Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I got this idea from another blog (homespunliving.blogspot.com) a few months ago, and put it in the back of my mind to try this winter.
You take an old book, tear the pages out, so all you're left with is the shell. Farmboy drilled holes in the front and back to match the holes on the paper I bought.

I made a cardstock copy of an old French letter and cut it to fit the front and back of the inside covers.
Used spray adhesive.
I don't like spray adhesive.
Enough said.

Took the valance down from my back door and laid it on my copy machine and made a cardstock copy. Cut it to fit the cardboard back of the pad of paper I bought.
My bad.
I made two too many holes.
Bought those cute "notes" letters from Michaels in the Martha Stewart aisle.

Oh yeah.
Before I glued the front and back French letter on the inside covers, I glued down a piece of vintage ribbon so I could tie my book shut.
The title of my "altered" book was "THE POWER OF KINDNESS".
I think I like that.

I have very few original ideas.
I look at it this way....
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Mindy said...

Hi Cyn! Your altered book is beautiful! Love the color too! Hope this finds you and yours healthy and feelin fine!!
Blessings to you always,

kansasrose said...

I love this Cyn! It's so pretty and so you! May I borrow this idea? :) Love the valance idea too! YOU GO GIRL! Missing you..I'm stuck at home again with my youngest very sick now with chicken pox!!! She has a very hard case...since she is 15. Hurry spring! Love, Jen

Rachel said...

What a neat idea! It's very pretty!!!

HomemakerAng said...

I LOVE IT! you crafty thing!

Anonymous said...

Love the book so pretty.

kansasrose said...

I had to come back and look at your pretty book again! :) What are ya going to put in it? Is your area getting more snow? We are in a snow advisory AGAIN...bitter cold! I'm going out tonight regardless and have a 'moon' picnic. Thanks for your lovely words yesterday. You are a true sistah in our Savior! xxxooo

Amy said...

cyn! I have never seen another altered book like yours:) I love it and I too have many ideas floating around in my head, but they all seem to already be out there so I always feel like I would be copying someone else and not original...but hey go with it! I need to do the same;) I am good! but oh gosh so ready to be done with the cold and longing for spring...no news yet on e, but soon it has to be soon! luv ya!

homespun living said...

I love it ~ it's beautiful!! And what a great title. I like that you left the spine of the book intact; if I make another I will definitely try it that way. The French letter and fabric are wonderful.
Great job!!


homespun living said...

Me again...forgot to say I also love the ribbon you added. I will have to try that next time too. See, you have inspired me!


Homemaker's Heart said...

What a great idea! I was just at the Salvation Army yesterday and saw a couple of old books that looked interesting but I didn't want to read the story. Great idea!

Thanks for the bread tip. I will try that next.

Cynthia Patterson said...

Hi there, I'm a "wanna-be" farm girl named Cindy :-)
I have made a few altered books and I like your idea to use the large rings.
Great Job!!!!

Blessings to you and yours,

Anonymous said...


truly blessed said...

I LOVE< LOVE< LOVE this! Thanks for the tips! Also, what a great idea to photo copy fabric.
Very cool.


Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

Debo said...

I just love this idea of using an old book and creating very personal date book/planner. However I several questions I hope you can answer. The calendar pages that Homespun Living found I cannot find. What did you do? I'm nearly at my whits end looking on the site and the internet in general. And where in the Michael's store did you find those tabs? I looked this weekend and found nothing resembling them. Sorry for the cry for help but I'm about to give up on this project and yet really really want to make it work. It's just so cool. If you feel inclined to help a fellow crafter out I would love it.
You can email me at debonishi@gmail.com

kaida said...

I would really like to try this. I'm going to have to haunt the local thrift store to find a good old book.

Anonymous said...

I love this book. The Title esp but also the cover itself with the scroll and the leaves is just beautiful. Love all the ideas you gave. Gonna try it! thanks so much! Just want to find the 'right' title and all!

Thanks for sharing!!!

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