Destroyable Books

August 09, 2011

when you judge a book by its cover

interesting things happen

I know what you are thinking: Did I read the title of this post correctly? Did she seriously say destroyable books?! IS SHE DESTROYING BOOKS?!

The answer is YES.
Don't get me wrong. I love books. They are some of the most miraculous and wonderful things in all of creation. One of my favorite things to do is snuggle up with a good book, the smell of old paper and binding-glue adding an extra dimension to the story trapped within it's pages.

The thing is, bookart fascinates me. There is not much out there, and since books are so amazing, book art is something that I would love to explore.

Right now, I am the DOOM of unwanted books.

Don't worry. Unwanted books are not perfectly good books. The books I'm talking about are either 1) waterlogged or otherwise ruined volumes, or 2) those books whose content is worth next to nothing.
I do not desecrate good books. 

I just bring bad ones to life.

I think that we can all agree that the Reader's Digest Condensed Noteworthy Books of the Year books are worth far more for their covers than for the content inside of them. Especially when you can grab a stack of them at a thrift store for $2.

I am happy to announce that I'm starting up a new blog series: Creative Books. 
(I'm also debating with the title Bookish. Thoughts?)
I will be posting all sorts of book art, book crafts, and anything and everything that requires destroying bad books. And even more book things besides. This blog series will last.... well, kind of forever. I only have 5 projects finished so far, but there are so many things that can be done with unwanted books...

Where did I get this idea of destroying books? I'd like to introduce you to my inspiration: {Su Blackwell} . Talk about wow.

This post will serve as a main hub for my book art-- I will update it with each new project.



Bookish Adventures {A Photoshoot}
(Book Page Skirt)

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  1. I'm excited!!! :D I love books, and as long as you don't destroy any good novels, I'd love to see what you do with them. ;) I'll have to check my thrift store, too... do you know of any other places where you can find old {boring} books?

  2. wow soo cool!! I cant wait too see what u do with thoughs poor books jk :)

  3. Destroying books is fun! But only when you destroy the ones that deserve it. The Readers Digest condensed books deserve it. I have destroyed a few of them in my time and have a pile in my closet awaiting their fate. Can't wait to see what you do with them!

  4. This sounds fun! Can't wait to see your projects--I have been known to destroy a book or two in my day. :)


  5. You are so creative! Looking forward to seeing them!

    Trish @ Uncommon

  6. Thank you! I wanted to use my condensed Reader's Digest books for a book box, but was feeling guilty. No more. I'm gutting that sucker today!

  7. Oh, I'm excited! I love book projects. Congrads! This was the most viewed link last week at I am highlighting it today. Grab my "featured" button.

  8. Fun series idea! I am your newest follower and look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  9. Can't wait to see what you come up with! I LOVE using books in decorating. My son's recent wedding was a book-themed wedding and I did all of the decorations using books!

  10. So excited to see your ideas. Best Wishes and I'm a fan now.....i'll be making a secret book box TODAY. Thanks

  11. This is what I did to one of my crappy books that was totally unworthy of being read:

    I totally love projects using old books!

  12. Wonderful idea! In the months I've been following blogs, I've seen some good stuff...including a head-board on a bed made of book covers. Can't remember where I saw it, but it was awesome! Look forward to seeing more of your work!

  13. Such a big fan of crafts with books. Thanks for showing these ideas!

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

  14. oh whoa...this is cool! much as i love them this is putting old ones to good use...i esp liked the thank you one...

  15. I love love love books.. anyway they come. You make them even better! Thanks for sharing.

  16. I have a milk crate full of wonderful older books that sadly were in a basement flood. I just have not been able to send them to the recycle bin.
    I am loving finding new ways to give them a new purpose.

  17. You were featured this week on tute tuesday! Thanks for linking up...and I love these book ideas!

  18. You were featured this week on tute tuesday! Thanks for linking up...and I love these book ideas!


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