Last year, I pinned some cute spell books, which were just books covered in colored scrapbook paper with fun Spell-ish phrases and words to embellish it- the perfect DIY Halloween project. I knew I wanted to do something like it, but didn’t have the resources at the time.
This year, I was able to make my own spell books! I had a vision of what I wanted, and it took a while to get something that quite nearly fulfilled that vision! But now I am so excited about it, it even sits on my coffee table where my husband has strict instructions NOT to touch or move it. He loves to “clean up” my decorations. BUT NOT THIS ONE!!
So, I wanted to give a brief outline of what I did to make my books, and hopefully some of you will use and adapt it to your liking as well.
The first thing I had to do was measure my book, and then create a Photoshop document about the size of the front cover. I would have loved to make something that wrapped around the entire book, but I don’t know if my printer could possibly do that ;). I started adding layers and brushes that I downloaded from deviantart, a great resource for free images. I used these for flourishes (by sarahbee) and these for frames (by Lileya).
When I was done creating cover art, I made a new document for both bindings. Basically, I just wanted to save paper ;). Speaking of paper, I imagined old, worn books, and try as I might to find the perfect aged digital paper, it wouldn’t have mattered because I don’t have a color printer. The solution was to use Kraft paper, which I found by the packing supplies at Walmart, and just cut it down to 8 1/2” x 11” and print right onto that.
Once everything was printed, I lined the images up with the center of the book covers, and taped some excess to the inside of the book cover and then cut the excess off on the top and bottom. For the binding, I just cut it to fit, and glued it on. I didn’t even cover the backs because those won’t be seen anyway. I’m lazy like that. A little distressing with an ink pad (also from Walmart) perfected the entire thing…
…that is, until I pulled out the apple I found at Goodwill. Poison Apple? You betcha.
I am just delighted over how they turned out! Well, that puts it pretty mildly, but I was so happy with them I want to share my files with you. They are specific to my books, which were 8.5” x 5.5” x 1” and 9.5” x 6.25” x 1.5”, but I am sure if you need, you can find a way to resize them.
(I really must credit the people who made the Photoshop brushes, though… seriously. Couldn’t have done it without them. To be courteous to them, and myself, DO NOT use these files commercially or for profit.)
To Download the files, Go HERE. Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!
I used a vintage striped fabric for my coffee table centerpiece in the photos, but this black and white Chevron Stripe from my sponsor, Five Eighth Seams would be a great addition to your Halloween vignette!
I am so excited to have Five Eighth Seams on board as a sponsor of The Crafty Cupboard, they have such an impressive selection of fabrics, patterns, books, and elastics! You ought to take a look around!