This book started out as packaging inserts, that is, pieces of cardboard to protect the box contents. I knew as soon as I saw it that it was going to be the beginning of a fabulous book. Well, here is a picture of the front cover, what do you think?
Corrugated cardboard packaging for cover (9" x 5-1/4" x 1")
Cover: 6" x 9" for outside (2), 3" x 5-1/4" corrugated cardboard scrap for outer spine, 3" x 6" for inner
spine, 5-1/8" x 8-5/8" for inside (2)
3 Orange, 3 Black Paper bags (9" x 4-3/4")(Michaels)
Paper bag sizes: 4-1/2" x 7-1/2"for bag front (6), 4-1/2" x 6-1/4" for bag back (6), 4-1/2" x 2-1/2" for
bag pocket (6), 4-1/2" x 5" (pocket flaps)
Paper bag pocket tags: 6-1/4" x 4-1/2" and 7-1/2" x 4-1/2"
Small pockets formed by bottom of paper bag: #8 black tags (Ranger) or cut CS to measure 3-1/8" x 6-1/4"
Small ring binder (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Black Bats Glitter, Pumpkin Glitter, Bones Orange, Ghost Camo Glitter, Halloween Glitter Stripe, Haunted House, Orange Glitter Crackle, Pumpkin Heads, Purple Bats Glitter, Purple Glitter Crackle, Spider Web Glitter, Witch Accessories Glitter (The Robin's Nest)
Martha Stewart PATP spider web punch set
EK Success 1-3/8" square paper punch
Maya Mists: Orange Juice
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Black Magic, Fully Purple
Directions for making the book:
These scraps of cardboard came in an appliance box, or something like that. The white piece was already folded and looks very much like the beginnings of a book. And guess what, it is going to be a mini album very soon. I tore off the top paper layer on the larger piece of cardboard for that shabby chic look. Measurements are listed above, so you would, of course, change them to suit your album cover. These instructions apply to my piece of cardboard. You can, of course, make your own from chipboard cut to the same size.
You will need to cover that by adhering the cardboard spine to outside cover.
|cardboard spine adhered to outside cover|
Trim off open end of envelopes to measure 8".
Trim various printed papers using measurements given above. I laid my papers out first to decide which ones would be my covers and spine, and which ones would be placed on each of the paper bags front, back, and pocket sections. I have listed above all of the Robin's Nest papers used in the making of my book.
Adhere each piece to your paper bags. You can arrange the papers in any order you desire. You will need to punch two holes along the bottom edge of each of the bags to accommodate the ring binder.
To make a thumb hole, punch half of the 1-3/8" square punch in the top of each bag to allow for easy removal of your tags.
Glue each of the bag bottoms down to form pockets for insertion of tags. Below is pictured an orange bag with pocket on the left, a black bag covered, with flap, on the right. Each bag will have a pocket on one side and an opening with a flap on the other. I used black #8 tags for the pockets formed by folding the bag bottom up (left side of book).
To make the pocket flaps, I again chose coordinating, but contrasting, papers and cut them to size. I punched each flap using the spiderweb PATP punches, and made a score line at the 2-1/2" mark from the punched edge.
In order for the PATP punches to punch accurately, your flap has to measure 5". This, however, is just slightly too large to insert into the 4-3/4" wide paper bag. So, I trimmed off slivers from both the top and bottom, angling my cut from the edge of the punched web to the edge that will be inserted inside the bag. Adhere flaps to the bottom gusset of each bag, as shown in photo. You want to be able to insert a tag when you open the flap.
To make the tags, I cut 6 pieces of black CS to 7-1/2" 4-1/2", and 6 pieces to 6-1/2" x 4-/2". Then I adhered various print papers to each tag, trimming the print papers slightly smaller (1/4") than the tag. Two tags will be inserted into each paper bag. The shorter tags fit in the back gusset of each bag.
I hope you have enjoyed my book in progress. I will continue to post my progress throughout the month. You can follow along if you like now that you can make your own book, or simply do your own thing. You are the artist. So have fun with it.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful week.