Where they came from: Years ago, my grandpa saw some hanging book shelves at a garage sale. The lady told him that he'd have to take all the books if he wanted the shelves. He agreed and bought the shelves and hung them in his garage (it's relatively big and has no door). He never got rid of the books or used the shelves. They've just hung there for years.
How I got them: My grandparents don't care what happens to the books so, randomly, when I'm there, I go through them and I'll take a couple. They're all really old (I've gotten one or two from the 1930's out of there).
My Problem: These three were the last ones that I got. They're georgous. I absolutely love old books. I already have eight others that I've brought home and never read. They're all just so pretty. I got these three with the intention to cut out the centers and make them into a box and line it with velvet. After I got home, I opened them up to look at the copyright date, only to find that the bottom one is from 1942, the middle one is from 1948 and the top one is from 1960.
Let me tell you about them before you decide what I should do. The bottom one: is called Van Loon's LIVES. It's about different famous people in history and his meetings with them (fiction of course). He drew all the pictures in it and it's a relatively long book. A little over 600 pages, I think.
The middle one: Is called Ghandi Lives. Obviously about Ghandi and has several pictures of him.
The top one: Is called Come With Me Home. I don't know anything about it. All three of these books are in really great condition. Especially since they've been sitting in an open garage, covered in dust and bugs for as long as I can remember. Now, on to the pictures.
Thank you so much for the tutorial. I've taken your instructions and used them to make a wine bottle bag (an anniversary gift for sister-in-law and her husband) and to pretty up some DVD cases that I use to hold pens and stuff. I only did the outside of these, since they contain things that would just mess up fabric, but it makes them look so much nicer! Your "math" really helped make these easy projects. I never sew circle stuff, because I can never get it to fit correctly and it got too frustrating.
DVD cases covered: [img width=499 height=333]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19595.JPG
Interior, left as is: [img width=499 height=333]http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/IMG_19604.JPG
I made this adorable pencil holder from a steel soup can. All I did was spray paint it gold and then glue cute trim on it. Sorry the picture is sideways...too fat. Darn Photobucket and their silliness..
Okay, after like 75 tries, the picture is finally acceptable..
This is just the basic old book to new journal recon but it was my very first old book to new journal recon, and I'm pretty proud of it. The cat fabric was left over from pajama pants I made in Home Ec class and the paper is just regular plain old printer paper. I sewed the pages together with a needle and thread. I've long since gotten a bone scorer, a folder, and an awl. Haha. Sorry the picture is blurry too.
I made this vase from an empty Fuze bottle I asked my friend to save for me. All I did was take some of those adhesive labels, cut flowers out, stick them on the bottle, then spray-paint over them. When it was dry I peeled the flowers off. And voila! A cute vase.