Kick Off The New Year With This DIY Vintage Journal Holder

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Hello Crafties, Aida here! It's almost the New Year and if you are like me, you are definitely thinking of the highs and lows of the past year, and of moving forward. This decorative Vintage Book Holder is meant to contain a handmade book or even a store bought journal in the theme of feeling Lucky and being present. We can't change events that have passed, but perhaps we can take lessons from them and feel thankful for the good moments that have kept us sane and grounded.

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I always seem to complete a project with an Alphabet die by Tim Holtz! The sheer number of titles in his designs makes it so easy to find one that suits the project.

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Clustering the elements in layers creates a natural feel and makes the project more attractive.

Before I start, here is a useful link to the Big Shot Plus and if you are new to die-cutting, I recommend you watch this Sizzix video : Cutting Thin Dies with the Big Shot Plus.

For this Book Holder, the Sizzix products I used are:
Big Shot Plus
Sizzix Alterations Tick-Tock
Sizzix Alterations Thinlits Garden Greens
Sizzix Alterations Thinlits Friendship Words Block
Sizzix Bigz Alterations Love Struck
Sizzix Texture Fades Bingo
Sizzix Large Punch Tattered Flower
Sizzix Little Sizzles Matboard

Let's begin!

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I created a three sided box with chipboard and the dimensions are on the picture.

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The Front and Back are 5 1/2 inches square.

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Adhere patterned paper to the surfaces and add a handle.

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Next die cut the alarm clock shape in matboard, and add color with a gold or bronze ink.

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Roll a narrow strip of cardstock into a circle and glue down to the back of the clock. This may be a bit tricky, don't worry if it's not perfect as it will be hidden.

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Here you can see the clock on the front of the Book Holder. Glue patterned paper to the surface of the circle, or colour with paint or stamp as you like, then adhere it to the inside of the clock.

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The Here & Now is from the Block Words Friendship set and with 16 useful pieces in the pack, it's real value for money!

The easiest way to die cut the words would be to 1) line them up in a straight line 2) stick washi tape over the Thinlits 3) position on the patterned paper 4) roll through the Big Shot in the usual way.

Remove the alphabets (saving them for another project) and use the negative. Glue it onto to a plain cardstock, fill in the centers of letters like R and O. Ink with Brown and rub a little Glitter Stickles into the letters.

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There are many Heart shape dies but the one I keep going back to is the Love Struck heart because it's the right size and the roughened edges makes it look vintage. My favorite Texture Fades folder is the Bingo numbers and embossing on Sizzix Little Sizzles Matboard makes it pop. Colour the heart with any medium you prefer.

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Choose the ferns you like from the Garden Greens Thinlits, die cut a few shapes and color with Distress ink.

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Punch out the Tattered Flowers in white cardstock and add large brads to the centers.

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This is a closer look at the layers. I've added Idea-olgy Flashcards and accents, a Planner Tab and small gold brads.

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I hope you enjoyed this project and will make a Book Holder, perhaps as a gift for someone special? Have a wonderful 2017 ahead, may the year be filled with personal successes and much happiness!

Singature:Aida Haron

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