August 16, 2010

Special Events Book

Hello, this is Sheila from ShesASassyLady and I am so excited to share with you this wonderful Special Event Book. Pam at TheBugBytes has been focusing all month on Just Because Cards and although I love that cart I had just made a bunch of cards and wanted to share something else with you! So today I will take you from thought process to completed project. This is a much longer post than I normally do so please grab a cup of coffee or tea or maybe a diet coke or pepsi and sit down and spend a few minutes with me...


I am so excited with this big-little project!!! I say big as it is my first little book of sorts. After deciding to make this project and the size I was going to do I had to come up with a cover that I felt was sturdy enough to take a little abuse and I did not have any thick chip board. So I collected the pieces of cardboard around the office and started cutting and stacking until I felt I had the right thickness.
Before the final cut on my cardboard or should I say future cover I took my papers that I used for the thought process and placed and cut the cardboard exactly the size I wanted.
I ended up using 2 with an old file folder sandwiched in between and I am thrilled with the results. I used an ATG to adhere the three pieces together.
I then trimmed my DCWV Maraposa card stock and covered the cardboard making sure edges were glue with Zip Dry so they wouldn't pull apart.
I marked where the bottom was to I could make sure I had a front and back cover and as I was using the same paper on both it was easier to match and make sure the paper was going in the right direction.
I inked the edges of the dark brown as I didn't want any white edges, just a nice finished look to it.
Here is my front cover and all the different color papers I chose to go inside. They are from the K and Company Life's Journey stack. The nice thing is every page had a different coordinated color on the reverse side. Aren't the papers just beautiful. Make sure you tap the photo to enlarge so you can see what I mean. Next I trimmed off 1 inch of the paper so that I would have an 11x12 inch paper.
Then I used my score pal with a score mark at the center or 6 inches on 1 side and then 3 1/2 inches in the other direction.
Then all I had to do was draw up the bottom to form the little pocket, use the bone folder for a sharp edge.
Then fold in half again, and once again take the bone folder and get clean sharp edge.
I continued with this until I had 6 pages or 12 pockets; 1 for each month of the year.
Well the book part is almost ready.... All I have to do is bind it and decorate it. Look how nicely these colors coordinate?


Next I need to start making my tags. I decided to do a tag I could fit right in the pocket rather than on it as I didn't want to make another book it the space filled up, but I could easily replace a tag or write on both sides if I needed to. It was actually easier to design this on my Gypsy Woman and write with the Cri-Kit Pens than to type up and then print with card stock on my computer. I use my pens whenever I can.

This was the second video I did with the pens, you know I made a blunder with the first and had to redo it!

I took the extra time to ink the little calendar pages and I am so glad I did, they look so much nicer, don't you think?
I glued all the months on the tags and there is plenty of room for birthday and even anniversary's. The neat thing is that if one side gets full I just cut another and adhere it to the back! so easy!
Thought I would show you a couple of the backs. They come from the same K and Company Life's Journey stack and are so beautiful!
Well here are my pages before binding them. I don't mind telling you I am a nervous wreck as I have never used the Zutter Bind It All before and I don't want to goof this up!!!
Let me tell you even though I watched the video several times and read the little book I did plenty of praying when I did this, and God is good - it cut beautifully. I had a little problem with my page order but was able to get that figure out too. If you need assistance in this click HERE for the Bind It All video.
Now that it is all together I will use my little cuts from my wonderful Gypsy and Cricut... my Dynamic Duo to embellish along with other goodies. I am going to keep it lite as I don't want this book to get too bulky.



Now I sure hope you like my little special events book. It sure has changed from thought process to finished product but I love it. I can keep all my dates in one place and plan for the entire month what cards need to be ready and when. After making I realized there isn't a book big enough to hold a years worth of cards for birthdays and anniversaries but this is the perfect answer for what I need. It is pretty and so easy to refer to and update when ever needed.
I sure hope you enjoyed today's project and I hope I didn't bore you with my first videos for a project. This book was so much fun to make and it really challenged me, yet it is something each and everyone can do too.
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19 comments:

Michele said...

Oooh, this is a wonderful idea! Love it! I've been trying to think of how I want to organize dates for cards myself, and this may be something I might do!

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

Fabulous work! Love it all... those pockets are great. Happy Monday!

Gramjak said...

This is wonderful, Sheila! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creativity with us! I love it (and the warning card, too!!!)

Diane said...

Your book is just beautiful. I have been reading this post and watching the videos on and off for a couple of hours (between the phone and other interruptions!). Thanks for taking the time to explain the entire process you went through and sharing your lovely book! I think this was a perfect reason to buy a bind-it-all, the wires look much nicer than plastic. Thanks again.

Happy Dot Crafts said...

Wonderful, it turned out great!! I would love to do one of these but I don't have a binder or anything so I will be trying something else. But your work is awesome and I love the book!

Vanessa said...

What a great idea--the book is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

Wow that is just lovely!!! I thought about getting one of those bind it alls. I may need to do that. This came out beautifly.

Cher~ said...

Sheila, your book is lovely. How smart to use the rectangles and pens to draw the lines on your tags. You will love your BIA. We love making mini books here. :-)

Kristy said...

WOW! This is beautiful and fabulous!

June said...

LOVE YOUR BOOK!!!!! I just make the same type of book last week for Birthday/Anniversary and I realized the same thing about not having enough room. This book was super fun to make and I really love your tag in the pocket idea and wished I had seen your video first!!!! Thanks so much for sharing and loved your tutorial!!

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

What an elegant book. Love the pockets.

SherriC. said...

Sheila, I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!! you did a fabulous job, I can't wait to try out my new Bind it All, I know exactly what my first projectwill be.....

CraftyGirl said...

Wow Sheila!! this is soooo amazing!! The papers are gorgeous and elegant... I have that stack but now it is clear that I need to get it out and do something with it!! I love the idea of having a page with at a pocket and tag for each month!! What a treasured keepsake you are creating!! Thanks for sharing the details with us!!!
Barb :)

Java Jen's Creations said...

This book is absolutely beautiful!!! I love the papers and the detailed images you cut! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!!

Sue said...

Love the book; am getting ready to do my first using the Cinch. I don't have as pretty papers as you do, but I am doing it for my daughter so she will think it's pretty anyway.

Lori Apgar said...

Sheila ~ this is awesome!!! What a great idea for all of those wonderful cards you have been cranking out!!

I am loving the pens too.....just might need to order some!!

Leah said...

wowowowowow! you hard crafty worker! this is so much to share and you've done such a wonderful job and put so much into this!
love the tags, the lines, inking and lettering!!!

Sentimental Scrapper said...

Beautiful book! You did an awesome job!!!! Congrats on your first videos!!

Beth said...

AWESOME, sorry I am yelling, but this is fantastic.....


I may have to add this to my favorites so I can visit and scraplift.

Did I mention it was AWESOME!