I used a small composition notebook that measures 'about' 4 1/2" X 3 1/4" and comes in a package of three. books. Here is what they looked like before I started altering them . . .
Here are the details:
- Composition notebook - Family Dollar
- Patterned papers - Prima Marketing 'Madeline' line, various patterns
- Button - Jenni Bowlin
- Stickers - SRM Press
- Seam Binding - Bluebird Lane Etsy Shop
- Brown Ink - Stampabilities
- Felt and twill tape - my stash
- Cricut Expression and Elegant Edges cartridge
- EK Success 'Arch Scallop' border punch
- Scissors, ruler, craft knife and rotary cutter
|Back of book|
- Cut strip of felt to fit binding plus about 1/4 inch wide. The extra width will allow for opening an closing of book more easily. Glue felt to black binding of book, leaving center loose (unglued) for easy opening and closing.
- Cut two pieces of patterned paper to fit back and front of book. Ink edges with brown ink and adhere to book.
- Glue twill tape into inside back cover of book. Cut two pieces of patterned paper to fit inside covers of book, ink with brown ink and adhere to inside covers. Cover the twill tape bookmark in back with patterned paper.
- If desired, make small pockets for inside of book covers.
- Cut two borders using Cricut and Elegant Edges cartridge, 'Scallop2' using border feature, set at 3/4". Trim ends off of each border, ink with brown ink and adhere to book front.
- Adhere stickers to borders on front of book.
- Glue pieces of seam binding to front and back of book, allow to dry before proceeding.
- Cut butterfly from patterned paper and glue over end of seam binding on back cover. Apply stickers.
- Make rosette, more detail found HERE.
- Glue rosette onto book front, covering end of seam binding.
- Thread seam binding through button and tie a bow. Glue to rosette.
And that is it! I hope to do a tutorial soon on how to make the pockets for the inside of books, cards, etc., so keep on the lookout for that!
I love this little book, and think it would make a special gift! Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you back soon! Blessings, Becky