As atonement for neglecting my blog last week, I've come up with another tutorial for you. I love this project for two reasons: You only need one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock for the basic book, and it goes together REALLY fast! The embellishing part is what takes the time (as usual). For the purpose of this tutorial, I just used plain white cardstock, and scored lines are indicated with a pen. When you make yours, use any color you like, and just score the lines - don't draw them. Anyway, here goes:
Cut the 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock into strips: One 2 3/4" wide, and two 2 1/2" wide, all 11" long. Cut the 2 3/4" strip to 8 1/2" long, and the 2 1/2" strips into 3 1/2" lengths. You will end up with six of these.
Score the 8 1/2" strip at 1/2", 1 1/8", 1 1/4", 5", and 5 1/8". Score each 3 1/2" strip at 3/8". Fold the long strip along all score lines and unfold.
Stack the "pages" (3 1/2" strips) with the scored ends aligned, and align the stack with the scored end of the 8 1/2" strip , with the "mountain" side of the fold toward the pages (if the book was done, the pages would be on the outside of the cover for this step). Staple twice, from the page side. Refold the cover along all fold lines. This "wraps" around the pages and covers the staples, as shown above.
Tuck the flap in, and you're ready to embellish! Again, here's mine:
Nina sent me the darling little "inchie" stamp for this month's challenge for Purple Faerie Paper Crafts, and I've had this music-themed paper for quite a while. I used my new Cuttlebug to cut the scalloped squares, and Stampin'Up!'s word window punch to punch out the mat for my sentiment. I printed the sentiment on the computer using the Monotype Corsiva font. The larger scalloped square has direct-to-paper silver Colorbox pigment ink and silver embossing powder from JoAnn's, the smaller one has red glitter glue, also from JoAnn's (no Stickles yet...) The ribbons are Offray, the heart brad is from my stash from forever ago, so I'm clueless there. The inchie stamp was stamped with black StazOn and embossed with detail clear. I also added some silver ink around the edges of the patterned paper. Yeah, that's it...
Try one of these out, and post a comment to this post with a link back to your creation! I always say this, and no one has ever done it yet. Maybe nobody even reads these tutorials, I don't know... Oh well - I'm having fun, anyway!
Okay, back to the grindstone. Soon I'll have no nose at all...