This is kind of an old project, as I made it for my boyfriend for Valentine's day this past year (our first together). I wanted to make this a special occasion because 1, he's the first serious boyfriend I had through V-day, and 2, I hate buying things on V-day when I can make things. It took me a long time to decide on something but I ended up picking this after I saw a tutorial on instructables (if I find it again, I'll put it in here so everyone can find it). I messed up the envelopes and had to start all over again, and it was a hugely tedious project but I feel like I learned a LOT (and most importantly, how NOT to make an envelope book, haha). Thus follows are the
TONS of images I took documenting the whole process. I'm including them because, well, I LOVE to see how people get from point A to B. So I hope you guys enjoy!
The finished project: (sorry it's a mite blurry)
I don't know when exactly I completed these two steps, so I'll tack them onto the beginning so I don't forget to add them. I picked out this fabric from JoAnne's. (Luckily I had dragged the boyfriend there for an expedition prior and caught him admiring this fabric, so I knew he'd like it.) I prepared the fabric by using an envelope, a pencil, and a ruler to hash out the size I would need. Then I cut the fabric and ironed on a piece of lightweight interfacing.
I started off with 12 of these envelopes. My mom, from whom I have learned much of the paper crafting world, bestowed upon me her wondrous leftover scraps from a similar project. I believe she calls this gift 'tagboard' but I can't be sure. I had two pieces about this size but I ended up going through quite a few chunks of it by the time I was done
due to my inability to keep track of which pieces went where
Then I used a ruler and a pencil to mark where I was supposed to punch the holes to bind them together.
I used a hole punch to make the holes first. My mom had this giganto hole punch that I could punch through all 12 envelopes at once.
My hand hurt like heck after.
Of course, AFTER I punched through all of these envelopes, I found out I punched the holes on the right side. DO NOT DO THIS, IT WILL MESS UP YOUR BOOK.
So I tossed THOSE envelopes, got 12 more, drew another line, drew holes, then used one of Mom's scrapbooking tools (this one was some sort of mini awl she used to punch holes for 'grommits' I think) and a Pink Pearl eraser as an absorber to punch the holes through the envelope.
Then I used a long needle and thread to stitch the envelopes together.
Here's what the underside looked like;
I got to the point where I used the mini awl and only got about halfway through, so I flipped the envelopes over and tried coming up with the awl through the bottom.
The envelope booklet will now look like this;
Notice how you can actually open the envelopes now. This is the right way to do it
The idea with the envelope book was that I'd fill it with things, so I had to make sure the binding allowed the covers to fit the expanding. So, the next step is to put spacers around the stitching of the envelope booklet. I cut out two pieces of tagboard the height of the envelopes, and about half an inch wide.
Then I covered them with grey paper that matched my cover fabric.
My go-to adhesive, Mod Podge, didn't work. Sadface.
I used... 'Yes!' I believe it is called. It's a combination paper and fabric adhesive for 'heavy duty crafters' from what I learned. After I let that dry overnight, I took some large clips and hot glue and glued the spacers to the stitching of the envelope booklet.
Spacers attached and dry;
Next I used the booklet + spacers to measure how big to make the 3 binding pieces. The center binding piece was a little bit bigger than the width of the two spacers and the booklet combined. The other two were about the same size as the two spacers. However, these three pieces are the same length as the cover pieces which are about a quarter of an inch bigger than the envelopes, on each side. Anyway, here I laid the pieces on the prepared fabric and traced them onto fabric, then trimmed as necessary.
Next I used the 'Yes!' adhesive to attach the tagboard to the prepared fabric.
I let this dry overnight. Then I folded the fabric over, trimmed the corners, and used the Yes! adhesive again to secure the fabric. Because the adhesive was thick, it bled through the fabric a bit. In order to keep it flat, I used the same clips as before, but I stuck popsicle sticks between the clips and the fabric to keep the fabric from getting adhered to the clips.
After that dried, I cut a red ribbon and glued it into the spine of the cover. Then I measured and cut a long slice of grey paper and pasted it over the exposed tagboard and across the spine. I used a bone folding tool to make creases where the spine would bend. (Sorry, I didn't take a picture of this step.) Next I took hot glue and ran it down the spacers. VERY QUICKLY I pushed the spacers into the grey paper lining the cover and creased the cover so it folded into the shape. (I did some folding with it before I glued it together to make sure it would bend the way I intended it to.)
Lastly I took a black stamp pad and some oriental stamps my mom had to embellish a few pages.
Rawr! Imageshack won't let me upload any more images, it's being a pain. I give up. Haha. I'm sure you guys get the point tho, right?
Thanks for viewing!