Sunday, January 31, 2010
Wedding Bells Album with Graphic 45 Le Romantique
To sew the first set of three folded pages together, start at the first hole and from the inside out, push the needle and thread through leaving a tail of about 3 ".
Go over the top of the pages and back through the first hole again.
Sew all the way down the signature until you reach the bottom, where you will bring the thread around just like you did on the top and all the way back up to the second hole from the top.
Then you'll double knot the remaining thread with the tail and trim. You'll repeat this on the next four sets of folded pages.
When you are done, you will stack your pages together. Notice how I used cream colored card stock on the outside of signature 1, 3 and 5 and used the pink cardstock on the outside (or first sheet) of signatures 2 and 4. The finished product looks nicer when the colors alternate like this.
After your pages are stacked, you will bind them together with ribbon. I used American Crafts Premium Ribbon "Greeting" and selected the velvet salmon ribbon. I cut eight pieces about 3" long each. You will start at the top and slide the ribbon under all five threads on the spines of the signatures. Tape both ends to the outside cardstock. Here's what it looks like when you've finished.
The final step to make the book is to glue on your covers right to the top and bottom of the pages. I use Zip Dry because it really holds. Set something heavy on top of the book to hold the cover in place well while it drys.
From here, it is all fun. I decorate the inside pages first, before the cover so I won't mess up the outside while I' m gluing and embellishing the inside. Graphic 45 has some lovely diecut sheets of tags, vintage photos, stamps, borders etc. that make it easy. I used the leftover 12"x 3 1/2" strips to make pockets and photo mats. I also bought a number of second sheets to create even more photo mats and journaling spots in the book.
For the cover, I cut two 6"x 8 1/4" pieces of the Graphic 45 "Key to My Heart" pattered paper and used the scroll side for both the back and the front. I used Time Holtz Paint Dauber in gold to distress the edges and to add a little flair to the cream-painted wooden photo corner that I added to the top left corner. I hand cut the bride from the "La Romantique" paper and hand cut extra roses and the photo frame. I used lots of adhesive foam to get the dimension I wanted.
I hope you enjoy making this book - or something similar. I have made these books using a number of double sided papers, including Basic Grey and SEI (their Winter Song and Christmas Mint papers look terrific with silver paint on the cover!).
This book is taller than the Wedding Bells album. The cover is 9 1/4" tall and the signatures were cut to 9" vs. 8".
As an aside, I had the book together and decorated in about 4 hours (with tons of interruptions from hubbie and small people). It's a lovely project to complete on a snowy afternoon.