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Bookmaking with Collages

The versatility of collages used for art and crafts is extensive.
I created a book and will use collages  for the interior pages...the construction was heavy chipboard and kraft paper, plus decor papers.

We also have corrugated Kraft Paper, also in white corrugated adhesive backed for beautiful book covers or interiors.

For closures,I used our fabulous seam binding attached with Super Adhesive Tape.

For a fun touch - since this is a book for old time photos I used clock charms to hold the seam binding on the front.

The tied seam binding neatly holds the waterfall pages in place. 
I will use alternating old sepia and black and white photos with interesting collages for the finished Book.
See the collage image here

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Thanks for stopping by today, leave us some love with your comments.  Have a wonderful week, Jean

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