Only one week has pass since our last blog hop,and here we go again :)
XYRON has teamed up with one of my favourite cardstock companies-Coredinations for another fun hop- YEY
After having some thought on the project I want to make this time,and knowing how great core cardstock is both quality and diversity wise, I knew what I wanted to do- I'll be making a
Coptic stitch Sketch book/ Photo Album using color core cardstock for the signatures of the book .
To make a coptic stitched book you'll need-
- 16 sheets of Coredinations color-core cardstock - signature series light and dark each folded in half and divided into groups of 4
- Chipboard or Cereal box cut to size of single segment
- 3 Patterned card stocks - 2 for the cover and one for the cover lining
- XYRON Creatopia Machine w/ perm. adhesive cartridge
- XYRON glue stick for corners
- Waxed Thread at least 10 times larger than the length of your book
*I'm going to show you how I made and decorated the cover of my Album/Sketchbook only.
If you'd like to learn how to bind your book,there are many FABULOUS tutorials by Sea Lemon here
First of, gather your supplies...
For the cover of my book,I'm going to use Lily bee design Destination line patterned cardstock which was soooo PERFECT for me as the line carries a sheet named "Destination Landmark" (Landmark-DSP326 ) that has Europe's map printed on it, and since we just came back from a family trip to France ,this paper made an awesome front cover for my book
For the back cover I used the 80 Days-DSP321 paper
And Atlas-DSP323 for the lining
I recycled a Cereal Box for the base of the hard covers
As I said above, I used the wonderful color core cardstock to make the signatures of the book-
it has a great weight to it if you plan on sketching /drawing /illustrate on it AND you can emboss and sand it as well to reveal the hidden core and give more interest to your page (like I did in my previous DIY posts here, here and here
To make the hard cover, run the chipboard through your Creatopia Machine
After covering both the boards we need to treat the reverse side
After you have stitched your book together it's time to decorate it
It's nice and all,but I don't want it on my design,so it's time to cover it
It's like it meant to be there :D
For the inside of my book, on the stock itself, I decided to leave the logo and wording Coredinations had print on and not trim it for two reasons-
1. it's nice to see the color of the core,so if you plan to use this book as a Sketchbook or Art Journal,you'll know what you'll get if you sand or tear the paper . And you can always cover the logo with tags/ washi paper etc.
2. Since I'm going to use this book as a photo album, and we had visit LOTS of places and different cities in France, I will use these little extras as a dividers (of course I'll need to cut the dividers tabs first) and arrange my photos in a chronological order of each visited city
This way you'll create a fun and colorful book with a cohesive and coordinating look
Coredinations cardstock will make your life very easy with this ^^ task as their stock has a very pleasant color pallet with nice light to dark colour scheme
And the canvas texture of the pages will give you a great painting base too :)
The possibilities are endless!
Enjoy Creating !