This month I'm going to show you some of the vintage books that I've been hoarding. For a while I've been jealous of Julie Kirk's ability to cut up vintage books, and put the pieces together on her projects, or in her fantastic Plundered Pages packs. I've mentioned to her that she needs to run a course on how to be brave enough to cut up these books, because I have an ever-growing collection of ones that I've bought for projects.
Despite forcing myself to cut up a Ladybird book for my Learn Something New Everyday Album last year, and cutting up text for backgrounds and flowers for some Hen Party Gift Bag items, I still haven't managed to get a pair of scissors anywhere near the rest of my vintage books.
Here are my favourites:
1: Book Of Ryhmes Number 3:
Which has lovely, detailed illustrations like this one:
I want to put this one into two frames, one for each page, and hang them in our entry-way, above our wellington boots.
2: Telling The Time:
Very intro images inside this one:
I don't have any particular ideas for this image, except that I wish I could step into it and share their tea!
3: Sacred Songs & Solos:
This is a very thick volume, and I snapped it up for 20p at a car boot sale, because I thought it would be great to use the music pages as background papers. But then when I got home I couldn't decide whether it was 'right' to cut up a hymn book, what do you think?
Strangely, when I opened this to photograph the inside, it fell open on 'Amazing Grace' which we sung at my Granny's funeral in February. It made me think that somewhere she was smiling at me, possibly laughing at me for photographing a pile of old books :-)
4: Famous Fairy Tales:
Which includes some gorgeous full-page illustrations like this one:
Which I'd love to frame for my daughter's bedroom.
5: Time, Calendars and Clocks:
I bought this one for it's cool, steam-punk style illustrations:
I'd like to cut this page up for some altered art, though I'm not sure what exactly!
6: A Book of Modern Verse:
Bought mainly for the stunning yellow cover, which I'd like to use for a project like this one. The pages inside might come in handy too:
I'm sure I could cut some of the poetry up to use on layouts.
7: Fairyland Secrets:
Which has the most adorable pictures of bunnies, cute critters, and fairies:
I want to use this on an altered canvas, with flowers and glitter and beads all around it.
8: The Pocket Encyclopaedia of the World:
A neat little book with colour maps that would look good as background papers, or cut into tags or letters for scrapbook pages:
Something about this book stops me tearing it up, I think it's that I quite like its small size, when the other atlases I've seen or own are larger.
9: Play Street:
Look how cute the images are:
I'd like to use the best images to make mini-book covers for mini-albums for my kids. The rest would look good on cards.
10: Highroads of History:
Another one chosen mainly for the cover, the Celtic-style square would look great as a frame. But it also includes some nice colour illustrations like this:
Which I'm sure would come in handy for something!
So, what about you? Do you have any books you bought for crafting, but can't bear to cut up? Do you have any ideas for what I could use these covers or pages for? Do you have any suggestions for how I can get over my fear and set the scissors on them?