I adore giving books as gifts – especially at Christmas. Come Boxing Day there is nothing more delightful than snuggling under a cosy blanket, a cup of tea by your side, and reading your Christmas gift book.
Through the year I keep a sharp eye out for unusual and interesting books. I check used book stores for vintage books and books out of print.
I also collect books that are destined for the recycling bin, out-of-date reference books, old atlases, worn art books – all are grist for my work with altered books. I save the pages I am not using and use them as gift wrap. You can use the pages as gift wrap, as I have done here , or you can cover boxes and the lids with pages for a more permanent gift box.
Look for over-size books. It makes gift wrapping easier. For the final touch be bold and make a paper bow.
My slow Christmas continues as I take time each day to wrap a few presents. It has turned very cold here (cold for coastal area). I’ve taken my basket of paper and ribbons to sit by the warming fireplace. There’s just the smallest sprinkle of snow covering the green grass. Perhaps we’ll have that rare thing – a white Christmas.