Layered Gelli Prints: Make a fun pocket book!

Hi friends! I am just about to head to the airport but I wanted to share a fun project before I leave. Also I have 3 videos scheduled to post on my YouTube channel this week while I am away so make sure you subscribe to me over there too so you don’t miss them (There will be a travel art kit, DIY “gelli” printing tools and watercolor tutorial posting in my absence.) and hopefully I can bring some of the fun of my working trip to you here on my blog. Here’s hoping for free wi-fi LOL! OK, enough of that silliness, here is a peek at today’s project:


This is a great beginner gelli printing project. You will learn how to layer and use supplies you probably already have to create interesting prints and a very useful project. I plan to use this during summer road trips to collect memorabilia.  What would you use yours for?


If you can’t find the open top report card envelopes just get 6″x9″ manila envelopes from any office supply store, you can cut off the flap and use a circle punch to make the notch if you like but it might be nice to have the flap, it’s your call!

Envelopes (I recycled manila report card envelopes)
deli paper (or scrap paper)
Rubber/Foam stamp & Stencil kits: Stampendous
Acrylic Paint
Stencil and sponge brushes
Soft Rubber Brayer
Gelli Plate (A homemade gelatin plate will work just as well)
Binding machine and comb (you can use a hole punch of you don’t have a binding machine)
Tools like a silicone spatula and hair combs for the dollar store.

More info with video tutorials:
Homemade gelatin printing plate recipes:
Temporary Gelatin Plate Recipe (You only need unflavored gelatin and water, freeze to preserve for long periods)
Permanent Gelatin Plate Recipe (see recipe in description of video)
More printmaking tutorials
How to use comb bindings with or without a machine
More bookbinding tutorials

Thanks to Lava Soap for sponsoring this video, thank YOU for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


How to Choose {and use} a Binding Machine!

Howdy folks! I have been on the lookout for a binding machine for quite some time now. Every year when I make my scrapbook calendar gifts for my parents & in-laws I wish I had a proper matching bu the problem was I couldn’t decide on what machine to get as they can be quite an investment. Also I wanted to make sure the consumables (binding wires/combs) were going to inexpensive and readily available forever. I did not want to buy a cute machine to find out it was discontinued and you couldn’t find wires for it. So I pretty much decided that whatever I bought would have to take standard binding combs. My Friend Tracey let me borrow her Bind it All (Zutter) and It was cute, small and punched well but the holes were too small to fit the standard office supply combs and you have to keep moving your paper and punching multiple times if your book was wider than 3″. That’s too time consuming and for a $75 investment I want to do it all in one shot. I looked at the Cinch by We-R-Memory Keepers too but it was pricey (as were the wires for it) and it was still to small to punch the length I wanted. Note: you can disengage any of the pins in the Cinch to make shorter books, a unique feature. What I ended up buying was this office style binding machine for $19.95 from and I couldn’t be happier! Here is my first project:


I am not affiliated with, I just wanted you to know what I bought and where I got it incase you wanted one. The regular retail price said $109 (weird) but it was on sale for $19.95 + $15 S&H so I paid $34.95 and it arrived in a week. This machine worked with the standard binding combs I picked up at Staples and other discount stores. My combs cost between .02 and .18 each, not bad. I wanted to shoot a video to show you some different ways to bind your projects (with or without a machine) and also share with you one of my favorite Christmas gifts to make (A DIY scrapbook calendar) so if you have 13 minutes to kill why not have a look-see:

Here is a link to the FREE website where I print my calendar grids.

Also, I want to share the Chic Scrapbook Calender kit I created to make a scrapbook photo calendar, all you do is add your photos and print! You can use it year after year because there are no dates on the pages, you simply print out your calendar pages from a website such as the one mentioned above.

Chic Calendar Scrapbook kit

 I hope I gave you a few ideas and information on book binding and choosing (or not) a machine to do it with. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will answer you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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