Using book pages for crafts

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Picture it. Florida a week ago. (Sorry I’ve been marathon watching the Golden girls)

Everyone was hunkered down and hoping that Hurricane Dorian would drop back down to a lower category storm and actually make that turn before it made land fall.

It did.

Thankfully, we didn’t see much storm damage in our location we really lucked out here. The poor Bahamas and the Carolinas got smacked around so bad this time. I know that hardship because back in 2004 our area had 2 major storm landfalls right at our doorstep. It took years for our area to recover. 

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the storm and we hope everyone can get back on their feet ASAP.

Our house is just north of that dot right there. You can see how threateningly close the storm was. We were as prepared as we could be and all we had left to do was wait…so, what else was there left for me to do except watching YouTube and playing with epoxy glittered tumblers.

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I was watching different methods for doing glitter tumblers and I was curious about  which order everyone was doing the book pages. Over the last 15+ years I have been rescuing old tattered copies of the Harry Potter series from thrift shops and the like. Most of these are old yellowed books with rips and tears, so they are perfect for repurposing.

 
The method I used was slightly different from most of the ones you see online. I was trying to figure out a way to use only one book for this project and not disassemble multiple books, just in case I wanted to use the same sections of other books for additional projects. I used an X-acto knife to cut out the sections I wanted. I used a lighter to burn the edges ever so lightly, just to char them up a bit for added character.


Sitting there singeing book pages was a first for me. In the past, I have done printed out pieces like that, but never pages directly from a book. I thought if I used a candle and touched the edges it would be easier than playing with a lighter.


Nope.

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I was wrong, because every time I went to snuff out the charing I would blow out the candle at the same time, rendering the candle useless.


I used the first three books mainly because I had those on hand. I gently touched the flame to edges of the paper, blew out the flame, then pinched it with my fingers to stop it in its place. Be careful not to burn yourself!

Once I had each section looking as I liked, I took each piece and scanned them into my computer and saved them as PNG files, then uploaded them to Cricut Design Space™. I saved the original pages with the coloring and burn marks so I can print and cut them all at once. Now, I can size the files to fit whatever sized project I am working on. And, I don’t have to burn pages each time I want them. All I have to do is size the file, click print and cut, and it’s finished. It’s as simple as that.

These are the PNG files, once you upload them to Cricut Design Space™ you WILL need to delete the background and clean up the edges a tad. With the new update of Cricut design space I’m still learning where they put everything, once I do I will tag the file links on there.

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I had some issues getting all specks off the background and my Cricut wanted to cut them all out. This doesn’t hurt anything, but it takes a bit more time to cut. I would recommend using the light grip blue mat. The standard grip wanted to curl the pages.

The other option is to make copies prior to burning the edges. This can be done by using a glue stick and gluing each piece to a plain piece of printer paper, then you just simply print out on a new sheet. You can use any color paper you want, newsprint, plain, aged etc, whichever you like.


And, there you have it. An easy way to have multiple copies of book pages for your own personal use. And guess what! I have the files posted below and you don’t even have to go find an old book and do the dirty work, unless you want different passages or you want to make your own.

Oh, the things that pass the time during a storm situation!

I hope this helps your crafting!

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Cheers, Sarah!

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1 thought on “Using book pages for crafts”

  1. VANESSA NICKENS says:

    Nicely done! Now we put it on a tumbler!

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