ETA: I’m working on a video tutorial for those of you who are visual learners. It will be posted tomorrow.
I know some of you have been waiting for this for a long time. If you want to see more photos of the original project you can see the blog post here. I didn’t write down measurements as I was making the original, so I can’t say if this version is exactly the same, but I tried to duplicate it the best I can. Since Father’s Day is coming up I thought it would be fun to make a masculine version. I hope you enjoy my tutorial and if you make one of these please post here so I can see it. Are you ready? I’m going to explain this in 3 parts: the outside of the book, the inside pages and the Post it Note Holder.
To make the outside you need a piece of card stock measuring 5 1/2 X 11″. Score your folder at 5″ and 6″. I used a 3/16″ corner rounder on the outside edges. To decorate the outside I used a Basic Gray piece measuring 4 3/4″ X 5 1/4″. The walk in the park paper is 4 5/8 X 5 1/8″. You can decorate the outside anyway you want to. I used images from And Many Mower for mine.
Here is how I decorated the front cover. When you are happy with it attach it to the front. I used Sticky Strip because I figure it’s going to be handled and it’s a project you want to last.
To make the pages that go in the back, I made an accordian fold. I started with a piece of card stock measuring 5 1/8 X 7 and scored it at 1″, 2″, 3″, 4″, 5″ and 6″. Fold it back and forth. The pages measure 4 5/8″ X 5 1/8″. You will need 5. Score them 1″ down the 5 1/8″ side. This will allow them to open more easily to view. I used sticky strip to place my pages into the accordian folds. I rounded the top and bottom corner of each of the pages on the right hand side. When you have all of your pages in the accorian fold, use your crop-a-dile to punch 2 holes for your brads. I used circle brads. Placing sticky strip along the back of the 1″ accordian section attach your pages into the book.
The pages are decorated with Whisper White card stock that measures 3 1/2 X 5″. You will need 5 of these as well. I stamped and decorated them with designer series paper before attaching them to the Baja Breeze pages. I lined the edge up with the accordian.
Here is what the pages look like when they are attached into the book. You can see my first decorated page. I left my pages mostly blank so that I can add pictures of my kids on them.
To make the Post It Note holder you need a piece of paper measuring 5 X 4″. Score 3 sides at 1/2″ and 1″. Cut out 3 square on each side. This will form a pocket you can attach to the front inside cover. One of the 5″ sides will remain un-scored along the top. Use a 1″ circle punch to make a notch for getting the Post It Notes in and out of the pocket easily.
Decorate the front of your Post It Note holder. I used more Walk in the Park designer series paper and a strip of Whisper White card stock that was punched with the eyelet border punch.
I used my crop-a-dile- to punch holes in the spine and threaded 1″ double stitched Baja Breeze ribbon through it. I simply tied knots on the inside to hold it in place.
I hope you will enjoy making one of these for yourself or to give as a gift. The possibilities are endless. You can make them for any occasion.
Have a fantastic Friday!