So, I have a confession. A confession of an addiction really.... I'm addicted to craft books. I just love them. So shiny and full of happy crafty ideas. I want to buy them every time I find them places, be it in the craft store, or old used ones in a junk shop. I also love picking up those craft idea sheets you find in the aisles in Michaels, Joann's, & Hobby Lobby. My addiction covers quilting magazines too, which I try to not buy, or else I'm afraid the habit will spiral out of control, and I will soon lack all shelf space for regular books. I do break down and buy them sometimes though, and more often than that, I end up pulling pages out of magazines I find in waiting rooms.
A few years ago I started a craft binder for myself, broken up into categories of craft types like jewelry, home dec, paper crafting, etc. (with a separate binder for quilts, divided again into categories like baby, masculine, contemporary, classic), all put into shiny page protectors. When working on my gifts for pinkleo
in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap, I thought she might like one too. It's the kind of thing most of us think we SHOULD do, but never get around to, since it's for ourselves, and we're so often crafting for others. Mine, while divided into sections, isn't pretty or fancy, but I decided pinkleo's definitely needed to be adorable.
Front cover, done as a crafty crossword:
Table of contents, in which I tried to anticipate all the kinds of crafts pinkleo could easily find her way into. (And even made her a bonus crafty crossword puzzle):
Project sheets from craft stores. I found that I could usually place 2 per side of the page, in a single sheet protector (a total of 4). Most of the time I just want to thumb through and see an image to inspire me, so I decided just having the front visible was fine with me. But since most of the projects had information on the back of their sheets, I taped the project sheet only at the very top, along one side of the paper. That way, when you want to read the back of something, you just have to pull the page out of the protector, and flip the project sheet up.
Tutorials from magazines like ReadyMade, this one is for a shirt recon:
Reference Guides to various things, like Adhesives, Needles, Scissors:
I thought this would be like a one or two hour long project, but I was SO wrong. I spent about 2 months just collecting sheets every time I went somewhere. Eventually I had to give in and build the book, even though I knew I'd find more projects later. I just slid the extras into the pocket of the binder so Pinkleo could go through them at her leisure and add in the ones she liked. I hope this inspires some of you to make your own craft book too!