Happy Monday!! Catherine here on the blog today to share a little inspiration to help you use up some of those older patterned papers you might have lurking around. This is a sweet little mini-book for your Instagram, Hipstamatic or other square images that you take with your iPhone using the Square Card with Window Bigz XL Die. Not only did I use up 8 pieces of old patterned paper -- but I recycled a piece of corrugated cardboard AND the plastic packaging that my Bigz die came in to make this cute coffee table mini-book to flip through now and then.
I don't know about you, but I am a paper hoarder. I love all the pretty patterns and colors and textures -- I keep buying and buying but the reality is I don't use them up fast enough. Which means, I have
a LOT a TON of paper that I need to use up so I can buy new designs, and I'm wanting some new papers.
This was a super easy project to create and it came together pretty quick too! For the cover, I cut the corrugated cardboard with the Bigz die and then cut the die-cut shape in half to form the front and back of my mini-book. To add some color, I used spray paints and stencils to get a colorful and interesting graffitti look. While that was drying I cut the papers for my pages and folded them in half. With the 8 hoarded papers I got 16 pages for my mini-book.
To assemble, I folded the pages in half and stitched a photo in the center to keep it in place. Once all the pages were ready I punched them with my binding system, assembled the pages on the coil along with the front cover, back cover, a title page that I created in Word and the clear plastic protector page cut from the plastic packaging that my die came in. It turned out so cute, I can't wait to fill the rest of the pages with my favorite Instagrams and Hipstamatics from 2013. And don't forget, you will also have a huge stack of beautiful squares to make a paper quilt or something with, I might share mine with you sometime soon.
To create the title page I measured the window on the book cover and created a text box to match the window in my word processing document. Once I had my words positioned in the text box I printed the file on cream card stock, trimmed it down to 5" x 5" and used the Bigz Die to round the corners. It worked like a charm and it looks pretty professional too! This would make a sweet baby album, teacher's gift or a little memento from any occasion.
As I was playing with the Square Card with Window Die to see what I could do when I added a fold here and there I created this cute little double window frame. The paper is a piece of heavy weight of watercolor paper I used up some extra paint on and then added some doodles here and there with a white pen. The machine stitching keeps the photo in place and the back flaps attached to the frame.
This project literally took me 10 minutes -- and much longer to choose the photos.
Thanks for stopping by today to get inspired to use that Square Card Die -- I think you're going to love it! Have a great week and I'll see you again soon!