Merry Christmas Eve!
Boy, I really got these gifts finished up just in time. This one: for my little Joan; favorites from the summer before she turned six.
This book, measuring about 6x9, was made using a standard-sized clip board (purchased at the $1 store), cut in half and drilled for binder rings. Here's the raw form before cutting, (if you don't have access to all the cool power tools a box knife with multiple cuts would likely work)
and the finished book:
The canvas circles and "made by" label were printed on inkjet canvas clothes, from Office Depot and punched or cut to size. I fashioned the fabric covered brads using a summer top my daughter has outgrown stretched over unfinished buttons.
The button/brads are pretty, but very lumpy and next time I'll reserve those for a cover embellishment rather than inside a book. They may have to be replaced eventually.
I have to say I love this metal clip exposed, revealing it's utilitarian nature. The possibilities for a clipboard book are endless: in reverse, with the clip on the front cover, or orient the book horizontally (as a flip book) and use as a calendar, or as a travel journal the clip could temporarily contain bits of receipts, business cards and other ephemera you want to include in your journal. Not only is it versatile, but it's significantly less expensive than standard unfinished books from major scrapbook suppliers. I'll be playing with this concept for a while.
- clipboard: $1 store
- patterned paper: florals: My Mind's Eye, circles: Scenic Route, craft card stock: Bazzill
- ribbon: Target
- chipboard rectangle: Maya Road
- '5' charm: Papier Valise
- craft twine: Ikea
- paint: Making memories, espresso
- binder rings: Office Depot
- White card stock: Bazzill basics
- corner rounder: EK success
- Buttons alphabet stamps: Alphabet Pixie
- canvas cloths: office depot
- uncovered buttons: Maxant (size 20)
Handmade for Christmas :: Part III, coming up next!