Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Mamie Jane Book Art Brigade

I saw a post this week that Jane over at Mamie Jane’s did with a couple of old books that I just loved.  I knew I could do this at home without having to buy anything and so I set about locating a book to rip the covers off of.  I have never in my life ripped covers off a book.  Never.  Ever.  I love books and didn’t think I’d be able to do it.  But, hey, living on the edge is my life.


I had this book laying around to be used for a craft project of some kind at some point.  I had bought it as a reference book for the day job, but was finding a lot of missing pages and wound up getting a new one from the publisher.  So this book’s value as a book was nil.


Because the first inside blank page was attached to the cover, I used a blade to cut it from the cover.  I then pulled on the cover until it came off.   I used Jane’s suggestion of printing the image first on regular paper {in my case I used the brochure paper I like to use for projects} and then taped the inside book page over it with temporary double stick tape, so that the image would be aligned properly on the page.


I reattached it to the book portion with some craft glue that I ran down the side edge.  I finished it off with a sheer red ribbon tied in a bow.  I put the bow toward the binding side because I only have the one book right now.


That’s right.  I’m already looking for other books to rip apart!  Thanks to Jane, I feel like the Incredible Hulk!  Plus, I still have the image I originally printed on my brochure paper to use for another project.


This image is from The Graphics Fairy. I love all her vintage Christmas images.  It was hard to choose which one to use, but I’ve really liked this one since last year and am glad I finally got to use it.

Thank you, Jane, for a “novel” idea and your instructions!  {And no, I will not apologize for that pun.  It is perfect for this post and you know it!}

Linking up to:

Brag Monday at The Graphics Fairy 

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

All Things Merry and Bright at All Things Heart and Home


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This looks great!! What a great idea! You girls are so creative!

Merry Christmas!!

BumbleBeeLane said...

Love the graphic you picked so whimsical.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

What a great idea! I love books, too, and would hesitate to cut one up, but in this case, it was the perfect thing to do. Love it! Linda

Pamela said...

This is such an awesome idea! I will have to do some for next year. I am crafted out already. Have a wonderful Christmas Kathy!

One Cheap B*tch said...

So pretty! That is one of my fave Santa images of Karen's! You could probably do something year round with a less holiday-ish photo. That's what I plan for the near future!



ArtfullyJune said...

Great idea to make a fun seasonal display.

Vicki said...

I love that image. Your books are lovely!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Kathy...

What a great idea! I love your created Christmas book! Thank you for sharing it with us...and the "how to's"! creative wheels are turning...I have sooo many old, worn books upstairs that I could use!

My friend, I just wanted to come by to say thank you for stopping by for a peek at my Christmas dining room! I always enjoy your visits and sweet notes...thank you, Kathy!

Wishing you and your sweet family a very Merry Christmas!!!

Chari @Happy To Design

Decor To Adore said...

So so cute! I love the paperbacks folded into Christmas trees too!

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Very cute Kathy! I have a hard time tearing apart books too but I'm thinking that was worth it:)

KimMalk said...

What a pretty and easy book to make (or unmake). I like the print and ribbon you selected. I also really like your previous post. I have to smack myself in the forehead for not thinking of printing OUT music. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Unknown said...

Great crafty thing to do for the holidays! love it!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Isn't it amazing how trends have us doing things we never thought we'd do? That Jane sure has the ideas! Merry Christmas!

Jane said...

Hi Kathy,
I've been so behind on my blog reading and just came across your post. I'm so glad you tried this project. It is so easy and I think turns out beautiful results. I love the graphic you used. I had a hard time deconstructing the book (the first time) but I convinced myself I was giving the book new life :) Thanks for the shout out in the post.
Have a very Merry Christmas. I know it will be a fun time with that cute little granddaughter!

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