Friday, December 16, 2011
Recycling pretty book pictures: what's in your hand?
I bought this hardcover quotes/journal book at the thrift store, thinking that it was in nice enough shape to slip in with other gifts for a Treehouse Anne fan. Unfortunately, it turned out to have several written-on-in-ink pages that I hadn't noticed--which wiped out its gift possibilities.
Dump the whole thing then?
No way. There were several full-page illustrations of events from the Anne books, and a few of those made nice gift tags, trimmed down and pasted onto card stock. I particularly liked the one of her in her bedroom with her brand-new brown Christmas dress hanging nearby. (Yes, it's supposed to be brown, not blue, if you've only ever seen the movie.) And the non-Christmasy ones will keep for other occasions.
There are also quite a few small illustrations in the book--pictures of baking, sewing baskets, flowers and so on. Good for cutting and pasting here and there.
It may sound awful to rip apart a book like that, but as somebody said, even a hardcover book (not considering its intellectual content) is really just paper between cardboard covers, and this one had no other real use. So I'm good with that.