Monday, January 31, 2011

I LOVE curling up with a good book


I love Valentines day

I don’t really know why though.

I hardly ever get flowers, chocolates or  rose petals on the floor.

BUT, I do get to adorn my house with red, pink and white, sappy sentiments about love, and polka dots.  (I LOVE polka dots! Who doesn’t?)

Plus-the stores carry cinnamon hearts and lips and I love them way more than I should!

I must admit, my house is not “valentined” out yet. My stupid toe has really put me behind on the whole pulling up the totes from the basement.  Yes, I do have a valentine TOTE. 

I told you I LOVED this time of year.

Even though I have a tote full of crap,I can’t help myself, and I make  more d├ęcor.

I have a problem really. I love to decorate and I love to craft. These 2 addictions cause me to create-espescially come February.

Who said that books had to be just for reading?
Not me.

I look at them as a source of inspiration. Not because I read this one, but because I saw the potential in what it could be..

The inspiration that struck this time:
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Be still my heart..

You know you want to turn a book into a heart now.

Right?

This is how I did it.

I started with this. A paperback from the thrift store. The notebook to be exact.  I love this book. I hesitated about ripping the cover off, for about 2 seconds.
 I figured if I really wanted to read it again I could go to the library.

I ripped the cover off and this is what I was left with.
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I then drew a heart on the front page.  You know, the kind you drew in 2nd grade when you folded the paper in half drew half a heart on it. Then when you opened it it was “magically” a whole heart?

Same idea.

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(sorry about the blurry pics, it was late)

The key when you do this is to make the shape of the heart as uniform as possible.

This is kind of tricky when you use a pair of scissors. You can totally use scissors if you want, but I prefer an x-acto knife. I have done it both ways, and they both work.
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It is the easiest if you split the book in half and do it in 2 sections.

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When you have finished the cutting, it will look like this.

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You probably will be a better “cutter outer ” than I am, and you will not end up with jagged edges. If by chance you are more like me, let me introduce you to one of my favorite craft tools.

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Again, sorry about the blurry pics. It was still late.

Just “sand” off the jagged edges.  Don’t push too hard, or you will rip the pages.
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You still might need to take your scissors to them.  I wasn’t too worried about it looking PERFECT. I just wanted to make sure that you could tell it was a heart and not a roundish, weird looking blob shape.

I inked the sides with a bit of pink ink.

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love ink?
I LOVE it!
Have I also mentioned how you all should be jealous of my mad photo editing skills. 
You should be more than jealous! Smile


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Finished!

I just hot glued it to a piece of canvas board that I covered with scrapbook paper.
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Hot glue gun again.

I choose this form of adhesive mostly because it quick, easy and almost always plugged in.
 I am such a lazy crafter.

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I stuck it in a frame and then made more ruffles with my trusty needle and thread.

Mostly because I can’t leave well enough alone.

I then added some hearts and a cute little tag.

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Isn’t my husband a cutie? He loves fishing, almost as much as he LOVES me!!
Well, most of the time.

Added a little LOVE that I picked up from Target’s Dollar Spot.

Target is my weakness.
 I love it almost as much as Melissa from 320 Sycamore.
 I love her! If you have never visited her little corner of blog world-you must!  She is so FABULOUS!

Look what she did with her LOVE.  So cute right?

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Tomorrow I am doing a tutorial on how to made a ruffle WITHOUT your sewing machine.
 Because you all know I don’t even own a sewing machine.

It is so fabulous! You too will be addicted. You also might develop a ridiculous need to RUFFLE  everything in sight.  Well, anything that doesn’t breathe anyway.

Until tomorrow…

Linking up to these awesome parties! I love a good party!

14 comments :

  1. That is absolutely adorable! You did a super amazing job (and I love hot glue myself)

    Great tutorial.

    :) Laura

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  2. What a clever idea. So many Vday stuff out there, your's is sooo original. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This is awesome! I am sooo in love with the book heart! Hope that you will share with the Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/01/pink-hippo-party-14.html

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  4. Very cute! I love working with book pages!
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/

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  5. So cute!! Thanks a million for your shout out and your sweet email. I love cinnamon hearts as well and they are sounding so good right about NOW. :)

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  6. I love this sort of book art. Great idea:)

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  7. What a cute idea! I clicked over from another site (today'screativeblog.net) and was surprised when I saw a picture of Kal! This is Karalee's friend Cheri. Anyway this is super cute and I can't wait to make it.

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  8. Would love for you to join us at the Hugs and Kisses Valentine's Party!
    http://itsablogparty.com/

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  11. Oh wow, that's gorgeous! Love the book pages!

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  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE this FEATURING it today @ my blog!
    stop by and check it out!

    XOXO Andrea
    keepinitthriftyandrea.blogspot.com

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  13. Really nice. Would love to do this in my spare time. ha ha Thanks for the tutorial. Linda

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