Book inserts - an ah-ha moment

by brae  

Since I borrowed books from the Heritage for my rustic crates, I needed to make more to actually use in the Studio permanently.

I printed a new batch of covers, most are popular and/or classic novels from Lyssa and Blondie.  Thanks, ladies!!!  :D  Here they are with the covers I had leftover from the Heritage library stash.

Usually when I make books, I use basswood or balsa for the inserts with the edges painted white, tan or gold (see this previous post).  My scraps of basswood and balsa go into a bin where I can pick and choose various thicknesses.  This time, I had a piece of cardboard in my stash.  When I finish using a lined notepad, I usually keep the cardboard backs for templates and trials.  As I was making books, I decided to use one of the thicker cardboard pieces...1/16" thick.

Instead of painting the edges, however, I left them natural.  Because this cardboard was made from pressed layers of paper, it looks very convincing as a book insert...especially for mass produced paperbacks.  If the cardboard separates a little, it just makes it look like a book that's been read a few times.  :D  I'm sure white or dark yellow mat board would work well, too.  Less work...no painting needed!

I like the way these look as is, but I'll make some more books with painted edges to mix in for a more realistic variety.  I also need some varying widths.  :]

The birdcage is a jewelry pendant; the vase is by Jane Graber.

9 comments

Comment from: April [Visitor]
Woah, that'll be a big time saver just in cutting time! Ms. Graber better get ready. I'm coming to see her in 8 weeks and I've got a list. :D
02/27/13 @ 19:43
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
I love your books, Brae! They're all so interesting. I also love that little bird cage. I'm really learning to look at things with a different eye these days. I was using my hair spray today and I noticed the little plastic cap could be used as a clear flower vase when I'm finished with it. It's a little over one inch high and a half inch circumference. Or, I could put tiny oranges or lemons in it.
02/27/13 @ 21:36
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Yay for books! They look fantastic. I will keep a look out for that kind of cardboard. Glad to help. :)
02/27/13 @ 21:44
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks!!! Yes, I will be stopping by Jane's table, too! :yes:
02/28/13 @ 07:57
Comment from: Angie Hall [Visitor]
Nicely done. I love books, and these are just wonderful.
02/28/13 @ 14:38
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
Cardboard looks MUCH better than white foam sheets. Great idea! I've got LOTS of cardboard like this! Lots of books to make too! Thanks again, for sharing another brilliant tip!
02/28/13 @ 16:03
Comment from: Mary [Visitor]
Great books, thank you for sharing this tip. It's always nice to find something that works well and saves time also.
02/28/13 @ 19:06
Comment from: Q [Visitor]
I still haven't ventured into books... I will have to do it soon, a house does not work without them. The cardboard works great, I will have to scratch around to see if I have anything that will look as good unpainted as yours do!
02/28/13 @ 22:30
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :D It's a great way to recycle and save money. :yes:
03/01/13 @ 17:37


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