A basic mini book formula:
I usually make a informal list of the kinds of pages I want in the book before I start (even if it's just a mental list) like this:
1. Title: mine is "follow your heart" that I got from the Remnant Rubs sheet. Do I always have a title when I start? the answer is, no. Sometimes the book does not have a name or title till I'm done with the pages, but for these lessons, I thought I would be easier to identify the divider sections if I started with a title.
2. Divider pages
4. Journaling pages
5. Flip-out or hinged pages
6. Additional inserts
When building a journal you can have any number of sections or pages. In the example I will be working on we will create four sections and have one of each kind of pages in each section. I do reserve "creative license" on #6 - additional inserts as I never know how many of these I will create when I start a journal.
Once I have the idea, I start the gathering process. I use my rolling Ikea Cart for basic products that I might use.
Wendy Vecchi's new embossing paste in silver...I have a feeling that is going to end up on some of the pages.
I can always use other products but this gives me the basics close at hand. The great thing about the cart is it's off the table top so I have more room to work (and I need a lot of room).
Oh, and see the darling vintage UTILITY canister? (Christmas gift from my sister)
The bottom tray has a stack of potential papers.
So today we are going to start with the Divider pages.
Things to remember:
1. Setting the tone: The divider pages set the tone for the over all look and feel of the book.
2. Repetition is good: I am going to stick with the colors I used on the cover.
I am going to have four sections to my mini book, so I cut four pages from Ranger Manila Cardstock. I like this smooth surface material as a divider because it's a super heavy-weight cardstock that will stand up to inks, stains and the sewing machine.
My pages are 4 x 7" (since that fits the Worn Cover I am using) and I have punched holes with my Crop-a-dile before I start. I suppose you could wait till you are ready to put them in the ring binder, but I prefer to punch them beforehand so I know just where the holes will be throughout the design process.
I am using the same two colors, Squeezed Lemonade and Picked Raspberry that I used to color the crinkle ribbon for the cover flowers. That will reinforce the color scheme.
1. Squeeze out Stain onto non stick craft sheet (I like more pink, less yellow to start).
2. Spritz with water from a mister.
3. Lay the tag flat in the stain and lift up
5. Repeat dipping into the stain and drying, building the color layer by layer.
Another thought... if I was to have the Squeezed Lemonade and the Tumbled Glass on the non stick craft sheet a the same time, I could very easily have ended up with green as a byproduct of the two colors mixing. Sometimes this is great, but in this case I wasn't going for green. Best to dry the yellow and pink, then add the blue and dry quickly.
(seriously loving the way these divider pages are turning out)
metal tabs - idea-ology stencil marks
letters - Sizzix block talk
cardstock - kraft core Core'dinations
cardstock - kraft core Core'dinations
remnant rubs - elements and words
stamper anonymous - nature's moments
paper string - stripes
So, here is where I set you free to do the 4 divider pages for your journal. Again, you do not have to use the same exact colors or materials or even size that I use. You are not going to need buy new patterned paper...I know you already have some favorites on hand. I know that's what I'm using...(confession: I have been hording a 1/2 sheet of the small harlequin paper from Crate Paper - Emma's Sweet Shop collection...I may just use it up on this project!)
Just start. Four little pages of a heavyweight paper. You can do it.
I will be back in a few days to check up on you and move on to the next item on the list...what was it? oh yeah, pocket pages.
cheers for a great weekend!