Printable Book Covers and Other News

Printable Book Covers and Other News

Hey gang!

You may have noticed I’ve slowed down on the posting a bit this past week.  When I first started Better After, I, like a crazy person, posted five times a day.  FIVE!  Slowly I went to three, then for a long time it’s been two, and now, in an effort to keep my self sane or close to it, I’ve slowed down to posting just once a day. I hope you understand!

But listen here. I won’t leave you hanging. I’m going to be doing a little somethin’ somethin’ on Saturdays.  Maybe I’ll dust something off from the archives, (did you know I’ve written nearly 3,000 posts!? It’s possible you may have missed one.  Or a hundred.) Maybe I’ll share a quick project or two of my own.  Maybe I’ll even pop in to discuss something not exactly makeover specific.  After five solid years of writing about before and afters, it would be nice to stretch my wings a little bit on other topics.  I’m actually pretty excited about it! So we’ll see how it goes. I hope you’ll hang with me!

And now, here’s a little project I did the other day.  It involves about 45 seconds of effort and looks pretty durn cool, I think. And there is even a set of FREE PRINTABLES I made just for you at the end!  Look at me go!

book makeover

It was inspired by some similar books I saw at one of my favorite stores in Mesa, called Design Lab. Forgive the quality of this picture, I was trying to pretend like was definitely  NOT taking a picture.

design lab books copy

So I came home, dreamed up a few designs, printed them out, taped them on some Goodwill books, and bam, Cool-Looking Books!  This project needs a catchier title.

book makeover2

Want to make some Cool-Looking Books too?

Here’s my advice.  Hit up Goodwill on a sale day, and you can get books for around a dollar a piece.  I tried to get books of similar sizes.

Download the printable designs below (or make some yourself!) and print.  I just used regular printer paper, but I did buy the heaviest weight, which I believe was 28 lb. Just a step down from cardstock.

Line up your book in the center of the printed paper and mark the length of the spine, then fold accordingly. You know, just like you did with your seventh grade science book and a paper bag.

Tape it on, you’re done!

The paper won’t wrap all the way around the book, (unless you bought tiny books), but I really only cared about the spine showing, so no biggie. You can see that’s how they looked in the store too.  If you wanted to cover the whole book, just print two pages and line them up.

book makeover with paper    DSC_0742

Best part is, it’s totally removable and won’t harm the books a bit, even though I will probably at no point in my life desire to read Beautiful Bones Without Hormones.

Free printable time! Here are the links to download the designs I made, (except that overlapped hexagon one, which was my favorite, so of course my computer ate it, sorry). Enjoy!

black and white geometric design graphics

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book makeover3 copy




  1. September 27, 2014 / 11:13 AM

    Love them! You’re so sweet to share the printables.

  2. Pippi
    September 27, 2014 / 11:56 AM

    I think I will follow you as long as you write Lindsay. Even if you switch it up completely to something like gardening (yuck) or how to paint miniature soldiers (boring), you’re so entertaining and brighten my day with as many posts as you care to do 🙂

  3. jo
    September 27, 2014 / 12:17 PM

    I’m relatively new to your blog and I love it! I can’t believe you use to post 5 times a day – crazy lady!! (in a nice way of course…)

    Anyway, just wanted to say that once a day is great and different contet is always good to shake things up , stretch those wings! And take time to smushy the bubba of yours. He is adorabubble 🙂

  4. Deb-IL
    September 27, 2014 / 2:04 PM

    Lindsay I’m always glad to see something from you in my Bloglovin feed whether it’s once a day or once in a while. And I’d look forward to seeing what you come up with in your wing stretching.

  5. LeeAnn
    September 27, 2014 / 2:43 PM

    These are fabulous!! I love them, but most of all I love you taking a picture while not looking like you’re taking one. lol!!!

  6. September 27, 2014 / 7:05 PM

    I think your Saturday DIY idea is great! It’s always fun to shake things up a bit. Also, I’ve been trying to think of cute ideas to decorate my mantel with books, and this looks like a contender! It makes everything cohesive, but still interesting. Thanks for the idea!

