Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quick and Easy Bookcovers. . .with Style.

Now that schools are back in session I thought I'd share some ideas for quick and easy book covers. All that is required for a great book cover is paper and scissors. Any sturdy paper can be used, but the Cavallini line of single sheet wrap is academic and beautiful at the same time, which makes it perfect for school books! Plus it's available by the sheet so you can get multiple styles without buying a ton of extra paper.

Embellishments are optional. I picked these great Paris stickers (also Cavallini) and repurposed some old gift tags.
Step 1: Place the OPEN book on the back side of the wrap and cut the paper so there is an extra 3 - 4 inches on all sides of the book.
Step 2: Fold the top and bottom in so that it is the same height of the book. Try for exact height, because extra paper results in a crumpled look once the book has been used.Step 3: Fold one side of the book cover over the front cover of the book. Carefully insert the book cover into the resulting pocket.Step 4: With the one side nestled in the book cover, close the book to create enough give so that the cover will fit over the binding once the book is closed.Step 5: Fold the last side over the back cover and carefully insert the back cover of the book into the pocket. And voila you have an instant bookcover!

I used the Cavallini stickers and some alphabet stickers to note the subject on the outside of the books (see above). Creating a bookmark with the student's name also adds a personal touch. Use your imagination!These covers are inexpensive, easy, and will not only save wear and tear on the book, but will show the student's personal style.


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