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Guest Curator: Repurposed Book Art With Sweet Paul

Nov 15, 2010

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Sweet_Paul_bio.jpgPaul Lowe is a food and prop stylist and editor-in-chief of Sweet Paul Magazine. He was born and raised in Oslo, Norway and moved to New York City five years ago. He keeps busy with his regular clients, blog, magazine and dog. His latest issues of Sweet Paul Magazine, filled with holiday recipes and tips, can be viewed for free online.

Anyone who has been following my blog and online magazine is surely aware of my love for old books. My total adoration for bound volumes comes down to two words: comfort and style. There is something so comforting in the wisdom you can find in old books, and nothing says style more then a pile of beautiful, antique leather bound books on a table. Whatever style your home is, old books never look out of place.

I have also been known to craft with books. Oh yes, believe it or not, I tear them up! While I realize there are several masterworks in literature, sometimes I can’t help but disassemble a book and repurpose the pages in a handmade project. When I was 18, I wanted to wallpaper the bathroom of my first apartment. My dad had some old books in his attic that made their way on the walls of my bathroom. Though the pages were from a rare edition of a 19th century play, they gained a whole new meaning and purpose. My walls never looked better!

GC_Paul_1.jpg1. Book Mobile by kintique. The poetic works of Lord Byron turned into a book mobile. Simply genius. 2. 3-D Vintage Book Pages Butterfly Wall Art by MGMartSupplies. Hungarian MG Mart hand cuts each butterfly, saying that they come from a book she has read many times but now the pages are falling out. The book can now live on on your wall! 3. Vintage French Novel Paper Baubles by MaisyandAlice. Maisy and Alice in England made these charming little heart shaped ornaments from a vintage 1966 novel.

GC_Paul_2.jpg1. Recycled Lampshade by GreenWallNL. I am in love with this lamp. The coolest thing is that you can decide if you want the book in English or Dutch. 2. Decorative Paper Doodads by benjrs. The seller didn’t know what to call theses folder 3D paper things, so she simply called them “Doodads.” They sure are the most stylish doodads I’ve ever seen! 3. Handmade Shredded Paper Bowl by LittleVintageCottage

GC_Paul_3.jpgThe World Wide Les Battes Print by BlackBaroque transforms old pages from a book into a beautiful printed piece of art. I love the idea of creating something new on top of something old. All you need is something blue and you have a wedding!

GC_Paul_4.jpg1. Topsy Turvy Paper Ornament by greentrikepress. The holidays are almost here and these ornaments will look really good on any tree. They are made of books salvaged from the Porte de Vanves flea market in Paris. 2. Vintage Manuscript J Brooch by ismay 3. Word Up Cufflinks by ismay.

GC_Paul_5.jpgThese Handmade Paper Christmas Tree Ornaments by mindimade are so simple and elegant. They are perfect for decorating your tree or topping gifts.

GC_Paul_6.jpg1. Hollow Book Safe by ConduitPress 2. Brain Anatomy Antique Medical Book Wreath by SimpleJoysPaperie. I want this wreath for my door this holiday season! The seller will make them in any theme you want. 3. Vintage Book Cover Cuff by SimpleJoysPaperie

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If you want to start your own book crafts after reading this post, I found these three spineless books from beautifulliving that just scream to be used!

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What can you expect from Sweet Paul Magazine? Easy and elegant recipes, fun and stylish crafts, exciting crafters, entertaining ideas and much, much more. Creator and prop stylist Paul Lowe wants this to be a magazine that you will use! So print out pages, link on your blogs and e-mail to your friends. Gear up for the holiday season with the holiday 2010 issue of Sweet Paul!

