Paperweight Backgrounds: Deconstructed Book

Backgrounds are critical when it comes to building a design around a specific item.  The paperweight pictured above features an antique watch fob with a beautiful, intricate monogram in the center.  If the fob were attached to a plain paper background, the result would have been rather dull and unimaginative.  The combination of materials and textures brings it all together perfectly.

This week I'm going to share a few tips to help you create wonderful backgrounds using re-purposed items you may already have around your home.  These materials are inexpensive and easy to find.  They'll also provide you with results I'm sure you'll love.

My first project uses pieces of an old book I found in a dollar box at a local flea market.  I chose it specifically for it's blue, marbled cover.  If you're not fond of marbled paper, look for book covers in various colors, textures, and materials.  Worn leather and embossed paper are my favorites.

Although I purchased the book specifically for it's cover, I'm using more neutral elements to create the background for this project.  I started by applying some paper from within the book to the Heirloom Rectangle paperweight kit's mounting board (shown above).  The paper is slightly discolored and has a wonderful texture.

Using a layer of delicate muslin I removed from the book's spine, I created a horizontal band and glued it to the background.  The muslin has some tattered paper attached to it, as well as some frayed areas I left untouched.

I used a little white glue to hold down a few bits of loose paper to ensure everything would stay in place.  You need to make certain your background is strong enough to hold the item you're displaying.  The surface will also need bond properly with the adhesive used to attach the item.

The watch fob was glued to the background using an adhesive that may be removed from the metal at a later time without damaging it.  When you're displaying an item of value, including sentimental value, it's important to use an adhesive that will not permanently damage your trinket or memento.

I hope this project has inspired you to find new, innovative sources for your paperweight design materials.

The next project will involve an old, leather wallet.  Please stay tuned...