Here is the most recent 'dori I've made from an old book, felt, a vintage placemat, grommets, and elastic.
I'm calling it a "Storybook 'Dori" because its theme is classic kiddie lit (fairy tales, nursery rhymes, fables). and for the reasons explained HERE. Here's the cover (made from an old book -- I believe it was All Things Wise and Wonderful), with mini ornaments from Hallmark as charms.
There are currently five notebook inserts (there's room for one more!) that I made from file folders, a Little Golden book, pages from a Richard Scarry book, different types of paper, packing and washi tapes.
There are two "dashboards" -- one made from the walrus/bunny postcards, the other from flashcards. They are connected and protected (hey, that rhymed!) with packing tape.
Bookmarks are flashcards and boy and girl cut-outs that I received in multiples from a gal from Holland. (I love these two and have used them in a variety of ways. Here's ONE WAY.)
1. I used coordinating rickrack to further embellish the over. Mr. PotatoHead got a lobster claw clasp so he could hang out on the top elastic.
2. Here's the cover opened flat so you can see its humble origins as a placemat that I got at a flea market.
A walk-through of the set-up (click on images to see them in a larger, pop-up version):
1. Endpapers are from the deconstructed Golden Book. Sticky notes and page flags on the flashcard dashboard (or is is dashcard flashboard?)
2. Fox sticky notes meet up with the first insert, the hen. Any of you who read kiddie lit know that foxes and hens often have run-ins.
3. This first insert is for notes and musings about classic kiddie lit characters; where I explore ideas. Graph paper inside; stitched into center with waxed dental floss.
1. Inside the first insert.
2. Back of first insert, meet other side of dashboard.
3. Second insert is my fauxbo journal for January. I'll need to make another insert before the month is over. This insert has graph paper too.
1. Insert #3's cover was the cover of the same Golden Book that was put into heavy usage for this project.
2. This insert contains ancient legal paper that is breaking down more-n-more with each passing moment. Why do I want to work on this paper? Beats me!
1. Second dashboard (so-cute postcards and stamps from Holland) wraps around fourth book.
2. Fourth book is for postage stamps featuring kiddie lit stories and all-things-childhood.
3. Inside front cover: More Richard Scarry illustrations. Paper for this insert is copy paper in shades of yellow.
1. Back of dashboard; last insert. Cover is from a Richard Scarry book.
2. These game cards (kinda wildlife "Go Fish") are ones that I've had since childhood. They're real special to me This insert has white cardstock, with the plan that Sharpies and other, wetter media will be used in here.
3. Back of insert with cute Scarry guys in cars, and the inside back cover with Golden Book hit parade listed.
And here's inside the cover without books in tow, so you can see the inner workings and MAGIC. OK, so the MAGIC is duct tape, but duct tape is often responsible for magic. No surprises here. (The Golden Book's endpapers were spray-mounted into the All Things Wise book cover.)
Thanks for taking a look at the new 'dori! I'll probably show it somewhere down the line, as things get filled in and added. Any questions? Leave me a comment! :-)