In one of my very first posts ever I showed you the little books that I made to organize all the cards and letters we had gotten through the years.
I made them before I started blogging so I didn’t think to take any how-to pictures (not that I do a great job doing that now when I make crafts!). I promised I would show a tutorial next time I made a book – yesterday I made my card book for 2012 and so I tried to take lots of pictures to use for a tutorial.
supplies needed: cardboard for the front and back cover (I used the very thin cardboard pieces that come in packages of scrapbook paper to protect them from getting bent – also, I only needed 1 square of the cardboard), scrapbook paper (I used 2 matching pieces for the front and back, and 1 complimentary piece for the insides), another color paper for embellishments, glue of some sort, paintbrush (not pictured), paper cutter, ruler, hole punch, binder clips (those silver rings), and my hole punch template (the cardboard piece)
once your squares are cut, lay them on your paper (whichever one you want to show on the front and back of the book) and cut a rectangle a little wider/longer than your cardboard piece (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger on all sides)
glue the cardboard piece to the paper
Here’s where I sort of quit taking pictures…so just imagine with me
punch holes along the side – I created this template the first time I made these books; I just decided how far apart I wanted my holes and punched them into a piece of cardboard. I marked the middle of my template so then I can line it up with the middle of my cover or my card (either by eyeballing for the middle of actually measuring) and then just punch through the holes
I used the Cricut to cut out the numbers and glued them on the front. You can see the different ways I embellished my other books here
Since it’s the beginning of 2012 and I don’t have any cards yet (feel free to send me one – I love getting happies in the mail!), this little guy is empty for now
But just in case you’re not sure what to do once you’ve made your book…
I used the 1.5 inch jump rings on the 2011 book and it wasn’t quite large enough – you can see that it won’t close flat, but the 2 in ones are harder to find so this will do for now.
I hope I’ve made that clear enough, but feel free ask questions if you have any. Happy crafting!
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