Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Showing posts with label altered books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label altered books. Show all posts

Upcycle: Book Folding from Budget Living ...






Back in January I compiled a post on book folding and mentioned that my own attempts (pictured below) had been inspired by a long-ago issue of Budget Living Magazine. In June I was asked to please share the instructions from Budget Living. I couldn't find them. Of course. And then, the other day, there they were!  Folded (!) at the bottom of a box of old catalogs and things I've been storing. So I've done my best to share them ... and make them usable:



Repurpose: Hide it in a book ...


If you've followed this blog for any period of time, you know it's riddled with ideas for refabbing old books and book pages (folds, clocks, accessories etc). I don't think old books should end up in landfills. I'm also really picky about what they get turned into! These two recently caught my eye and join the ranks of "great idea!": A fresh spin on the book-as-secret-storage idea, at BHG (above). And an old book cover used to hide an ugly wireless router (below) from Anamu - genius.



Repurpose: New angle on an old book


If you are not yet a regular visitor at It's Always Autumn, change that now! Beautiful blog, great ideas. Like this simple book photo frame (please click through for the complete how-to)

DIY: Cover that iPad!

So you splurged.  And now you need a cover for the thing.  You could buy a smart cover.  Or sew yourself something, should you know your way around a sewing machine.  Or ... you can be *really* cheap about it.


One bubble mailer, scrap fabric and buttons.  From Creme de la Craft.  

Upcycle: Time for a good Book (Clock) ....


You already know how this is going to start right?  Once, way back, when I had a little more time than money, I turned old books into clocks.  I was honored to be able to sell them at The Armadillo's Pillow for a few years!  When I set out, there were no online tutorials to be found so there was a lot of trial and error involved.  The first one was so much work, I kept it ... still hangs on the wall in my home even though it's quite plain (see the last image in this post).  Now ...well, it didn't take very long to find, not one, but six really good tutorials to feature here.

DIY: With carefully crafted words, I thee wed


A year (and a day) ago, Terri and Adam got married (Happy Anniversary!).  

Terri Falvey is a crazy-talented copywriter/graphic designer ... who kinda likes books - we once taught reading classes together.  She married someone who apparently shares her interests  :)

Anyways, their wedding was a masterpiece of text/book-inspired craft, art, DIY, repurposing ... you name it. I've been meaning to ask permission to blog about it for ... er ... about a year now. So, on with the post.

(Photos by Edyta Szyszlo - please do not download without permission)

DIY: A Book of (chocolate) Love ...


Since Feb 1st, I've been actively avoiding posts, sites, blogs etc featuring valentine "crafts" ... let's just say that I can't see the talent for the pink haze ... aaaahhhh!  So it takes a lot to make me look twice right now.  And this made me look.  Because it's a re-purposed book.  Because it's a really nicely done tutorial that will get you a decent result (cutting out a book with a craft knife is hard work - pay attention to the "short cut"!) ... and because I wish I'd thought of it!  Check out "Life is a Book of Chocolates"

Upcycle: Old-book iPad cover



Last year I had a lot more time than money so I made most of my Christmas gifts ... it was exhausting but the response was gratifying.  This year, I have very little time ... and keep seeing amazing DIY gift ideas like the one above!  So, if you're willing and able to skip the stores and use your hands, check out this great Design Sponge round up!

Recycle: Magazine trees...



Seasonal way to re-use old journals / magazines ...  :)  Find the full tutorial here.

Inspiration: A BookBook ...

"A Novel way to cover MacBook" ... how great is that tagline?! This is not a tutorial or a giveaway .... these are $80 goodies.  But they make me clap my hands gleefully.  I am an unabashed lover of books and Macs, and macbooks and books-turned-into-something-else etc.  And I'd love to put my ibook inside a book.  For more pics (and shopping) head to Twelvesouth.


For COMPLETELY FREE books, check out Scribd

Inspiration: Book art ...





I find almost any book "art" entrancing but these booklights (Pile of Lights) from In Every Tree would win the prize - if I had a prize to give away.  Sadly, they retail in Stockholm only ... perhaps they ship?


Book sculpture continues to fascinate and is quite do-able.  Check out my handiwork here and a super-simple tutorial here.  In essence,  grab a book you might otherwise donate and start folding.  You'll quickly see patterns emerge.  Or, you could use the following image as inspiration and stack them in some wonderful way.


Finally, you could take a stab (literally) at some serious book sculpting.  You need to work with a really sharp craft knife!  There are amazing "altered books" artists out there.  For example, the appropriately named  "King's Garden" below by Karen ..... of Karen's Whimsy.

Upcycle: Of Peacocks and Purses...


First, some inspiration. Thanks to my lovely friends and family, I had gift cards to burn at Anthropologie on my birthday. As always, the store styling was a distraction - I feel like I've tumbled down the rabbit hole the minute I walk through the doors!  These amazing peacocks warranted pictures.  They're recycled-book sculptures - hard to see the print on the pages, but I assure you it's there. 



And now for a fabulous tutorial!  When Kate and I were in serious "rebooked" mode (turning old books into clocks and wall sculptures) we tried this... the elusive "book purse".  We failed miserably - they were neither attractive nor functional.  But how cool are these???  Thanks to Chris at Curbly.com, not only can you follow an online video how-to, but they're also really good looking end products!  Now if only I could get my hands on a hard copy of "Nurse in Danger" ....  (first spotted at Crafting a Green World).
 

Inspiration: Book Art wonders....





 So yes ... every now and then I have to indulge the rebooked in me.  I love books as artifacts as well as things to read.  Nicholas Jones does the unimaginable with my favorite artifacts!!