Monday 13 May 2013

Great things come in small packages

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "Little Paper".  As I'm not a scrapbooker I rarely, if ever, work to a 12x12 inch format so 6x6 pads where the design has been shrunken down frequently work better for me.  Take the cover of this mini art journal for example - if I'd used the 12x12 version of this paper (from the Destinations pad) it wouldn't have looked nearly so effective!  That's one of the reasons I like Tim Holtz's paper pads so much, they include 12x12 and 6x6 versions of the same design - so versatile.

I saw a journal similar to this in a shop recently and admired it enough to pick it up to see the price.  Let me tell you, I put it down again pretty quickly!  The prices was craaaazy.  I figured that I could make something just as nice at home and this is the result.

The covers are 5x5 pieces of chipboard covered inside and out (taking care not to cover the inside until all the brads were in place, so that their legs wouldn't show).  The strap and spine are grungeboard, inked with distress ink and overstamped with Archival Black.  I used narrow ribbon for the binding but you could also use butcher's twine, raffia or jute twine.

"Treasures" was printed from the computer and encased in one of Tim Holtz's ornate plates.  The large brads on the spine are some that have been kicking around in my embellishments box for donkey's years (American Crafts I think).  The thick eyelets are from We R Memory Keepers.

I've prepared a template that you can use if you wish to make one of these yourself.  Print it out with a width of 5 inches and everything will be to the correct size.  The pages I've used for the inside are 4 7/8 by 5 1/4 inches.  I've also created a video tutorial for this, which I'm still editing.  You should be able to find it here in a day or two, along with an itemised supplies list with sizes, so check back! :)

Supplies I used included:

Our ever-generous sponsor Simon Says Stamp is offering a $50 gift voucher as the prize again this week, just make something for the challenge and you could the winner! The winner will be chosen at random from those who enter the challenge, so why not give it a try? At the very least why not head over to the Challenge Blog to see how the other members of the design team have interpreted this weeks theme! :)

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Dorothy said...

This is wonderful Dan!

Candy C said...

Dan...I love your mini book. It probably looks just as expensive and is better crafted than the one you saw in the store. Love your paper selections and the mini belt on the cover. Very neat closure! I also love your ornate plate with "Treasures" in the center. I'll be watching that video when you get it posted! :) <3 Candy

Redanne said...

I think I would much rather have yours than a store bought one any day, it's unique! The belt closure is such a fabulous idea. Will come back to see your video!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Dan, love your handmade book, much better than a shop purchased one. The papers are gorgeous and I love the belt/buckle. The ornate plate adds a perfect touch and wonderful dimension too. Cannot wait for the video. Perhaps you should start selling these lol. Tracy x

Sandra said...

What a great journal! Love the cover and the binding is amazing! Hugs, Sandra

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Super cool cover, Dan! I love the buckle embellishment :)

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Maura said...

Oh yeah!! Love the belt and leather trim look to this, and that you made your own book.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

I am sure yours is better, and your closure surely is! What a fabulous vintage and smart!

MaRyKaY said...

Wow this is awesome. And I so feel ya on prices of stuff like that. Some are way overpriced for sure.
Thank you for the template. I saved it and when I attempt I will come show you. (Thats if it turns out)
Cant wait to see video
Thanks for sharing

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