July 2, 2012

DIY: Book clutch

I'm obsessed with book clutches... well, I should be, right? novelstyle? not really original!. I thought about getting the Kate Spade's book clutch as a wedding day handbag... but it is kind of pricey and it was out of stock. (note: Kate Spade, I adore your stuff, but for real...everything I wanted was out of stock in both dc and ny stores, not cute!). Going back to the clutch... I decided I could make it!. I googled it...and realized I was not alone in this DIY project. I found a lot of terrible explanations and one that was really good, done by runwaydiy.com. There you can find how to do it... I will just show you the steps I changed. 
Olympia Le-Tan book clutch


First I had to pick a book. It seems easy, but it is not! It had to be a book I had read and loved. It had to be big enough to fit my essential stuff. It had to be a hard cover book with a beautiful cover. After walking around Barnes and Noble for a while, measuring books, checking their weight and if they were big enough to fit my cellphone....yes, people thought I was crazy. yes, I felt really stupid and yes, it is difficult to find a book you know you will destroy. I picked this beautiful Jane Eyre hardcover edition in black and silver...



Just cause it is faster and makes the clutch a little bit bigger, I cutted around the text. Also... I was trying to save the book, but after the first chapters... it is impossible!. I found some safe books at the Spy Museum in DC, but they only had The Lord of the Rings and an English Dictionary...  not really cute to use as a clutch, unless u r a Tolkien or Grammar fan... then I will recommend u to get them already done because...


This is the worst part. The first time I read Jane Eyre, it took me just 3 days. Well...this definitely took me more!!!. I wanted to give up, I cursed the stores for not having the clutch and even considered selling it for the same price as the Kate Spade one... but I continued working...


Yaaaayyyy!!! I finished!!! Well, almost!.. I decided to put a ribbon instead of a clasp. So I glued it in the middle of each side and used the first and last page to hide it. I let it dry... and then:


Done!!! So exciting! The work was completely worth it! Mostly cause I saved around 280dls and it looks beautiful :) 


I really like the girlish touch the bow gives to the clutch. It may be annoying to tie it every time I open it, but I think it looks cute and perfect to be my wedding handbag. 


I also added some stick on jewels. 


And it fits a lot of stuff!!

Hope you like my new book clutch!
I know I love it :)
xoxo! 

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Estoy obsesionada con las carteras que parecen libros... lo cual no es muy original, considerando que mi blog se llama novelstyle!. Pensé en comprarme un sobre en Kate Spade, pero, ademas de ser bastante caros...no tenían stock en los negocios a los que fui. Por lo que decidí hacerlo yo! Busque si había algún DIY en internet, y si! Encontré uno muy bueno en runwaydiy.com. Ahí pueden encontrar una muy buena descripción de cada paso a paso. Yo les muestro un par de fotos de mi proceso y de algunas cosas que modifique. Espero que les guste!! A mi me encanta como me quedo, fue bastante trabajo...pero valió la pena! :) Beso!

209 comments:

  1. Thank you for the lovely comment. Of course we can follow each other. Im a new follower. Do you follow me back?*

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    1. Thanks!!! Of course I will follow back :)

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  2. Wow!! That's a pretty amazing DIY and it turned out great!! The bow looks super cute with it!! Amazing!! :)
    xo Andrea

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    1. Thanks!!! It really turned out great, I was worried it would look horrible...But I love it :)

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  3. Ahhhhh I am soooooo obsessed with Olympia Le Tans geniousness too!

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    1. I knowww...they are amazing!!! Im glad I finally got my DIY version :D. Will check ur giveaway! xoxo

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  4. That, I must say, is amazing! I may just tackle this "novel" idea!! Thank you so much for the comment!

    James 4:8
    vintage-verses.blogspot.com

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    1. You should... It is really worth the hard work :) xoxo!!!

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  5. That is awesome! I may die a little on the inside if I destroyed a book, but it's a wonderful clutch!

