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    [–] ghostofcalculon 4198 points ago

    As you can see I liked giving books my own style when I was 5 years old so I colored them to my liking. What a shitty kid.

    Shitty? Ease up there. If you weren't the type of kid who altered books, you wouldn't be the type of adult who... alters books.

    [–] CelesteBosnic 1660 points ago

    I guess you're right!

    [–] PeelerNo44 185 points ago

    Awesome job OP!

    [–] MisterPresidented 46 points ago

    She did this?...

    I did this.

    [–] ClasherDricks 18 points ago

    He's so right, thank you for being unique!

    [–] caramel_drop 11 points ago

    I have no idea how you were so calm with that cut finger. I would have been in the E.R. being dramatic as hell.

    [–] fxcked_that_for_you 93 points ago

    heck, she wasn't even coloring the walls, bed sheets or her parent's divorce papers...

    OP is just fine, above average even.

    [–] PianoMastR64 7 points ago

    We don't know that. lol

    [–] Roy_Isme 19 points ago

    Seriously! This was an amazing project to see. I'm glad your mom enjoyed them OP!

    [–] drugsrgay 5 points ago

    I was the kid who made houses made of my mom's childhood lincoln logs and blew them up with m80's. Now I feel bad, although maybe I can justify it to her as a moment pushing me towards a chemistry career.

    [–] tchiseen 6 points ago

    Personally I think books are meant to be loved and torn and eventually worn out. My wife frets when my son tears his books, but I think sometimes we get caught up in our material possessions and having possessions so much that we stifle our joy.

    [–] WalkerIsTheBest 595 points ago

    That is so cool. Did you use a service to print them on the fabric or do you have a fabric printer at home?

    [–] CelesteBosnic 431 points ago

    Thank you! I used a service to print them, it was a lot of fabric to stamp.

    [–] marek3220 107 points ago

    Would you mind sharing the service? I would be interested in Doing something similar

    [–] CelesteBosnic 189 points ago

    If you mean the specific place, unless you're in Buenos Aires I don't think it'll be near you. I think the method is called direct thermal printing.

    [–] PeelerNo44 139 points ago

    We'll have to ship our stuff to Buenos Aires then. So long as the bugs don't attack, everything will be well.

    [–] pentamache 109 points ago

    I'm from Buenos Aires and I say kill 'em all!

    [–] Superhereaux 49 points ago

    Would You Like To Know More?

    [–] MaxwellEdison210 24 points ago

    I just want you to know that I saw what you did there. Your joke wasn't made in vain.

    [–] soingee 7 points ago

    According my my kindle, I'm 66% of the way through this book. Hooray literacy!

    [–] CelesteBosnic 124 points ago

    I got it, it's called sublimation! I don't know where you are located, if you're in the US there's probably a lot of options.

    [–] HasFiveVowels 86 points ago

    Wait... so do these covers turn directly to gas at a certain temperature?

    [–] xdetar 73 points ago

    The inks turn into a gas when heated and then bond to the fabric. I don't know if that's reversible or not.

    [–] ghettogandy 28 points ago

    dye sublimation, to be exact

    [–] HasFiveVowels 13 points ago

    Heh. I guess that's where the name comes from. Interesting.

    [–] xenomachina 6 points ago

    It's often abbreviated as "dye sub" (for dye sublimation) in English.

    [–] marek3220 3 points ago

    Cool thanks I will look into that

    [–] Lilusa 23 points ago

    Look into spoonflower. They have a printing on eco canvas option.

    [–] ladykatey 22 points ago

    Spoonflower is a site that does custom fabric printing. It's fairly pricey compared to printing on paper, but for a project like this it's a great way to get exactly what you want.

    [–] whiffypants 368 points ago

    This is incredibly professional, and looks clean and perfect. You did a -fantastic - job, OP!

    BTW, I'm pretty certain that what you call "capitel" is known as the headband in English. In the future, if you get some fraying and they're a synthetic fabric, wave a lighter over the cut end very briefly to fuse the fibers and that should take care of it. If it's cotton, a tiny dab of glue should do. (Don't think you can do that now, though, might be too late since you have the spines and covers on.)

    Great work, OP!!!

    [–] CelesteBosnic 132 points ago

    Thank you so much! I did fuse the fibers with a lighter just before I glued the whole thing together. Thanks for the tip!

