Here is my project of the day. I'd been playing with this idea in my head for a bit, and took photos along the way for you chicas (and/or vatos) to make your own.
It's a 6 1/2" by 5" book, perfect for ATCs. Each page has a pocket across the bottom, and will hold 2 cards, side by side.(I apologize in advance for image quality, my camera is an idiot. Poor pics are better than NO pics, right?)
Here's the finished book, standing up:
And, here is how to make it!Supplies:
-thick 12x12 paper (I used cardstock 'pages' from a cheapo scrapbook album) (each sheet will make 2 pages, each page will hold 4 cards, this book has 10 pages...so you would need 5 sheets if ya wanna be like me)
-Heavy-duty glue stick, or white craft glue, or strong double-stick tape
-Cardboard, matboard or another stiff object for your covers
-Paper cutter (or rotary cutter)
-Brayer popsicle stick, ruler, spatula, something to press and smooth your seams
-Ribbon, yarn, hemp, jute, metal rings, zip-ties...something to secure the binding
Got your stuff?
Okay, let's roll!1:Cut all your paper
in 1/2, lengthwise.
TECHNICALLY, this should be exactly 6", but we all know 12x12 is not always that size. Measure your paper, and cut it in 1/2.2:
Using your ruler, Fold the bottom inch of each page up
, like this:
This will form your 'pockets' along the bottom. Do this with each page.3: Fold the page in 1/2
, and you can see how the pocket will hold 2 cards, with the FOLD of the paper on the edge (not spine) side of the book.
Fold is on the right side. The left side is the binding/spine part.4: Decorate your pockets
& pages, if you want to.
I chose to use inkstamp pads, and machine stitching. Both of these are best done at this stage.
Each of the sheets has 2 different patterns, cause when the pages are folded, I want different patterns and deco on each page. I hope that makes sense....
The bottom right sheet has machine stitching. You have to sew on the pocket before it's folded, other wise you would be stitching your pocket closed, silly.5: Glue your pages to themselves
Just glue the folded part to the other folded part, but NOT the pocket, duh.
I suggest using a LIBERAL amount of gluestick with lots of pressure and rubbing to adhere the pages to themselves. Craft glue works good too, but get it even or it will be bubbly and such. I put my pages in a sleeve of wax paper and under 2 phonebooks to dry and flatten.
Then it will look like this:6: Trim your pages
so they are all the same size
Beware, on the TOP and LEFT edges only, otherwise you cut out your pockets...7:Punch holes in your side edges
Remember, it's not the folded side. Take care to make sure they are even from page to page...self-explanatory...8:
It's time to Make a cover!
I used matboard, and cut mine to 1/2" larger than my pages.
(my pages are 4.5" tall, by 6" wide, so my cover is 5" tall, by 6.5" wide)
Use a ruler and patience if doing it freehand, I used my Fiskars paper cutter...one swipe on the front & back will cut through it. (The last photo posted shows a page on top of the white matboard cover, with my cover paper behind (red).9: Punch holes in the cover
It'll be easier before you add more layers.10: Cover your Cover.
ya like that?
Get a larger piece of paper, and glue it to your cover. I used a 8.5" by 11" piece of red Mulberry paper. Glue it right in the middle, then wrap the edges over (like you are wrapping a present),
pull it nice and TIGHT, then cut the corners of the paper off to miter the edges, wrap those sides and voila! re-punch your holes again (feel around on it to get it right). Here are my covers after decorating a bit:11: Tie that book up!
I used 2 8" strips of 1/4" wide ribbons for mine.
Don't tie it too tight, or you won't be able to lay the book flat.
Front and back, with tied binding:
By using this type of tied binding, you can easily untie the ribbons to add more pages later.12: Decorate!
Add words & embellishments to the cover and pages, pimp it out!
I didn't do TOO much to my pages, mostly just 'aged' them a bit. I wanted the ATCs themselves to be the real feature!13: Treasure it for years to come.
Or, take a nap after working so hard!
(It's really not a bad project, I did the whole thing in just a few hours today!)Here are some more gratuitious shots of my book:
ATCS pictured are creations of PJMCLNJ. This is my Mom's Christmas present, all the deco is American History related, and I have 20+ cards en route to be featured in the book.
Well, I hope that was easy enough to understand! It's SUPER simple to make! I'll scan my covers and details later this week for those interested.
Feel free to ask any questions you have.