18 April 2012

DIY Baby Room Book Art

When it came time to decorate Baby Whimsy's room,
I knew I wanted a whimsical shabby chic mix she could grow into.
I also knew I had to work in some bookish elements.
So today I wanted to share two pieces of her room with you.


Old frames, inexpensive photo mats from Walmart,
pictures from an old broken book,
and quotes printed on card stock.
Easy peasy art!

So tell me, have you ever framed book pages? Do share.


Quotes & Notes: The quotes featured are: "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." & "Travel far! Pay no fare! A book can take you anywhere." It's hard to see but image two is of a little girl, under a tree, reading a book. The pages are from a book called A Friend Is Someone Who Likes You by Joan Walsh Anglund. I stenciled the birds and branch with craft paint and a stencil I purchased from the discount bin at my local craft store. If you like the stencil idea, I encourage you to search your local craft store for something that compliments the space and page(s) you're working with. The sky really is the limit. I bet some Peter Rabbit pages with the silhouette of tiny animals would be positively darling and sweet in a boy or girl's room.

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  1. I LOVE these! How adorable! It makes me wish I could redecorate my kiddos rooms. I definitely want more bookish flare in both of their rooms. Besides the piles of books of course. ;o)

    Love the tree and the little girl. So perfect!

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    1. Thanks :)

      Did you do a theme in your kiddos rooms? :)

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  2. Aw, I love it, Juju! I have a lot of vintage book pages that I've framed, too. And it's never too early to start instilling a love of the written word. So sweet! :) thanks for sharing your photos.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. Oooo I would love to see them! And I totally agree. It's never too early.

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  3. I've never thought of myself as the creative sort but you make it seem so easy. The results are amazing!

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  4. Wow, they look amazing :D You did a really great job!!!
    ♥Isalys / Book Soulmates

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  5. i love it!! when i get a true place of my own (aka when i am not constantly moving every year to a new place... who knew life as a grad student is so nomadic?) i am so going to do this. :)

    -michelle

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  6. Awesome! My son's room is a monkey theme. We haven't figured out a theme for baby number 2's room. I'm thinking giraffes, to keep the jungle theme alive. I love the book idea, but the hubster would say that they have enough books in their room (and the living room and the bathtub and the car and...). ;)

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    1. Oh fun! :) Giraffes is an adorable idea.

      I'm so lucky that Mr. Whimsy indulges my bookish whims and caprices.

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  7. Oh Juju...they're lovely! Brava my dear...fabulous choice and as soon as Baby Whimsy has her words, I'm sure she'll agree. ^_^

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  8. So sweet and adorable! Love it!

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  9. Absolutely adorable! I wish I'd thought of doing something like that!

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  10. That is so awesome! I love that you used pictures from an old book!

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  11. Beautiful ideas! I love the quote, "Travel far! Pay no fare! A book can take you anywhere." This would also be great in the children's corner of a bookshop. Stunning. Good job :)

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  12. I've never framed book pages but after seeing what you did, I'm tempted.

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  13. So cute! Raising a little reader is the coolest job in the world, so much joy once they start asking for more books and to take them to the library :)

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    1. How adorable! If I ever get to have a baby of my own, I want to do that!

      DT
      http://www.deadtreesandsilverscreens.com

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    2. Ivana: Amen! :) It is one of the coolest parts of my mama job.
      I think I'm going to be soooo bad at telling her no with books one day too. I can always deny myself a book due to finances, but when she wants a book - I think it will be nearly impossible for me to say no.
      ;)

      DT: *hugs* *fingers crossed for you*

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  14. oh this is so sweet :))) i love your ideas and i love those anglund illustrations :)

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  15. I love this! You did such a good job! You are giving me a lot of ideas. :) Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  16. That looks wonderful! I love that you made it on your own. I'm not so artistic, but I try to make some things sometimes.

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  17. Cute! Is it sad that I'm more attracted to the wall in the second picture though? Love the birds! Lol.

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  18. Oh, how adorable! I just love it, what a great idea!

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  19. Oh, I love this! Joan Walsh Anglund has always been a favorite artist of mine!!

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  20. Wow such a great and easy idea! And it looks so nice and "whimsical"! And I adore the quotes you chose.

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    1. Aw thanks! Whimsical is the truest compliment for me.

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  21. These are so clever and beautiful! What a cute little bookworm baby whimsy will grow up to be :)

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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  22. I love the pictures you posted, great ideas! I also have a thing for tree branches.

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  23. OH MY GOSH! I love it!!!! Those are so cuuute!
    I have never framed book pages but I love the idea! I think i am gonna have to try this!
    Thanks for the idea.
    Gorgeous just gorgeous!

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  24. I really like what you painted in the second pic. I also like how you have a bird perched on top of the picture frame. It's little details like this that make it so wonderdful.

