It was really easy to make and I used materials that I already had on hand.
-Some plain cardstock (I used some yellow, pink and light green)
-A paper trimmer
-Your embossing folders
-Your embossing machine (I used my Texture Boutique, but you could use the Big Shot, Cuttlebug, etc)
-Chipboard or cardboard
-3 Hole Punch; single hole, handheld, punch; Anywhere Eyelet Punch with hammer; Crop-a-Dile, etc
-Binding rings (not sure what these are called exactly, but I got them at Staples)
-ModPodge or similar adhesive
-Elmer's Paint Pen
-Contact Paper, packing tape, or other laminate (optional)
|Supply Shot - some supplies not pictured... oops!|
First, I decided what size I wanted to make my book. I was using 12x12 cardstock so I was thinking either 3x3 or 4x4 since they would be easy to cut. 3x3 seemed too little when I looked at it so I went with 4x4. Using a 12x12 sheet of cardstock, you can get 9 "pages" for your book. I counted my embossing folders after guesstimating that I had around 20... Boy was I wrong! I ended up needing 5 sheets of cardstock because I had over double what I thought.
Once I got all of my pages cut using my paper trimmer (you could also use scissors), I labeled them with my Sharpie. I put the brand as well as the folder name at the bottom. When I had those all done, I started embossing. I tried to keep the writing out of the folder as much as possible so that it would be easier to read, but it won't be the end of the world if you put the whole thing in the folder. Also, some of the folders are a little thicker/thinner than others so you may need to adjust your "sandwich" accordingly. [for those of you that don't know what a sandwich is, it is what you make when you stack the cutting plates of your Big Shot or the embossing plates of your Texture Boutique. You layer it plate, embossing folder, plate thus making a "sandwich". Sometimes when the folders or paper you are using is a little thin, you need to add a shim to help you get a good emboss. For most of my folders, I had to use the shim that came with my machine].
|Use Sharpie to write name of folder on page before embossing|
|Make your sandwich!|
|cover after hole punching|
|punching the pages - the blue sticky note (on the left) helped|
me to line up where to punch so they were all the same
|pages inside the book|
|anyone see my booboo?!?|
(hint - I didn't think about the orientation of the pages when I wrote the title)