some acrylic wax to seal the surface, then added a metal eyelet and some twine.

I am really pleased with the way it turned out and hope to make more in the future.

I am linking this post to WOYWW as this is what has been on my desk these past few days. To see other peoples desks from around the world click on the button in the side-bar and take a look.

Thanks for visiting. x


  1. Wow what lovely little books/albums . Happy woyww Jill #23

  2. Cute little books! I didn't realize just how small they were until I saw your last photo! That is tiny! Have a fabulous week! zsuzsa @ ImkyDinkyDoodle #33

  3. Oh I love it! The little works of art look like screen prints, and I find it hard to believe they are leftovers - they are really exquisite, and I love the cover - a very clever technique to get that lovely effect. Just beautiful.
    Have a great week,

  4. Oh, those are fab!! Both the vintage and modern versions are just so lovely...what a great find and clever you for making your own!!
    Hugs, LLJ 32 xx

  5. That is so incredibly tiny. But so adorable! Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #57

  6. Gorgeous book, love it too bits might just have to make one.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 39

  7. That book is so sweet - what a great idea! Happy WOYWW, Chris # 7

  8. so beautiful, what a great idea

  9. What a fabulous project Carol and it turned out perfectly. I love the way you did the cover. Very creative; well done you! :D x

  10. Thanks for the inspiration. I am bookmarking your post to use in the future. I have wanted to make a concertina type insert in an Altoid tin. I haven't got around to it yet. Your lovely post will give me some wings under my goal. I also think my older grandsons would love to make a concertina with a tag. Terrific idea.

  11. Wow, that is gorgeous!
    Happy Thursday! (sorry I'm late)

  12. Serendipity indeed, I prefer your version to the Cumbrian one (though it is cute) and could see these as a fun way to keep little bits of projects you have made. Annette #31

  13. Absolutely gorgeous! You know, I had one of those little souvenir booklet brooches too come to think of it...Mine was from St Ives, Cornwall. Oh sweet memories....
    Thanks for letting me look over your shoulder,
    Have a good week,
    Sorry I'm late but I take my time going through them all. (I enjoy reading all the blogs and look at the photos)

  14. Oh Fuzzie... that is absolutely GORGEOUS....... I love it love it love it!!! Well done finding the lakeland one. I've never seen anything like that before. Little tiny mini-books is something I want to get into. What a beautiful job you have done, and what a little treasure you have created!!

    Thanks for your visit and your lovely comment. The soap was super-easy to make! I am going to get some of that cosmetic glitter and make some more clear soaps. I need a snowflake mould of my own, though. When I get time I shall be checking out the soap making websites and get some kit. My hubby is super delighted with his gingerbread man soap and continues to have no allergic reaction to it. I feel so great about being able to make something lovely for him.


  15. Hi there and nice to meet you. I am new and getting acquainted with people and process. I appreciate your sharing.

    Pat #83

  16. What a stunning book. Tracey @ 20

  17. That is absolutely gorgeous! You've every right to be in love with it :) (Hope you don't mind if I pin it) And now I am off to google acrylic wax too!

    Carmen x #45

  18. They do indeed look like individual masterpieces !

    Joel McBride (aka, Barf Snoodlefart) #15