Outlander Light Switch Covers – DIY Saturday
Nothing like an afternoon of crafting to pass away a rainy April day!
Literary light switch covers are a wonderfully semi-geeky and inexpensive way to bring books out from beneath their covers and decorate your living space with the words and passages you love. Not surprising I chose to make some Outlander ones first.
Now, I’m usually a bit of a fuss pot when I craft…but the imperfectness of these corners reminds me of the dog-eared pages and taped-together covers from my beloved pre-Kindle DG collection…it’s nice to have them back on view and under my fingertips again.
My inspiration came from April’s Archives. Her instructions and photos are excellent, so I won’t bother repeating them here. All you need is the excerpt of your choice, an exacto knife, some spray adhesive, spray lacquer and a little patience.
The only thing I did differently was to use photocopies of the original pages, because I didn’t want to cut up my 25th Anniversary Edition, the only of of my copies of Outlander that has the “I love you” excerpt from Lallybroch, that I wanted to use for the bedroom, on a single page. (The trade paperback splits it between 2 pages.)
The photocopy onto high-quality, watermarked paper worked so well that I also used that process for the other 2 covers, except that I had to slice those pages out of their paperbacks in order to get an undistorted copy. Then I tucked them back in with a piece of scotch tape and all was right with the world once again.
For my other 2 covers, I chose a funny description of Claire’s about 18th C food from DOA for my office, and a little post-turtle soup action from Voyager (for just outside the bedroom — you know, to set the mood).
I can think of a couple of obvious choices for the bathroom, for instance. ;)