I wanted to show you a craft I have not seen before. Great way to use up some of those hardcover books you have in your home that you have read and haven’t donated yet……
This is on an easel. It is just a hard cover book that she folded pages, used some wonderful scrapbook papers and inks and added some really fun tags.
Here are some photo of how it is done….so easy!!!!
See???? Now these were for Halloween, but think what you could make for Christmas gifts. My cousin folded a whole book while we were talking one night. I got an email from the crafter who made the one in the first photo and this is what she said:
Hi Sandy. I hear you were in Cranberry Cottage and liked my books! Thank you for the compliment! The idea is actually not mine. I took a class and was taught how to make them. She used various scrapbook pages and images and I decided they'd be fun to do in holiday form. ( I do them for Easter,Valentines Day,Christmas and Halloween and have also tried one for 4th of July!) I buy the books at Dollar stores or at Goodwill, etc. I try not to purchase ones with more than maybe 200 pages as they are time consuming to fold and can get too bulky. I start by taking each page and folding the top corner to the center and then do the same with the bottom of the page. It makes a bit of an "envelope" to hold the "tags". After folding all the pages,I use Tim Holtz's ink pads (sold at most craft stores) and rub the edges with the pad . Sometimes I do some of the inside pages as well just for a little more character. The "tags" I just cut out of various scrapbook paper (usually I start with a solid color which makes up the back of each tag and then I layer with images I buy and then download from the internet. Look on Etsy or EBay for "digital downloads. They can be bought for as little as $1 and once you own them you can just keep using the image over and over again! I then just layer to my liking and rub the edges of the tags to finish them off. The books look especially nice if they are put on a stand-as you would an opened cookbook or a decorative plate. Again,these can easily be purchased at any discount or craft store. I hope these directions help you get started! Good luck!
I love this one, as it is already orange and black on the outside. I found one with 240 pages with this color on the outside, I am going to tear about 40 pages out , throughout the book.
So many possibilities, don’t you think?????
Also, I saw these online and couldn’t decide if these were a good idea or not…Christopher Radko has made Shiney Brites for Halloween!
What do you think about these????? Have a great day!