Hello, people of the Internet! Welcome to Wednesday!
I am an avid art trader, and I have recently started swapping Decos, which are tiny booklets that get sent all over the world to be filled with beautiful art. So fun! If you’re interested in the trading part, there are Yahoo groups and deco swaps on major art trading sites (swap-bot, Craftster, etc.). Even if you’re not into the trading part, these tiny booklets are great for jotting down notes and quotes and are a great way to use up scraps of patterned and drawing paper.
My books are truly wee, a whopping 3.5 inches square. To make these, I trimmed my patterned paper down to 3.5 inches wide and 7 inches long. I used mixed media paper and cardstock from my pile o’ scraps for the inside pages and trimmed those down to 3 inches wide and 6.5 inches long.
Fold your papers in half (I am a slave to my Scor-Pal), give them good creases with a bone folder or the back of a spoon, and bundle them together. I used three pages for the insides of my books, which will give you 12 pages if you count fronts and backs. YAY MATH.
Center your inner pages over your pretty paper covers..
and then make three holes through your papers and your cover, relatively equidistant (YAY MATH!), with an awl or needle.
Thread a nice hefty needle with either bookbinder’s thread (which is waxed linen) or embroidery floss. Something nice and sturdy. Don’t worry about tying a knot! Poke your needle from the outside in through the middle hole, leaving a tail about 3-4 inches long.
Poke your needle from inside to outside through one of the side holes. It doesn’t matter which one! Hold onto your tail so that you don’t pull it all the way through. I’ve done it.
From the outside, bring your needle to the unused side hole and poke all the way to the inside of the book.
Now bring your needle back out through the middle hole. There will be a long thread that stretches from side hole to side hole, so make sure that your tail is on one side of that thread and your needle on the other.
Tie a tight knot. You can leave the tails long and add beads and other yummy stuff or cut the ends short (I usually leave a half inch or so)
I know that was a lot of steps, but it is pretty quick. I made three booklets in about 20 minutes, including trimming and folding.
Now comes the fun part! Break out your stencils and favorite supplies and add some love to those pages!
I used pastels and the Global Compass Rose stencil by Jill K. Berry to give my page a border.
Then, with Distress inks and my new favorite stencil, Lynn Krawczyk’s Xs, I gave the page a little more love.
I love how faded that looks!
On another page, I used Dylusions spray through the Global Compass Rose stencil.
and Distress Stain through Lynn Krawczyk’s Tracks.
Before I send these out, I’ll art up the covers (since the swaps are themed), but I’m well on my way to some cool books before anyone even adds art to them!