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A lovely little book for dreams.
Let's make one together.
Print out a Vintage Frame from the free printable section at World Label. I printed mine on white cardstock. I did have to change the printer setting where it says "fit to page". I am quite sure if you explore World Label you will find label paper that matches the template which could be very convenient for many projects. But today, I don't have any so I have to stick with cardstock. And that's okay.
Graphics Fairy. I am sure many of you already use this site (because it's great). She has so many images that you can use for free. I love it when there are no strings attached to an image! Use at will!
You can find this image of the Eiffel Tower by going to The Graphics Fairy and clicking on the word, SEARCH at the top tool bar. All the categories of images will come up. Now click on Travel. Now just download the image you want.
Once I had the image, I opened a new document and placed two of the same image on the page. You never know what size will be just what you need (especially in a round opening) so I printed one slightly bigger than the one I thought would work. Does that make sense?
Sticky Back Canvas in Natural color a bit bigger than the two pieces of chipboard. I left a good 1/2" between the boards for a spine.
I cut a piece of fabric so it would fit the book cover with a 1/2" edge showing.
I know the edges are raw. But once the Mod Podge goes on you can hardly tell. I admit I was quite surprised at how good it looked and I was glad I didn't waste the time the fold edges under.
btw, I did not put Mod Podge on top of the fabric, only under it.
I added the Eiffel Tower to the center with a tape runner.
I cut 6 pieces of cardstock to fit the book. Basically the same size as the fabric piece.
Make 3 holes in each set of pages (signature) with an awl.
Now start sewing.
I start from the outside (because that where I want the tail to be). So it up through hole 2 and down through hole 1.
Clip off the tails.
Repeat for the second set of pages.
And the last thing...a bit of old lace as a closure. I just slipped it under the waxed linen to keep it in place when the book is opened.
I have my little book right here with me in Paris. I am filling it up with ideas and sketches of things I see. I am sure when I get back I will finish the cover with numbers, words and a bit of glitter. Because what's Paris with out a bit of glitter?