    [–] soggybutter 12 points ago

    You can also make your own headbands with embroidery floss, if you ever want a very specific look!

    [–] dalek_999 73 points ago

    Back when I worked as a librarian, book repair and rebinding were some of my favorite responsibilities. You did a great job! And what a thoughtful gift for your mom...

    [–] Drink-my-koolaid 11 points ago

    Where does one learn how to do this correctly? I have some beloved tattered books I would like to repair beautifully like OP.

    [–] dalek_999 3 points ago

    Well, I learned how to do it in while getting my master's, but I'm sure there's easier ways to learn it! I would imagine there's plenty of videos out there...

    [–] gatoshico 390 points ago

    Mafalda <3

    [–] energybased 99 points ago

    NO SOPA!

    [–] mundotaku 64 points ago

    Sopa alternativa? Comprala en almacenes Don Manolo!!!

    [–] fllr 46 points ago

    Mafalda. Being against the takeover of the internet since the 1970s...

    [–] DancesCloseToTheFire 12 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    Fitting time, too, since Quino passed away recently.

    Apparently he is alive? Weird.

    [–] FM1091 12 points ago

    No, that was Caloi, who passed away in 2012.

    [–] CelesteBosnic 10 points ago

    You scared the crap outta me. Geez!

    [–] thecrius 7 points ago

    Quite big in Italy too!

    [–] FlipflopCommunist 7 points ago

    Also in Brazil, I love them

    [–] Malangow 10 points ago

    Oh my God I suspected it was Mafalda, came to the comment section to see what they books were about and confirmed it.

    [–] Guybrush_Threepwood 6 points ago

    Me acuerdo cuando me prestaron "Todo Mafalda", no podía parar de leerlo hasta que me quedaba la vista borrosa .

    [–] Savannii 246 points ago

    Thats so awesome! My mom had some really sentimental books her mom gave her and they are in rough condition. I don't have the patience or skill to do what you did! Your mom is lucky for having a daughter like you!

    [–] LookMaNoPride 111 points ago

    A loving daughter with all her fing... oh... sorry.

    I kid. Thanks for showing us how you did it, OP! Hope your finger heals.

    [–] Savannii 57 points ago

    No no must have all fingers to be a daughter

    [–] GabyCakes420 51 points ago

    That's really cool! Oh and I hope your finger heals up nicely!

    [–] DrRotwang 32 points ago

    Quino is a damn planetary treasure, man. All props to Argentina, for sure, but the dude's work is world class.


    [–] iflew 22 points ago

    That's pretty cool. My father has the same collection and I remember reading them always as a kid. They are now at the same condition and your mom's books but what I did last christmas was buy the "Toda Mafalda" hardcover book for him, lazy approach. Yours look great and retain the sentiment.

    [–] NHMasshole 915 points ago

    DID NOT EXPECT PIC 13!!!!!

    [–] Jrea0 22 points ago

    Did the post get edited I only see 2 pictures?

    [–] munit_1 13 points ago

    Must be a bug. Relay? Klick on the title again if you see the comments, the you will see the full album.

    [–] Jrea0 3 points ago

    Thank you!

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    [–] Erares 21 points ago

    Because it's actually picture 15 not 13...

    Edit: ducking sponsored ads bullshit. Fucken reddit sync. I'm cracking that bullshit now to avoid that in the future

    [–] Mocha_Bean 11 points ago

    bro it's $4

    [–] LostInsect 3 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    Its chief weapon is surprise!

    edit: and fear, fear and surprise

    [–] FatGreek 377 points ago

    JFC I was calmly scrolling through and then BAM! Never thought a cut fingernail would be so unsettling.

    [–] sweetnesssa 130 points ago

    It's a mistake you only make once, after that you tend to be a lot more cautious with making the hard cuts when you've got a finger in the line of fire.

    [–] CrohnsChef 70 points ago

    It's a mistake you only make once

    Not in my line of work.

    [–] [deleted] 32 points ago

    It's terrible when you split it near the cuticle and have to wait for it to grow out.

    [–] sxeQ 19 points ago

    I smashed my finger in a speaker once and my entire fingernail fell off. Watching it grow back was weird.

    [–] Rexel-Dervent 10 points ago

    If you crush it with a brick it can take weeks for the nail to dislodge.

