The wedding is a village fete / vintage sort of theme. My wife to be is an english teacher, and we both like books...
As she was looking for inspiration she came across one of the folded books with words in. I'm sure you have seen them before, but if not check out this link:
At this point I thought "I can do that!". So I set about folding numbers in to the books instead of words...
After I had done my first number, I tried to search the Internet for instructions to see if there is a better way of doing it. I couldn't find instructions (without paying $15), just a couple of free templates (for a crown), but no instructions on how to use them.
So I stuck with my method, and this is what I will go through here.
In theory you should be able to use the same method for words or picture.
Date Made: May 2013
Approx Cost: £0.50 per book
Approx Time: 1.5 hours per book
Step 1: Acquire Books
Originally I was going to do them all in books that mean something to us, but I decided against this in the end for two reasons
1. Cost - looking on eBay/amazon, hard back versions of the books I was after would soon of racked up.
2. It seemed a waste to ruin good books.
So I went to my local charity book store and asked them if they had any books they were throwing out.
I was lucky in the fact that I just happened to turn up the day before their recycling collection. The lady took me to a room out the back full of bags of books. She let me pick which books I wanted, and then just asked for a donation of £5 to the chairty - so 50p per book.
Since folding these books I have realised that you need to look for a few things in the books you choose though.
1. Make sure they are solid; solid spine, no pages falling out etc.
2. Make sure the pages aren't too thin. Don't pick any with that thin tracing paper style pages.
3. Make sure you have enough pages. I think 300 to 400 pages is about right.
4. Old/Discoloured/Gold Leaf Edge books are best, as you will get a contrast in colour to the folded edge. (Although some of the colour comes from the gap/shadow).