Monday, December 24, 2012

Doe-LIGHTFUL tutorial with Brandy

Tis' the season to start gifting! Here is a lovely budget gift that is sure to inspire you for the holidays! Wide washi tape is aboslutley fantastic as a binding for small notebooks and combined with mini composition books and a few index cards will create a clean palette for you to decorate.

You will need:
Wide washi tape
sewing machine (optional)
Mini composition notebooks

The first step in this very quick process is to adhere the lined side of each index card to the composition front and back covers. You will want to line the card so that it is flush to the tape binding that is already on the mini book.

Once you have both side finished, use your scissors to trim the index cards down to the size of the composition books.

For this next step you will want to take your wide washi tape and attach it to the mini book. Start with just a small amount attached to the index card, leaving the book closed fold it around the spine. When you have finished trim the extra tape at the top and bottom of the book.

In this final prep step the choice is yours. You may adhere the corners of the index cards to the book so that they will not lift, or you can use your sewing machine and sew around the outside edge.

I tend to do these in batches of 20. Here is my process for efficiency. Adhere all index cards to books, trim all the books, tape the spine of all the books, glue or sew all of the books. I stamp a uniquely handmade or made with love, ect stamp on the back of each book then sign and date. I am now ready to decorate them ;).

I am using mine to document my boys over the last half of the year for close relatives for the holidays. However, I have made mini exercise logs, calorie logs, memory jotters for PL, memory jotters for real life, address books, and one line a day for each child. 

I hope you enjoy! - Brandy 



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