I’ve already created one post about what to do with old books – here and here – however this one is about what to do with old magazines. We are very lucky to be where we live; we have an awesome junk market that operates three days a week where often you can find some wicked ephemera buys.
This weekend I happened upon 6 magazines from the 1920s for £3!
As you can see they’re falling apart quite badly so I’m thinking that I’m going to have to remove some pages for different things. I don’t like cutting up old magazines but as these are disintegrating anyway it might have to be done.
I’m really loving the adverts in them and I’m considering framing some of these for our kitchen:
And I’m going to scan them in for Archive.org just to keep them complete for prosperity.
However I’m not sure what to do when I’ve finished all the hacking. Any ideas? Here are some that I’ve found in my stumblings:
National Geographic Shelf
Book/ Magazine Beads
I could make a mini-album/ book like these [click on the photograph to take you to the original image]:
I could make rossettes, bows etc.:
I think I’d really like to try to make a little journal – but I’m not sure. I’m not very good with all these choices and just a few magazines to play with – including magazines I’m not really sure I want to cut up!
It’s ridiculous that I don’t blog here more because I’ve turned into the biggest magpie possible recently. I will definitely blog more – I promise! Anyway – while I’m here I thought I’d let you know about the wonderful find I had on Deptford Junk Market [or as I heard a middle-class lady tell her long-haired 3 year old called Oscar – the ‘flea’ market] today.
This, my dear friends, is a beautiful scrapbook created from a 1968 catalogue of Christmas cards. The colour instantly grabbed my attention. Imagine my joy when I opened its pages:
Look at this beautiful woman. She appears throughout the album and I just wonder if the scrapbook belonged to her.
Lots of notes and letters – some in Spanish – beautiful handwriting.
A couple of pages of stamps – some of which I’ll turn into Photoshop Brushes to give away here.
Some great matchbook covers and Christmas cards
Sketches [not very good unfortunately]
The dates on these range from 1968 to 1969 as far as I can see – so it’s 40 years old. Most of the items on the stall I bought this from come from house clearances so the sad thing is is that it feels as though perhaps this woman no longer is around. That this was just thrown into a pile along with other belongings.
I don’t know what to do with it now. Part of me wants to turn it into my own scrapbook because the book is so gorgeous. Perhaps remove all the items [most of which are held in by photo corners] and reuse the book. Or I could keep it how it is. Or create my own art around it. I just don’t know. At the moment I’m just enjoying flicking through it and marvelling at this woman’s collection and craving to do my own now!