Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Got Book Papers?

Using book papers to create embellishments or as patterned paper on a layout is a growing trend. Many companies are offering packets of vintage book papers for sale. In some cases, manufacturers are creating patterned paper to mimic the look. It's not hard to get the book papers. Even on a budget, you most likely have an old book laying around the house. Sometimes, it's about bringing yourself to use them.

I have always loved books and admittingly, when it comes to tearing one apart for the purposes of scrapbooking, I find the task difficult. It feels like such a waste to tear the book up. I decided to look for cheap books that I wouldn't care about. This also proved to be a problem. I read everything and I was very keenly aware of the text that was being placed on my layout.Sometimes, I don't feel the text is appropriate. After all, why would you put a story about someone being murdered or sections of a romance novel on your kids birthday party layout? People like me read what's on your layout...even the book papers.

I chose to go a different route. My son is reading a Batman novel right now. It worked well with the theme of a super hero birthday party he had. So I simply scanned some pages from the novel. This allows me to print the text to whatever size I desire. I can make hand made embellishment from the paper or use it as is directly onto the layout. If I mess up, no big deal. I can print another.

Opening the Presents by Christy Strickler | Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill; Hybrid Elements- Patterned Paper, Alphas: Heroic collection by Traci Reed; Letters: My Little Showbox; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Stitching Stencil: Amy Tangerine; Tape: Queen and Co.; Pen: Sharpie; Other: DMC floss: for Get It Scrapped

Yes, I did read the text before making these speech bubble for the layout. I tried to omit anything in which Batman was being hurt or beat up. There was a lot of action and fight scenes in the novel. Maybe it's weird. Maybe it's superstitious in some way. I don't know. I just know it feels odd to have murder and mayhem hiding on my happy layouts.

For more ideas to use book pages check out:

crafting with book pages on scrapbook layouts

Get It Scrapped: Ideas for Creating Scrapbook Pages with Elements from Book Papers

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  1. Christy, that is a great idea! I may have to use that one in the future. Just the other day I was looking for some text paper to use and I couldn't bring myself to rip it out of the book! Love the stitching on this one, too!

  2. I think this is genius, and I couldn't agree more :~)