Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Trying a new design...

This past weekend while my mom was visiting, we tried out a new mini-book design. (I was inspired by a book I saw on Heidi Swapp's blog.)
A trip to the scrapbook store was fruitful ~ I purchased Cosmo Cricket's "Material Girl" line for my book (Mom used a line with cute strawberries and a garden theme). I just love CC's paper and the colors in this line!
Bazzil "plastic paper" was used for the front cover. This is a piece of clear acetate that I was able to cut with my paper trimmer. Actually, you score it and the pieces just pop apart.
I covered a piece of chipboard with patterned paper on each side for the back page to give it stability. This was my first attempt and looking at this view of the book I'm wishing I had inked the edges of my pages before I put it together...next time!
The spine for this book is a 4" x 12" strip of cardstock that I scored and folded at 1" intervals. I used tacky tape to adhere the 4"x6" pages to the accordion spine, and I glued a 2-1/4" piece of cardstock around the spine to keep the accordion from flopping apart.

Can't wait to embellish it with photos and quotes!

14 comments:

Rhona said...

I love this little book (and the sewing machine on the front page). What a lovely idea - might have to try and make one myself (if you don't mind!) :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love accordian spine books. They really are terrific.
Rinda

traci said...

that is really cute!! i love mini albums.

Sian said...

That is a lovely little book! I've never seen Bazzill's plastic paper before..sounds interesting, it's something else to look out for!

Mom said...

Let's see.........which was more fun? Making this little book or spending time with my DD? Yes, the DD wins again! However, loved crafting this little jewel! I've got a couple of ideas for my next one! xo

The Norman Clan said...

Love it!! Wish I would of been there.. fun fun fun!!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Ohhh, this turned out glorious!!! It's adorable. I better run (not walk) to my nearest Scrap store for some of this.
Also, I LOVED seeing your workspace. You and the hubby did a great job!
M.L.

Clair said...

Looks fantastic already. Looking forward to seeing it with photographs, journalling and embellishments x

helena said...

lovely book - will try that construction method. Love the clear cover and the ribbon on the front

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

very cute! you are one crafty lady!

Lizzie said...

That sounds like a lovely day!

I do like your little book - it's very sweet! I love accordian-folded spines. I tend not to add a cover to the spine, but use a wrap-round fastening, so there's room for the book to expand when you add photos and embellishments. But I really like the way you did your spine and I think I will have a go!
I also like the acetate cover. I hadn't heard of Bazzill plasic before. I'll look into that - I was looking for acetate sheets today, for my current project. Thank you!

humel said...

This is so lovely! I love Cosmo Cricket :-) (Stern reminder to self: Using up old stash. Not buying new stash. Even beautiful Cosmo Cricket. *sigh*...)

Daniela said...

So cute!!! I am actually in a process of making one for the class above!!!

melissa kaye said...

What a beautiful new design! I love it! ;) xoxo

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