But what do you do with proof copies that can't go to charity shops?
I've seen this question posed frequently on Twitter and it got me thinking. I can't just throw a book away but could I make use of it another way?
I decided I would take one book proof and, over the year I will see if I can make things with it. I will make and post one item each month and post it here on the blog!
Valentine's Day Card
As it is Valentine's Day next month, I thought it would be a nice idea to make a card. I have to say, cutting into a book goes against my bookish beliefs but I'm quite pleased with the result. As the card would be for a male recipient, I didn't want it to be too girly so kept it simple.
It was really easy to make (once I'd got over my cutting-into-a-book anxiety).
I drew a heart onto the page and cut it out before sticking it onto some pale green paper, which I then cut round to create a narrow border. I stuck the heart on a cream card blank.
I then wrote 'I LOVE YOU MORE THAN BOOKS' (which must be a LOT, obviously) in green metallic marker and drew around the letters with a fine black marker.
To finish off, I stuck a pale green button on the heart.
And there it is! One card for the Valentine of a book-lover.
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