GIFTED | Today is World Book Day, and to celebrate, Viking sent me a box of craft materials to use with old book pages along with Book Art by Clare Youngs for craft ideas.
Before I begin, Viking is a UK based stationery, office supply, and furniture company. They sell everything from pens, paper and ink cartridges to technology and furniture, and you can receive free shipping on orders over £30.
After looking through Book Art, I was inspired to create my own notebook based on the Japanese Notebook craft. With my master’s program, I am always using notebooks to take notes during the lectures and readings, and I had 3 half-used notebooks sitting around. I decided to take those blank pages out and combine them into one notebook.
- First I took out the blank pages of the notebooks so I knew what size to make the new covers of the notebook.
- I then selected the color of A4 paper (I chose black), and I cut it in half with scissors. You may need to use bigger pieces of A4 paper depending on the size of the notebook paper.
- From there I selected the old book pages and decided on the layout for the front and back covers. I used mod podge to adhere to the book pages to the A4 paper, and I put a layer of mod podge on top of the book pages as well.
- I then used a hole punch to make 3 holes on all the notebook pages and the front and back covers.
- I then used yarn and went through all the holes to connect the covers and pages. I ensured the yarn was loose enough to turn the pages before tying a knot.
- As a final touch, I used the alphabet stamp kit and ink pad to spell out JOURNAL on the front cover. Since there was a layer of mod podge on top of the book pages, I was able to wipe away some of the ink to make it look a little aged.
As well as notebooks, you can use old books to create various other crafts from cards and bookmarks to home decor and cute animals like this lion. The ideas are endless!
How are you celebrating World Book Day?