Time to review another paper, this time I will talk about the joys of taking a book and tearing it to pieces for the use of crafts. Those who are upset by the reuse of books might want to look away now...it will be graphic.
Star: The stars are fun, but you have to make them pretty small (face it, most book pages are not very long) and using older more brittle pages is just out of the question, they just crumple! After lots of delicate manipulation of the paper you get some really lovely stars. Best suited for jars since they are so delicate, even after a good varnishing.
Minigami: I don't want to do that...ever again! Because the paper is so organic yet delicate, the smaller the sheet of paper you use, I find the more messier the finished result is. Also the smaller the sheet, the less wordage you get, which is my favorite part of using this paper.
Ah the sonobe, such a lovely design! I have made one of these so far and enjoyed it. The only real downfall is it is easily smushed. Delicate paper books are!
Availability: Books are everywhere! You can find them for free if you are willing to rummage through recycling or on places like freecycle and craigslist. If you know of a specific book you want to make into something...well, there is Amazon. There is a seemingly infinite pile of books in the world! I for one, am still hunting one written in Chinese!