Purse Cardholder from Recycled Book

I’ve been a little bit quiet :-) I’m working on stuff and thought that while working I would share a project that I pulled together earlier this year to share as a Dirty Dozen project.  This is a little  purse I made from a hollowed out book cover to hold a set of cards that I made (those will be seen soon).    I’ve decided this is one of my favorite repeatable projects.  In other words it was easy enough to make that I can see making them for special occasions.  In fact, I made another one recently using JustRite Stamps to hold my Christmas Card Log – it can be seen HERE.  The one I’m showing today is actually the first one I made.  As with most things, it gets much easier on subsequent tries :-)

I purchased the book at the Dollar Tree, I just held out for one that had a fairly thick spine.  I stamped the lovely motif on the front using a Judikins Bolio stamps and embossed with gold embossing powder.  After gutting the book, I created a gusset on each side and glued upholstery fabric to the inside.  Before sealing everything down with red sticky tape, I glued loops to hold the plastic handles.  What an occasion to trot out some of the tasseled trim from my stash – it’s a little decadent but ya’ gotta live a little, right?

Project Recipe:
Stamps:  Judikins Bolio Stamp
Paper:  None
Ink:  Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder
Accessories:  Trim – Hobby Lobby,  Fabric from my stash, purse handles from my stash, ribbon, red sticky tape, glue

Not one to reinvent the wheel – after I made my first I discovered that many have done similar projects.  Here’s one you can check out if you are inclined to try.

Until next time!! :-)


  • Tracy McAlisterNovember 18, 2009 - 1:39 am

    OMG just beautiful Becca, such a wonderful gift. You definately are one talented lady.ReplyCancel

  • Erica FieldsNovember 18, 2009 - 1:50 am

    Hi Becca,

    Long time lurker…first-time responder and I’m tickled that I’m the 2nd one, ’cause you get sooo many comments that you can’t possibly read more than 20 or so. This is just gorgeous and I’m wondering if you will consider doing a video tute. I successfully made 14 triangle boxes using your fab tute. I haven’t posted them on my blog yet. But they are ready to fill with some candies for T-Day and every single one of them has won rave comments from my critics. I hope you will consider the tute.

  • ElaineNovember 18, 2009 - 1:51 am

    ONE STINKING FABULOUS project! Yes, I am shouting it!! LOL OMG- it is amazing, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • LORRAINENovember 18, 2009 - 2:47 am

    This is amazing but you always do amazing creations. Just gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • RobbieNovember 18, 2009 - 4:13 am

    What an amazing project, Becca! This is gorgeous…but why would I think anything different coming from you!!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisNovember 18, 2009 - 4:36 am

    This is gorgeous. What a great gift idea. You certainly have an eye for design. Lucky us we get to see it. TFS!!!ReplyCancel

  • HeatherNovember 18, 2009 - 4:59 am

    Fantastic Becca. I like decadent now and then!!! Do consider the tutorial please.tfs.

  • Denise (peanutbee)November 18, 2009 - 6:09 am

    I remember this project….totally incredible!ReplyCancel

  • Jerri KayNovember 18, 2009 - 6:26 am

    I remember seeing this in the Fan Club and fell in love with it! I’ve been looking for a stamp like that forever, I’m off on a hunt to find it. Thanks so much for sharing Becca!ReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie PszybylskiNovember 18, 2009 - 6:58 am

    WOW!!! This is stunning. As a librarian trainee I REALLY like this project. Thanks for sharing your beautiful and creative work for all of us to enjoy.
    Stay well,

  • broniNovember 18, 2009 - 7:19 am

    Yes, decadent and truly gorgeous! Thanks for the how-to on this beautiful card holder!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda OttoNovember 18, 2009 - 7:20 am

    Becca, what a beautiful project. I wish I had just a tiny bit of your talent. Great Job!!ReplyCancel

  • christiNovember 18, 2009 - 7:30 am

    wow, looking through my stash, i have none of the needed supplies, yeah, i get to shop! this project is so polished looking. i will definately check out the links ’cause i can’t see them getting any better.ReplyCancel

