I’m a list maker; always have been and probably always will be. My husband even teases me that if we ever won the lottery, the first thing he would do…head to the car dealership, and the first thing I would do…make a list. And he’s spot on. That’s exactly what I would do. I’ve convinced myself that lists keep me organized…and they do (when I can find that darn piece of paper that I wrote it down on). I have a horrible habit of writing on anything that’s handy…the back of junk mail, envelopes, sticky notes, etc.
So, the last time I was in the dollar store I saw these mini composition books (3 for $1) and I grabbed some. They are perfect for throwing into your purse or tucking away in a desk drawer. Maybe if I keep a few of these books handy, I’ll actually be able to find all these wonderful ideas I have. The mini composition books are cute on their own, but as I caressed these little books (Who else is obsessed with office supplies?) I knew I could make them even better.
I love a stamped look, especially if it’s stamped on Kraft paper. So, I headed to The Digichick Boutique to look through the Digital Stamps Category. Oh my goodness…I had the hardest time choosing. Each exquisite stamp I looked at spawned a different creative idea. But, once I saw Gypsy Couture’s light bulb stamp in her Random Brushes Bundle, I knew it was the one…and so, the Bright Ideas theme was born.
There are so many uses for these gorgeous stamps…and talk about variety…from Grungy to Nostalgia to Victorian to Steam Punk to just plain FUN! Believe me, there’s a little something in this set for everybody.
Before we get started let’s do a quick run through the supplies you’ll need
- Digital Stamp(s) – I used Gypsy Couture’s light bulb stamp in her Random Brushes Bundle
- 1 sheet of a light color card stock – I used KRAFT card stock
- 1 small scrap of colored card stock or paper – I used a red card stock piece I had in my stash
- Mini composition book or pocket note book
- Ribbon or string for bookmark (optional)
- Photo editing software – I use Photo Shop Elements
- Electronic paper cutter (optional) – I used a Silhouette Portrait cutter (but you could easily cut this by hand)
Okay, let’s get started
In your cutting machine software, design your book cover. (You could also design the cover in your photo editing software, then save it as a .png and open and trace it in your cutting software. If you are cutting by hand, you’ll want to design and print your book cover from your photo editing software)
Before you start your design, measure your mini composition book. Be sure to allow for the spine and the flap closure. I’ve included my measurements below, but be sure to measure your book …I have found that these little books can vary in size slightly.
Okay, now we are ready to print and cut. I first ran my Kraft card stock through the printer. (Be sure to use the Silhouette print and cut feature so the registration marks appear in the corners). Next I ran it through the cutter. My first go wasn’t exactly perfect…the little slit for the flap closure wasn’t lining up properly…So, I had to move it inward a bit. I ran it through again, and my second attempt was perfect.
(TIP: Whenever you are designing something from scratch, expect to have to tweak it a few times before you get it right. Be sure to save your “good” card stock and and practice on unwanted card stock until it’s the way you want it.)
Next you’ll want to add a colored paper/card stock piece underneath the word(s) you cut out. Be sure your paper scrap covers the slit as well. I chose a bright red which really pops against the Kraft and black color scheme. I just dabbed a little glue stick the around the first couple of letters and stuck my little red paper bit in place. DO NOT glue the paper down over the slit on the cover (or when your book is finished you won’t be able to slip the tab into it to close your book).
If you want to add a permanent bookmark to your book, now is the time to do it. Simply cut a ribbon or string 2-3 inches longer than the vertical length of your book. Next, attach about 1 inches of the ribbon to the top back of the spine. (I used a glue stick, but any adhesive would work.) See photo below.
Now it’s time to glue the cover onto the book. You’ll want to make sure all edges of the cover are secure and won’t pull away from the book when handled. I have used different types of adhesives to do this and I personally prefer using a glue stick.
And there you have it… my mini book is done. I just love the look of the Kraft paper with the black ink. It reminds me of those little boutique journals that are way too expensive for my budget. Even hubby said he liked it … more importantly, he said he would actually use something like this. (Yay, one stocking stuffer for next Christmas is done!)
If you create a mini book, I’d love to see it! Post the link to your book in the comment section below.
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