Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Cover Up: Guest Post by Jen from Day By Daily

Let me start by saying a big thank you to Heather for inviting me here to guest post. I am lucky enough to know Heather in real life, and let me tell you that it is a treat to be invited to her house (hint, hint). Her boys are wild much like my own, but her home is always happy and beautiful (and clean!). There is always something delicious to eat, and some cool new DIY that has been done. I always check in to Poppy Haus hoping she has revealed THE BIG SECRET of how she does it all. But on to the goods...

Books in my house seem to come in four flavors: 1) children's books 2) one time reads/novels 3) beautiful books and 4) less-then-pretty reference books (aka my slightly embarrassing stack of ragged self help and parenting books). In the past I have resorted to turning the spines of my less attractive books to the wall, jut to reduce the amount of visual clutter. But the fact is, I refer to those books fairly often and want to see their titles.



So what's a girl to do? Yes, I could cover them all in craft paper. But here's the thing. I'm kind of lazy. Covering all those books would take hours. Instead I opted for a quick and easy alternative. With just a little paper packing tape, washi tape, and a white gel pen I covered and catagorized this stack of books in less than 10 minutes.






I like how the newly covered books just disappear into the background. Better than calling attention to my copy of "How to Make Friends and Influence People". In my case I used the Washi tape to catagorize Parenting books vs Self Help. A plain stack of books would also be lovely.


*Note that trying to remove the paper packing tape may result in some tearing. I wouldn't use it on any books of value. My collection came to me mostly second hand, and were already quite tattered.

Thank you Jen! Check out Day By Daily for more of her crafty ideas, reflections on motherhood, and stunning photography.

3 comments:

  1. Love! What a great collaboration. Jen, I'm hoping to discover Heather's secret to making it all look so easy, too. I can assure you, my house is not always clean :).

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  2. Such a great idea! I bought a roll of kraft paper thinking I'd get around to covering a bunch of books. That has yet to happen. I may have to give this a try! Much easier for sure!

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  3. I know, this is so much easier than the whole book-cover thing. Thank you to Jen Daily for the great tutorial!

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