Thursday, December 13, 2012

AlphabeThursday - D is for Dictionary


I've always been in love with my dictionary.   I actually have two; one on the desk by my home computer and one at work, in a drawer.  And that's where the one at work stays - in the drawer!  Since I write with word processing software, there's no need for a dictionary, or a thesaurus.  It's built-in.  


And when I'm reading in bed and need to look up a word, I now use my smartphone.  Let's say I'm out or on a trip and I get a chance to read.  I'll have my phone with me, so I'm covered!


So I took a big step.  I decided to start using my dictionary at home for art journaling.  Tear those pages out, one by one.  I wonder how long it would take to use up the whole dictionary?  Tearing up a book has always been a hard thing for me to do, being a lover or books.  But this book is slowly falling apart.  The pages are a great size - about 5" x 9".  And they look like an old photo; sepia tone!  Here's my first project using my dictionary pages.  


Come by Ms. Jenny's blog, ...off on my tangent... and read other posts for the Letter D.


17 comments:

Carol L McKenna said...

Great post for D ~ Wow ~ creating with what you love your dictionary pages ~

~ (A Creative Harbor) aka artmusedog and Carol ^_^

Bee said...

I'm like you -- I have several print dictionaries, but now only use the ones on my computer, phone, and e-reader. I can't bring myself to throw my dictionaries away -- you are so brave to use them as art! This is awesome!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I, too, have a favorite dictionary -- but who knows where?! They have become obsolete, just like the telephone books! You've found a good, and new, use for yours!

Athena said...

My dictionary memories are of us asking my mom what a word meant, and her telling us to "look it up in the dictionary". It was always in the living room waiting for us... I think I ended up just reading through it after looking up a word a few times. :)

Mr. Calm refuses to use any dictionary except the one from the 50s that his dad left him.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

You'll have so much fun using this for art journaling! Think of all the possibilities! Great first page!

Pondside said...

Back when I started working at my present office I was given a small amount of money and told I could buy whatever bit of office 'stuff' I wished. I bought a gorgeous, big Oxford Dictionary. I'm still glad that I did! Google etc work just fine, but there's just nothing like 'looking up a word' on a page. That said, I like what you're doing with your old dictionary.

Splendid Little Stars said...

oooo...tearing up a book! I have an old dictionary, too, one I got in grade school. It's somewhat falling apart. I do look up words in it from time to time.
Turning dictionary pages into an art project sounds like a perfect idea!

Robyn Greenhouse said...

A great idea for your dictionary! Now I'm trying to think if I have any old books laying around that I could try that too! Thanks for the idea!

BeadedTail said...

I used to love having a dictionary close by but now I don't even know where it is! Great idea for using your old one although I can imagine it was hard to tear those pages out at first.

st said...

tearing apart a paper dictionary is both sadistic and creative -- cool. I couldn't dare do it to mine as I am sentimental and still keep it at my side even though I rarely open it. But it is nice for stabbing at words for mere inspiration. LIke your own word prompts.

studiomaison said...

great idea! visiting you from the etsy blog team! great blog :)

Saralyn

www.studiomaisonblog.us

Cathy Kennedy said...

What an excellent idea to laying a worn out book to rest in a new form! I'll have to remember this. I use to take magazines we were normally throw out and convert the glossy scenic pages into envelopes. That was a fun DIY project. This is definitely a great 'D' post. Thanks for sharing it with us! =D

Sue said...

Such a cool idea.

=)

Pride In Photos said...

I am kinda of sad you tore apart your old dictionary. It looked like a great keepsake. But I am sure you are making terrific art with it.One day you can share with us some of the art you are making with the book. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Laurie @ Pride in Photos

Chris said...

Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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Pamela said...

I actually bought a dictionary at a thrift store to cut up! Love your page--would like to see more!

Jenny said...

Delightful!

I, too, think my dictionary is divine! I love your idea.

This would be fun to do as a project!

Thanks for sharing!

Your projects are always so delicious!

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