I have a large collection of vintage books. At the risk of offending any (‘all in one piece’) book lovers, I will confess and tell you that I tear them apart! But, don’t get me wrong… I am still a book lover. I love them so much that it is difficult to tear into them, but there are so many possibilities for making wonderful projects using vintage papers that it makes it so much easier to do so. Take a look at some of these ideas and maybe you too will see the possibilities.
This 90 year huge family bible (left) won’t be torn into though, at least not if Todd (my significant other) can help it! (It’s not our family bible, but since he was the one who found it I guess it’s his!)
I was lucky recently however, and found 2 volumes of a 1950’s photography manual. I’ve had a lot of fun using the pages from this book. (You can see some pages used in our Mini Books Project e-book.) One of the pages showing some charming camera illustrations can be seen at right. A perfect subject for scrapbooking, non?
At left you can see a project I’ve recently started lining a pretty box with pages from a 1950’s cookbook. This was from a set of cookbooks that my Mom was getting rid of. I doubt she had any idea that I would be tearing them apart when I gladly told her I would take them off her hands! Right now the box is storing my polymer clay supplies, but I have plans to make cardboard dividers and a shelf that lifts up inside. Since the box closes like a suitcase and has a latch, I plan on using it to store a traveling scrapbook kit for taking camping or on other trips. I’ll show more photos of this project once I complete it.
The backdrop of this 8 1/2" x 11" layout, shown at right, contains a whole leaf from an old book.
The packing tape transfer on this mini book spread was transfered from a vintage book page. Photo at left.
We’ve shown this heart garland project before, but at right you can see an ‘in progress’ photo which shows the background being built up using text from an old book.
Instructions for making these key chain fobs/charms, shown at left, can be found in our Mini Books Project e-book. This fun project is made using images and text from vintage books!
Look how the wings on this paper doll book cover are made from vintage sheet music.
A couple of ATCs also made with vintage papers.
Now, don’t overlook old books when you see them at your local yard sales or thrift shops – put them to good use!