I've got such a huge collection of them I'm running out of space to keep them so I thought I'd better get making. The only trouble is, I'm having a bit of a 'crafter's block' at the moment so I've been looking around for some ideas of new things to try and thought I'd share some here.
I do love books and have many that I'd never cut up, no matter how tatty they got! Just because a book's old or damaged doesn't always mean it's good for upcycling, you have to use your own judgement. These are the little rules I like to craft by; I'll re-purpose a book if:
- it's clearly falling to pieces or has bits missing
- it's been drawn in/written in over the writing or pictures (particularly found in children's books!)
- there are lots of them 'doing the rounds' of second hand shops
- it's out of date and no use anymore
- it's damaged, eg, something's been spilled on it
So, to get my imagination working again I've gathered these ideas of past makes and future inspirations together. Enjoy looking through them and I hope you get some ideas too!
Some of My Tutorials
Great for using strips of good paper rescued from damaged pages.
Lots of fun can be had making these with any kind of paper. Even if it's damaged or drawn on as the paper is rolled up this can be hidden.
Inspiration to get over my 'crafter's block'
All of these projects are ones I've found while looking around on the internet. They are ones I'd love to try and will be a great excuse for getting through all my books! The links will take you to the full tutorial if you'd like to try them too.
This is a great step by step photo and written instruction tutorial and ideal for this time of year! I'll be trying it with any books that are old and no-body wants anymore.
|Upcycled book pumpkin tutorial on Upcycled Treasures|
|Paper flowers from Hipcycle|
|Paper Feather Tutorial from Todolwen|
My crafter's block seems to be lifting now! Off the do some upcycling...