Tuesday, November 30, 2010

holiday crafting with book pages

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This holiday season I am noticing a trend- book pages! They are everywhere from Anthropologie to West Elm, it is obvious that everyone has discovered the versatility and beauty of text on a book page. I have been using recycled book pages for quite a while and can attest to the fact that they are a simple, affordable and a beautiful supply to use in art and craft projects.

I decided to put together some SUPER easy ideas to get started using book pages in your holiday crafting.


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I like to encourage recycling- so look for old books that you don't want to keep.
Use pages with just text- no pictures.



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Create a chain garland from strips of book pages.



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Or cut out simple shapes and feed them through the sewing machine with a straight stitch to create a garland.


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Create simple flowers by cutting out shapes.
Use hot glue and scrunch then together for dimension.


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Layer until you have a full flower.


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Glue down a button to the middle.


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Again, cut out a simple shape (use decorative scissors for the edges).
Scrunch for dimension.


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And layer together.


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Create a simple envelope to wrap gift cards.


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Layer a pretty piece of paper for the label.


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Add a pretty flower to the back!


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Use styrofoam, glass or cardboard shapes and forms


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And cover with scraps of book pages.



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Keep it simple



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or embellish!



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Create simple gist tags by layering a few pages for stability.
Sew them together and layer a black piece of paper to the top.


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Create different shapes and sizes.



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Add a ribbon to the top.


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Create wrapping paper!
Since book pages are not typically large, use hot glue and glue pages together to create a sheet of wrapping paper.


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Wrap



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and top with a pretty bow.


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Add the gift tag


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and flowers to the top the gift!


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58 comments:

  1. Wonderful Ideas! Thank you so much for sharing :)

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  2. I love to wrap in book pages as well! Thank you so much for the further inspiration. Great ideas!

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  3. I love everything about this post--beautiful and genius ideas! I'm so inspired! :) I wish you the best holiday season ever!

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  4. Anonymous10:29 AM

    You are the best......your head must be so full of ideas....love your blog....Lynette

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  5. these are fantastic ideas! I'm going to add a special flair and use an old French book (mind you, it is in rather sorry shape, I don't mind the up-cycle of it all) and see what treasures I can come up with. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. Your creativity is marvelous, and your blog is a delight. Thank you for gernerously sharing it all with us.

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  7. love the envelope, and what a wonderful simple way to fold it! I kept thinking I needed an envelope template. NOT. and the red ribbon the packages.. wonderful!

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  8. Love all the ideas on this post! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Kittyj11:55 AM

    AWESOME as always!!!

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  10. Great ideas, Alisa! Thank you for sharing:) My tree has been missing something; I think I'm going to do the paper chain idea this year. And using them for gift tags is an awesome idea, too.

    My sister and I have been trying to work on our branding and have wanted to use layered paper for tags- I love it when people share their ideas so everyone can put their own twist on it:)

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  11. Oh how pretty! I love the gift wrap ideas. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

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  12. Thank you for sharing all your fabulous ideas! I'm getting the book pages out right now!

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing. I'd planned to do some tags using old musical scores, but now I can create so much more. Guess what I'll be doing this weekend!!

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  14. Why must you taunt me with such creativity while I am supposed to be creating a interactive final exam project. Darn you. BUT, I love it.

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  15. You are so talented and creative. Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

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  16. These are fantastic! I've been having so much fun with book pages...pop by and see my birds. I have a wreath, some garland, and a banner too....love your touches!

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  17. Wow, whatr fabulous ideas. I loved the progression of this post. The ideas are all so fabulous. Thanks for sharing them with us...

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  18. How FUN! These are fantastic ideas. I, too, have been noticing a variety of crafts using book pages. These are wonderful.
    Have a fun day.
    Joan & Jane Austen Eyre

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  19. I'm making some bonsai-type trees using pages, so I'm loving this too. I kind of hate destroying books, but I have several that are horribly water-damaged except for the middles, so that seems ok. (I would print but I do not have a working printer right now.)

    I'll have to make a note to link to this when I do it!

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  20. okay, I am super inspired now. Thanks for such ideas!!!!
    Happy Holidays,
    Steph

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  21. As always, thank you for the inspiration! I've linked to you from my blog

    http://crafty.littlerockmamas.com/index.php/2010/12/03/25-crafts-of-christmas-nos-8-9-and-10/

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  22. a lot of beautiful ideas, thank you!!