  • ChristyNovember 18, 2009 - 7:53 am

    Wow Very Very Cool :) I can’t wait to try this one !!
    Thank You so much for the links You Rock:)ReplyCancel

  • TriciaNovember 18, 2009 - 8:01 am

    This is sooo pretty. What a great gift this would make.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • niseNovember 18, 2009 - 8:23 am

    “Decadent” is perfect for this jewel! How fun is this! Maybe others have done it, but I bet if I looked at them all, I’d still like yours best. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina aka okimom2girlzNovember 18, 2009 - 8:36 am

    Becca, I admired this in your SCS gallery and was blown away by it’s beauty!!! Truly an amazing idea to recycle in such a GORGEOUS way!!! You never cease to amaze!! Hugs and blessings, SabrinaReplyCancel

  • KatieNovember 18, 2009 - 9:10 am

    is there any thing you can’t do? this is fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • JanineNovember 18, 2009 - 9:20 am

    Beautiful Becca!!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterNovember 18, 2009 - 10:25 am

    Oh my goodness it is just absolutely Gorgeous, awesome work!ReplyCancel

  • patounineNovember 18, 2009 - 10:29 am

    trop beauReplyCancel

  • PatiNovember 18, 2009 - 10:31 am

    Cool, very cool – Decadent is a good word for this. You make it sound so easy to make in your short summary! Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • debNovember 18, 2009 - 12:34 pm

    this is such a creative project. I wonder if it could be used as a real purse???? my sister would love it.ReplyCancel

  • debNovember 18, 2009 - 12:34 pm

    this is such a creative project. I wonder if it could be used as a real purse???? my sister would love it.ReplyCancel

  • CarolenNovember 18, 2009 - 12:55 pm

    You are SO talented! Amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Grace NyweningNovember 18, 2009 - 4:17 pm

    Wow! You never cease to amaze me Becca! This is gorgeous and I could only wish to receive a gift this lovely!!! Wow is all I can say!!!ReplyCancel

  • DianeNovember 18, 2009 - 4:21 pm

    I remember this project in the Fan Club gallery.
    So neat! I don’t know where you come up with these ideas.
    You really are amazing my friend.


  • MarionNovember 18, 2009 - 4:52 pm

    Ah Becca, what a great project, where do you get your ideas from?
    Marion UKReplyCancel

  • MrsHNovember 18, 2009 - 5:35 pm

    Good evening, Becca -Just beautiful!! Such a stunning project and a beautiful gift idea.ReplyCancel

  • Judy DunavenNovember 18, 2009 - 8:08 pm

    Awwwww… Becca,
    Thank you for the link. I do remember your other purse project and cards. I also remember asking for help with some directions. It is true patience is a virtue and it does pay off. A great big HUG Girlfriend.Just in time for gift making.

    God Bless,

  • LindyNovember 18, 2009 - 9:50 pm

    What else can I say but absolutely GORGEOUS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie MillerNovember 18, 2009 - 10:15 pm

    That’s an excellent use of your tassled trim! What a wonderful project! Goodness, I’d be inclined to use this as an actual purse. So fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Viki BanaszakNovember 22, 2009 - 9:16 pm

    Wow! This is stunning! I will have to find some old books to try this with.ReplyCancel

  • […] the task of making a set of cards to go in the purse I showed you about a week ago – you can see it HERE.  Because (often to my chagrin) I labor over things far longer than I should – I gave myself a […]ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia/GeorgiaNovember 28, 2009 - 10:04 pm

    This is a great idea! I volunteer with our local Friends of the Library, and we have many hardback books for 50 cents at our annual book sale that would be perfect for this project.ReplyCancel

  • FloliescrapJune 25, 2010 - 2:34 pm

    i can’t wait to tell you taht i’m amazed by your talent. You are incredible !!! and so thank you for all your tutorials. i learn so things.
    thank you thank you !!!!! god bless you !
    and… sorry sorry for my “little” english !
    Flo from FranceReplyCancel