Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Picture Perfect" Books

As I was peeking through boxes and bins I came across a bunch of picture frame parts and pieces. A while back I had taken apart a bunch of frames for a decorating project and in true "junker" fashion...I kept all the glass and cardboard backs...because well, "you just never know". I also found a couple boxes full of old books...I can't resist them. So this idea combines 2 of my favorite things...books and photos...

I knew I saved these for a reason :)

I removed the front and back cover of the book and then folded the pages back to a full page of words. The pictures are only attached by the black photo corners and can easily be switched out. The glass is held in place by black "ponytail" holders...who knew that'd come in handy for something other than a "bad hair day"...

(By the way...I don't actually know this "happy couple", but they make me smile)

This book is even called "Picture Perfect"...Imagine that...

I've already read this book, but if you haven't you still can...all the pages are still there...

The back is held in place by those same handy bands...

For this style I used an old Readers Digest Book. I've collected an assortment of interesting patterns over the years...

PS...I didn't just have a "baby" turned 3 in August, but I love this picture. It's our first "family photo"...

Same "ponies" hold the glass and a little added embellishment...just because...

If I would have done this one with the binding up, pages down it would have stood alone nicely. On this particular book I liked the pattern but wasn't thrilled about the titles so this metal bookend does the trick...

I do actually know this handsome guy...he's my Grandfather...

My Grandfather was a minister so this book of the New Testament was the perfect fit for this special picture.

(This was another of my projects previously posted on JunkMarket Style.)

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Hope to see you there!
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wow -are these ever creative! I've got to get me some of that - creativity I mean.

  2. How clever Laurel! And great way to reuse those old frame parts. They came out terrific, and I love how you embellished them. Great family photo!
    - Susan

  3. You are so clever! Yep, you kept those things for a very good reason!

  4. It was so great to meet you at HQ on Friday!
    I'm trying to "join/follow" your blog and it won't let me..I'll keep trying!
    Great gives me an idea with the stack of books taking up space in the family room!

  5. These are all so fun and clever! You always inspire me with your creative ideas!

  6. Well now, isn't this just the cutest thing ever!

    I like these.


  7. I love this idea. I especially love the one with your grandfather and the Bible. Such a tribute.

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  8. Hi, Deb (Garage Sale Gal) sent me. Love what you do with your "junk" and your blog. I am your newest follower. Hope you come and visit me.


  9. You inspire me every time I visit you! I used to have a frame shop and art gallery and I still have tons of glass. I will be trying my hand at making at least one of these. Oh, and I have some pony tail bands too:-)...hmmm wonder why I have those, my hair is only about an inch long? Just in case has arrived I guess. Have a great week, Creative You! Vicki

  10. Just love it! I have lots of picture frames that I cannot stand and now I have a reason to use some of the parts. You have such creativity!

  11. eeek fabulous - what a great way to use the STRAY parts! I (as a junker too) probably have some in a box somewhere as well! ha! the ponytail holders though is the REALLY BRILLIANT part. well done!

  12. Love these ideas for using all of the old picture frame parts. Hope you don't mind, but I'll be "borrowing" your ideas right away!

  13. Very creative. I just love it!

  14. What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing. By the way...I found you through Deb's blog and wow what a treat for me...I'll definately be back again to explore your blog more.

  15. You are soooo clever!!! I love that idea!!

  16. Oh my! That is just the cutest project - the embellishments just complete it too!

  17. What a grand idea. Thinking I may try this.

  18. Seriously woman, you have not created one single thing I am not in love with. I hail to your junking genius. Thanks so much for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence.


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