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    1. Hahaha, I know the feeling, that is why I wanted to save the text!! :S and also picked a book I already have... :)
      Thanks for ur comment!!! :) xoxo!

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  6. wow! so awesomexx
    http://beautyplethora.blogspot.com.au
    definitely following

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  7. great d.i.y! it turned out amazing.. those real ones are just so heavy on the wallet!!
    <3

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    1. I knowwww... why are they so expensive??!! And this one turned out really good! Better than expected :)

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  8. Great DIY!!!
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  9. What amazing idea!!! :)

    Babi

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  10. what a cool accesory!!!

    kisses!!
    self-dressed.blogspot.com

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  11. wow, you made the book clutch. it surely must've been torturous to tear away the pages of the book; great work.

    love,
    http://becomingponytail.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks!!! It really was!!! Thats why I wanted to destroy a book I already had... but it was difficult to pick! Wanted to keep them all for my book shelves :)

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  12. This is SUCH an incredible DIY. Love the clutch.

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  13. Hi!

    Lovely clutch!;)
    Kisses from Spain.
    Cristina.
    http://blog-andcoffee.blogspot.com.es

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  14. excelente ile! yo tengo una cartera de china que es como un librito (L) la amo

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    1. Gracias! Quiero verlaaaa :) fotito! fotito! :)

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  15. very COOL!!!

    nishalooks.blogspot.com

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  16. what a creative idea girl:) really like it!
    and thanks for commenting on my blog <3

    lots of love!

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    1. Thanks! Glad u like it! You have a great blog :) xoxo!

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  17. Oh my I can't believe you made it! I am so going to try this! Now what book do I use?
    Love love love this DIY
    -Che

    style-che.blogspot.com

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    1. That is the second most difficult part! lol :) Cant wait to see how yours looks!!! :)
      xoxo!

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  18. actually...i don't like this type very much...but i like the DIY :D
    of course i follow you!!!!!!!!!!!
    xoxo

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  19. Hi, lovely blog :-)
    Do you want follow me? :* I promise I follow you back :-)


    http://lipsia1.blogspot.it/

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    1. Thanks!!! WIll check ur blog now :) xoxo!

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  20. yo si uso ese libro me agarra un ataque... como hiciste?!!! YO ME QUEDO CON EL CUTTER EN LA MANO LLORANDO DESCONSOLADA HAHAHHA

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    1. hahahaha.... da pena, te dan ganas de quedartelo para la biblioteca...pero estaba 12 dls!! O sea ue no es taaann de coleccion :). Y queria la cartera! Igual cuando fui a comprarlo...elegi otros, pero decidi quedarmelos para mi y no cortar este! :D Sali con 6 libros del negocio :)

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  21. Heh pretty cool one:) Congrats!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and yes, I would love o follow yours:) Following you on Bloglovin and GFC:) Hope you do the same!

    xoxo
    Daisy
    www.fashionmemos.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks!!! Im now following you back! :) xoxo!

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  22. I love this! I am studying English literature so I am definitely going to be trying this out! I have shared this on twitter and google+ and have also shared it on my blog :)
    My blog is londonfashionrogue.blogspot.co.uk if you want to check it out :)

    xxx

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    1. Thanks sweetie! That was really nice of you! Considering you study literature, it is very brave from you to destroy books! lol... But you should do it!!! Everyone will love it and its a great conversation starter :)
      xoxo!!!

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  23. Awesome DIY! It looks really cute! I would have to choose a book that I really don't like, because I don't think that I could stop myself from cringing if I did that to one of my favorites!

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    1. Thanks!!! hahaha, yeah, but if you carry a book you do not like, everyone will think you love it!!

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  24. so pretty *-*
    xoxo ;*

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  25. Una idea genial. Lo tengo que intentar.

    Un saludo so chic.

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    1. Gracias!!! :D SI, intentalo... vale la pena :)
      xoxo!

