has a new mini-book ready for you to decorate.
You can see mine here:
has a new mini-book ready for you to decorate.
You can see mine here:
There's a lot of quaking going on.
Think Artist Trading Coins, Mini Envelopes, Circus
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Did you ever have one of those duh moments?
Well, I did this past month.
If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that at the moment,
I'm into Junque Journals.
So I've been joining Junque Journal groups on Facebook
to see how these gals put their books together.
And all of a sudden . . . this happens:
Why didn't I know about this?
For years I've been creating my own covers & spines from scratch.
Now I'm digging in the recycle bin.
To make your own book:
(a) eat all the snacks in a box (this is important!)
(b) The box is glued together at one of the sides.
Find that place and carefully open the box where it's glued together.
(c) Cut off the box top and box bottom.
(d) Cut off the glued together side.
And just like that you have a book!
And Pasta Boxes are the best because there's a built in window!
I then took paper and coffee dyed the paper.
Some I scrunched up and some I left with just the coffee splatters.
I made a template for my pamphlet stitch
and punched holes in the box spine.
3 signatures = 3 horizontal holes across
What's a signature?
It's a grouping of papers. Called a signature because back in the days of handwritten books,
each set of papers that was completed was signed by whomever wrote it.
Thus a signature.
For this book, I used 5 papers,
each paper folded in half
and then stacked on top of each other to create 10 pages.
Make sure the folds match in the center!
Then each signature is put together and I used the center hole template,
punching 3 holes through each signature.
Once the holes are punched, remove the template and save for another book.
Using waxed linen thread and a heavy needle,
thread the needle but do not double and do not knot.
Start with one set of signatures.
Place the signatures into the book spine,
lining up the holes in the signature with one set of vertical holes in the spine.
(I clip mine in place with binder clips.)
Here's a video I found on You Tube that shows how to stitch a signature
(I can't do better than Lynn.)
The only exception is that I use waxed linen thread
as it's hard to break/tear and doesn't stretch
therefore, no doubling of the thread.
I left quite a few of the pages blank for journaling
and tried to decorate the pages that I crumpled.
The smooth pages will be easier to write on.
So much fun to work on these simple books.
And it can be a work in progress or a finish all at once project.
Hope you enjoyed this foray into
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Today is the start of a new month and that means another challenge on the Mini Album Makers blog.
This month I'm working with a new book from
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts
Bracket Edge Booklet.
Here are the chipboard pieces that come with the kit:
Base Page with Pockets pre-cut & pre-scored
Mini-book inserts for the pockets (2 of each piece):
Brackets for the book cover (one each):
This is super easy to put together!
First I painted around the outside edges of the base, both inside and outside.
The paint represents Layer #1.
For Layer #2, I used the bracket templates and cut decorative paper
for the inside of the booklet.
Also used a stripe decorative paper for the inside spine.
It's much easier to decorate them before folding and glueing in place.
The next step (and before adhering the pockets in place)
decorate the outside.
Using the bracket templates, I cut paper and layered onto both the front & back covers.
I wanted the spine to look like an old book
so I added a layer of chipboard in horizontal strips on the spine.
This needs to be done before adding the decorative paper to the spine.
Then the paper for the spine is cut and dampened slightly to make it easier to mold.
Add the paper to the spine with wet glue, carefully using your finger (not your nail!)
to mold over the horizontal chip.
Once the paper and adhesive are dry, ink with a dark brown ink to make it look old.
Now it's time to glue the inside pockets in place.
Here's a little walk-through of how I decorated my Bracket Edge Booklet:
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I have had these file folders for years and decided it was finally time to do something with them. And since it's November (yikes!) and time for a new challenge on Mini Album Makers Challenge blog . . . well, why not use them to create a mini-book.
All the file folders will be cut down so that the finished book will measure 7.5" wide X 9" tall and will have 4 large pockets.
You will need:
3. Cut the other four file folders. Keeping the tabs, cut 2 folders from the left side and 2 from the right as follows: Close the file folders before trimming. Cut each one 7.5" wide, again keeping the tabs intact. Save the trimmings for later.
4. Using the same 4 file folders from step 3 above, keep the file folders closed and cut them from the bottom to measure 9" tall. You will now have 2 pieces for each file folder - a front and a back with a tab.
Binding: We'll be using the standard hidden hinge binding system.
3. Remove the scor-tape from the first 1/2" seam and secure that seam to the next 1/2" seam, folding on the score line between the 2 half inches. Remove the scor-tape from the next 1/2" seam and fold that seam to the next 1/2" seam. Continue to do this until all 1/2" seams are secured to their partner.
Once this is complete, you have something that looks a bit like an accordion until you turn it over. Fold on the score lines and you will see fins popping up. Those fins are what you'll use to attach the pages.
4.Place scor-tape on both sides of each fin and miter the corners of each fin.
You'll need the original file folder that was trimmed down and scored.
5. Next place scor-tape on the bottom of this binding system and place on the inside center of the file folder, making sure to get it as even as possible between the two score lines you created earlier for the spine.
So now you have the original folder with the binding system taped to the spine.
You're ready to work on the 4 pages:
5. Remove the piece of scor-tape from the top hinge and add the top of the file to the scor-tape:
6. Carefully remove the tape from one of the binding fins and insert the bottom of one of the pockets over the binding fin. Page 1 complete! Repeat with the other 3 pages.
Add the Pages to the Binding:
Your file folder book is complete.
Decorate as desired and add inserts to the pockets for more photo opportunities.
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