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« on: September 09, 2008 12:23:28 PM »

I made this using an old star trek book! I used a wooden pumpkin for a template and cut the pages with a blade. I'm going to make another one and I'll post a tute.

Here's the tute I put together. I used an apple pattern for this one but you'll get the idea.

First off, gather your supplies:

- book for dismembering, paperbacks are great
- template (I made half an apple out of a thick piece of chipboard)
- exacto knife with a very sharp blade
- clips
- glue stick
- snot dots
- ink or paint for coloring and something to apply it with
- anything you want to decorate with.

Step 1

My paperback book was too thick so I split it in half using my blade. Try and make a clean break or you will end up sacrificing some pages.

Step 2

Lay the template down on the book and cut the pages around the template. Be careful not to cut in to the template and try to cut only a few pages down at a time to start. Try and make one smooth cut if you want to avoid rough edges. I personally like the distressed look.

Step 3

Remove the cut paper leaving the template in place. Cut and repeat. Cut and repeat. I found that I was cutting about four pages at first and then ended up cutting a lot more at a time once I got the hang of it.

Step 4

Once the book is cut, trim any rough edges you don't want. Especially those that are hanging off. This will help for the next step: inking.

Step 5

For color, I used ink refill and diluted it a bit because I wanted it to soak in to the paper. I applied it with a cotton ball to the edge of the book. (I have not tried paint so I'm not sure what technique you will need to keep the pages from sticking together.)

Step 6

Once the edges were done, I applied the ink/water mixture to the inside of the pages by using a "flip and wipe" method. I turned the book over and then did the same thing on the other side. I did not try and get every page but rather a sampling of pages for a worn effect. Let it dry or cheat and use a heat gun to lightly dry the edges. Which method do you think I used?

Step 7

Once the book is dry you will need to stretch the spine so it opens. The book I used was not terribly worn so it did not fan well on it's own. I stretched it at random to loosen it up.

Step 8

I chose to use a stick with a little leaf for my decoration. On the pumpkin I used wired ribbon, wire, and lace. I covered the stick with snot dots and layed it in the top of the apple. It's starting to look like an apple now, isn't it?

Step 9

Apply a good craft glue stick to one side of the book making sure you go all the way to the edges. Carefully close book and clamp tight. I think that paperclips would work for this, too. Let it dry.

Step 10

Add any additional decorations at this point. Fan the book a couple of times to get an even shape. You are done.

« Last Edit: September 11, 2008 05:30:42 AM by boadicea » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2008 12:39:31 PM »

that's really cute!
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008 12:40:27 PM »

So cute! That's a great idea for using up old books. Very neat!

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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008 12:45:10 PM »

I love it and can't wait to see the tut!  Thanks in advance for doing it!

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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008 01:02:15 PM »

Ooo, yes please post a tut! I absolutely love that. What a clever idea.

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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008 01:07:55 PM »

this is too cute.  I also would like a tut.

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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2008 01:14:38 PM »

reminds me of the christmas trees we used to make out of old books in kindergarten!
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2008 01:24:32 PM »

I absolutely love this! How cute. Thanks in advance for the tutorial, I imagine it's doable with other shapes too. Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2008 01:34:15 PM »

I can't wait for the tute cause that's really cute!!! (wow.. that rhymes...)

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