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So today I am working on my book of shadows...I've had one for a long time but I had made it with a simple three ring binder and labeled dividers inside, lined doesn't resonate with me! It doesn't feel like a book of shadows; it feels like a classroom binder. I want a nice thick leather one, with parchment paper only inside, that I can latch shut. However, they are all soooo expensive, I just can't afford it right now! I'm technically a single mom, I don't take advantage of my boyfriends money; so finances aren't so much my strong point right now. Point being...I have decided to make one! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make a nice, authentic leather BOS? I'm a bit lost as to where to start, I'm thinking about heading to Hobby Lobby to look for supplies, I don't even know if they carry leather. All help is welcome!

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Comment by Starrfire Price on June 29, 2012 at 2:20pm

If you want to get crafty, which imo gives your Book of Shadows the uniqueness and personal energy to give it it's own life. I'll give you my secret for parchment paper, Here's a link where you can get 500 aged vellum parchment pages for about $18, I've used this brand as well as Wausau astroparche (I buy from a paper distributor for my business but I know all about paper secrets and amazon is always the best source for people without distributor accounts :) To add an extra aged look to your pages You can also use the burnt edges effect by lighting a candle and holding the paper edges about an inch away from the candle flame and move it back and forth. This will create the darkened burnt look of the pages edges as well. You can also sear the edges with the flame and then blow it out as soon as it catches the fire but be sure to do any of this over a sink in case it gets out of control and catches fire :)

As for leather, you can create a beautiful BOS from a large 3-ring binder with the use of faux leather, which looks and feels like leather but is much easier to work with for books by using a glue gun. Here's a link to some faux leather.

I've made numerous BOS' from these materials and not only is it fun to make them but you can be as creative as you want. You don't need to spend a fortune to have a beautiful book of shadows or grimoire.

I hope this helps a little :)

Have a beautiful weekend!

Comment by Kindle on June 29, 2012 at 5:38pm

Thank you Starrfire, those were some awsome tips! I'd never thought of creating the burnt look on the paper, I love that idea! Itarilde thank you too, I think Hobby Lobby always see's dollar signs on me, I create and sell my own line of greeting cards as well and so I spend a fortune there pretty often (well, I used to anyway). It's fun!

Comment by Wolfie on June 29, 2012 at 6:11pm

If you look on my blog (linked below) I have youtube tutorial links, as well as other tips and suggestions on making your own book of shadows. I have a really thick book (about 4 inches thick) that I made that cost me less than $50 to make

Comment by Erica on June 30, 2012 at 12:00pm

I was going to comment and tell you my idea, but Starrfire pretty much told you exactly what I had in mind! :) My mom and I just made a homemade BOS last weekend. We used a really stiff cardboard and cut it the size she wanted, we then covered it in faux leather from hobby lobby and attached it with a hot glue gun. I also suggested burning the edges of the paper because I also thought that gave it an awesome look. For the cover I actually took a silver nailpolish and painted a celtic knot in the corner, then took some red nailpolish and painted the symbol for the Horned God in the center. Nailpolish may sound cheesy but if you do it right it looks great! My mom and I craft all kinds of things and we hardly ever pay for any of our materials. 

Comment by Lady Selenite on June 30, 2012 at 1:05pm
Never really made any BOS, but I did make some book once. Also, completely unrelated, I remember I once needed this patch of leather for a cushion and didn't know where to get it from (I had just moved to a different country!) A friendly neighbour suggested I could take a look at second-hand clothes for leather, and I did- I got an old, real leather jacket for less than ten dollars that I completely ripped open once I got home. Maybe you have some old leather thing you may consider using? You don't necessarily need to buy it second hand if you already have something you don't need in your closet...
Comment by Kindle on July 1, 2012 at 11:35am

Actually thats a great idea, I can't believe I didn't think of that  lol! Thank you!

Comment by Kindle on July 1, 2012 at 11:36am

I love to craft stuff too Erica, I am a DIY junkie lol, thank you for the ideas! And I will be watching that video Wolfie, that's fantastic too, I really appreciate everyone's comments! :)

Comment by Brooke Solstice on July 1, 2012 at 12:19pm

awesome ideas. I like the idea of making ones own bos better than buying one for $50 bucks or whatever.



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