25 January 2014

Cover Craft


Last Thursday we had a staff meeting and it was my turn to bring treats - and napkins.  During a lull, or boring bit, a colleague and I admired the pretty pattern on said napkins and got to wondering.  This is what I thought...


...take a library discard, all scruffy and with a dewey decimal label which refuses to come off nicely, and do this...


My husband said it reminds him of Persephone endpapers.  And I think its spot on my shelves is so much brighter now.


There is a small 's' snowstorm going on outside and I have six more napkins.  Hmmm...

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  1. I am sitting here reading a 20p library discard copy of Middlemarch with an appallingly tatty cover - the jacket wouldn't have been nice when it was new. But I've just peeped underneath and turns out that the board cover is quite an attractive green pattern, not dissimilar to your napkins. So I'm off to fetch the scissors. You're an inspiration, Darlene - I've had this book for years! But ... can I read 600 pgs before Tuesday book group?

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    1. Done! Heavens, what an improvement! I was going to chuck it but now I think I'll keep it.

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    2. What a nice surprise to reveal a whole new, and pretty, look under the jacketing! As for your reading deadline...a colleague told me the other day about a customer who speed reads. She only takes in the first sentence of each paragraph and while this normally wouldn't be my cup of tea, it might just get you in on the conversation Tuesday. Good luck, Mary!

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  2. Ah, I've been putting "nicer" covers on books all my life. Of course, when I was a teenager, I was grossly ignorant about ruining jackets (I won't horrify you with details).

    Now, however, I am far more creative. A modest investment at Brodart.ca library supplies bought me 100 milar covers, absolutely wonderful for rejuvenating even some of the most tatty jackets. Even just replacing the milar works wonders, though I admit stubborn stickers are annoying.

    And for naked books, I can recreate or design jackets and print them (at Staples, whose colour printing is excellent).

    Darlene, your use of napkins is also brilliant. Well done.

    I think our favourite books deserve nice outfits.

    (now to scout out a copy of Underground London at the library, because it looks interesting. I hope TPL didn't get rid of all their copies.)

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    1. I love the idea of designing new covers for books, there are a few on my shelves from the reuse centre crying out for a new 'outfit'. The prices in the Brodart catalogue could make a person weep. I remember finding out for the first time that a library book cart was over $800!

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    1. And it's lovely to hear from you, Audrey.

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  4. That is lovely, and you've taken me right back to the days when we used to cover school exercise books with wallpaper offcuts or wrapping paper.

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  5. Two new ideas for future projects! I wonder how much a roll of book jacketing costs as I sense a new addiction formulating.

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  6. Very creative! Loved the result!

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