Past Guest Curators | Vintage Books Category

Heart Strings in French Mobile
Heart Strings in French Mobile
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3 Decorative Paper Doodads
3 Decorative Paper Doodads
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Handmade Shredded Paper Bowl - Vintage Book Pages
Handmade Shredded Paper Bowl - Vintage Book Pages
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FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE LES BATTES THE BATS PRINT on an Antique 1890 Book Page
FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE LES BATTES THE BATS PRINT on an Antique 1890 Book Page
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Small Topsy-Turvy Sit-Around Handmade Paper Ornament
Small Topsy-Turvy Sit-Around Handmade Paper Ornament
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Vintage manuscript J brooch
Vintage manuscript J brooch
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Word up (2)
Word up (2)
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Hollow Book Safe - every soul a star (with Star Cut-Out)
Hollow Book Safe - every soul a star (with Star Cut-Out)
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Doctor's Office Decor Vintage Medical Book Wreath
Doctor's Office Decor Vintage Medical Book Wreath
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Vintage Book Cover Cuff INDIANA eco-friendly teamepe
Vintage Book Cover Cuff INDIANA eco-friendly teamepe
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Three SPINELESS Books
Three SPINELESS Books
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195 comments

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 7 years ago

    Beautiful paper artwork!! The old is new again.

  • ekra

    ekra said 7 years ago

    Such a beautiful collection of book art! I love the topsy turvy ornament!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 7 years ago

    Great article, great items.

  • ariandmayadesigns

    ariandmayadesigns said 7 years ago

    Images are lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 7 years ago

    these are simply beautiful, thank you!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 7 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful and very creative! So much art created just from recycled books~ Cynthia, www.plumeandpetals.blogspot.com

  • foundling

    foundling said 7 years ago

    love, love, love these repurposed book pieces. i can almost get a whiff of that lovely old book smell.

  • katrinshine

    katrinshine said 7 years ago

    Very beautiful creations!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Such beautiful items, and a creative spirit Sweet Paul is. Simplejoy made a beautiful bracelet for my daughter in law. Her favorite birthday present. Love every item here!!!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 7 years ago

    How very cool! I love the cuff links~

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 7 years ago

    the fading and yellowing adds so much character- great collection!

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 7 years ago

    Very creative! love the topsy-turvy ornaments.

  • akcopperraven

    akcopperraven said 7 years ago

    beutifully "written" article...love the topsy turvy ornaments !!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    beautiful and I love the wallpaper idea!

  • meamax

    meamax said 7 years ago

    Gratulerer PÃ¥l :)

  • Leocardia

    Leocardia said 7 years ago

    The hollow book safe is sooo cute and beautiful!

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 7 years ago

    They are super creative creations.

  • EsoMeliae

    EsoMeliae said 7 years ago

    Incredible, I want those ornaments!

  • bootsieboots

    bootsieboots said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational :)

  • cherrycreek

    cherrycreek said 7 years ago

    I love Sweet Paul! He and his wonderful magazine are an inspiration for me! Thank you for this post!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 7 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 7 years ago

    LOVE these idea's!! These beautiful items are inspiring ... like a fun, creative way to spend an afternoon with the kids. Thank you for sharing.

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing all these pretty paper items!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Love paper art! These are all great. And redoing my bath in old book pages - super. Now where did I put that glue stick...

  • choisette

    choisette said 7 years ago

    the cufflinks are way cool. now if i could just get my man to wear a dress shirt.

  • calloohcallay

    calloohcallay said 7 years ago

    Such wonderful creations!

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 7 years ago

    Real fun idea for a while I was using discarded books into paper mache... very pretty & creative. peace Devine Collectilbe

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 7 years ago

    I've always wanted a hollow book to secret things away in! I should have known to look on Etsy!

  • ElenaMary

    ElenaMary said 7 years ago

    Super book art, Paul..I have the team for you..we just formed the ALCHEMICAL CODEX SOCIETY team for book artists on etsy..please join us! Here is a treasury of many of the artists on the team..if I had know of your work earlier I would have included it in the treasury: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cdb09180ccd6d91cc265f80/beyond-books-two?index=0

  • TrimsNmore

    TrimsNmore said 7 years ago

    So creative. Thanks for sharing.

