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Wednesday 5 September 2012

Old book to notebook - a DIY

One of the stalls at the German fleamarket we went to during the holidays had a lot of old books.
I tried to buy one, but the lady decided that for the price of one I have to take a whole stack.

They have gorgeous old-fashioned covers and drawings, so I schlepped them halfway across the world.
Unfortunately Eva isn't really interested in reading them (and quite frankly, neither am I).

So today I took one of the books and turned it into a notebook of sorts. I love drawing or painting on
printed pages anyway, and the lovely old book looks even nicer now.

If you want to do one too, just cut a lot of paper with different colors or patterns into the same size as
your book pages, and glue them in:





Have a wonderful day!

Lots of love,


Ps: I am linking to these lovely parties.

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  1. Now, how is that, buy one get a stack for free.... When will they do that at the Book Den?! :-)
    Like the refurbished book, it looks really cute. Wishing you a lovely day dear Jutta!

  2. Dani would like to do this to a few of his school readers!!!!!!

  3. hallöchen

    eine tolle idee.
    sind die zeichnungen von dir?

    liebe grüße

    1. Vielen Dank liebe Ute! Ne, die Zeichnungen sind Teile von einem Malblog meiner Tochter :-)

  4. Oh, I love the old cover on that book. So sweet! Cute idea for making scrap books.

  5. I love this. I love old books. Brilliant idea. :)

  6. Great idea and lots of fun. And your photographs make it even more exciting. Liebe Gruesse!

  7. Cute idea! Looks like fun :) Hugs Jutta!

  8. Come over to my blog, I have a surprise for you! Hugs!

  9. Ich hab mir in den letzten beiden Jahren bei Dawanda Jahreskalender bestellt, da diente auch als Grundlage ein altes "Bummi" ;o) Buch... das wurde dann mit einem blanko-Kalender-Innenleben und einer Spiralbindung schön! Und ein bisschen Kindheit...

    LG, Andrea

  10. That looks cool! Great idea, love the different paper you stuck in.

  11. What a simple idea to make this beautiful old book more useful! I love it!

  12. Hi, Jutta! That's very cool - I love the simplicity of it, and makes a great, unique little notebook.

  13. Cute idea! I LOVE old books! Fun idea to add to it!

  14. Altering books is a cool art! My sister and I have played around with it a lot (she was always more creative than me). I completely forgot about it until I saw your post. Love it!

  15. Very cute up-cycling idea! I'll have to remember this one. Stopping by from the Super Link Party :)


  16. I just love old books and I really like what you did with this one.

  17. Old books are great. The artwork was so much more detailed than it tends to be now. That's a great idea for re-using one.

  18. I'm liking this and it has a pretty cover, too. For basically nothing. That's nice. Gotta go to tag sales and find some. Usually books are .25 so it's almost free. Visiting from Katherine's Link Party. Take care, Linda

  19. That is such a cool and creative idea! Love it.

  20. This is such a fun way to upcycle an old book. I love it!

  21. fun project. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop . BIG hugs!!!

  22. That is so cool! I used to do this with old catalogs when I was a kid.

  23. This is a cute idea to make a unique little notebook for yourself.

    Sita & Radha xx

  24. Jutta,
    Super cute idea on upcycling an old book. I have a ton of these laying around. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week. Have a great weekend.

  25. What a great idea Jutta!! So fun and unique!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up this evening!

  26. Well, that's original. I like it. Here at the library they are constantly giving away their vintage books ... Can you imagine it... vintage books with italian scripts.... yes, delicious. but i am running out of time/space on making things from them...

    Anyhow, thank you for linking it up at our linky party!

  27. What a super idea. So happy you chose to link it at Seasonal celebration:-) Thank you! Rebecca x

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