I used to volunteer in a library, and acquired quite a few old books of all shapes and sizes. I have a large basket in the livingroom full of old books for the kids to read. Because they are old and beautiful, they make for lovely (yet totally usable) decorations. Like I said, I acquired tons – and some weren’t in the best of shape and yet due to their lovely covers I couldn’t get rid of them. I hate to take apart books (I love books!) but I decided to upcycle a few and give them new life in numerous ways.
Because they were old library books, they all had old sticky labels on them that I had to get off. I love GooGone – especially the spray gel. I soaked the labels in that and used an old credit/membership card to save my nails in the scraping. ;) The labels were old and had some type of foil in them and were hard to soak.
One book I took apart has lots of lovely poems illustrated with beautiful vintage artwork. I am tossing ideas around on how to give them new life. :)
Once I cut the stitching of the pages, they easily came out. Yay for old ways to bind books! It sure made it easy to take apart. I peeled off the pockets and any other labels. First I glued on a new small strip over the binding area. Then when that dried I glued on the other two papers along with the ribbon. The inside of the book is now fresh and clean.
The book I used is about 8×6.5, which perfectly holds a pad of note paper! It is an adorable little “folder” of sorts, that you can tie closed with the satin ribbon. Perfect to carry papers and notes, all while making a vintage statement.