First I wanted to share with you the one project I attempted this weekend that came specifically from this book, The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life. Basically, all it is is folding a book with a particular kind of binding over and over and over again. You can see her example in the book, but for my first attemt, I used a smaller section and a smaller book (a nice worn copy of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn which was happy to sacrifice itself for book art sake). I also added a little embellishment in the center from a pack of scrapbook stickers. It was a little tedious, but I think it’s pretty, and I have another chunk of book to try a thicker section. (BTW, this book got some terrible reviews because of the font and print. I’m not particular about that sort of thing, I have young eyes.) So here are my results:
And last but not least, here is my review:
Not many of the projects that Occhipinti outlines in this book are particularly original. I had seen variations of a number of them online. However, I did appreciate how the book illustrates the parts of a book and how to take one apart to utilize the parts needed for a particular project. I did have some success with the sunburst and hope to attempt making a birdhouse in the near future. It is useful in determining materials needed and the colored pictures are a bonus. Using these instructions as a knowledge base, I could definitely use her ideas and put my own spin on them. For a cover price of $24.95, anyone can find similar instructions by searching wikihow pages or Googling projects for book repurposing.