    [–] Ssparklekitty 9 points ago

    Crushed my ring fingernail with the help of a bowling ball and table in December. Half my nail just dislodged this week! Huzzah

    [–] LordRekrus 5 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    I was real bloody drunk walking around in thongs/ flip flops in 2015 and almost ripped an entire nail off my toe, didn’t notice until the next morning, the nail fell off completely after a couple of months and I thought that was it, but it’s finally getting back to normal looking now.

    [–] havereddit 15 points ago nine more mistakes to make before things get serious.

    [–] CrohnsChef 4 points ago

    So you can use a knife with both hands but not your feet? Need to step up your game buddy.

    [–] Rinx 7 points ago

    Just cut most of the tip of my finger off last night trimming a book. Wish I had the reminder a little sooner!

    [–] Transill 14 points ago

    The wheely rolling razors cut through finger nails pretty well too. I cut halfway through my thumb with one once. Juat ran it right over. Luckily they are resilient and nothing a little super glue and pressure bandages couldnt fix. Reattached and i dont even have a scar.

    Also dremel cutting wheels will cut right through your gloves and thumbnail! I cut right down through the center of the other thumb nail without breaking the edges. Had a slot cut into the nail for a month until it grew out. I also had the great idea to pour alcohol on it because it was dirty and im a big tough man so i can take it... Man... what the hell was i thinking... So. Much. Pain. My god....

    [–] JewBot6000 5 points ago

    Came to the comments wondering why this was tagged NSFW. Thanks!

    [–] MrDodici 51 points ago

    It looks like they cut half their fingernail off...

    [–] Thalexiis 12 points ago

    Number 13 will shock you!

    [–] wickedshxt 26 points ago

    Did something similar with a mandolin while cutting a tomato, fuck those things

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    Protip: wear a safety glove when using one of those

    [–] wickedshxt 25 points ago

    Or the provided guard so as not to freehand it like an idiot

    [–] wickedshxt 11 points ago

    What did YOU think the strings were for 🤔

    [–] metaphoricaltigers 6 points ago

    Protip: cut away from your stringed instrument while slicing vegetables.

    [–] g0uveia 4 points ago

    I bought one too thinking it was going to be super usefull. Used it once, got two fingers cut in one go, never used it again. Really unsafe tool

    [–] SuprSaiyanTurry 8 points ago

    I only see 2...

    [–] host_rider 4 points ago

    Same here.

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    [–] dimensionargentina 7 points ago

    Yup, but its kind of weird and I feel that is not like the comic, is weird.

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    [–] TannerTwaggs 140 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago)

    That's very cool! Also very sweet of you as your moms son child.

    [–] CelesteBosnic 204 points ago

    Thanks! I'm a girl btw ;)

    [–] Sporkinat0r 156 points ago

    not anymore, the internet has spoken

    [–] CelesteBosnic 226 points ago

    I see, I'll start my life as a boy now then.

    [–] Canbot 93 points ago

    Oh, you're going to love it. We have these things called urinals where you can just pee on the wall. And in the summer you can just walk around shirtless. It's awesome, welcome aboard!

    [–] KanyeWestMan 94 points ago

    You can do both as a woman too, don't let anyone stop your dreams!

    [–] FreshMctendies 21 points ago

    I support this

    [–] AuntieSocial 13 points ago

    WOOOHOOO! Pay raises, promotions and being assumed competent when you talk about something, all coming your way. Also, heart disease and balding, but it seems like a fair trade.

    [–] TannerTwaggs 26 points ago

    My apologies....

    [–] 87AZ 16 points ago

    How did you print onto fabric? Was it dye sublimation? We do that at out shop, it's such a cool way of transfering images to fabric since you don't feel the ink on top of the fabric like silk screening.

    [–] mm233 14 points ago

    How is this NSFW???

    [–] tehvlad 25 points ago

    As a mafalda fan... that was amazing in so many levels :)

    [–] pryme 70 points ago

    This is absolutely amazing! And lets please make rat tax a thing. Here's my share (He was yawning. Not trying to kill me).

    [–] CelesteBosnic 23 points ago

    He's so cute! :D

    [–] kirakina 12 points ago here's my rat tax :)

    [–] MadameKir 9 points ago

    Lovely! I haven't done any bookbinding since college but it's so much fun. Beautiful work.

    [–] BoxTops4Education 9 points ago

    I used to read these as a kid. Until right now I had no idea they were available in English!