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  26. Such a cool idea! I love it. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    xo Jo

    http://whiterosesandcoffee.blogspot.ca/

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  27. I just found your blog and I think it is amazing.I will come again for sure If you want we could follow each other? If you want just follow me and send me your link on lavieenrose.blog8@gmail.com and I will follow you immediately
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    1. Thanks!!! Really appreciate it! :) I will totally follow you!
      xoxo

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  28. I love this idea! I am your newest follower! I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow my preppy blog. I always comment for every comment left on my page and hope to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog!

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    1. Thanks!!!! Of course! I would love to follow a preppy blog :)
      xoxo

      novelstyle.blogspot.com

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  29. This is such a great idea and interesting clutch! Great post girl! xx Pip

    http://easyoutfitsbypip.blogspot.com

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  30. this is a really cool and unique idea. i really love it. it would be really fun to do this diy. i also love how personal it is as well because i would use my favorite book so people sort of learn something new about me when i carry it around.

    xx rae
    http://www.loveforschoolgirl.net/

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    1. You are totally right!!! :) I love it a looott :) And picking the book involves a lot of thinking, which is better than at the stores, where they offer the ones they liked. Thanks for ur comment!!! xoxo!

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  31. I love the book clutch! I think you did an amazing job on this one! Great DIY!

    Rebecca

    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  32. Wow that is such a neat idea for a clutch!

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  33. Cute idea!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Of course we can follow each other!
    I'm following you now on gfc and bloglovin.
    Kisses

    http://insofiashoes.blogspot.pt

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  34. loving this clutch!


    xx

    www.aroundlucia.com
    www.aroundlucia.com

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  35. I am obsessed! I cant wait to make my own!! I like the comment about using your favorite book so it says something about who you are. Such personal style!
    BJ xx

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    1. Thanks! I think it can be a really personal item :) Im so glad u like it, and cant wait to see how urs turns out, and which book u pick! :)

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  36. perfect!
    visit and follow my blog if you love to, i'll follow you back dear:)

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    1. Thanks! :) Will check ur blog now :D xoxo

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  37. oh wow, this is so awesome!! Thanks for stopping by and for following, I am your newest follower

    xx
    meinmode.blogspot.de

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  38. I love the clutch. It's a great idea! :)

    Oh, thank you!! I really like your blog. I'll follow you

    xoxo

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  39. Great job!!!
    xoxo
    Stacy

    http://tastyrumors.blogspot.com/

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  40. Nice DIY :)
    Love book clutchs, yours look really cute :)

    xoxo
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  41. Que original, te quedo perfecto. Besos

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  42. Thx for that comment, followed you on bloglovin :)

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  43. Super cool!

    http://thefashioninbox.blogspot.com

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  44. Your book-clutch is much much prettier!

    Follow you at Bloglovin'

    kiss
    from
    Greece

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  45. Ow wauw, that's so cool! Love the bookcover, it's perfect for a DIY clutch!
    Thank you for the comment. We think your blog is really awesome, so of course we're following!

    Xo Men Trend

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    1. Thanks!!! :D Makes me really happy that u like my blog! xoxo!

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  46. The book clutch is a really neat idea! Love it!

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  47. Wow such a great idea! :) Anyway, sure we could follow each other. Followed you via Bloglvin (number 83). Hope you could follow mine as well. :)

    Mish
    http://starmishie.blogspot.com

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    1. Of course I will follow yours! Thanks for following dear! :)

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  48. This is amazing :) thanks for the tip! Will try this out <3

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  49. Que hermosa idea!!! nunca se me hubiera ocurrido!
    besotes!

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  50. Pero que idea tan genial, a mi me encantan los DIY!
    me ha gustado tu blog, te sigo desde ya y te invito a pasar por el mío y si te gusta puedes seguirme.
    besos
    Duapara


    http://duapara-duapara.blogspot.com.es

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  51. I am not a big fan of these type of clutches but I must say you did a great job :)
    Thanks for your sweet comment! Actually I dont have any particular hair treatment! I mean I wash my hair with Pantene..very basic :) I am not the type of girl to go to the hairdresser very often either I prefer to do it myself on a day to day basis!