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous and so creative!!!! Congrats Sweet Paul!!!!

  • verdigreen

    verdigreen said 7 years ago

    one of my most favorite etsy finds. thank you for highlighting!!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Hi Paul! I want to paper a wall in my home with old book pages. I don't think my husband will agree but perhaps I can do a moveable, faux wall... Thank you so much for choosing my Vintage Book Wreath and my Vintage Book Cover Cuff to be featured among all these other great works ~ I really appreciate it! :)

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 7 years ago

    Very creative, lovely work!

  • whitehaus

    whitehaus said 7 years ago

    inspirational stuff. this is going to make an excellent theme for me and my daughter's next craft day. we are ALL about the recycling. thanks, sweet paul!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 7 years ago

    Beautiful and very creative!

  • weatheredsilo

    weatheredsilo said 7 years ago

    All is stunning! ;-)

  • katieblue

    katieblue said 7 years ago

    very cool! I LOVE old book pages... If you see my shop, you could probably see that! Anyways, these are such fun ideas, thanks for sharing!

  • LeafAndTendril

    LeafAndTendril said 7 years ago

    i love your work!

  • LeafAndTendril

    LeafAndTendril said 7 years ago

    i love your work!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    love you, sweet paul!! thank you!

  • whimsicalpaperdot

    whimsicalpaperdot said 7 years ago

    This is so cool, your work is wonderful...!!

  • PrairiePeasant

    PrairiePeasant said 7 years ago

    I love reading and I treasure books, but I do tear old ones apart and create new items!

  • CocoaBeans

    CocoaBeans said 7 years ago

    i love this, the colors all look amazing how you did it:)

  • QuiltedNoodles

    QuiltedNoodles said 7 years ago

    Such beautiful artwork! I love books and I love the art work shown here, but I would find it hard to cut them up! At least at first! LOL

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 7 years ago

    the pages of your magazine are just as sweet if not sweeter! love your bookish selections and adore your magazine.

  • bidesign

    bidesign said 7 years ago

    great article.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 7 years ago

    Love all the paper art. So creative and beautiful. Thanks for sharing all the great shops.

  • Tiah

    Tiah said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful and clever way to use books! I love books, have a whole wall covered in book shelves. I will be ordering some things to decorate my library.

  • WakeIslandSeaJewels

    WakeIslandSeaJewels said 7 years ago

    AMAZING! thank you for your insight!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    This is one trend that I LOVE ! so creative and a great use for vintage books that are out of circulation!

  • christinecho

    christinecho said 7 years ago

    love old papers

  • mindimade

    mindimade said 7 years ago

    LOVE the article...ADORE the collection! can't thank you enough for including my christmas tree ornament, sweet paul. you certainly do live up to your name. :) i'm headed straight to your blog, my friend. cheers! <3xoxox<3

  • fieldtrip

    fieldtrip said 7 years ago

    what a gorgeous magazine! just read it cover to cover and am feeling very inspired :)

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 7 years ago

    Love the little bats!!!

  • vritesh

    vritesh said 7 years ago

    Nice post thanks for a good information

  • Epizia

    Epizia said 7 years ago

    Why wasn't John Clark included? He's fantastic! http://www.etsy.com/shop/johnclark

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    Love this closer look at amazing paper artists on Etsy!

  • LadyMariansArt

    LadyMariansArt said 7 years ago

    Loved all the paper art and the magazine!!! Things like this make me smile!! :-)

  • HurlyBurlyBags

    HurlyBurlyBags said 7 years ago

    People's creativity amazes me. Paul your art is beautiful. I love books too and I think your bathroom wall is a better honoring place than the attic.

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 7 years ago

    mmm...such a lovely wintery post full of fantastic food and books to sink my teeth into.

