Today is day two of my introduction of my 3 newest stencils from Stencil Girl. Here are step out photos showing how I made an accordion coffee book with the Coffee Mugs & Love stencil, which looks like this:
I had received a box from Amazon (how odd is that??) that contained lots of small rectangles of cardboard to prevent the contents from moving around. I decided they would make a great book! I was inspired by this tutorial by Michelle Ward on making an Upcycled Cardboard Journal.
I took a piece of card stock from my stash and cut it to the height of the rectangles. Then I scored it and created an accordion fold for each of the pieces of cardboard. (Here is a video tutorial on creating a hidden hinged binding.... I wish I had watched it before I stumbled through this project!)
I coated all of the rectangles with clear gesso to seal them and fortify them, and also give them some "tooth." Then I used white gesso to coat the pieces that would be the back and front covers of my book.
I used the Paisley Floral Repeat stencil to add a pattern to the covers. I liked it so much that I added it to all the pieces of cardboard. (Tomorrow, I will share a video showing how I created unique fabric using this stencil!)
Then I adhered one side of each rectangle to the accordion folded card stock using tacky glue. My two gesso containers were great weights!
While the book was drying, I spread embossing paste through the stencil onto card stock.
Once the book and all the embossing paste was dry, I got to work collaging and decorating all the "pages."
I found some great quotes on Pinterest that just rounded out the book.
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