Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Get Creative with the 'She's Creative' Quirky Kit { vintage holiday minibook }

oday I'm sharing the first part of my 'Vintage Holiday Minibook'. I've used mostly goodies from the She's Creative Quirky Kit. I'm going to begin with the minibook cover and the first page then post up a new page everyday till we're done.
Rather than buy another album I decided to make one using the packaging from the kit. This is incredibly easy to do. First decide on the size of your album pages, (if you have some page protectors already to use make your album cover large enough to accommodate them) then double it on one side, (portrait or landscape side depending on how you’d like your album orientated) and add around half an inch to accommodate your spine, you can make a deeper spine if you choose. Cut a piece of card from your pizza box to this size. In my case I decided to make a 9x7 inch size book so I cut my pizza box card to 18.5 x 7 inches. To make the spine I measured 9 inches in from each of the sides so it left a spine of half an inch then folded the sides up. For the cover I used the fabric of the tote bag from the kit. Cut the bag in half down one side then cut off the top and then wrap it around your book. Fix it in place with glue, (I used Pritt Stick) then use a sewing machine to both add decorative stitching and to help keep the cover together. I used the handle of the bag on the inside to cover over the seams and used a chunky zigzag stitch to both add a decorative look and to help keep it all together.

Because the pizza box is made from corrugated card it will squish down under the sewing machine and it does sew well – this won’t work with thicker chipboard or greyboard so don’t try it. You will need to keep the sewing machine foot lifted to get through the layers.

To add your pages to your book make two holes along the spine with a Cropodile and set two eyelets in the holes.
You can make your pages from spare pieces of card from your stash as I’ve done here or you can use a pack of page protectors. Thread two pieces of twine or string through holes in the edges of your pages.
Thread the ends of the string through the holes on your spine.
Open out your book and turn each page so the string makes a loop inside your book. Tie the ends of the thread together on the outside of your book.

The cover of the book was decorated with some lace sewn along the bottom edge, (this one is from the August card kit here) some of the Sassafras glitter stickers and 4heures37 chipboard from the kits, a lighthouse doodle drawn with Promarkers and a vintage denim rolled rose. The extra alphabet stickers are by October Afternoon.

Page 1

Cut out a background paper for your page. Spray over it with blue ink in a mini mister. Cut a piece of kraft cardstock to run from top to bottom of your page. Cut a piece of patterned paper out as a photo matt. Round the corners of both the photo and the photo matt. Fix the photo to the photo matt with some tape in the top right corner. Add some cut out pieces of paper and embellishments and position them around your photo, allow some to slide underneath and some to layer over the top. Add the journalling to the bottom half of the kraft card. Punch out some butterflies from patterned paper and glue them down the right side of the page to finish.

These page layouts you could change up to any size you like. Stop by tomorrow for the next page of the mini book. If you've already delved into your kit leave a comment bellow sharing what you've made.
xx Leo

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