  • cestmagnifique

    cestmagnifique said 7 years ago

    Very cool creations using old books! Love it all!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 7 years ago

    How wonder ful work with paper and reusing of old books

  • LittleVintageCottage

    LittleVintageCottage said 7 years ago

    Wow! All these creations using old books are so cool! Thanks for including my little shredded bowl! Tania

  • ismay

    ismay said 7 years ago

    Oh I LOVE book pages! Thanks for including me in these amazing finds.

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 7 years ago

    Great ideas, well beyond my rudimentary paper chain making skills! There's something so appealing about paper ornaments.

  • greenbelts

    greenbelts said 7 years ago

    This is wonderful. Thank you!

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 7 years ago

    Beautiful & Fun - Cheers !!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 7 years ago

    l love your stuff!

  • kintique

    kintique said 7 years ago

    Thank you for adding my item!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 7 years ago

    What creativity. It's very reminiscent of the Victorian era, absolutely lovely.

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks! I enjoyed this post. Be sure to check out Sweet Paul Magazine

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 7 years ago

    How beautiful! Thanks for compiling these great finds :)

  • CourtOfMiracles

    CourtOfMiracles said 7 years ago

    A little corner of me wants to wince at the idea of taking apart a book, but I have to confess that the finished product is pretty awesome. I took a quick glance at the magazine too. Fun stuff!

  • tatimaia

    tatimaia said 7 years ago

    These are great craft works... but... I don't know... Destroying those beautiful and historical books... I don't know... :/

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 7 years ago

    My dad has a huge library full of very old books that have been collected and yellowed over the years. At some point in the near future, unfortunately for his health, I will have to try and figure out how best to use these books.......they are so gorgeous in their state of decay!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 7 years ago

    Beautiful and unique!!!! Enjoyed the article, continued success to you!!!!

  • lillipopsdesigns

    lillipopsdesigns said 7 years ago

    Oh Paul... you are just too sweet! I'm such a fan of your blog and magazine. Thanks for sharing these wonderful projects and many wishes for continued success!

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 7 years ago

    Sometimes something so simple looking is deceptively hard to make. Love them all.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Love the [ages dripping out of that hanging book! Love!

  • DamaUSA

    DamaUSA said 7 years ago

    wow....amazing what sort of things you can make out of paper:)

  • CustomDogBandanas

    CustomDogBandanas said 7 years ago

    This is very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • FunWithNeedles

    FunWithNeedles said 7 years ago

    awwwww!!!! sweet paul! you are SWEET!!! this post was really amazing.

  • Baubledigook

    Baubledigook said 7 years ago

    Enlightening and Inspiring. Love them all!

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 7 years ago

    great work!

  • julieincharge Admin

    julieincharge said 7 years ago

    Great picks!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    love this.

  • beadbooty

    beadbooty said 7 years ago

    I love, love, love beautiful new things crafted from beautiful old books! Fabulous article.

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage said 7 years ago

    Love this one! Such great book/paper finds!

  • Lindensage

    Lindensage said 7 years ago

    simply beautiful!

  • Lindensage

    Lindensage said 7 years ago

    simply beautiful!

  • TheWhirlwind

    TheWhirlwind said 7 years ago

    Love these! Book art is one of my fave things on Etsy.

  • prettystardesigns

    prettystardesigns said 7 years ago

    such gorgeous items, just shows how many gorgeous things can be made from something as simple as paper if you have a crafty mind :)

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 7 years ago

    OOO I love my pal Paul. I am the president of his fan club! Yay Paul! Great picks! xo

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 7 years ago

    This is why I love creating with paper, the possibilities are endless

  • TheVintageDresser

    TheVintageDresser said 7 years ago

    Love the book crafts, especially the little shredded paper bowl!

  • dandelionlady

    dandelionlady said 7 years ago

    Wow. I'm so inspired to create now!

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane said 7 years ago

    All so beautiful and creative!!!!!!!

  • CozyDog

    CozyDog said 7 years ago

    Why is vintage text paper so appealing? Is it the vintage aspect of it or just the simplistic nature of it that we all love so much?

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    Books are one of the best things in life, and these items are such a beautiful way to use the old ones! Love it!

