Monday, 5 January 2015

Inspiration by Gwyneth - January

Good Morning Everybody!

The new year has arrived!  Hope it is a good one for all of you.  I also hope that you had all the crafting goodies, and other stuff, that you wanted for Christmas.  If you did I'm sure that you are still having fun playing.

This month my inspiration creation to show you is a "Llyfr Pob Math O Bethau" - a "Book For All Sorts Of Things".  With a notebook, ball point pen, plain cardstock, and pocket inside, it can be used in whatever way the recipient wants. So if they want to keep it as a notebook they can, or doodle, or draw, or stick in photos, or pop keepsakes in the little pocket, or cut out things they want from a catalogue to stick in - well they can - it's not tied to being anything in particular.

Stamping Dragon Designs Item:
Items from the "Cinnamon Spice Collection" available - here - in the store.

250gsm Super Smooth cardstock, A5 notebook, Seam binding, 2 clip rings, 2 sheets of cardboard for cover, Quick grab glue, A5 white 300gsm cardstock, ball point pen
Hougie Board, Scissors, Crop-a-dial, 2 hole paper punch

This is what I did:
Firstly I took the notebook and cut out two pieces of cardboard a bit larger than it.  I then used My Craft Studio software to do some layering and some panels using items and backgrounds from the Cinnamon Spice Collection, printing everything off once I was satisfied with the layout.

I used quick grab glue throughout to allow for a little movement time before it grabbed and held.

One panel was put on the front of the notebook, I then scored along the lines of the notebook front and folded the edges over, cutting off the corners before glueing in place and then glueing the 1st lined page over to hide the folded strips.

For the front and back I covered them both with the same background panel, again scored around the edge and cut the corners, before folding the sides over.  I cut two panels from another background from the collection just a smidge smaller than the front and back and stuck these inside to cover the folded over strips, putting a length of seam binding under the inside panel of the back before sticking it in place.

I punched holes in the A5 cardstock and placed one of these over the back cover where I wanted it to be and drew through the two holes onto the cover.  I then used the crop-a-dial to first punch holes through the cover then to set the hole washers in place.  I did the same for the front cover, using the back cover hole positions as a guide.

I cut a panel of cardstock and scored in at 1cm, 1.5cm and 2cm on three sides.  These formed the sticking panel and gussette of the pocket that was stuck inside the back cover.  The covered notebook was stuck inside the front cover.

A second panel was stuck onto the front, putting one end of a length of seam binding underneath it before it was put in place.  I finished off the front with a flower printed and cut from the same collection.

The "book" was then constructed, clipping everything together with the rings and putting the ball point pen inside, before adding two short lengths of seam binding as decoration to the rings and tieing the lengths at the open side.

And that is it from me for today.
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Till next time - Have Fun Crafting!
Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog Design Team Leader
(And if you are wondering "who's Gwyneth?" - then you'll find an "About Me and My Blog!" piece on my blog.)


Jan Ltc said...

I love this. Happy New Year xx Jan

Linda Simpson said...

Fabulous! Happy New Year!
Linda xxx

Nicky Wilcox said...

Gorgeous love the idea xxx


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