Is it wrong to cut up old books?


Ageing paper and maps have such a beautiful look and feel, it is just sooo tempting to repurpose them into something to display for everyone to see. 

When creating vintage paper bunting I have no qualms about chopping up a ragged old copy of the Road Atlas of Great Britain.  But when I next move onto a 'real' book, I hesitate.  No matter how dog-eared and damaged, I still feel a pang of guilt.  It's battered, damaged and dusty, and will just lie unwanted and unread somewhere.  But as I begin to cut, something still shouts 'What the Hell are you doing?!'

But then I think about how it will just be thrown in a box somewhere, or worse still, destroyed.  Common sense usually wins, and after furtively looking over my shoulder

...  I'll create it into something lovely.

What do you think?  Should we or shouldn't we ?

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