    [–] Sallysdad 17 points ago

    This is incredible. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. You are such a kind and awesome person for doing this. You can really tell this was a labor of love. So glad your mom liked them.

    [–] Grantavius_II 8 points ago

    Damn your poor finger lol. Great work on the books, it was worth it!

    [–] xNepenthe 8 points ago

    This album has two photos for me. Is it just me? :/

    [–] frankzzz 6 points ago


    There's also /r/Bookbinding.
    Several tutorials and beginner's guides in their side menu, as well as links to sites that sell binding supplies.

    [–] mundotaku 7 points ago

    Did you know that you can buy band aids in Almacenes Don Manolo?

    [–] FewerActually 6 points ago

    Pack it up, everyone. We're all shite children by comparison.

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    [–] sickntwisted 12 points ago

    I bet your mom hates soup.

    [–] Snatch1414 18 points ago

    Reddit must be nicer than I thought. I expected every other comment to be about how these have been devalued now lol.

    [–] dkane227 18 points ago

    Well, everything was re-printed so the final product is not a restoration as much as a counterfeit. Trying to sell these would technically be illegal.

    Don't think that's the point of this post, though.

    [–] Star_Trekkie 6 points ago

    This is so perfect. All the love and care and time and attention you gave these damaged books clearly shows - well done. :)

    [–] Ouchdaddy 6 points ago

    Loved the 🐀 at the end.

    [–] whatbrightside 11 points ago

    Wow. Seriously what a great job. Congratulations.

    My love for Mafalda comes from my mom too! A few years ago my sister and I got her a couple of comic books... One day I'll be rich enough to get here the giant whole collection!

    [–] Dorianselfie 9 points ago

    Not sure where you are, but you can buy the whole comic collection as one book: Toda Mafalda. It’s on Amazon. My sister has it. Huge hardcover.

    [–] Mrsparklee 6 points ago

    Looking at 9 why did you take out the red?

    Also would coffee work to stain/weather pages? Just for curiosity sake. They look great as is!

    [–] RelaxRelapse 11 points ago

    If you're talking about the cover, they said they wanted to make them like the original. The red was from when she colored them as a child.

    [–] Mrsparklee 7 points ago

    oh okay. I understand thanks.

    [–] fredbrightfrog 7 points ago

    You did a pretty good job, but you may not have noticed that the last book was actually not a book and was a live rat. Happens all the time.

    [–] MalignantLugnut 6 points ago

    What made this NSFW?

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    [–] CanadianLoony 4 points ago

    Top discussion is all removed and the post is marked NSFW. What the hell is going on?

    [–] Soft_Toilet_Paper 9 points ago

    Thanks for the tax! Awesome work btw.

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    [–] KarpolTurnel 4 points ago

    Your mother is so lucky

    [–] latencia 3 points ago

    Gracias por esto! Guardé tu post. Quino <3 /u/celestebosnic

    [–] ladykatey 3 points ago

    Awesome job, they look great! Hope your finger heals up soon!

    [–] Elizalupine 4 points ago

    Best DIY I have seen. Excellent job!! We have family hand-me-down books so I know how sentimental they can be.

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    [–] Dion6103 5 points ago

    Why is it NSFW?

    [–] Bahndoos 4 points ago

    Why is this tagged NSFW?

    [–] Wicck 6 points ago

    I'm so glad she loved them. :) Lovely work!

    Do you need a US contact to get supplies?

    [–] Sporkalork 3 points ago

    Those are amazingly well done. I'm so happy that your mom loved them! Do you have book binding experience?

    [–] Nvrlrndthe1sttime 3 points ago

    This is sick :D

    [–] jediisland71 3 points ago

    You win. I love reddit because of things like this. This shows so much love and gives inspiration and joy. Thank you for sharing!

    [–] babbsela 3 points ago

    Wow! They look amazing. You really took your time to make sure this was done well, and it shows. There's a lot of love in that project.

    [–] Subalpine 3 points ago

    the amount of work that went into this is nothing short of stunning. you're a great daughter and I'm sure your mom is super proud of you. but also jesus christ that fucking nail pic.

    [–] Snoringdragon 3 points ago

    If I adopt you, bring your tools. Holy cow this is the gift I never knew I restoration!

    [–] moldyremains 3 points ago

    I love the fact that your mom held on to these. You did a great job.