September 2, 2014


Good morning I am so excited to share with you this wonderful Special Event Book that is just perfect for the new year. I have just made a bunch of cards and wanted to share something else with you that you could use to store your dates and your cards! 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. Registered & Protected
Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. Your comments continue to inspire me and lift my spirits.


Missy said...

Sheila, all of your hard work payed off, it looks great!! Love those papers too!

Summer said...

So cute, love the paper. Great project!

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely fabulous...Thank you so much for sharing.

Unknown said...

This is so awesome! It turned out great and is so practical!!! I love how you drew your lines on the tags! said...

All that work!!!! Thanks for sharing step by step. I still have to decide when I create one!! You are inspiring me. I too have both stacks from DCWV and K&Company. I just love Mariposa! I really like how you drew the lines on your tags. And can you beleive it? I have both the Zutter and the Cinch.. and sit there brand new!!
Thanks again for sharing all your work!!

Suz said...

OMGosh! This is soooo beautiful, Sheila. TFS! I have some new CTMH papers that this would look awesome in, and I'm always looking for new BIA ideas. Off to create my own...

Laurie said...

What a great way to start the new year. I love this idea, thank you for sharing. Do you have a gypsy file for the lines and tags? I have been following your videos and as a new gypsy owner really appreciate your lessons.

Cheryl Boglioli said...

I love everything about this book. I love that you used your pens to line your tags. And bound it up so nice! Love it.

Suz said...

Thanks again for the inspiration, Sheila. I used your event book design as a jumping off point for a coupon organizer I had been wanting to make--you can see it here:

Of course I credited you and linked back here ; )

Thanks for such great ideas. I return to your blog over and over again to see what you and your guest bloggers are up to!

Denine said...

OMG... I love it and I do believe you just gave me an excuse to purchase a BIA..(I have been wanting one)
This is awesome Sheila, the design can definately be utilized for many different organization type books.. I love it.
Thank you for sharing and of course the inspiration.
Happy New Year

Nanne said...

What a wonderful idea.. I have a little calendar type mini in the works and this is such an inspiration..