I save scraps - can't help it. Some time ago in an effort to clean out my side of my husband's garage I started to throw out books that were in bad condition and had no redeeming qualities in content. I got as far as tearing out and throwing away the content - but kept the covers.
--Utilize chip board scraps (I didn't worry about the grain of the chip board and/or paper)
--Repurpose one of the saved book covers.
--Insert a box that could essentially hide small things or become a conduit to a mixed media book project.
--I liked the inside covers of the book cover and decided I wanted to see as much of them as I could when the book was opened, yet have a big enough box to make the effort worthwhile.
--The large space between the edge of the cover and the box was considered. Since the inside of the book would not likely show on any book case I would put it on I decided to err on the side of being able to see the inside of the cover vs covering it up with a box.
--Since this was a trial - I wasn't willing to use my "good" paper. I used 2 pieces of 12' x 12" paper - on the thin side but worked well.
--PVA watered down by 10% was used on the paper to cover the box.
--Straight PVA was used to construct the box and adhere it to the inside of the covers.
The closed book cover is 5 1/2" x 8". The box is 3 3/4" x 5"
|Outside of Book Covers|
|Inside of Book Covers|
|A 2" wide band of black book cloth has been glued to the spine.|
Mock headbands were made. Showing clamshell box top and bottom made from chip board scraps.
|Finished Book-Clamshell Box on my shelf.|
|Book-Clamshell Box showing box attached.|
|Book-Clamshell Box open and complete.|
|Decided what I want to put in the box so I added a removable set of dividers.|