March 30, 2011

Book Art

You've seen book art like this before, I'm sure. I love it!
Etsy had a shop featured today with tons of prints for sale that I absolutely thought were so fun. If I could, I would buy these and cover my walls with them:


As I was drooling, I realized that we could make these in like, five seconds!


If you don't already have an old book to use, check out a yard sale or thrift store for a large dictionary or something like that. I happen to have this old book that I--brace yourselves antique lovers--tore a couple of pages out of. (It's my book, I can do that.) :o)


Use the pages in your printer like any old sheet of paper and print some silhouettes that catch your eye.
I chose some nautical pictures to go in my bathroom, my current work in process.

Oh, how happy they make me!

I'm planning to cover the walls with different photos of that lovely, maritime nature. :O)
I really love the bold look of frame-covered walls!



70 comments:

  1. Oooh I LOVE those! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Brilliant! This may just be what I needed on a wall that has been bugging me lately! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  3. What a fabulous idea! I love gallery walls too...thank you so much for sharing that creative mind of yours!

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  4. You know, I've been seeing these and thinking they would be easy to make. But I'm glad you just got up and did it and shared how easy it really was! Thanks!

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  5. What a GREAT and easy project! I'm TOTALLY doing this and adding it to MY photo wall (in progress) too. Funny-- I JUST posted about loving photo walls too.

    http://serialcheapskate.blogspot.com/2011/03/im-still-obsessed-with-my-coffee-filter.html

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  6. Love it! As always! Thanks for sharing, Disney!

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  7. Oh my goodness I love that idea! I've been looking for something to give my book lover of a friend for her birthday and I think this might just be it.

    Thank you!
    XO Kelsey

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  8. WWHHHAAAAAT, I am having a *facepalm* moment here. I too, saw and lusted, but then became distracted and never did anything about it. I have literally hundreds of book pages laying around from the hard cover books I repurpose into notebooks. Thanks so much for sharing, this is such a good idea!

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  9. That is so neat and EASY ! I saw those and thought that they would be hard and complicated to do :) Thank so much for telling us how ! And your bathroom is looking pretty good :)

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  10. ooh great idea about putting them right in the printer! waaaay easier than i was imagining. love the bathroom!

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  12. These are too amazing! How quick and easy. Thanks for sharing this.

    BTW, I'm a new reader and just wanted to let you know I love your blog.

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  13. Oh my goodness SO cute! Amazing again Disney!

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  14. Wow! Why didn't I think of this?! Glad you blogged this brilliant idea! I see a birthday gift for my sister in the near future.

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  15. this is a really great idea. thanks for bringing that up. i'll try it once i have my own house. :)

    ps: i am so glad you're back to the blog.

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  16. i love these! so gorgeous. My heart did stop though when I saw that fantastic book now missing some pages! ha! :)

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  17. Ooo... this is wonderful. I am working on a nautical nursery for my son. Do you mind sharing the source for where you found your maritime silhouettes?

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  18. Yum! I love that art! You have such taste to find and make all of the best stuff! Whenever I see you have a new post, I giggle as I click on your cite. It's like getting a persoalized pink card with ruffles in the mail!

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  19. little bee: I think I just typed "nautical clip art" in Google Images-some are free, some aren't, so you just have to click around a little. :o)

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  20. What a great idea Disney! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Those are wonderful! I would never have thought that they could be so easy to make!

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  22. just thinking what to do with our bare walls and when i click into your site, you gave me such a good idea. tks for sharing this disney. as always you have a wonderful inspiring post and tutorials.

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  23. Such a nice idea..Disney you are always AWESOME..thanks a bunch for sharing this smart idea

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  24. I saw those on Etsy and fell in love too! I never thought about doing some myself!! I cannot wait to try this project.

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  25. That's so smart! I never thought of putting the old book pages in the printer. Great job, Disney! I love your blog.

    -Ponytails

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  26. I have made these too, and the fun thing is, you can change the color of the print! Red, blue, etc. Really pretty!

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  27. Merging my love of graphics with my dad, a merchant marine,lover of all things relating to the water...LOVE IT! I think the cottage is calling for these.

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  28. I'm a new reader too. Totally love these!

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  29. Oh, oh! I bought one of these to hang in my bathroom! I should have made it myself :)

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  30. I love it! You are so clever. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. What a gorgeous and simple idea! I love it!

