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« on: September 20, 2007 11:10:24 AM »

A long time ago, a crafty friend gave me one of these, and ever since I've been making my own. I give them away as little mementos or thank yous, sometimes with writing inside and sometimes blank. I even taught my creative writing students how to make them. They're easy, simple, yet something a bit out of the ordinary.

Here are two stacks of them:

Some with velveteen paper covers:

Some with mulberry paper and fabric paper:

One, opened to the middle page:

An opened 5-page book (here's where you can see why they're called "Star Books"):

An opened 6-page book:

A close-up of the ribbon/bead closure:

Variations include:

* skipping the cover, gluing the end pages and using them as ornaments (great when made out of holiday paper/wrap, or colored vellum

* planning not to write anything in them and using patterned paper throughout

* gluing in small photos to fit the triangular sides of the pages

* some of my students have made them look like little mortarboards and have used them as graduation announcements

* make a pocket for a teeny tiny pen on the outside and they make cute "thought books" or "autograph books"

* write a list of why you love someone throughout the pages and give it to that person

Thank you for looking! Smiley

Edited to add: Due to all the interest, I made a tutorial here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197384.0.
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2007 11:15:27 AM »

I could probably whip up a tutorial, just let me know in your reply if you're interested!

Thank you for looking! Smiley

Oooh, please would you?

Those are absolutely lovely!  I really love the plaid one.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2007 11:19:40 AM »

i'd also love a tute. this is the kind of project i could wile away an afternoon on quite happily! great work, those books look wonderful and sentimental.
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2007 11:20:40 AM »

Oh, a tute would be great. It looks like a simple enough project, but still really pretty.
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2007 11:23:53 AM »

so adorable! a tut would be amazing... i love this idea!

« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2007 11:26:20 AM »

I third it! A tut would be VERY awesome!!! They are sooo cute =] This totally rocks.
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2007 11:27:18 AM »

So cute!  I would totally give it a try if you added a tut!!   Grin

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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2007 11:37:27 AM »

I would also be very interested in a tut...dumb question though, are you supposed to write on the triangle pages or open it up and write on the larger pages?  I'm having difficulty visualizing how to use them... Embarrassed

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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2007 11:42:12 AM »

Your books are beautiful.

I make these as Christmas Ornaments -- I like giving them to newlyweds or to couples with new babies, and encouraging them to write some thoughts about that "first christmas" that they can celebrate year after year.
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2007 12:15:39 PM »

These are great.  I would love to learn how to make them.

KatXena:  I really like your idea.  I have several friends who are expecting and this would be a nice gift.
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