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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Vintage Paris Book Bundle Tutorial & Homemaking Link-Up Weekend

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Yesterday I showed off my hutch makeover and some of the cute accessories I've been making this past week.  This book bundle is so easy to make so I want to share the simple steps with you!
First, I hit my local Dollar Tree to find some books that were all the same size.  I checked under the dust jackets to see what color the hardbound books were.  Lucky for me, these were a perfect shade of cream!
Next, I chose a picture from Google Images.  I knew I wanted to do something with either a bird theme and a Paris theme.  I found an image with both!  Then I picked out my paper.  My husband had got me this cute vintage-look paper for Mother's Day but it was too thick.  So, I photocopied five sheets of it and then printed my image over it.  I think these colors are so pretty:  a cream background with pretty PINK flower bundles!
I measured the width of my book spine and then multiplied that by 3.  Mine were about an inch wide so that made it easy.  I just drew 1 inch vertical lines on the back of each paper and then cut out a strip from each paper that was 3 inches wide, moving over 1 for each new paper.  Then I used my favorite crafting supply, Elmer's Craft Bond Extra Strength Glue Stick, to secure the pieces to the binding of each book.
Easy and Adorable!  Make sure and check out my entire hutch makeover!

28 comments:

  1. Sarah, the books are LOVELY! I love how you problem-solved the paper thickness issue. That's a great tip for anyone working with paper as a medium!
    Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker
    www.suburbanprairiehomemaker.com

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  2. I absolutely love this idea!!! So cute and simple, and you can easily change it around, too! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. So cute! Love projects that are so simple and creative!

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  4. That turned out great! I think I could do that - an easy and inexpensive decorative touch.

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  5. Well done! Happy St Patty's Day to you.

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  6. Sarah, your books are very pretty! How nicely you have them displayed. Thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday! Have a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. So is the paper only on the spine, and not wrapped around the front and back?

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  8. Yeah @Audra, it's just a 3-inch-piece that is wrapped around the spine. If the books were a weird color, I would have wrapped them in brown paper first.

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  9. Sarah - 6this is so adorable! Great job :O)

    Happy Pink Saturday to you!

    Marie
    xoxo

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  10. Just as cute as can be...:)

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  11. Hi Sarah! What a great makeover and love those book bundles.

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  12. How very clever and a great theme! Come on by CITexas Gal and check out my 1940 Fenton Collection and promotion of the 1940 US Census Community Project.

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  13. Found you from the Social Fabric this is such a simple cute idea! Come over & link up on my link party anytime. I love your sites woodland background!! I am over @ DearCreatives.com Have a great weekend!!

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  14. How pretty. Just noticed that we share the same first name. ;-)

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  15. what a lovely piece of art..;) btw I'm your newest follower, hope you could return back the favor for me...Thanks!

    and if its okay with you, would you like your site be link you up to my next post for Pink Saturday? Hope to hear from you soon..;)

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  16. Hi Sarah,
    The books look terrific.A very clever project.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

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  17. Wow, these are gorgeous! Happy Pink Saturday! ~Diane (I am #75)

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  18. Love your book bundles! I have been wanting to do this too but I just need to find the time!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  19. Your book bundles are so fun and creative! Thanks for a great tutorial. Thank you for sharing at TTF and have a wonderful week!

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  20. That is so pretty, Sarah! I can't believe how creative you are!

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  21. That is so cute! I'm totally digging it as something that even I could do! Thanks for the idea. It will look great on my bookcase!

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  22. Sarah, this is very clever! I love how you did it and the way they turned out looks amazing! You could do this with any old book, very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. What a great idea! Thanks for coming to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

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  24. Thanks for answering my question - I've been wanting to try this. :)

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  25. Can I pin some of your posts on Pinterest?

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  26. YES!!! Please do pin whatever you see that you like!

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