I call my mini book a pocket book for several reasons: one, it is certainly small enough to fit into your pocket or purse, but primarily I call it a pocket book because I use plastic nametag holders as page protectors or pockets for the photos in this book! You can find them in most office supply stores. You need to purchase your nametag pockets before you begin your design process, since your artwork will need to be designed to fit exactly into your pockets!
I was attracted to this kit by the color palette and the variety of elements in it to embellish my book.
Traditional Supplies: Cardstock in blue and green, green ribbon, eyelets both 1/4″ and 3/16″, nametag pockets, a velcro tag to hold the book closed, and Kodak photo paper.
Tools: Scor-Pal (for scoring and folding), Cropadile for cutting holes and setting eyelets.
Here are the pages I created for my pocketbook:
I measured the pockets that I had in my craft room stash, and found that they would hold a page which was 3 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ (3.25″ x 4.122″ in my PSE 12 program) I created my page design for all the pages, and then I slipped my photos in behind! I also created a title for the cover of the pocket book “Family and Friends.”
As a collector (and lover) of quotes, I wanted to include two of them in my book: “Love overflows and Joy never ends in a home that is blessed with Family and Friends” for the front page. For the last page, my quote is “If you have a family that loves you, a few good friends, food on the table, and a roof over your head, you are richer than you think!”
I printed out all of my pages onto Kodak photo paper. Because of the size of the individual pages, it took 4 pages to print what I wanted in my book. I then cut them down to size and put them in the name tag pockets.
I used the best match of Bazzill blue (Ocean blue) and green (LimeSherbert) to match the colors in Kim’s lovely kit! The blue cardstock was cut to 11″ x 4 1/2″ to create the book base. This cardstock was scored from the left at 4″, 4 1/2″, 8 1/2″ and 9″. This created a front section 4″ x 4 1/2″, left binding 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, a back section 4″ x 4 1/2″, right binding 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, and a flap to tuck inside that is 2″ x 4 1/2″. Of course, with name tag pockets of a different size, these scoring measurements will have to be re-figured. I also cut a strip of blue cardstock 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ to cover the holes that were in the edge of the pockets when I purchased them.
I clipped all the pockets together with a binder clip, while I used the Crop-a-dile to cut two holes, one at top and one at bottom of the binding edge. I inserted 1/4″ eyelets through all of the pockets and the 1/2″ strip of cardstock. After the pockets were secured with 2 eyelets, then I marked and cut holes on the left side of the back section of the book base, and inserted 3/16″ eyelets into the book base. I then tied the pocket section to the base section with ribbon.
The art piece for the front cover, was matted with green cardstock, and adhered to the outside of the book. A velcro circle was applied to the flap and the front cover to keep the book closed. I can now slip my little book of “Family and Friends” into my pocket or purse, and have them with me always!
Completed pocket book:
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