Friday, January 13, 2012

Smash Book, what is it and how to make your own--pt2

*cereal box (Why you ask, because it makes a cheap alternative to chipboard,
     and works just as well since we are going to cover it anyways)
*envelopes--(I used 4--7 1/2" x 10 1/2")
*paper--(I used the Roxie Paper and then just rummaged through my stash)
*stickers, buttons, ribbon, and whatever else you need to use up
*Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (you can make one without this cartridge,
     but I used it to make a variety of tags and die cuts for the book-
   -I don't know how many times I say this, but...this is the best cricut cartridge out there
   and it is exclusive to "Close to my Heart".  You can get yours through me if you live in Canada. )
*adhesive of your choice
*paper trimmer
I'm sure I will add a few items as I go along, but this is what I started with.

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seal the envelopes

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Cut 1/4" off of each end
so you end up with a 7 1/2" x 10" envelope that is open on both ends.

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Fold your envelope in half
Your folded piece should be 7 1/2" x 5"
You can use a bone folder to get a nice crisp fold
Do this to all 4 envelopes--set aside

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Grab your cereal box
and cut 2 pieces 7 3/4" x 5 1/4"
These will end up being the "covers" of your book
You want to make them slightly larger than your pages.

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Now grab a sheet of paper to cover your album

Cut the paper into two 9" x 6" rectangles
(I used this size because I could get two"covers" out of 1 sheet of paper)

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Adhere the paper to one side of the cereal box piece
Clip the corners as shown (these makes for a nice neat edge)
Wrap the excess paper around and adhere the edges to the other side as shown
Set the covers aside.

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Now dig out all that "extra" paper you have,
Cardstock or patterned or some of both

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and cut 8 pieces 5" x 7 1/2" --adhere these to the "outside" of the envelope pages

In part 3
I will show you how to bind the Smash Book and how to personalize it.

In the meantime,
you can get a jump start by cutting out
 some (bout half a dozen or so) pieces of cardstock 4 1/2"x 7"
these will be "extra pages that will slip into the envelope pockets.

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and cut 8 pieces 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" --adhere these to the "inside" of the envelope pages
I tried making all the pages 5 x 7 1/2, but found that if I did that I couldn't fold the envelopes nicely, hence I made the pieces a bit narrower for the inside

1 comment:

  1. Terry,
    This is a great project! I love these types of books for gifts too. I put a link to your blog on mine. :) I enjoy seeing all your fun projects and love the pictures you post that explain it all so well. You have a lot of lucky customers.
    Fellow CTMH consultant,
    Amy Kaminski

    Thanks for sharing!


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