So starting kindergarten has proved a little more traumatic than expected, for the kindergartner as well as the doting parents. But after a few days of tears (yes, I was crying too) I think we're over the hump and the kindergartner reports that she's not sad anymore. Which immediately makes me feel better as well :)
Despite the drama I managed to create a little something. A semi-homemade personalized Bible cover, but it could just as well be used as a book cover for you non-church people.
This is what I started out with.
The inside had your standard binder spine. The binder hardware had to go in order for it to function as a Bible cover. I have no pics of the surgical procedure it took to remove it but it involved some heavy duty pliers and lots of violence to remove the majority of the metal parts. The hardware had been attached to the spine of the cover with some industrial strength brads and I couldn't get them to budge no matter how much I went at it with tin snips, screw drivers and hammers so I had to cut the brads out of the spine, carefully, with an exacto knife. I made sure not to pierce the spine through to the outside, though.
That left me with two craters on the inside spine. I mended any scuffs in the fabric with nail polish and glued (E6000) some ornamental metal plates over the craters.
The outside was still pretty bland, though. The internet to the rescue! One pretty picture of lotus mehndi was promptly found and printed out in the size I wanted.
A quicker alternative for those of you who don't do hand painting. A pretty image or paper and some decoupage medium will give you the same personalized feel and durable finish without all the work.
And that's how I can now tote my Bible in style. Or at least in my own style. For $2 (I had everything but the cover itself on hand). I considered adding more pattern to the front as it still looks a little lonely but the paint won't come off once it's on so I'll ponder it for a while and see what happens. Sometimes less is more and this could be one of those times.
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Blue Cricket Design