Monday, December 1, 2014

DIY Altered Readers Digest Books

Someone recently gave me a bunch of old Readers Digest books to use for craft projects. I used them to make vintage style books to be used as Christmas decor. I have to say that this is one of those projects (like so many) that I became a little obsessed with. Sometimes I just can't stop myself, and if one turns out cute, then 12 or so might be even more cute! Well, actually, I didn't make quite that many yet.

Here's how I did it...

I covered the book cover with 2 coats of gesso...

I picked images from the Graphics Fairy website that I wanted for the books and printed them out on regular computer paper. If you use an image with writing, you'll need to print it in reverse.

I coated the front cover of the book with Mod Podge and then laid the image down onto the book...

I used a hotel key card to press the paper firmly onto the book.
You have to work quickly or the paper is difficult to peel up.

Slowly peel the paper off of the book...

If part of the image doesn't transfer, or some of the paper sticks to the book, don't worry, that just adds to the vintage charm once the next step is complete.

Next, I took some dark brown wax and rubbed it over the book with a rag. Anywhere paper is left will be a little darker which enhances the aged appearance.

It would be perfectly fine left as is, but what is Christmas without a little sparkle?!!! So, I added a light coat of Mod Podge, then sprinkled the book with glitter...

It's just the right touch...

Remember, I said I was a little obsessed, so here are a couple more...

For something a little different, I added red and green glitter to this one. Then I glued on a bow I made using a strip of fabric and added a small candy cane

These books are so much fun to make! I think I'll go make a few dozen more!

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  1. That is so clever!!! I love it!

    Katie @ Fun Home Things

  2. This is such a fun idea! I can't wait to try that Mod Podge transfer technique.

  3. Yes, I really enjoy altering books...Maybe I'll do some with christmas images, you, dear, inspire me with this beauties:)

  4. What a great look for some less than gorgeous originals. You have me wanting to do this....I guess that means a trip to Goodwill....sigh! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi there, I hopped over from Make It Pretty Monday! I love how your books turned out--such a cute & clever upcycle! Blessings, Cecilia

  6. These are awesome, Virginia! I love the glitter and that bow, to!
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I'm featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  7. These are great - I have to try it. Does it matter if you use an ink jet or laser printer with the mod podge?

    1. I have an ink jet printer. I'm not sure if this will work with a laser printer.

  8. I really love these. Do you do anything to the page edges?

  9. I was so caught up with trying to find time to do this, I forgot to thank you for sharing it at Make It Monday! I am planning some for Valentine's.

  10. LOVE these cute much...that I will feature them at my party on Monday.


  11. I LOVE this project...looks like a lot of fun...can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love this idea! I find these books at yard sales all of the time, but didn't know what to do with them!

  13. I love these! I have the same question as Contessa... Ink jet or laser printer?

  14. Love it. I am the same way when a project grabs my interest - I want to make a dozen.

  15. I love these books! We have a thrift store here that has a section with free contemporary books, many of them hardcover. I adore vintage books and now you've given me an idea for transforming those free books into these wonderful objects of art. Thank you! I found you at The Graphics Fairy. Awesome! ~ Nancy

  16. Guess who's featured again when my link party opens tonight? Gorgeous!

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