T&T featured in Design*Sponge at Home!

October 3rd, 2011

Image via Anthropologie
I am so happy to finally share some exciting news! A tutorial that I submitted to Design*Sponge, nearly three years ago, has been included in Grace Bonney’s book, Design*Sponge at Home! I haven’t been able to share it until now but I can say it was definitely worth the wait to be part of such a great project.
If you haven’t seen the book already, you must check it out! It’s a fantastic collection of home tours, DIY projects and step-by-step tutorials. My project is featured in the exclusive Anthropologie version amongst the 16 additional pages of bonus content.

Below are the complete instructions for how to create your own Japanese Masking Tape Book Covers. I was looking to make my home bookshelves a little more appealing and some of my older books needed a good face-lift. With the help of craft paper and simple masking tape, my books were transformed! Hope you enjoy!

1. Masking Tape (I used this Lime Sparkle collection by mt)
2. Craft Paper
3. Parchment Paper
4. Scissors
5. X-acto Knife

1. Create a pattern with tape on a large piece of parchment paper. Make sure that once trimmed it will cover the spine of your book as well as at least an inch to wrap around on either side.
2. Once your design is complete, trim out using a ruler and x-acto knife. The parchment paper will act as a sticker backing that you will peel off.
3. Pre-cut and fold your craft paper to wrap around your book. Crease the spine edges – they will help you place your tape.
4. Once you’ve determined where to place the design slowly peel back the parchment paper from the back of the tape and put into place on the craft paper. Take your time with this part. The tape may shift some so you may need to tweak as you go. Work your way down the whole spine. Fold and crease the edges again to get a crisp look.  Taa-Daa! Now you have a new and refreshed book that looks great on any shelf!

21 Responses to “T&T featured in Design*Sponge at Home!”

  1. Alexandra Hedin Says:

    Hooray! Congratulations


  2. Tanya from Dans le Townhouse Says:

    Congrats! That is so cool.

  3. Taryn H Says:

    How fun to be a part of this–your work is amazing =)

  4. Angel Y. Says:

    Congrats! You did such an amazing job and the tutorial is super simple.

  5. lyndsey @ the stationery place Says:

    yay, congratulations! i picked up the anthro version at the seattle book signing on thursday (were you there?) — haven’t finished looking through the whole thing yet, but can’t wait to see your cute book covers.

  6. Blue Eyed Night Owl Says:

    What a great tutorial, no wonder they included it in the book! It’s absolutely stunning!

  7. Trude Says:

    Congratulations!! Such a pretty project! I’m still on the sneak peek section after getting it at the LA book signing last week. Glad I got the Anthro version! 🙂

  8. cathy Says:

    Hooray! I’m sure you must be so thrilled! What an honor! I got the anthro version of the book last week when Grace was here in Seattle. Congrats!

  9. Julie Says:

    That is such exciting news, congratulations! I love this idea, it’s great!

  10. c@rol w Says:

    I just learned today that you’re back – yeah!! What a wonderful idea and I wish I’d thought of this myself! Congrats on being published again!

  11. Marilyn K K Says:

    Congrats Kathleen!!!

  12. Jordan | Polkadot Prints Says:

    Congrats on the feature Kathleen! This is a great idea!

  13. Teresa Says:

    Wow! That’s huge! I bought the book… but, alas, I bought the regular one. Thanks for sharing your project with the “less forunate”. 🙂

  14. Maria Says:

    First of all, I’m glad you’re back. Second, now I have more of a reason to buy the book.

    I have yet to come visit you and Kalani. Hopefully soon!

  15. Sarah - Dodeline Design Says:

    This is so cute! I’m going to the book signing soon and I can’t wait 🙂

  16. Lana Manis Says:

    Congratulations on the feature ~
    I love your tutorial! 🙂

  17. Lauren Says:

    Congrats! It’s lovely!

  18. Claire @gibsonking Says:

    yeah for you! i just bought that book over the weekend. I am just loving every page of it and can’t wait to come across your section.

  19. Hilary Says:

    That’s so wonderful – congratulations! I cannot wait to get my hot little hands on a copy of that book!


  20. Nellene Says:

    I think you deserved that spot! Great idea and obviously timeless since that idea was from a few years ago…Lovin your blog, stumbled it.

  21. zhing Says:

    congrats! 🙂 what a great tutorial! when i got the book, i instantly recognized your tute!! xx