  • velvetbrownstudio

    velvetbrownstudio said 7 years ago

    A man after my own heart.

  • HeavenAwaits

    HeavenAwaits said 7 years ago

    Balissima!.. my darlings =)

  • JuniperHome

    JuniperHome said 7 years ago

    I love all of these items!!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Your work is absolutely beautiful! What a great way to repurpose!

  • iheartmy

    iheartmy said 7 years ago

    I can't wait to try my hand at this. Very inspiring! I love the smell of old books! Very nostalgic.

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 7 years ago

    I'm truly inspired by this gorgeous paper art!

  • Attic802

    Attic802 said 7 years ago

    The paper ornaments make me want to make paper earrings!!!

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen said 7 years ago

    Oh my. The magazine is super cool and I want to eat everything pictured. Just beautiful! Cheers :)

  • nattirootz

    nattirootz said 7 years ago

    unique!

  • TandokunoGurl

    TandokunoGurl said 7 years ago

    I know of a number of very good Altered book artists. I have a website myself if you would like to check it out. www.louisedandrade.ca If your into home decor this is a good place to look for art/sculture for the home. Thanks for talking about a subject close to my heart.

  • ExLibrisJournals

    ExLibrisJournals said 7 years ago

    I love old books! There are so many cool things you can make from them and recycle them into! I love to turn mine into one of a kind journals... http://exlibrisjournals.etsy.com

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Wow, really great ideas....amazing!

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 7 years ago

    I've been using a lot of old children's books in my collage work lately and I love the instant history it imparts.

  • CozyCollection

    CozyCollection said 7 years ago

    Very creative and beautiful! I love how text adds that little something extra!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 7 years ago

    Lovely finds. The wonder of what you can do with an old book these days. Thank you!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    fun article ~ love the pieces you found too. esp the maisy and alice baubles and the doodads!

  • melida

    melida said 7 years ago

    Ooooh la la! I love old books and this is another reason to keep collecting!

  • theartlyons

    theartlyons said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring, has me dreaming up other ideas on what to do with all of these old books I have...Love old transformed book pages.

  • cutthecakedesigns

    cutthecakedesigns said 7 years ago

    so creative and just lovely.

  • ConduitPress

    ConduitPress said 7 years ago

    Great article;) I Love those ornaments and the cuff! Thanks so much for featuring my hollow book;) Such a pleasure.

  • aynart

    aynart said 7 years ago

    i love paper! nice selections!

  • CurtisEliseDesign

    CurtisEliseDesign said 7 years ago

    I'm so glad to see this article. I love book art! I have been finding some great artists and makers out there who upcycle old books into new visions for years (and have tried doing some myself) and I'm happy to see a fellow book art addict. Beautifully done!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    Great finds! And a great magazine I will for sure follow!

  • pfmakeup50

    pfmakeup50 said 7 years ago

    I love the cuff links! http://pfsmakeup.blogspot.com/

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article, great taste, great art...love books and paper and recycling...congratulations..going to take a peek at your zine right now!

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work! Amazing!

  • jofoster

    jofoster said 7 years ago

    Gorgeously creative.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work, really like the character books bring to the pieces you craft!

  • angeliglesias

    angeliglesias said 7 years ago

    great article!

  • HandcraftedorVintage

    HandcraftedorVintage said 7 years ago

    I like this so much, reusing paper. Wonderful and awesome creations!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 7 years ago

    I adore your blog, and will scurry off to gaze lovingly at your beautiful magazine in a moment. You've curated a bunch of biblio beauties here ~ thank you for the inspiration, Sweet Paul. {PS: I love your puppy dog!!}

  • LouisestArt

    LouisestArt said 7 years ago

    I love it!

