When Books Come to Life

August 17, 2011

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 I have always had dreams about books coming to life. They are your typical daydreams of the sort, when either the characters appear in real life or you appear in book life.

However, this kind of bookart makes me giddy because I am able to bring a page to life... almost literally.

I had one of those Destroyable Books sitting in front of me... and decided to just go with the flow.

(The inspiration for this cut-out bit of bookart comes from Su Blackwell. I actually did this waaaaay back in February, and had just seen a photo of her work, Midnight Dancers, for the first time.)


 The particular Reader's Digest book I was destroying had a very interesting title page: Bring Me a Unicorn.

 Since I was just messing around, I decided to take that unicorn idea and run with it! But first I had to practice this technique, so I started just cutting up the words and pictures.

 Then I started trying to make some "real" book art.

 Behind the scenes shots:

Why, hello, there!
I've got several more of this style bookart up my sleeves... (or, rather, in my hard drive and some still in my brain). 

 You all have already seen some of this cutting-up-book-pages stuff. Remember how I got all sidetracked while making a hollow book box?

I'm thinking about doing one Bookish post a week.... so watch out! Next Wednesday we are going to destroy a book and turn it into something very useful and pretty. :)

P.S. Check out the blog's sidebar! I just spent forever and a day making and coding all of those buttons. :) Please browse some of my other sites!

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  1. That is so amazing, Shaylynn! :o Beautiful work.
    And I love the buttons! :D

  2. Shaylynn, are you Debbie's daughter? The one that rides the unicycle?? Here I was, looking online for crafts and saw your projects and wanted to know more. Then I started putting it together: homeschooled, Catholic, 16 yo, Midwest, etc. What a small world it is! By the way, I am enjoying your book crafts. Take care!

  3. Nice job!
    Have you read the Inkheart series? In it books really do come to life...

  4. Mrs Hahn--- yes, I am! :)

    Elsie, YES I've read them. (Actually, only the first two, but I loved them)

  5. Super cool! Love it :)

  6. I just cannot get over how awesome it looks seeing that unicorn leap from the pages... I would love a black and white print of that to frame and put by my desk.

  7. Wow! I love your books - they certainly did come to life. What a fun idea! Thank you for sharing - saw it at Fireflies and Jellybeans

  8. That is amazing! Thanks for linking this to Thrifty Thursday!

  9. Beautiful! I once saw a YouTube film of this kind of art (stop motion?). But I thought I should leave it to the pros. Maybe I'll give it a shot one of these days. Now to find a destroyable book.

  10. Never seen anything like this. I am a big fan of pop up cards and your creations are akin to pop ups
    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V

  11. Love this!! I had a similar idea a year or two ago. Feel free to check it out on my website www.ginaballoons.com (I own a balloon company) Scroll down to books... My customer let me bring a whole bunch of great books to life!
    Absolutely one of the best parties I have ever had the pleasure to decorate

  12. oh wow!! stunning pop ups.. What a brilliant idea! Totally loved it!! I've truly never seen anything like this.. Its brilliant!! :-)

  13. That is just so impressive! You are a true artist!! Thank you so much for linking up to It's a Party!

  14. Really appreciate you linking up this fantastic post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Hope you'll continually share your creativity with us at the weekly party :)

  15. So you on the Homemakers on a Dime link-up. This is very cool.


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