Make a Bookmark Book

by DIY Maven

Make a Bookmark Book

Imagine having a bookmark BOOK to jot things down upon when you're reading your next book club selection. Clever, huh? And what a great little addition to those books we'll be giving during the upcoming holiday season! DIY Planner innowen shows us how to assemble a bookmark book in just 5 minutes. Yup, 5 minutes! Here's what you'll need to make one:

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How to Shape a Book

by DIY Maven

How to Shape a Book

That post title isn't nearly as clever as this tutorial, but it's kind of hard to describe. The results, however, speak for themselves. Basically, Sheila uses old paperbacks as a medium for sculpture. To make one of our own, we'll need....

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My New Favorite Obsession: Book Binding

by DIY Maven

My New Favorite Obsession: Book Binding

If you've read my original how-tos, it probably won't come as a surprise that I'm kind of a hobby junkie. I'll try anything when it comes to arts and crafts. Some stick and become on-going pursuits; others don't. Book-binding, I have a feeling, is going to fall in the former category. I've always wanted to try book binding but was a bit intimidated. I mean, I know how to write a book, but actually make one? Scary. This weekend I threw caution...

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Noguchi Style Table, With Books!

by Lilybee

I spotted this Coffee Table at an open house this afternoon.

created on: 10/11/08

It has that Noguchi Table vibe but would cost considerably less than $1,299. I like the quirky humour that uses coffee table books as, well, coffee table books.

The staging company who did the house just stacked up books that the homeowner already had then jammed the tempered glass on top. I'm not completely convinced by the dead cow rug (I like my dead cow lightly seasoned and...

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Freebie Time: Free, Printable Library Cards, Pockets, and Mini-Notes!

by Chris Gardner

In the DIY design blogosphere, tis always the season for giving: Creature Comforts offers free, download and printable library card pocket templates, standard library cards, and mini-notes. No more description necessary, just go get 'em.

Freebie Time: Free, Printable Library Cards, Pockets, and Mini-Notes!

Download library_card_pocket_template.pdf
Download free_standard_library_cards.pdf
Download free_mini_gift_cards.pdf

Via Decor8.

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8 Free Photography eBooks

by Chris Gardner

Knowing is half the battle...and not paying for it is the other half. Be sure to peep thess FREE e-books on one of Curbly's fave media, photography. These ain't no one page folded booklet pdfs, these are BOOKS, and they're FREE, and they're GOOD.

1. Tinker Tubes - Personal Lighting Systems by Dean Collins

2. Lighting 101 by David Hobby

3. JPG Magazine by 8020 Publishing

4. The Image-Space Tips and Tricks collection by Joe Barrett

5. Wedding...

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How to Repair Paperback Bindings.

by Chris Gardner

Wiliam Smith from Hang Fire Books writes, "I frequently receive vintage paperbacks where the spine glue has separated from the text block (probably due to reading-wear) and then frozen/dried in a lumpy uneven way that keeps the spine from laying flat…I was wondering if it would be possible to soften the glue with heat so you could smooth and reflatten it."

How to Repair Paperback Bindings.

It turns out, you can. Read all about William's technique here, but be sure to try in on...

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Free Book Covers by Kate Spade.

by Chris Gardner

 

Free Book Covers by Kate Spade.

 

School isn't quite in session yet (unless you're a sucker like me and have been taking classes all summer), but in expectation of all the Back-to-School awesomeness in a few weeks, have a look at these free downloadable book covers by Kate Spade. Go here, and click "downloads".

Spade's design's exhibit brilliant finds of old dust jackets from (mostly) the 1960's, so even if she isn't generally your cup of design tea, you can't argue with some...

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Teach a man to sew....clothe him for a lifetime.

by Chris Gardner

I'm a postmodern guy: I recognize the social construction of gender roles, and the institutionalized injustices that pre-determine one's lifestyle based on gender identity, social background, economic status, and education.

So, last night- when my wife was out of town- shhh..don't tell [not because I'm ashamed, but because she'll get mad at me for spending money]- I bought a sewing machine. It's a middle-of-the-road Singer, which I hope I won't...

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Fake Books for Fake Readers

by DIY Maven

Fake Books for Fake Readers

The Original Book Works produces fake, excuse me, "faux", books to make you seem well-read. Of course there are other reasons for putting fake, I mean, "faux", "authentic resin reproductions of real leather books" in your library. You may want to cover a door with them, creating a Double-Oh-Seven escape route to your Aston Martin parked out back. Or maybe you just want the look of a library without the tedious job of accumulating books, not to...

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The Fix Its: Get Literary With an Easy Book Art Project

by Bruno Bornsztein

The Fix Its get literary with an easy book art project
Winter finally came to Minnesota this weekend, so we chilled out indoors and created some art for our walls. In this project, we take old, overlooked books and do some paper-folding kung-fu to turn them into works of art.

This cheap, easy, and fun project is a great way to add some artwork to a room without breaking open your wallet. Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 Here's the finshed product:

 

The finished book art product (The Fix Its). Literary Twist in on the bottom, Diamonds are Forever on top.

 

"Diamonds are forever" is on top...

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