Sunday, August 1, 2010

Re-Covered Books

Jen sent me this fun and easy craft last week.  My box arrived with three hardcover books in different sizes, a selection of paper, some embellishment push pins, directions from PerfectlyImperfect and another craft (coming soon!).

I took this picture and then realized I had hard coat Mod Podge on hand, but I actually used paper Mod Podge and just didn't include it in the first photo of supplies.

The paper I used was 12x12 scrapbooking paper from one collection.  For one of the books I was able to fold and use only one sheet.  On the middle-sized book, I took one sheet of a striped pattern paper, cut it in half and covered the front and back cover about 3/4 of the way and left the spine uncovered.  Once those dried, I added a polka-dot paper in the same colors to the spine.  I think that one ended up being my favorite, even though a little sliver of the original red cover shows on the edges around the spine.



For the third book, which was the largest, I used two sheets of the same paper.  I cut one piece down and covered the back cover, then trimmed the second piece to fit, overlapping the first page on the back, and did my best to match up the stripes.  I added the embellishment to the spine on this book.  It makes a very handsome trio of books!




Be sure to check back tomorrow, Jen has a fun new printable you're going to love!


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17 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, these are absolutely gorgeous!! LOVE it! Thank you for sharing!

    ~Alison
    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

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  2. Oh they're sweet! I love their new outfits. ;) Great job!

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  3. That looks wonderful! I didn't realize there was a hard coat Mod Podge. I will have to look for that. Nice project!
    Sherry

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  4. what a fun change! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

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  5. I'm very tempted to do all my books like this. Wouldn't that be so pretty, all lined up on a bookcase? Methinks I'd better start out with 1 though! :)

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  6. Wonderful idea and useful, too. I hate getting rid of books! Now I don't have to, I can just decorate with them. Love your project.

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  7. Beautifully done! They'll make a great addition to any decor. Love the paper choices.

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  8. Great way to recycle (or upcycle as I like to call it.) I love it and would love to see you post this at my linky party Upcycled Awesome!
    http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled8

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  9. Gorgeous! I love using books in my decor, but it's hard to find ones that are worthy of display so this would help!

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  10. This is BRILLIANT
    I love it!

    xoxo
    bB

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  11. I love this idea! I featured this check it out and grab a button!
    http://weareteamawesome.blogspot.com/2010/08/re-covered-books.html

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  12. Thank you so much for linking up. I am having a Stash-Busting September party. Check the blog for details soon...

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  13. Oh those are darling! I have some old books that need some TLC, this would be perfect! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

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