Easy DIY Accordion Book! {Great for summer journaling!}

Hi friends! I have a 15 minute bookbinding project for you today!

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These little accordion books are so quick to make that you can make one for each of you kids, grandkids, neighbors and of course yourself! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:

Directions (for 6″x9″ journal)
1. Cut off a piece of 18″ wide white paper (as long as you like, I used about 12 feet) and accordion fold the paper every 9″
2. Cut the folded stack into three 6″ tall pieces and glue the stacks together so you have one 36 fool long sheet if you were to unfold it (but do not unfold it LOL!)
3. Cut one 6″x9″ cardboard for a cover (or you can make it a bit longer if desired) and cut a 6″x10″ cardboard for the other cover plus spine. cover with pretty paper if desired.
4. Score the longer cover at 9″ & 9 1/2″ for a spine to accommodate the paper, if you are using more paper make the spine gap larger.
5. Add a border of washi tape around the cover if desired.
6. Adhere the first paper in the stack to the front cover and the last paper to the back cover making sure all the paper and covers line up neatly.
7. Wrap a strand of bakers twine around spine of the book every few pages to lock in the pages if desired.

I’d like to thank Papermart for sponsoring this video and thank you for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

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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:

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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?

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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!

Supplies:
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)
glue
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!

 

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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