Wednesday, February 15, 2012
caffeinated mini journals
I have something up my (coffee) sleeve today: more itty bitty books! The last time I made these, i didn't explain how I did it. How rude! This time I will.
Drank lots of coffee. Saved sleeves. Begged baristas and neighboring patrons for more. Dug them out of trash cans. Then: I pulled each one open, trimmed a 2.25"x4.5" rectangle out of it, and put two coats of metallic craft paint on each side.
While those were drying, I chopped up rectangles of the same size from paper bags for the journal innards.
Went magazine diving to get collage material for the journal covers. (This is my favorite part!)
Painted larger rectangles out of paper bags to layer with the collaged pieces on the cover.
Then I folded over the dried coffee sleeve rectangles (corrugated side facing out), inserted five paper bag pages and glued on the little collage pieces.
Using a mini hole punch, I made a hole at the top and the bottom of the spine (punched through all the pages, too), and bound it with craft wire. From there it was guesswork and fun; I added beads, threads, sequins, and other doodads.
And that's it! :)
Posted by aimee