Vintage Book Projects

My most recent obsession is vintage books. I scour shelves at Goodwill, Library Book Sales, and garage sales for them. Once I find them, I feel guilty just letting them pile up on my shelves, so recently, I’ve been trying to figure out how many projects I can create from a single book. That way, these books that may have just collected dust have a new life (maybe even several new lives).

When I get my books home, the very first thing I do is scan them.

You can see more books on my flickr.

I scan the book covers at a high resolution so they can be blown up into large prints. I have them printed at Costco, which is fairly inexpensive. I’ve also used Snapfish and been pleased with the results.

(Sorry for the bad photos. I took them at night)

Next, make a notebook from the book. I cut the binding and take some of my favorite pages to disperse them throughout the notebook.

I was having trouble thinking of something to do with the cut off spine. They’re often my favorite part of the book and couldn’t bear to throw them away. I was trying to figure out a way to salvage them, when I saw this post from poppytalk. Featured on poppytalk handmade was Able and Baker. They have tons of awesome stuff, but these Modern Library Bins really caught my eye.

Aren’t they perfect? I can’t wait to make one. Of course if you don’t have a bunch of spare book spines lying around, you can always get your own from Able and Baker.

Then of course there are all of the left over pages. I’m still working on projects for those, but I will be sure to share them as soon as I come up with some things.

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