Book Page Flower How-To

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finished fowers

Here is a step by step how-to for the book page flowers I talked about here. Materials You will need… 1) wire I used wire from the jewelry making section of a craft store. I’m not sure what gauge it was but maybe 12 or 16. It needs to be sturdy. 2) book pages I used a Harry Potter book that was weeded due to condition. The pages were falling out and the spine was destroyed. 3) hot glue gun 4) wire cutter I used pliers with a built in wire cutter. Making your flowers: Step 1: cut out petals A) I found the easiest way for me to do this was to accordion fold a page and cut several … Continued

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Book Page Flowers

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At the end of last summer, I was lucky enough to be in a good friend and fellow librarian’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and partially book themed! What better theme for a librarian!? For the wedding shower, I created a few recycled book flowers. As you know, I love crafts so this was the perfect job for me. My friend ended up incorporating book flowers into her bridesmaids’ bouquets as well. Such a perfect librarian wedding! Stay tuned for a tutorial on making these book page roses.

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Washi Tape

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I’ve Tweeted about this a few times already but washi tape is my absolute favorite new thing this year!  My friend @mkschoen got me hooked when we decorated her library before school started.  Here is a sign we jazzed up simply by adding tape. I think this tape was actually Scotch Expressions which was more like a regular Scotch tape texture, where washi is like a masking tape and I find easier to use. Before: After: Since then, I’ve used washi tape on tons of different things in my library – some functional, some decorative. Functionally, I’ve used it to define areas on my whiteboard like my center choices board: and to help identify library neighborhoods like my graphic novels: … Continued

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Book Pages

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As a librarian, part of me is sad when books fall apart but on the other hand, I love a clean, well weeded library and don’t have trouble parting with books are old, gross, or well-loved.  While weeding my {old} library, I found many books that needed to go.  Among them was this one:  Yup, literally falling apart.  I have seen tons of fun ways to reuse old books and thought there must be something I can do with these book pages…bookmarks!  I decided to use watercolors but I’m sure you could use other types of paint, markers, or stick pages in your printer.  First, I painted a bunch of pages with different designs (and of course forgot to take … Continued

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