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    1. Well u have a great hair! Will have to check out Pantene :) xoxo!

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  52. yes! i wanna follow you, following via bloglovin now, follow back :*

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  53. Yes, We could follow each other ! ;)
    I did it already, your turn !
    xoxo

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  54. Hi dear! Nice post :)
    I hope you like and follow my blog, I'm waiting for your comments!

    http://www.acupofashion.com/

    PS: Follow me on Instragram >> @LarissaGuerrini

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  55. Well done! You chose a really nice cover, so pretty.

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    1. Thanks! :) It was hard picking one!!! :D

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  56. te quedo hermoso ileee !!! <3
    TE FELICITOO ! jijiji
    cuando quieras me podes hacer uno !! :P

    .Jesi

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    1. Graciasss!!! hahaha, tal vez te indico como mientras lo haces :P
      haha
      xoxo

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  57. This is such an adorable idea!! i love it!

    xoxo
    lesleykim.blogspot.com
    LesleyKim

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  58. Of course we can follow each other :)

    following you now

    thoughtsof93.blogspot.com

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  59. That looks so much fun!

    I'm now following you so you can follow me back if you want like you suggested. :) Wonderful blog!
    http://www.heijastuspinta.fi/

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    1. Thanks!!! really glad u like it :) Of course I will follow back!
      xoxo

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  60. You did a great job! It looks fantastic!

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  61. thanks for your comment!

    OMG! it looks real cute! i should really try this out! :D

    anyway, followed! :)

    allthelusciousthings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks!!! I really hope u try it out :D I wanna see which book u pic and how it looks :) xoxo

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  62. This is perfect, definitely something for me! I want!

    XO, Imke

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  63. This is amazing! Will br trying this!! xx

    {Satin&Souffles}

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  64. What a neat idea!
    And thanks for the sweet comment on my blog.
    Following you now and I hope you'll return the favor (:

    xx Amber
    http://amberleetea.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad u like it!! i will totally follow u! xoxo

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  65. What a chic idea! I haven't seen a clutch like this! Great job! It's super cute!!!
    xoxo
    Ashley from isoldmycookiecutter.com

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  66. this idea is BRILLIANT! not only can you update your look by an original way but also you can tell people who you are on a more sophisticated level!
    thanks for dropping by at my blog, im following you so i can keep reading you, i invite you to do the same with me! generally my posts are bilingual ;)

    lots of love!

    Mic.-
    www.mytrendyjournal.com

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    1. hahaha, like I dont need to carry a handbag with a silly cellphone and a lipstick... all I need is a book! :) hahaha
      Of course I will follow u! U r really funny :)
      xoxo

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  67. para, y por qué te escribí en inglés? JAJAJAJA sos de Baires!!! vecina :) desp contame como es eso de que te vas a Austria! twitter @mytrendyjournal :)

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    1. hhahahaha Ahora sos mas graciosa todabia! :D Ya te agrego...me lo acabo de hacer! :)

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  68. Hola Ileana! Gran idea, me encanto!!!
    Saludos :)
    Noe

    http://theuniversalfashion.blogspot.com.ar/

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  69. My english is not good but i love your blog and i follow you !
    Des bisous ! Sarah.

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  70. thank you so much :)

    aw, so original! nice idea! :)
    bisous xxx

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  71. hey,thanks for stopping by my blog,i really appreciate it,YES i will love us to follow each other,if you are following let me know and i will do same,lovely blog you have,xoxo

    http://sazistopsecret.blogspot.com/

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  72. Amazing post. Your blog is great. I totally love it!!!New follower on Bloglovin!!!
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanksss!!! Im really glad u like my blog!:D

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  73. Thank you for your comment on my blog!)
    I am follow you with GFC and with Bloglovin, follow me too?

