Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hello, Diana here with this month’s Tutorial. Today I’ll show you how to make cute notebooks.
Some scrapbook lines have made pretty fabric paper, I really like the 3 designs from the Donna Downey canvas collection and thought of using them as covers for my notebooks.
The materials you’ll need: computer paper, a couple of cardstock pages, thin cardboard and fabric for the cover, assorted ribbon, twine and embellishments of your preference to decorate the cover.
This is a 6”x4” notebook, to make the section books start by cutting the computer paper in an 8”X6” size, arrange the sheets one inside the next and fold in half.
Trim the fore-edge with a scalpel and a ruler. You’ll need to make several cuts to trim through the whole book.
On both cardstock pieces Score a 4” line from left to center and a 4” line from right to center, there should now be a thin spine on the cardstock. Mark four stitch holes along the inside fold for each section book, pierce the holes.
These are the parts you should have to stitch together.
Start stitching one section book to the endpaper and cover sheet, continue with the second section book. You now have your book block.
To make your cover cut three pieces of cardboard, two will be for your front and end cover and one for the spine. Measure your book block and make the cardboard pieces slightly bigger.
Cut the fabric a few inches bigger as shown on the image. Glue the cardboard pieces to the fabric; I like to use Fabri-Tac glue. Diagonally cut off each corner of the fabric within 3/16in of the corner of the cardboard. Fold and glue the short edges of the fabric. Tuck in and glue the fabric around each corner. Fold and glue the long edges of the fabric.
The final step is to glue the complete endpaper to the inside of your cover, but before you complete this step read my next note.
Note: before you glue the endpaper you can add some ribbon and twine to the front cover, I also added a piece of lace to the spine.
Another idea is to add a piece of ribbon between each the endpaper and the front and back cover to provide a way to close your notebook with a knot or a bow.
Or decorate with brads and embellishments.
If you are still short a few stocking stuffers, avoid the crowded malls and shop your supplies, these are easy to make and are nice gifts.
Till next time!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I wanted to try it myself; I used White paper wrapping, paper doilies, assorted colors of curling ribbon, hemp twine, Bazzill Basics die cut shapes and Chipboard pieces.
Doilies are so pretty and a great decoration for any project.
You might be thinking why take the time to decorate if they are going to rip it open in seconds and toss everything in the trash.
Well, that is why I used curling ribbon, it is not expensive and adds nice color to the gift wrapping.
Paper Doilies are also sold at a very low price, and you can use those extra Christmas embellishments you've been saving from past years.
For that hostess gift that does not need to be wrapped a nice handmade bow and a thank you note will look great.
You can make it out of ribbon or paper, here is a tutorial: Holiday Gift Bows
Gift wrapping is my least favorite thing to do, but adding a little creativity to the task made it easier and fun.
Hope you all have a great day!
Friday, December 9, 2011
My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas range; really loved the vintage look of this paper and red and gold are two of my favourites.
I hope you're having fun with your Christmas albums, whatever you've chosen; would love to hear about any awesome supplies you've discovered!
Happy December :)
Monday, December 5, 2011
Posted by The Scrappy Tree at 8:43 AM