Well I hope that everyone that has joined the blog hop this weekend had been totally inspired, and made some great stuff, and boy there were some fantastic projects... so many ideas so little time!!!
I hope you have saved some of that creative spark to have a go at this little project, I know we are at the bottom of the time table, but then you always save the best till last ! LOL !!!
So here is you penultimate project of the weekend.......
7 Gypsies Beer Mat Mini Book
10 beer mats (found at the local pub!)
7 Gypsies 6x6 paper pad - Venice
7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape - Venice
7 Gypsies Paper Tape - Venice
Stickles - Cinnamon, Copper, Gunmetal
Paint Dabber - Mushroom
to embellish -File name holder, feather, a few Buttons, odd bits of ribbon
Place two mats side by side and cover with paper ensuring that the paper covers the join in the mats as this will form the hinge of the page. As my mats are 3.5" square and paper is only 6x6, I used the portion of the paper left over to cover the strip on the edge of each double page. The best glue for this is wet glue as it stiffens up the page when it drys, whatever glue you used it needs to cover the mat completely to avoid bubbles in the pages, Glue sticks work well too but you will use a lot of it!!
Repeat this for all the mats so that you now have 5 double pages covered one side. Tidy up the edges of each page, a piece of sandpaper works well for this.
Take two double pages and fold each in half, covered side to covered side. Now place these side by side with the hinge in the center and cover as before to join the pages together.
Repeat this step until all pages are hinged together, and all inside pages are covered.
When all inside pages are covered use the paint dabber to cover the edges of the pages, you can use an ink pad if you prefer, this will help to tidy up the edges and coordinate the pages in the book. Be careful not to stick the pages together with the paint!!!
For the front and back cover I layered the scraps that were left over from covering the pages of the book.
To strengthen the hinge cover the spine with Gaffer tape, using two lengths side by side and overlapping to give a wider strong bonding edge.
The book is now ready for you to embellish as you please and to fill with your journaling and photos.
I used 7 Gypsies paper tape, loads of rub-ons (all the odd bits left over from other projects) and stickles are great to add that bit of bling that every project needs !!
This book is all about my Aunt who is 70 later this year, and the photos of her life till now.... so what do you think she's getting for her birthday LOL!! I hope she likes it, and I hope you do too and feel inspired to have a go at making a beer mat book yourself, please leave a comment and a link to your project if you do have a go ...and most of all have fun xx
Well that's nearly the end of the blog hop and the weekend, one more blog to go and that's Anna so hop over there now and end on a high!!!
If at any point you get lost or just want to revisit anyone you can find all the links over on Rebekah's blog, happy crafting xx