7gypsies are all about the old and found. We love everything vintage, flea markets and local fairs and they make every gypsy’s skin tingle with excitement and happiness. Finding ‘new’ old things gives us such a sense of adventure and achievement, but making those things useable…oh, that feeling is something completely else! Crew member, Monica Taylor, became a proud owner of this glorious Rolodex and up-cycled it to become a family-memories holder. What better 7g collection to use on this project than Order Du Jour papers? They are inspired by retro ways of being organised so this project was just like a marriage made in heaven! See it for yourself.
‘While I typically like to keep my vintage finds exactly how I find them, there are times that I do like to alter these finds and try to repurpose them into something I can use or display. This Rolodex was in my Mother-in-law’s office and we found it in a drawer that we cleaned out after she passed away. I was happy to find a way to re-use this office item that once belonged to her.’ – says Monica.
7gypsies Ordre Du Jour 8×8 paper pad
Canvas Corp Black Kraft Sonnet Reverse
Tim Holtz Ideaology ‘Remnants’ rub ons
Wooden Clock embellishments
Remove the side panels and use them as a template for designer paper.
You can decoupage the papers onto any found object with Plaid’s Mod Podge. The papers found in the 7gypsies 8×8 paper pads are a wonderful heavy text weight paper, making them ideal for covering found objects.
Using Mod Podge, adhere side panels to Rolodex is so easy and once dry it is permanently on there.
Add lace and pearls around the edge using your glue gun.
Add wooden clock embellishments to side panels.
Add ‘Remnant’ rub-ons to the back of the Rolodex.
The pages may be filled with old addresses and phone numbers or blank. You can leave them as they are and decorate on top letting a little vintage writing be exposed or you can cover each page with papers and photos and decorate them one at a time. This is a great project to fill with scraps left over from various projects, so don’t throw anything away, add them to your stash of goodies. Finished altered Rolodex can be used to house photos and journal entries or, once decorated using designer paper, serve as a fun decorative item to be displayed on a mantelpiece.
Have a creative day!!!