  7. September 28, 2014 / 5:09 AM

    Wow, that is a lot of posts! I am not sure if that qualifies you as ‘Amazing Woman’ or ‘Slightly Crazy Super Blogging Woman’? lol I enjoy your posts and I think most of us are a little obsessed over before and after pics. Otherwise, you would have to ask yourslef ‘Why do tv reno shows remain so popular?’ So, thank-you for posting all those interesting and fun to read blogs. And thank-you so much for the fun book covers. A great way to cover up those well thumbed and worn book covers like ‘Shades of Grey’ and ‘What to expect…’. They will make so many shelves and nightstands look so much better!
    Have a great day! 🙂

  8. September 28, 2014 / 5:54 AM

    Any post from you makes a good day. You are funny and I love your site. You must be up to your eyeballs in life, so thank you for posting at all. I will read whatever you post, when ever you post it. Thanks again.

  9. Bee
    September 28, 2014 / 7:21 AM

    I enjoy your blog and once a day is fine with me–otherwise I would be “wasting” even more time I should be working….I have a lot of ugly books already that would nice in these covers–no need to buy anything about bones and hormones.

  10. Heather
    September 28, 2014 / 7:27 AM

    You’re one of one blog I check on a daily basis so whatever you post will be read, by me anyway. If you’re looking for topics for Saturdays, I love quick projects for little money, but lots of impact….kind of like what you posted today. I’m a crazy-working-momma-pastor’s wife that doesn’t have much time for anything anymore except the most basic and fast projects (free is always good, too). Keep up the good work, but don’t burn out. I don’t know what blog I’d find to replace yours. 🙂

  11. September 28, 2014 / 9:20 AM

    Those look great! Neat idea. Thanks for sharing. And totally understandable about the slow down. We get it! Will continue to enjoy your blog as you post 🙂

  12. Maria B.
    September 28, 2014 / 3:07 PM

    I agree with all previous comments!!!! you just do what you do and we will be here to enjoy it! No need for apology. There is no contract of expectations that you must live up to. You did set the bar high for yourself though. I love all your posts, well the ugly lamps sometimes hurt my eyeballs. Keep it up and with whatever schedule works for you and thank you for sharing.
    -Maria B.

  13. Janet
    September 30, 2014 / 5:54 AM

    Thanks, Lindsey! I love these, I’m totally going to do this and recommend them to all my friends. For the books on the end, it could be wrapped off centered so it goes around the exposed side and just barely around the spine. Maybe that won’t even fit though, I’m totally suggesting things without even having tried it.

  14. Nelly Jensen
    October 3, 2014 / 5:43 AM

    I look forward to Saturdays! 🙂

  15. Nightauel
    January 27, 2015 / 9:21 PM

    Several years ago I did the part of the project that included covering books, except I covered some paper mache book boxes (way before the printed ones got so popular in the craft stores). The way I went about it then was practically identical, except that instead of regular paper, I used tissue paper. If you tear it into irregular strips and use Modge Podge or whatever works best for you. You crinkle the paper up and cover the entire outside of the book, including the inside edge of the front and back. Let the crinkles stay as much as you can. If you’re going to embellish the cover, this is when you do it. I was doing hollow books, so I did them all the same way. I did a very shallow title and author and a title block, but I did a raised border that went from the left side of the front to the left side of the back, above and below the title. After the first coat of tissue paper is more or less dry, put on another coat or even two of tissue paper, taking into consideration the depth of your embellishments. Also, if your first layer appears to have a grain either of the paper or the glue strokes, turn your paper or change your stroke direction with the next coat. Between the two embellished lines, I painted the exterior an entirely different color on the first coat and then did a second coat black which I wiped off the whole book in the same order in which I painted. Do all the detail as above. It’s exactly right. When you wipe the black coat off, let it dry. If you’re doing a box, line the interior now, and if you’re doing a book, follow as above. It’s a fun project and can make your book collection as decorative as it has been educational and entertaining. And one thing. If you’re just thinking up names for books you need to know this about printers in America and England. Books printed in America have the title printed on the spine so that the first letter is at the top. The Brits print theirs so that the last letter of the title is at the top. Thanks for letting me butt in.
    Jax Johnson

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