Bookmarks Made From Vintage Books

I pulled out a bunch of book jackets that I've been hoarding saving for a project I've been wanting to work on for quite awhile... as I was cutting off the book jacket spines... the thought of tossing them in the garbage didn't seem right...
So, I decided to make them into bookmarks! I used wood glue to adhere the pieces to some thin chipboard a.k.a. cereal boxes. I prefer wood glue over tacky glue, it has the same "tackiness" and in my opinion it dries faster and stronger. I then used spray adhesive to cover the backside of the chipboard with old sheet music.
I then used my paper cutter to trim off the excess chipboard.....oh they are looking sooooooo good!
I watered down brown and black paint to fill in a lot of the spots where there were huge chunks of missing pieces. Then I ran a black ink pad along the sides to age the newness of the chipboard and the sheet music. I used an eyelet punch to punch holes into the tops of each bookmark then I set a metal eyelet in place. Lastly, I added a ribbon and ta-da! Beautiful bookmarks!
Weeks ago, I bought a vintage Readers Digest book that someone had glued open and had glued a poem to one page, and a flowery picture on the other. Before photo not shown. I thought I'd give it a little make over to better suit my needs. I'm thinking about doing two upcoming events this October to sell some of the items I've been making.... I have never had a Halloween display so I was thinking I'd go that route. I glued some Halloween paper over the pages and a few old black and white photos which I added some color to.... I then watered down some black paint and washed it over the existing white and gold paint the original book had.
What a fun way to display the bookmarks I've just made. I think I'll add witches hats to the photo of the two girls on the left... and I was also thinking about drilling tiny holes into the book and add itsy bitsy rhinestones to the eyes of the crows.....
That was .50¢ well spent.
I never did get to work on what I was intending to work on.... 
big hugs,


  1. Love those bookmarks and the book is fantastic, too. Hugs, Valerie

  2. Seriously cool idea! You are so creative!!

  3. that is so cool, I love the pages and the neat photographs, great fall pages!

  4. Great idea on the book marks. I am so bad, I just grab any paper scrap I can lay my hands on. Bookmarks make excellent gifts. These should sell well.
    xx, Carol

  5. Your bookmarks are a wonderful idea! I wish I had thought of it first! Spectacular and boy, they are unique!

  6. Cheryl - these are great!! You really are creatively gifted!

  7. You have so much more imagination than most people! The open book is amazing! I have a table that I have stacks of books neat something like that would be. And the bookmarks? Brilliant! Now I want to go shop for old books at the thrift store! lol Hugs, Diane

  8. What a clever way to repurpose vintage book spines. Your bookmarks look fabulous and your open book is spooktacular!


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