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  32. One of my favorite parts of my Grandmother's house was always her wall of photos! An entire wall covered with random pictures of family members, in mis-matched frames! So fun, and I am planning to carry on the tradition in my own home.

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  33. Oh I love this!!! I am definitely do it, and it is so simple. Thanks for figuring it out.

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  34. love, love, LOVE!!!!!! Thank you! I am officially inspired!!!!

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  35. I have so many old books and have been dwelling over what to do with them besides...sitting in a box! I love this!!!! Thank you! Definitely going to do this!

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  36. Such an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing...Now off to tear some pages!

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  37. These are so fantastic! I'm going to go make some straight away!

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  38. WooHoo!!

    Love these. I've got a big box of old books from the library here and access to the photocopier at work...lets hope I don't break it!!!!

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  39. Disney,
    Thank you so much for posting this idea. It is exactly what I am looking for! We are a family of readers and wordsmiths and this look expresses who we are a family perfectly. I can't wait to add this look to our home.
    Thanks so much,
    Leonora

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  40. Great idea! If I ever get some frames I'm totally doing this too!

    p.s. You desperately need some visible share buttons (post to twitter, facebook etc).

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  41. I love this ,very good and thanks for shareing your talent it's very kind of you.

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  42. I didn't realize how easy this could be done! I am SO doing it this way! :D Now I can splurge on the frames :)

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  43. I love these too and I collect old paper, so I started doing my own on etsy, check them out: http://www.rarepaper.etsy.com

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  44. Genius - a thrifty and chic DIY! Yours turned out phenomenal. Dare I say you could start your own Etsy shop?!

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  45. I.LOVE.THIS.IDEA!!!!! I just found your blog through Pinterst, and i'm hooked!!! -your newest follower!! :)

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  46. I really like those. Anyone know where I could get some silhouettes like the dragonfly and the camera?

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  47. You are so creative...I love this idea and can't wait to try it in my own home! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  48. Can you post the title of the book you tore the pages out of? Thanks!

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  49. I saw these on Etsy and was hopeful I could find a how-to. Thank you so much for sharing!
    I have a wonderful old Shakespeare book I am going to use for some fab Halloween prints!

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  50. I love these and have old books too! I like the maritime theme in your bathroom! Where did you find the detailed silhouettes? I'd love to find some "victorian-esque" ones!

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  51. I love these! I never would have guessed they were so easy to do!

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  52. Just discovered this blog post and absolutely love this idea and the DIY side. Thanks for the share!

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  53. Just found these on pinterest and came over to see them! Had to pin!! love!

    blessings,
    kijsa

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  54. Oh my gosh! I absolutely LOVE this! Thank you for sharing!
    www.pluckypicaroon.blogspot.com

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  55. HI!! First of all I love these. Any insight on a site to find the pictures to print?

    Thanks!

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  56. Wow, what a creative and classic craft! These are perfect for studies! And for gifts we can use favorite books!

    -CC

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  57. Wow, I love to copy crafty people like you! Where did you find sillhouettes to print?

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  58. Love your pictures. Can't wait to try one! Target had newsprint wrapping paper in the dollar section. Book lovers could use that instead of destroying a book. :) You can read about my project with the newsprint paper: http://organized31.blogspot.com/2012/09/tuna-box-cd-dvd-holder.html

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  59. I fell in love with these when I saw them too!! I am planning on doing this with vintage sheet music.

    I was wondering if you made sure to find pictures with a transparent background? I was thinking that the white background would print. The woman from the Etsy shop told me printers don't print white, but the guy from the print store told me that the white does print sometimes.

    Either way I taught myself how to remove the white background with the free paint.net. Good to know. I'm just wondering if I'm doing all the work for nothing. I can't test it because I don't own a printer.

    Let me know if you get time.

    Thanks,
    Stacy
    contactanastasia@yahoo.com

    P.S. Here is the link on how to make your background transparent for anyone who wants it.
    http://forums.getpaint.net/index.php?/topic/12196-making-backgrounds-of-images-transparent/

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  60. Wherrrre do you find the silhouettes?!?!!

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  61. I love that kind of art! It's really beautiful. Great projects!

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  62. Great idea. Thanks for sharing. Will definitely try. Best wishes,
    Carina

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