Upcycling Old Books into Custom Journals

Like I have said before, I am a huge book nerd. I mostly like to read them, but every once in awhile they end up as crafting materials for me. I am always on the look out for pretty hardback books at thrift stores or garage sales. Here’s three of them now!

Making books into journals

Along with loving to read, I also love to write. So I have started making notebooks out of these old hardback books. You all can make them too! To start with, you simply need some old hardback books, some craft paper and some glue or double-sided tape.

Start by cutting your paper. You want to measure the book pages, and cut your paper to about 1/2″ smaller both length and width wise. So if your book has pages that are 4″x6″, you’ll want to cut your paper to 3.5″x5.5″. I recommend using a paper trimmer unless you are great at cutting super straight with scissors!

Converting books into notebooks

Converting books into notebooks

Cover the back of your paper with a light coat of glue or double-sided tape.

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Carefully place the page on the book, and smooth it down onto the page.

Converting books into notebooks

converting books into notebooks
I make most of mine with plain brown craft paper, but every once in awhile I use patterned paper, especially if I know I want to use the book for photos or scrapbooking.

Just follow the same process as above by cutting and gluing your paper on.

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Since the added paper will make the book quite thick, I remove some pages (I just rip them out), and I leave others in without covering them. Sometimes I find meaningful (or fun) phrases in the pages to highlight, like the one below.

Converting books into notebooks

I added engagement photos and other wedding mementos to this book. If you know you will be adding photos- make sure to use acid free paper!

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I ordered some blank library cards from Etsy, and have been creating pockets for them out of coordinating scrap paper and adding them to label my books.

Converting books into notebooks

Converting books into notebooks

My favorite one I’ve made is the book that hosts quotes from books that I love. I’ve been on an Anne of Green Gables kick lately- so many great quotes!

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You can leave the books at is, or embellish the cover by adding a ribbon, or even some fun washi tape!

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These little books also make great gifts and are a great way to give new life to an old book. They can be used as photo albums or to hold your favorite recipes. Who doesn’t love upcycling? :)

Converting books into notebooks

 



Comments

  1. So cute! My sister does this for art journals, but she keeps the writing underneath her art.

    I love your idea though, I may have to try it.

    • Tania @ Run To Radiance says:

      Samantha, that’s so fun! I should try that. I’m learning (or just playing with!) watercolor!

  2. such a fun idea- i usually end up using my books as journals anyway just because i get so inspired when reading something good :)

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