I purchased an entire armload of large, dated frames at an auction for a quarter. I was not quite sure what I was going to do with them at the time, but the auctioneer looked at me and almost pleaded me to take them off his hands. These two frames were in that lot.
There are all sorts of methods out there for getting your gold leaf out of the book and onto your surface. You can use the static cling on your brush to pull the sheet off and lots of other things. I just slip it off onto my hand and gently transfer it. I feel like I have more control over it.
I cut my own mat using my new mat cutter and framed a $2.00 thrift store antique bird/botanical print. I then had a $3.98 sheet of glass cut at my local glass shop. So, this entire project cost less than $10.00.