  • iomiss

    iomiss said 7 years ago

    what a fabulous magazine! I love it. Absolutely gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing

  • Baisimu

    Baisimu said 7 years ago

    Everything in here is so soothing! This is pure bliss for an avid reader :)

  • Tupilu

    Tupilu said 7 years ago

    A delicate, close work, in a word: fantastic

  • GaGa4GiftTags

    GaGa4GiftTags said 7 years ago

    WOW! Love this post and all of the great paper artist's creations! The topsy turvy ornaments by GreenTrikePress and the paper wreaths and book spine cuffs by SimpleJoysPaperie are my very favorites. All of these artists creations are awesome!

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 7 years ago

    your work is original and your blog is really interesting! Everything is so warm! Congratularion!

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations said 7 years ago

    I love reading books and i never thought that i would like them torn...but these creations are piece of art!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    wow love these! get the inspirational juices flowing for making stuff!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Love the artwork!

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 7 years ago

    Great find and a very inspiring magazine available for free! Thanks for sharing!

  • ShePinTea

    ShePinTea said 7 years ago

    ooh! lovely collection of work! I use lots of books and am left with piles of pages. So much inspiration here! Thankyou.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    :) Great article, great items ! Thanks !

  • heartfeltgiver

    heartfeltgiver said 7 years ago

    Love the article. I love recycling old into new art. Everyone is so talented.

  • Patriacontemporary

    Patriacontemporary said 7 years ago

    Beautiful art! Congrants!

  • ccsnana3

    ccsnana3 said 7 years ago

    I so love to come to Etsy and see all these beautiful handmade articles from paper! I will not burn my old books but save them for my daughter (mindimade) for her use! Thank you all for the hard work! So much talent here!!

  • wearableartbyjude

    wearableartbyjude said 7 years ago

    I really love these pieces of the "written word" and I've always been drawn to them. I think I know why now ;) Excellent article.. thanks Paul :)

  • DesignsbyHeeral

    DesignsbyHeeral said 7 years ago

    Absolutely stunning! Love every single piece :)

  • NotYourGrandmothers

    NotYourGrandmothers said 7 years ago

    Wow - so gorgeous!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Beautiful..great items!!

  • shabbyroses

    shabbyroses said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing,each one is a work of art!

  • NotYourGrandmothers

    NotYourGrandmothers said 7 years ago

    Just checked out Sweet Paul's blog - so much to love!

  • bucketofuzz

    bucketofuzz said 7 years ago

    Ohmigosh....I've been gathering old books for an age and been dying to make something of them - but I just can't bear to dismantle them!!! I mean, they're not first editions or anything, they're not well known.... but I just can't seem to bring myself to tear bits off them! I love all these items, I guess BlackBaroque's bat picture at least keeps a page intact...just can't do it myself :) Sure I'll get over it one day. Gorgeous stuff x

  • SweetMoonlightShop

    SweetMoonlightShop said 7 years ago

    sweet paul rules!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 7 years ago

    So many creative uses for repurposed books in this post - I love them all! I need to go take a look around Sweet Paul Magazine now.

  • booktique

    booktique said 7 years ago

    Great article...and funny timing, as I've just opened a shop featuring the things I make from repurposed books! The written word is such an inspiring medium, I think :)

  • primrosepress

    primrosepress said 7 years ago

    Really lovely.

  • shecological

    shecological said 7 years ago

    I love all the print! so much better than throwing away old worn out books! (btw, my neighbor growing up was named Paul Sweet! :0)! )

  • TrinitisCloset

    TrinitisCloset said 7 years ago

    Way cool! Love the fact that all of these ideas are s "out side of the box"...ummm book.

  • fattybird

    fattybird said 7 years ago

    Nice magazine. I appreciate your passion and perseverance Paul.

  • sugataka

    sugataka said 7 years ago

    :)

  • pinkpainter

    pinkpainter said 7 years ago

    This is one of my favorite Storque articles so far. Wonderful job and gorgeous choices.