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  74. I don't know if I could have destroyed the book, it looks so beautiful, you were strong!
    Good job on the DIY the end result looks lovely and I really love the feminine touch of the ribbon. You will have a very original wedding handbag :)
    I would love to follow each other, I'm following you on GFC now :)

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    1. hahahaha.... yeah, but I boought six books that I couldnt destroy, before getting this one! :D So glad u like the ribbon...was worried about it :) Im now following u too! xoxo

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  75. What a great idea! :) Love your blog! x

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  76. I think it's a very interesting clutch. Great idea :)

    http://anna-and-klaudia.blogspot.com/

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  77. Hey girl! Love your blog - Thanks for the comment on mine, sorry I'm only just getting back to you!! I'm following you, really really love your blog! :)

    WhatRebeccaSaidxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks!!! So happy u like my blog! I will definitely follow u! xoxo

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  78. wow that's cool :D
    xx
    http://maybe-not2day.blogspot.com

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  79. What a great idea! It looks beautiful

    -dai

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  80. followed back darling, you're the sweetest!

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    1. Thanks!!! Hope to learn some photoshop from ur blog :D

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  81. La verdad que son muy originales!! Te ha quedado muy chulo
    Muchas gracias por visitar mi blog y me parece una buena idea seguirnos, yo ya te sigo ;)

    Besos
    http://jourlejour-marie.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Gracias!!! :) Me alegra que te guste como me quedo la cartera! :D

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  82. Ofcourse we can follow :) Following you now via Bloglovin :) x

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  83. Woow that is so awesome! I have never actually seen this anywhere! But I think it is different and pretty original.

    New Post at: http://blonde-frosting.blogspot.com/

    xoxo

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  84. LOve those clutches I have a similar one from Zara :)

    http://jackiegloves.blogspot.com

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    1. Did not know Zara had them!!! Well, now I have it, so I cannot buy it!!! lol

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  85. Holy crap, that is such a darling idea! Ooooo, I'd love to make a Frankenstein one. Your blog is wonderful. Yes, I'd love to follow each other! I'm following you now. (:

    May the force be with you.
    Emily

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    1. haha, ur comment is great! :D A Frankestein one would be really cool!! May the force be with you! Im following back !

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  86. love your book clutch it'll go perfectly with your wedding shoes!!! looove it !!
    Love, Pat

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    1. Thanks!!! :) I wanted to glue some little pearls, but couldn't find at the store...

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  87. really love it :)
    such a great idea ;)


    xcocolienx.blogspot.com

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  88. Hi, thank you for your lovely comment! I'm following you on Bloglovin, would love it if you followed back :) xoxo

    www.fashionmavenmommy.com

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  89. OMG I love these book clutches! I think they are just adorable!!! And your DIY is amazing!!! :)
    :)
    Allison

    P.S. I'm having an INTERNATIONAL $75 Shopbop giveaway on my blog, so don't forget to enter! :)
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  90. Wow! Looks pretty good! Great job!
    Thank you nice comment!
    I'm following you on bloglovin and facebook!

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  91. Really cool idea!

    Your blog is very nice, I like it. I'm following, follow me back if you like!

    http://gomadandbuyeverything.blogspot.pt/

    Kisses*

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  92. this is an amazing idea i need to go to a thrift store find a cute book and make one thanks for sharing dear
    x
    cammi
    http://cammilicious.com/

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    1. Thanks!!! Hope u find a really cute one :D

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  93. Oh that is so adorable...I've seen quite a few book clutches and wanted to make one myself..but I didn't want to cut up any of my books!! Then I realised that there are these things called book stores/charity shops/the internet, that sells books too...therefore I don't have to chop up my book collection... took me long enough to realise that!

    http://segenswunsche.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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    1. haha, but that is a great idea! I would have never broken any of my books..had to pick a new one :)
      xoxo!

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  94. Hey! Oh I love Olympia le-Tan..that's a great idea! btw..thanks for stopping by..I'm following back now =)

    Xx Elisa

    http://degenerationmode.blogspot.it/

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  95. wow, what a cool idea, bur poor jane eyre-I love the book!
    thx for visiting:)
    xx chris

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