I love to use old, vintage books for projects. You can find them at thrift stores, yard sales, etc. Sometimes, I leave the outer covers as is, but alot of times they have printing or something I want covered up.
To start out this project, measure out how big you want your cut-out part to be and draw on the cover. Then, using an Xacto knife, carefully cut out the cover and a dozen or so pages of the book giving you an indentation. Be careful and go slow. It takes repeated times to cut thru the cover.
This book had a bold imprinted title on the lower part of the cover. So, I simply painted the whole book in a ecru color. Then I antiqued down the edges with a burnt umber color.
I then glued a wide band of lace across the bottom where the printing was. I added a portion of a doily across the top and a scattering of tiny, vintage buttons.
I used scrapbooking letters to spell out MOM because this was in memory of her. The tiny cupie doll was found in her jewelry box after she passed away. So, I wanted someplace to show her off and now, she sits in the book protected, on my coffee table.
This one is rather plain, but I still like it. I cut the opening out to match a window frame out of the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby. Then painted it to match the blue of the cover. I used an old book page to cover the spine of the book. I use Mod Podge for alot of these projects.
Then, thinking it needed something else, I glued a copy of a little girl on the inside like she was looking out the window. I think it will be cute to put a tiny Christmas wreath at the top of the window for the holidays.
This is probably the first book I altered and one of my very favorites. I did this for my husband. I cut out the section of the book pretty deep to hold his belt buckle and his pocket knife he had as a child. I included a couple of pictures - one with a friend and one when he was in a band in the first grade. Is that not the cutest thing you ever saw?
I used scrapbooking "buttons" to spell out his name. Then, I added a quote about friendship.
So, go get yourself some old books and go to town!
Till next time, Judy