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  25. They look amazing...what a great idea...and you know I love that shabby chic look too! I've not done book pages...but I did recently buy some dollar store frames, paint them white , pop in 5 assorted shabby scrapbook papers and then the 5 letters of my new niece's name and gave them to her for her birthday....,my sister hung them up over her bed:)

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    1. Oooo that's adorable! How cute! Awesome auntie!
      How old is your niece?

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  26. Those are so pretty! I love them! Hmm, you're definitely giving me ideas for baby 2 (whenever that might happen)!

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  27. I love it...she can be in here for years and years!

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    1. Yes! Exactly. I reallly wanted the kind of room that she doesn't quickly outgrow.

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  28. So beautiful and I only know one thing: This little girl is in good hands. I mean we've virtually have another guaranteed bibliophile here.

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    1. Awww thank you! :)
      Mr. Whimsy says books are like magnets. I'm drawn to them. And that little Baby Whimsy lights up around them too.

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  29. Good God, you are an awesome mother.

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  30. what a wonderful idea--I love it.

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  31. Framed books? No, I haven't but that art work is fabu, and has got me thinking, I should try my hand at it. :)

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  32. How wonderful! What a great idea. It looks lovely...lucky baby. Thanks for the inspiration. =O)

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  33. Oh, I LOVE it! That is an awesome idea!

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  34. Gorgeous Juju! I love all the little bookish touches and the branches you painted on the wall - definitely sweet and whimsical:)

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  35. I am so impressed. This looks awesome! Heck, I'd like a room like that now.

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  36. That is awesome! I've never framed book pages, but now I want to! I'm totally pinning this on Pinterest for future reference. Thanks for sharing, Juju.

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  37. They look great!

    I've never framed any book pages and I could only do it if the pages of the book were already loose.

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    1. That is the beauty of kids books. Inevitably there is always one beaten up copy somewhere. ;)

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  38. No, I haven't framed any book pages but I might just start now... :)

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  39. No framed book pages but i have tried stenciling and it SO didn't look as good as yours! You are so crafty Ju-Ju! Beautiful work and love the idea of having the room grow with Baby Whimsy, instead the usual themes that are used.

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    1. Thank you!
      It definitely takes patience I didn't know I had.
      (I've never had much patience)
      Luckily, Baby Whimsy is teaching it to me.
      She's like my patience muse.

      And yes! When we were decorating the room people didn't understand why we didn't have a traditional theme. But once we were done, all agreed it's pretty splendid.

      So what have you been stenciling?

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  40. I don't have kids, but I love this idea so much!! It's genius.

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  41. I love this! I hope you don't mind but I am going to pin it.

    I often feel that it is a shame so much beautiful art is hidden inside picture books. I think I will frame pictures from Virginia Wolf first.

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    1. Welcome P!
      And absolutely not.
      I'm honored in fact.
      Thank you!

      Yes!
      Nail on the head.
      Sometimes that art is just aching to be set free.

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  42. Oh, they look lovely! Framing book pages = such an amazing idea. Seriously.

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  43. No, I haven't. But how lovely!! I like the neutral colors too.

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  44. Thank you ladies for all your sweet comments, compliments, and words of encouragement. *hugs*

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  45. Oh!!! No I haven't... but I LOVE this idea!!! We're totally trying it this weekend!

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  46. These are so precious. I love old books, especially children's books. And while I've not got any framed on my wall, I do have a whimsical collection on my bookshelf. What a lovely idea!

    :0)

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  47. Adorable! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  48. These are fantastic! I'm always on the lookout for artwork like this at craft fairs, but I guess I could try making them myself as well.

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    1. Thanks :) And yes you SO should. Let me know if you do. ;)

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  49. Wow adorable! The great thing is you can change it out as she baby whimsy grows! I haven't tried this but I really would love a wall covered in passages from books.

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    1. Yes exactly :)

      A wall of them would be so so so cool!

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  50. Actually... I have! I did a rose wall in one of our first apartments. I bought a botanical book with antique prints in it. It was in the bargain bin and was a cheap way to bring art in. HMMMMM.... I loved that wall. Maybe I should do that again. :)

    Your nursery is darling! I love the little birds.

    ~Liz

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    1. Aw that sounds lovely!
      Did you keep any pictures of it?
      You should SO do it again.

      Thank you :) We did little birds on a wire on another wall and a little bird painted where her crib touches the wall so the bird looks perched on her crib.

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  51. That is so creative! I love it! I just buy my wall art. :) I can't come up with my own ideas, but I can copy something I've seen.

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  52. These look gorgeous! I have never seen them displayed like this. I have seen people Wordle their favourite book scene and frame that, but nothing like this. Really cute.

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  53. This is absolutely genius! I've been decorating lately, but I'm running out of space for all I want to do! Thankfully this would make a great gift especially for the kiddos I've converted into bookworms (turning them over to the dark side one mind at a time!).

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    1. Hey you! Thanks for coming by and thank you. :) I'm so glad to hear. Happy decorating!

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