Since we are all currently in lockdown, I have been trying to tidy up and finish off some things that have been piled up on my desk and leaving me very little space to work.

This is a little book that is made from some American Crafts greeting cards I bought a while back when they were on special and I got a box of 40 cards for the low, low price of I can’t remember, but it was a steal.  Here are the cards that I decided to use.  There are twelve in all, so there will be six sets of two cards, making a four page signature.

I put two cards together, one inside the other, to make a signature of four and then sewed them together to make little booklets.  The cards are blank inside, so this gives me pretty patterned pages to look at and.or draw over, and blank pages to write in.

Here they are all sewn up and ready to be made into a book. It was at this point that I sat them aside and forgot about them for a while.  I had actually planned to include them in a birthday package I sent to a friend but I ran out of time and then of course, there was no rush to finish it after I decided not to include it in the package.


Fast forward to today, and I decided to get it finished finally.  I started with making the cover using some kraft card and some Fresco paints. This side was mostly lilac but in the end I added more pink colours to it to brighten it up a bit and match the cards.

I made the inside and the outside different colour combinations, and that little strip at the bottom is for my binding.

I used bookbinding glue to glue the signatures together and held them in place to dry with these gold clips.

I don’t seem to have an in between photo of gluing the “spine” on to the signatures, but as you can see below, it’s already done.

Just testing it to see if I like it with the matching cover or not.  I think – yes!

I almost glued it in place but then I decided to add more decoration to the outside cover.  Here’s a close up of the bound signatures.

I made more word stamps to use on the cover of this little book.  Honestly I stared at this for ages and still didn’t see the mistake – can you see it?

After test stamping and discovering my mistake, I made a new letter to replace the problem one, and then got to stamping on my cover using Versafine ink.

I used redline tape (a high tack tape) to attach my bound pages to my cover as I know that would do a good job and hold everything together.

And that’s the finished book!  Ignore all this purple if you can, it’s the start of something new 🙂

Inside front cover

Some of the pages…

Inside back cover featuring my logo stamp!

The outside cover, back and front

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and that you might want to try this idea with some blank greeting cards.  If so please leave me a comment below.

 

 

CHALLENGES

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Funkie Junkie March Challenge – Little Things – I made a little book that only has 12 pages, more of a booklet really 🙂 Is this small enough for the challenge?
Mini Album Makers March Challenge – Any Handmade Book Goes – greeting card book

Project Recipe

My own stamps!
Paperartsy Fresco Chalk paints
Versafine Clair ink
Archival Ink
From stash: tools for cutting the stamps and the lino, box of blank cards, kraft card, sewing machine and white thread, bookbinding glue, redline tape

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4 thoughts on “Create Art Journal Magic – Greeting Card Mini Book

  1. Jenny Marples says:

    Oh Elle you are right. I bet we all have unfinished projects that could really do with being completed right now! I love your book and the clever way you’ve matched the cover to the cards inside. Thank you so much for joining in with the Little Things challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. Stay safe x

    • Empire of the Cat says:

      Thanks again Jenny. I don’t know about you but I have so many unfinished things that could do with finishing off – socks I started last winter, a cross stitch I started a looong time ago, plus a lot of random things made of paper! If not now, when?

  2. Maggi Harding says:

    What a great book and love the way you made it. Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

  3. stampersuzz says:

    What a beautiful way to use up the extra pages and create a sweet book! Thanks for playing along in the Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge!

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