Free Printables, Hand lettering

FREE Brush Lettering printable: Learn something new

Social Sharing ButtonsI’m sharing a FREE brush lettering printable sheet that you can print and practice with today. Download and Enjoy! August is here and Back to school is on everyone’s mind. I found this quote “Learn something new everyday” perfect for this occasion! Scroll to the bottom of this post to grab the FREE Brush lettering printable download- that you can …

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DIY Crafts, Handmade Books

VIDEO: How to make your own unique emoji notebook covers easily

Social Sharing ButtonsIt’s World Emoji day today and to celebrate I am sharing 3 easy Emoji Notebook Covers that you can DIY at home. Video included! I love books and I love using emojis while texting and I combined both of those loves today to create these Emoji Notebook Covers! August is just around the corner and before you know …

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DIY Crafts, Handmade Books

recycled cereal box notebooks

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Reuse and waste not by making some recycled cereal box notebooks!cerealbox

As I am typing up this post today, I realize that books are something I have always loved making. I love altering them and I love collecting them. So, I am really not surprised that I have yet another book idea to share today 🙂
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To start this one, cut into the cereal box of your choice to get a rectangle. A pair of sharp scissors like the Amplify work great here. Next, using your paper trimmer (I am using this one here) , trim this rectangle to measure 12 inches by 7 inches.

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Fold the cereal box rectangle in the middle, lengthwise to form the outer cover of the book. I chose to use the cardboard side up, but you can do it either way.

Now to make the inner pages, I used plain white printer/office paper that measures 8.5 by 11 inches . You will need to trim off about 1.5 inches off the longer side of these papers so that they measure about 7 inches by 11.5 inches. Fold the sheets in half and place them inside the book cover.
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To finish and bind the book, I first adhered some colorful washi tapes onto the front of the cover. Next, I pierced holes at equal intervals along the books spine. I added a simple blanket stitch to decorate and make the book.

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If you don’t have cereal boxes to recycle right away, you can always use thick card stock or patterned paper to form the books exterior.booksheetsHope you found this tutorial fun and useful! Here are a few links to some of my older book tutorials, that I still love 🙂

Recycled brown paper bag book

Altered butterfly notebook

Felt covered book

Enjoy!

 

 

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Duck tape book cover

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It’s back to school time and nothing makes me smile wider than brand new school supplies. Today I’m altering a notebook with a duck tape book cover.

I <3 office supplies. I hoard tiny notebooks, glue bottles and pens. There, I said it out loud. #confession

Today I’m showing you a quick way to alter/personalize your notebook using some Duck Tape and patterned paper. BTW, did you know that Duck sells their famous Tape in a sheet format? How cool is that, right?

Using the Fuse Creativity System and the Medium Design set Hexagon die, die cut silver duck tape sheets.

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You can easily cut up to 4 hexagons from each sheet. xtra1

Cut into the hexagon die cut duck tape sheet using the Fiskars Duck scissors as seen to make 6 triangles. These scissors are non stick and work amazingly with the Duck Tape.

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Next, cover front of the book with patterned paper. Adhere the triangles onto the notebook front. 

step3Trim excess off with the Fiskars Duck scissors and your handy little notebook is ready!IMG_6986

 

Supplies used:

Patterned paper, duck tape sheets, notebook, stickers and glue.

 

 

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Handmade Books

Recycled Grocery Bag Books

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An easy step by step tutorial showing you how to make your own unique Recycled Grocery Bag Books.  Making something useful (and cute!)  instead of recycling or throwing these bags away- is very satisfying.

Recycled Grocery Bag Books

This Sunday was Earth day, and this is my eco conscious project for it 🙂

I have to say though, these books amazed me. I had the concept in my mind, a step by step idea of how I had planned to make these, but the actual outcome was SO much prettier than I had expected 🙂

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I made these using brown paper bags, the kind you bring groceries home with. They are pretty simple to make and  you can find my full tutorial with more photos for this project on the Fiskars blog here.

Recycled Grocery Bag Books tutorial

Want even more inspiration? Read all previous Tutorial Thursday posts by clicking here.

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