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! :)


Karen Blados said...

Makes me thirsty for a cup of joe!

painted fish studio said...

they are so fabulous! love the re-use.

Jennibellie said...

Lol, fabulous!! they're recycled journals so I loooooooooooove :) xxx

inkstitch said...

Good grief, these are like, squeal good. ;)

Marcia (123 blog) said...


The bright colours make me so happy!

I should blog the one I made from the inner packaging from pillowcases :)

amy said...

I love little recycled books! These are great!

Jeannine said...

Way cool, Aimee!

Chel said...

That is *super* cool!

LuLu said...

Brilliant idea. Hope you restart 'List It Tuesday' again - I miss your lists...

I'm under the weather this week for WOYWW - I'm just popping by for a quick peek.

Would love for you to stop by my blog when you have a moment or 2!


Michele said...

Fabulous !!!! I am now craving coffee though, which isn't fabulous....but your wee books just make me smile, so totes worth it!

Lorinda said...

They're adorable! Thanks for sharing your process :-)

rachel awes said...

oh aimee! it's like seeing a box of chocolates/all the yummy varieties...i'd love a bite of each, please! xox

Beth said...

You are wonderful! They are fabulous - ps - don't dive in those dumpsters...just look in my basement or :) xo - see you soon

Kirstin said...

Love the metalic craft paint colors! Another thing to start collecting for reuse :)

Anonymous said...

I KNEW there was some reason I was drinking all that coffee ;)

Lori said...

OMG these make me CRAZY Aimee!!! You are a creative genius. Love you!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, you crafty mama! These are so fun! I wish I were a barista. I'd give it all to you, babe.

Bella Sinclair said...

I cannot tell you how much I HATE these new captcha word verification thingies. Gah!

Marcie said...

So clever and creative!! Love how you create such colorful art out of what others would see as simple trash!

pauline said...

These are SO beautiful and look like so much fun to make. The colours are all so vibrant and each one has it's own special 'feel'. i LOVE them all. Thanks for sharing the process. xoxo

Asiye Ivedi said...

super cool!

Koosje Koene said...

What a great idea! And the results are all so beautiful!

Linda Germain said...

so fun and functional. thanks

aimee said...

thank you everyone! xo

Andria said...

Love these! I will bookmark this post to try some for myself. Thanks for sharing the details!

Shena Leonard said...

I pinned this page on Pinterest because I want to remember the idea to do little books with my kiddos and I have already gotten tons of "repin" notices on it. I hope you don't mind!!! Let me know if you want me to take the pin down - I do have it linked to you so people will most likely follow the link to see the instructions.... SHena

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know...I just blogged about a little coffee sleeve journal of my own, and linked to your wonderful post here. Thanks for the inspiration, Aimee!

April Cole said...

Super love these...!!
Will have to create some, will do a shout out your way. No doubt about it. :]
Thank you for sharing your talents, always.

yh said...

sandales Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin pas cher
tee-shirts louis vuitton
louis vuitton pas cher
juicy couture tasche
louis vuitton tasche>
versace tasche
chloe tasche
gucci tasche
tee shirts polo
polo bolsas
tee shirts
ceinture en cuir
chaussures nike
chaussures puma
sac fendi
sac guess
sandales Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin pas cher
porte cles chanel
bracelet louis vuitton
chloe tasche
ed hardy bolsas
sac chloe
sac dior

maryjohin said...

Welcome to official timberland, more latest timberland goods at timberland boat shoestimberland femme.There has True Religion Jeans in the winter,the website is true religion jeans and true religion.If you want to claim the mountain,you can take mbt schoenen and converse shoes.

Amy Maricle said...

I was just gathering these sleeves to brainstorm a project. Thanks for the idea!