  • FunkyMonkeyCreations

    FunkyMonkeyCreations said 7 years ago

    This is all fantastic! Not just the pieces themselves but the whole post, how it simply puts the emphasis on such wonderful creations. Thanks so much Paul for sharing with us! And a big shout out to Mindimade, woo you go girl! ^_^

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 7 years ago

    What a great article. Terrific finds and I love Sweet Paul's holiday mag!

  • isamocrochet

    isamocrochet said 7 years ago

    oh wow, I just love the paper baubles with beads :) now want to make some for my Christmas Tree...

  • Cake4Breakfast

    Cake4Breakfast said 7 years ago

    How beautiful, just now looking for simple wedding decorating ideas for my daughters wedding. And how lovely that recycled materials are used. Thank you so much for sharing, I loved everything.

  • megbydesign

    megbydesign said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love your work!

  • Thelimeshop

    Thelimeshop said 7 years ago

    very inspiring. i'm so obsessed with paul's eye for design. that man knows!

  • SherbetSunset

    SherbetSunset said 7 years ago

    These are absolutely amazing! I love the art. I do work with magazine pages, mainly because I'm so intrigued with the colors. The tones of the books creates a great effect with a very different and unique feel. http://www.etsy.com/shop/SherbetSunset

  • deepfried

    deepfried said 7 years ago

    Excellent article, Paul. the brain is awesome.

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 7 years ago

    recycling and upcycling such treasure troves (books) can be so exciting and yield amazing results -- as you have obviously already discovered! excited to dive into the sweet paul online blog for some new ideas!

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto said 7 years ago

    I love this! I love seeing how people re-purpose and re-use things! Wonderful spotlight! Thank you!

  • CarolinaCottage

    CarolinaCottage said 7 years ago

    Love all of these items! I use old dictionary pages, sheet music and maps; so Yay! to re-using paper!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Like the name of your shop, lovely finds enjoyed peekin at them all........ :)

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 7 years ago

    So cool! I love paper things. I just made some Christmas garland from construction paper and an old book!

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 7 years ago

    I recently purchased several old books in different languages... I had no idea what I would do with them, I just thought the words looked beautiful... And now I can't wait to get home & make use of them. Thanks for the great article,

  • larrie2121

    larrie2121 said 7 years ago

    Awesome! I love the idea of giving new life to old treasures!

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 7 years ago

    These are lovely. There's something so captivating about the printed word on paper...

  • Gynx

    Gynx said 7 years ago

    Wow, gorgeous!

  • MiniatureRhino

    MiniatureRhino said 7 years ago

    i'm really in love with Sweet Paul Magazine. The photography & ideas are stunning. I was really honored to be featured in Issue 2. great picks Paul!!

  • rooftopstudio

    rooftopstudio said 7 years ago

    beautiful way to repurpose old books.

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 7 years ago

    Thank you Paul for featuring my butterflies :) Greetings from Hungary! -Marianna PS: Love your magazine will be back to read it and print out the recipes.

  • SavoyFaire

    SavoyFaire said 7 years ago

    Beautiful! I used to make a Christmas tree out of Reader's Digest as a child and then we'd highlight the edges with glitter or gold paint!

  • Hasadna

    Hasadna said 7 years ago

    very inspiring!

  • LisaConfetti

    LisaConfetti said 7 years ago

    Wow. Your work is stunning.

  • RuggedRocks

    RuggedRocks said 7 years ago

    I love your work - a fantastic combination of text and form. I wish you were in the UK!

  • Nakisha

    Nakisha said 7 years ago

    Great article, I love upcycling old books into new things.

  • breations

    breations said 7 years ago

    Love the paper art, but I absolutely LOVE Sweet Paul

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 7 years ago

    just put this article link to my tumblr :) http://mgmart.tumblr.com/

  • veevixxen

    veevixxen said 7 years ago

    I adore you, Sweet Paul!

  • joyousjules

    joyousjules said 6 years ago

    amazing ideas. cant make these with a kindle eh!!!

  • thecreativebookco

    thecreativebookco from Thecreativebookco said 2 years ago

    These are amazing, such clever upcycling ideas :)

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