Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Book Making

I am crazy excited to share this project with you! As many of you know already, I love to re-purpose old stuff into new usable objects. I've had this one in mind for a while and am just a little shocked that it actually worked!

I bought this book last week at a thrift store for 10 cents. I cut out all the old pages and remade the book with fun end papers and blank pages for journaling. I learned a ton about bookbinding from several dozen websites - then pretty much just did it my own way and crossed my fingers it would work. It's certainly not perfect, but has that rustic handmade look!

My apologies to Anne Nichols for destroying her book - a lovely play, but she's been dead for several decades now so I think it will be okay. And of course, I saved the pages for some other project yet to be discovered. Waste not, want not, right?

And now, the possibilities are endless! Lots of gift ideas looming around here. If you have any desire to do a project like this be warned it's not a quick one! There is a lot of time consuming cutting, folding, hand sewing, gluing and drying involved here, but it is so worth it! Let me know if you need some more details before you get started.

10 comments:

Melissa H said...

love it. I have also been on a bookmaking kick. So fun!

Cherry Tree Lane said...

FABULOUS!

Amy Jo said...

That's Awesome!! Now I only wish I wasn't a immediate gratification person with my crafts - I don't know if I could be that patient! Good Job - it look so cool!

amandajean said...

how wonderfully fabulous, roxanne! you are the queen of repurposing. and I like how you admitted that you were shocked that it actually worked. :)

Hello, I'm Sally. said...

That is very cool. I love the old book covers. Now you can write a secret journal and hide it on the book shelf!

annhovsepian said...

I love it! :) And the end papers you used are PERFECT... they look vintage-y and just work really well. Actually, I have been wanting to make journals and notebooks for a while now -- Mary Ann's blog gave me some ideas, too -- so I'm inspired by your project. :)

Queenly Things said...

You are so amzing. Yes, I want to make a book. I'll hit you up for some web addresses.

Katherine said...

Awesome! Great repurposing idea and you did such a beautiful job, Roxanne. Bravo!

Raesha D said...

I love it!! I'm about to share some similar projects but I love how you keep the binding on yours!! I cut them off on the books I make:)

Kristin said...

that is so great! I would love more details. I bought several books just for this purpose almost a year ago and never ventured to do it. Yours turned out beautifully! :)

Kristin
http://homegrownrose.typepad.com/reclaimingthehome

:)