This is the final post of today's Creative Circle Blog Party! I hope you have had fun so far and will enjoy my little Tutorial today. There's a giveaway for you too - all you have to do is leave me a comment, answering the questions at the end of the post.
As you may have gathered, if you have not been part of it yourself, the posters at the Blog Party have all been following a course given by the amazing Shimelle, "Blogging for Scrapbookers", which ended yesterday. This party is by way of celebration for the fab time we've had doing the course, and the interesting folks we have met along the way.
(If you did not reach this Post via the previous Party Host and would like to join in, go to Rinda's Blog HERE to start the Circle, or find your place again if you are "lost".)
I started my blog as part of this course, so I have never written a Tutorial Post before. Please bear with me if it isn't quite right, but I'll do my best. I hope the photos I have posted to illustrate the tutorial will be clear enough for you.
Create A Circle Mini-Book
This little mini-book can be used for scrapping your Christmas memories. You could use any decorative papers, for any occasion, or even make it with plain or lined paper and use it as a note-book or journal for some special event! Plain art paper would create an attractive and unusual photo album for a relative's Christmas gift. You could cut square or oval shaped pages - even different shapes, to make the book personal to you. The principles are exactly the same and it's very straightforward to do.
You Will Need:
- Two 3.5"/9cm circles of thick card, chipboard or thin wood (eg. ply or hardboard), for book covers, with a hole near edge
- Sheets of thin card
- Several sheets of your chosen paper or cardstock for pages
- Paper for Front and Back Covers
- Paper for Inside Covers
- A Book Ring or D-Ring, big enough to hold pages and allow them to be turned.
- Glue - strong pva, spray adhesive, strong glue-stick
- 3.5"/8.5cm circle punch or die-cutter (I used a Huge-size punch from Woodware); or large scissors, compasses/ruler and card for page template
- Small hole punch or mini-drill
- Ribbon(s) to decorate
- Inks for edging (optional)
- Paint for covers / edging (optional)
If you are making your covers yourself, do this first.
I used ready-cut chipboard circles, which came as a chipboard mini-album (mine was by "Kars", but there are many makes available from good scrapbooking suppliers).
If you are cutting the book pages by hand, the cover can be used as a template.
Punch or cut 8 or 10 circles from thin or medium card.
These circles will support your paper or cardstock pages.
Choose a weight of card that will allow the pages to be stiffish, but not too thick. This will depend on your choice of covering paper/cardstock.
Use a contrasting or toning colour of ink to colour the edges of the cover boards. You could also use acrylic paint, chalk (and fixative!), brush-pen or even coloured pencils.
Also ink round the edge of the hole for the book-ring. You don't need to ink right into the hole, as this will not be seen once the book is assembled.
Remember to allow plenty of time for your ink or paint to dry, as it can smudge all over the pages.
If you want to, you can also ink the edge of each page to match or contrast with the cover.
Stick the papers on either side of the cover boards, matching the holes carefully.
A variation on Steps 5 & 6 would be to decorate the book covers with acrylic paint, inks, fabric or collage.
For each page of the album, use the cover as a template and mark the place to punch a hole for the book ring.
Take care to mark the hole in the correct place on each page (in my case the top left edge).
Check both sides of each page before you mark it and always mark the front side of the page, so you don't end up with holes the wrong way.
Punch each hole in the place you have marked.
Arrange pages in order from back to front, with the covers in the correct place.
Open out the book ring and slide each page into place, starting with the back cover and working forwards.
Close the book ring to fasten the book together.
Lastly, cut pieces of matching ribbons to approx 6 ins / 15cm. Tie these round the book ring in whatever pattern you like, to decorate your finished book.
Pat yourself on the back, for a job well done!