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  23. Those are all so gorgeous! I've been making stuff with book pages as well this year - didn't realize it was so trendy. (Weird... I've never *been* trendy before!)

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  24. I love that ideas, but i´ve always felt very..."respetfull" for books, I simply CAN´T tear them...and I do not know why.
    The ones I do not want anymore I usually donate them to my city´s library, but I have some very bad and old books that I´dlove touse for handcrafting but I can´t!!

    I need to overcome my love for books!

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  25. This is WONDERFUL.
    i love your blog
    Margarita xx

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  26. Love books...love words...love simple...love this!

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  27. Thanks for sharing such great ideas. I love the book page look.
    Who knew the joy, beyond reading, that a book can bring?

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  28. What an inspiration! I have to make something soon! Thank you for sharing

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  29. lovely! I can't wait to try these ideas, thanks so much!

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  30. Great ideas! I've been in love with book pages for a long time and welcome new ideas for using them. Thanks!

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  31. Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas - I have shared them on my blog too - spreading the love :-)

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  32. What a great idea - thanks for sharing!

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  33. fab idea alisa! you are such an inspiration.

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  34. Stop - my head hurts from all the amazing ideas you have! Totally kidding lol!
    I really like the idea where you sew the book cut outs together - NICE!

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  35. Hi, I'm M. Lorena, I have a blog called De Puntillas. Your ideas seem cool, I've written about this entry on my blog. If trouble is you delete it without problem.
    A greeting.

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  36. Great ideas! I love the sewn garland and the wrapping paper... Thanks for sharing, I love using recycled materials and these are some really innovative new ideas!

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  37. What fabulous ideas! I have been dying to try some book page crafts...so, thank you for inspiring me with some more ideas. :)

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  38. Thank Y♥U so much for sharing these wonderful ideas!!!!

    Lee Ann

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  39. What a great post! I love the gift tags especially. :)

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  40. I love it, especially the little book page flower. What a great way wrap a gift. I featured you today on my gift wrap roundup :)

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  41. I just found you through Rachel at One Pretty Thing. I love her site as I get to find great sites like yours. I am so glad I clicked over. I love using bookpages and have covered the inside of a hutch with pages, but I love the garland idea. I am planning on doing some sewing projects this weekend, I am going do this. Thanks so much for providing the inspiration. I am subscribing!
    My best- Diane

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  42. Odlična ideja!!! Savršena i maštovita izrada!!! Volim ovakve stvari :)))

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  43. I've done something similar, but it was with old comic books that I had lying around. Re-used it for many things. from gift wraps to binder/notebook covers. :)

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  44. Thanks for the ideas! I have a whole pile of old books I need to get rid of, maybe I'll just craft with them instead!

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  45. I love these ideas and will bookmark them to try some out. I even know where I can get some old books to use for free. Thanks for posting.

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  46. I just found these but I plan to try each one this year. I'm a writer--words are my thing. I can't wait to find a book to cut up. Good Will here I come. Well you didn't expect me to cut up one of mine, did you? :-D

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  47. GREAT, great ideas!! Love it. So pure, so (eco) friendly, so super! Thanks. I'll make a post and a link to here!

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  48. Anonymous11:56 PM

    Very nice :)

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  49. Love love love! I featured the project on my Earth day blog post www.diyordont.blogspot.com.

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  50. Still loving these ideas - have linked to you in my latest blogpost.

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  51. Love, love, love! Thank you for sharing. :)

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  52. This is a great idea for a book flower bow. Would be cute on the paper bag wrapping paper too!
    Deb

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  53. Anonymous10:57 PM

    I really liked your article. cardiovascular

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  54. Great post, thank for share! I will return this blog to read more useful posts. Thanks!

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  55. I love working with old book pages. Great Post! I love the gift wrap ideas :)

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  57. You have the BEST ideas Alisa! I included your garland in a round up of DIY banner ideas on my blog (with links back to you, of course)
    http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2013/12/diy-banner.html

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  58. Wow! such a pretty post. I love it...and will try it right away. I hate throwing our books in bins and now upcycling has helped saving them again. As crafters we should look for more ways to reuse and upcycle. I really liked this Book of Books as well http://www.amazon.com/Book-Books-Projects-beautiful-ornaments-ebook/dp/B00MGJADUK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1407385936&sr=8-5&keywords=mahe+zehra. It shares many interesting projects. Altered Upcycling also has an awesome website and lots of free ebook offers if you sign up.

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