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June 02, 2010


Barbara Bassett

I have started on so many book projects and never get one finished. Maybe this book would help!


The first book I ever cut up was 'The Catcher in the Rye'. That was also the last book I ever cut up.

lionel valdellon

Never thought of doing that with books. It just seems wrong somehow. But then I've always had a hard time throwing out even cruddy books. Looks like a lovely project though.


I am a librarian in two small branch libraries, I tend to focus on electronic resources over print, but I do still have some print on my shelves. A couple of weeks ago a student comes up to me and asks me what the point of the library was- he was talking about the books on the shelves, not the information inside. I think it would be ironic to have a book like this that spoke of things one could do with other books - or even this one...


I have several books set aside to turn into book "safes" by cutting out the center and gluing the edges together. Now I know what to do with the pieces of pages I cut out!


I LOVE books! My favorite as a teen was Illusions by Richard Bach. I thought he was a genius! :)

Mademoiselle Chaos

I would never cut a book apart :D At least not one of those I own, as they are mostly pre - 1900 atlases, science publications and other stuff worth preserving...


My mom was a children's librarian and also loved to make things. She inspired me to read and craft too, but I have to admit I've not yet tried projects using old books as the supply.

Erica Wiggins

fave quote from one of my fave books: "You're just as sane as I am." --Luna Lovegood, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" ;)


I'm also a librarian but have no problem re-using (some!) books for art - some need to be saved intact, but others can be transformed to have new lives. I was just looking at this (Jason's) book in the bookstore the other day and thinking how great it is! Last book I cut up: a Tintin that was missing too many pages to be saved...I used some remaining panels to decoupage a stepstool. I think it was The Calculus Affair.

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