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Vintage Dictionary Bookmarks

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Today I'm sharing a "How-To" for Vintage Bookmarks


I bought this old Castilian Spanish Dictionary for about $1.50 at a flea market in Budapest.


As you can see, the binding was falling apart.


I don't know Castilian, but I liked the yellowed pages and the small pictures on many of the pages.



I pondered what to do with this book.









Then I remembered that several months ago, I bought a laminator at Costco. It was less than $20 with a supply of pocket sheets, and I couldn't resist buying it even though I wasn't sure how I'd use it.  But this old dictionary gave me an idea. 

Tip: I think you could make this craft without a laminator by using clear contact paper or laminating pockets that don't require a machine. 

I cut the pages close to the binding.




Using my paper cutter, I cut off frayed edges...







Then I folded the page along the middle line of each page.


And evened up the sides on the paper cutter.


I put four of them on a laminate page, using a ruler to try to get them approximately even.


Then I laminated the page




And I cut the bookmarks about 1/8 inch from the edges.


I like the look of the yellowed pages.


So how can I use the rest of this thick book?  Any ideas?

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35 comments:

  1. I love that idea. I use my old book pages in my art journal.

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  2. Fabulous post,
    Thank you for linking your post up! , hope you will stop by today and link up another great post!!
    http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.com/
    See you there
    Claire x

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  3. Great idea for using an old book that is falling apart. Blessings, Deborah H. Bateman-Author

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  4. I love these! I saw that laminator at Costco, wanted it but could think of a thing at the moment I really needed it for. I love old books with those images. I'll have to look for that laminator again. Consider linking up with me at Wow Us Wednesday, it's open through tomorrow.

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  5. Those bookmarks are beautiful! I'm definitely pinning this!

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  6. Great idea! I love projects using old book pages! I like drawing in ink on them. I saw this project where they copied old engravings on old book pages and framed it. Patsy from
    HeARTworks and
    papemelroti

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  7. Fun idea!! I would love for you to link up to my linky party at The Mandatory Mooch. Still open for another day!!

    http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-3.html

    Thanks, Nichi

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  8. What a great idea. I have an old dictionary that I have been using for different projects. I lined a tray and covered an old table but I have a lot of the book still unused and now I know how to used a few more pages. Thanks so much for sharing
    Traci

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  9. There are tons of ideas on Pinterest about upcycling old books. I made a Harry Potter wreath at Christmas, used old sheet music to make Moravian stars, and folded some origami things out of book pages.

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  10. I've gotta try this. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party just went live at http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursday-4.html
    Thanks, Nichi

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  11. Very cool. I love giving books and this will give that extra personal touch! Pinned for future reference!

    Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry.com

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  12. Such a great idea! You can use the book cover for lots of projects -- just google it -- I've also seen ideas for using the binding (just can't remember what they were! LOL)

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    1. Thanks, Lauren.
      I need to get around to googling ideas for the covers. I've found a few, but this cover was in such bad shape it wouldn't work. Thanks for stopping by.
      Gail

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  13. Love this idea, Gail!

    Thanks for linking up to The Creative Home & Garden hop. : )

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  14. I love old cook pages. I have been wanting to try the wreath and flowers that are on pinterest, made from old books. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
    with love,
    -Jo

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    1. Old cookbook pages would make some really cute decoupage items. Great idea!

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  15. Pinning! My daughter will especially enjoy this project, though we'll be using the contact paper method.
    You could use the rest of the pages to cover picture frames or boxes using mod podge.

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  16. What a great use for those pages! I've seen lots of cute wreaths using old book pages. Or, you could just wrap some jute around what's left of the dictionary and set it up in a vignette. I would love for you to link this up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop! I hope to see you there!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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    1. I like your idea of just wrapping up the loose pages, Nici.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Bless you,
      Gail

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  17. Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing on my blog!!

    Melissa
    Willamette Valley Wonder Woman

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  18. I love the vintage bookmarks... perfect for books.

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  19. These are very cute, Gail! Thanks for sharing them on The Creative Home & Garden Hop! Hope to see you again this weekend!
    http://littlehomesteadonthehill.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-creative-home-garden-hop-3.html

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  20. What a great idea! As a former principal I send Christmas Cards w/ a small tucked in surprise. These are perfect for teacher. Blessings to you!

    Marie @ http://123craftcafe.com http://asatisfiedspirit.com

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    1. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did, Marie. : )

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  21. This is so, so awesome! I happen to have an old dictionary. :) Blessings to you Linda

    PINNING also.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I hope your old dictionary gives you as much pleasure as this old one has given me.
      Gail : )

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  22. I think this laminator is a great tool! The book page bookmarks look wonderful - very creative! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. Yes, I've enjoyed the laminator : )

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  23. Background paper for scrapbooking or card making. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. Please come back and see us this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/the-self-sufficient-homemaker-hop-2/

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