How to Make a Watercolor Block! Save $$$!

Hi friends! I was struck by an idea the other day that had me running down to my studio to try it! I wanted to make my own watercolor blocks but I did not have the special glue called “padding compound” that manufacturers use to make blocks and pads. I thought about trying mod-podge or one of my thicker white glues but in the end decided I was too lazy to build a device to clamp the block or wait for it to dry. But then I thought of another way!

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I used hot glue! And it was perfect! I even took my block to the beach with me and did a little painting on it to test it out. I am so impressed with this that I plan on making many more! Watch the video to see how you can make one too!

Another idea is to buy a pad of watercolor paper and simply seal the other 3 unbound edges of the pad, just be sure to leave a notch for removing the sheets.

Supplies:
Watercolor paper
Cardboard
Regular paper or decorative/scrapbook paper
Hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
Silicone spatula
paper trimmer, knife or scissors
Clothespins or binder clips

Directions:

  1. Cut papers and cardboard to size and secure with clips.
  2. Apply a bead of hot glue to one edge and smooth with a silicone spatula. For longer paper you might have to do half a side at a time. Make sure all paper edges are coated. Repeat for all 4 sides but make sure to leave an inch unglued on the pad somewhere so you can remove your sheets.
  3. Make a wrap around cover using scrapbook paper.
  4. Insert a palette knife(or butter knife) into the notch and slice off the sacrificial sheet and you are ready to paint!

Will you make one of these? I hope so, they are great for painting on the go this summer! Happy crafting!

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Tool Giveaway & Awesome Journals YOU can Make with Recycled Materials!

Hi friends! I have been waiting to share this project and giveaway with you all week.

SAM_3984I love it when I find a really useful high quality tool that is not crazy expensive and I love it even more when I can give some away! I am giving away Pro Hole Punches from Skilled Crafter to 3 lucky viewers! Details to win are at the end of this post!

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These punches are serious workhorses and will punch through stacks of paper, chipboard, leather, felt, vinyl, fabric and more. The Skilled Crafter Pro Hole punch makes holes in 6 different sizes and it is really easy to clean out the punch waste. It also comes with 2 replacement punch plates so you know you will have years of reliable use. Today I will show you how I made the simple cardboard covered journal and the leather-bound book with removable signatures similar in style to a very expensive popular journal on the market. For the leather I reused fabric that I had saved from an old coat before it was thrown away. If clothing is not if good enough shape to donate I look to see if there are elements that can be reused. You can also use vinyl, oilcloth or new leather if you like. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these journals and use this punch!

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I forgot to mention that I used a larger hole on the leather cover so I could feed the cord though multiple times.

Supplies:
Skilled Crafter Pro Hole Punch *Currently on sale for $22.99 on Amazon!
Leather or Vinyl
Felt
paper
Glue (I used Beacon 3-in-1)
Corner Rounder (optional)
paper trimmer or scissors
Rotary cutter and quit square (or scissors and something square to trace)
Heavy book
Binder clips

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So, do You Wanna Win one of these sweet 6 hole Pro Hole Punches from skilled Crafter? Simply leave a comment telling me what YOU would make first with it! Also make sure to let me know that you are in the USA because this giveaway is open to US residents only. I will pick 3 winners next Friday the 23rd so you have 1 week to enter. Good luck! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How about a tiny book from leftover paper?

Hi friends! tonight I have another bookmaking project for you. It is the same idea as the books we made last week but you get double the pages and the book is half the size. You just need a few more folds and 2 more cuts.

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Watch the video to see how easy it is!

Find the stamps I used Lost coast Designs here.

Supplies:
Scrapbook paper 12″x12″
gold pigment ink
Gold embossing powder
heat tool
stamps adhesive
Colorbox blends in black

I hope you try this fun bookmaking idea! Think of all the old scrapbook papers you can use up! Happy Crafting!

Make a pocket journal/notebook!

Hi friends! Today I have a bookmaking project for you!

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I enjoyed this project so much and I think you will too! These can be made with any paper you like, I used the gelli prints I made the other day.  Watch the video to see how it’s done!

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Supplies:
Kraft Paper
Washi Tape
Ribbon (for bookmark)
Glue (choose a thick slow dry glue like YES! paste or Aleenes Thick and Tacky)
Elastic cord (look for it with jewelry supplies or cut a long rubber band.)
Hole punch and eyelet
button
acrylic paint
waxed paper
palette knife and flat paintbrush
Thin cardboard (cereal or cracker box)
paper (I used the Gelli Prints on cardstock I made in this tutorial)

Feel free to substitute items to suit your taste!

Directions:
1. Cut paper to the book size. I used standard cardstock cut in quarters.
2. Attach pages to each other one at a time with washi tape. Trim tape ends hanging past the pages.
3. Cut the cardboard box to make a cover.
4. Protect your work are with wax paper and place the cover with the outside facing up. Spread on a layer of paste or slow dry glue, then crumple up a sheet of craft paper and press it into the glue.
5. Paint the kraft paper with acrylic paint and let dry.
6. Trim the paper flush with the cover.
7. Trim the edges of the cover with washi tape.
8. Punch a hole and add an eyelet 1″ from the edge on the center of the front cover.
9. Cut a piece of elastic cord a little longer than you need to wrap around the book. Thread both ends in the hole and then through a button (so the cord does not pull through) and secure with a knot.
10. Add glue to the spine and place in a ribbon bookmark. Press the paper signature into the wet glue then secure the first and last page to the cover with washi tape.

I hope you enjoyed this easy bookmaking and tutorial. These make wonderful gifts for your family, friends or yourself! Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and til next time happy crafting!

 

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