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These books are so fun and easy to make. Check thrift stores and garage sales for old books. Look for old jewelry, belts, beads ect. The craft stores are good places to find lettering and stamps.


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Here is the book I am going to alter

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Next crumple some of the pages or ripped edge looks cool but takes forever

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choose a color and paint the book, usually takes 2 coats

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next water down a darker paint, I chose black and dab on all over to age it and make it look dirty

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next is the fun part, I use a serrated steak knife. Scrape all the edges and cut off a corner, have fun and do as little or as much as you like

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The edges look to light or some of the book color may show so I use the base color watered down and go over the edges.

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I use these letters that look like dried glue that I found at a craft store. I use a permanent marker to color the letters before I remove them

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choose a title for your book

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Choose some fun ornaments. I used a gold skull that was part of a necklace and a little corked bottle from a craft store.

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After hot glueing on the ornaments it still looked like it was missing something. I used a spiderweb stamp and black ink.

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Finished book

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The library is growing and I still have several more books I want to make. I want to make an open book next :)
 

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They look great. I will have to show my sister this.

If you want to ripple the pages try soaking them and letting them dry out. I know it does it to my news paper when it rains
 

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to get a real good ripple effect spray the pages with Windex for a cool ripple when it dries

i had to do this at my old job when we got in stacks of new ones so they would not stick together
 

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Very neat idea! It allows you to choose whatever title you want to give to your book.... Very useful to make some book in French (since there are none in the stores!!).

Thanks for sharing! :)
 

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You just saved me a load of time with this tutorial! I've been trying to figure out how to make a Witchy Library for my theme this year.... THANK YOU!!
 
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