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!
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.
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.
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.
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!