Good morning friends
Today I want to share a project that I am extremely proud of. As most of you know, I am also a designer over at Creative Paperclay. I love working with it for embellishments for my scrapbooking and cardmaking, but recently I experimented a little with it for something brand new to me...bookmaking. So, now I am not going to start a business in making books , but I might make a few gifts. This was extremely easy and so much fun to make.
Here are my step by step instructions, kinda picture heavy.
|First I rolled out my paperclay and layed my cuddlebug folder|
right on top of it and cut around it with my craft knife.
This will be the size of my book.
|Then I layed the cuddlebug folder (open) ontop of|
the paperclay and gently pressed it into the clay.
Don't press too hard or it will distort the clay.
I let the paperclay dry for about 6 hours so that it was still pliable.
|Then I inserted it into my zutter machine and punched the holes.|
That worked so slick. I then painted the cover and back
with some white acrylic paint.
|After the white paint was completely dry, I added a green wash|
over the top. I mixed some green paint with alot of water.
|I did that to both the front and back cover.|
|Then I did the same thing with a blue paint and water mix.|
|Using a paper towel I "dried" off some of the color to give|
it more of an antique look. The pictures really don't do it justice.
|Then I cut all my pages 1/4 inch smaller than my book and|
put them in my zutter to punch the holes.
|They are all punched.|
|See how perfectly they are aligned. |
Pretty proud of myself.
|Now I had to bind it together. Make sure that you|
follow the instructions when binding. You MUST
rotate your back cover over your front cover.
Do not just place the back cover ontop.
|And it's finished. Now it may not be perfect,|
paperclay does shrink and warp a bit, but I love it.
I wish you could feel the way it feels.
It has a leathery feel and look to it.
Isn't it just gorgeous? Well, I think so anyway. Every year we go on a trip to Northern Minnesota, near the Canadian border and I take a journal with me so I can keep a detailed diary of our trip and then I make a scrapbook with it. This will be my journal this year. It will fit nicely in my day pack and will be handy to keep my every thought in, wait I might need to make a bigger one...just kidding. I hope you liked my Creative Paperclay project today and I will see you again in about 2 weeks for another project. I hope I've inspired you to create your own journal using some Creative Paperclay. You can purchase Creative Paperclay here or you can even get it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.