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The Repurposed Library by Lisa Occhipinti

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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:

Published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang, May 2011 ****

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.

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

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