I have a confession, Everyone! I broke down and bought a die cut machine--it was on sale, I swear! Unfortunately, I also only bought one set of dies to start with (those things are expensive!). I purposefully chose the set I thought would be the most versatile and useful--Lawn Fawn's Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables. These dies can make perfectly rectangular panels with beautiful faux stitching, or windows for shaker cards, or small rectangular pieces for sentiments. I certainly used this set a lot for the project I share with you today.
I have been wanting to try to make my own books for awhile now, having only gotten so far as to make stapled mini journals (see here, here, here, here, especially here, here, and here). In fact, some of the first paper crafts I did involved making stapled journals. Honestly, I keep putting off the bookmaking because of nervousness about making a real binding. I know, I need to just give it a shot. But, I also saw this Frugal Crafter video a few weeks ago, and fell in love with the idea.
Here's my take on it. I'm calling it an "inspiration journal." There are stamped pages, some with nice phrases, and pattern paper pages, but also enough pages with open space that you could paste in items to collage or write in the book. Can you believe I used a cereal box?
I used the aforementioned dies. I also used three stamp sets I have not posted with before: Lawn Fawn's Flutter By, Simon Says Stamp's Ice Cream Dream, Winnie and Walter Multifaceted, and an adorable little set my friend sent me from Florence! I did a bit of masking to set the butterfly and flower inside the prism with white ink. I also used non-neutral colored ink for the first time with this project. The cover papers come from a set of 10 assorted papers by Black Ink Creative International Papers Decorative Papers. The pattern papers come from these pads: Authentique's 6x6 Classique: Beauty, Crate Paper's 6x6 DIY Shop, Echo Park's 6x6 Getaway, Pebbles' 6x6 Front Porch, basicgrey 6x6 Aurora, basicgrey's 6x6 Prism, and Heidi Swapp's 5x7 Wanderlust Collection.
I show images of the loose pages, a process photo, and images of the finished book.