I’ve always been a fan of Kate Spade’s fun, cheerful color combinations and her sort of “hip debutante” style.  Apparently, Ms. Spade also shares my love for graphically interesting and/or vintage book and magazine covers. She’s offering some cool, free downloads on her website (click on “downloads”) that can be used as desktop wallpaper AND, I love this, a tutorial for how to turn the print-outs into book covers. Now you can cover your trashiest checkout-line paperbacks or young adult novels with images of much hipper works and get away with reading them in public without being snickered at by strangers…

image via Kate Spade

image via Kate Spade

Remember back in grade school, usually around Mother’s or Father’s Day, when Miss Applebaum would make you sit perfectly still in a chair, point a bright light at your face, and trace the outline of your profile on a piece of paper as it was projected on the wall behind you? Anyone? No?…Eh, well, maybe it was just me and the Victorians.

Anyhoo, ReadyMade has a clever new spin on the old design. Instead of blasting a light at some unsuspecting person’s (or animal’s, or inanimate object’s) face, all you need is a photograph with a “well-defined” subject, an exact-o knife or extra snazzy pair of scissors, some colored paper and a frame, et voila! Of course you don’t *have* to give your creations to Mom or Dad. You can just feel fancy hanging ’em around your very own, very grown-up apartment.

courtesy of ReadyMade

courtesy of ReadyMade