Like when I went to Las Vegas for the first time, I thought you had to bring your own nickles and quarters so I saved my money, rolled them and carted them all the way to the casino. Duh, they have nickles there.
or when I thought Rick Springfield was the man of my dreams (again, not true).
Well, the size of the worn journal stated in the last post is wrong. I thought it was right, but it's not. Since I do CHA work sometimes I get prototype items. Guess, what I used? A prototype cover that I had stuck in a drawer and saved for some reason, never even realizing when I took it out that that cover was about a 1/2 taller than the real product.
So it's a "make it work" moment.
I will continue to use what I started with for this project, but please know that if you have ordered a Worn Cover, the real measurements are 4 3/4 x 7". My journal pages I cut actually fit in the "real" cover but I would have to resew the fabric cover and I don't want to do that. So I am making it work in real Project Runway fashion and moving on toward the finish.
Full steam ahead to pockets:
Cut base pages to fit your mini book. Mine are the same size as my divider pages.
Punch holes for the binding mechanism. This is the ring binder I will be using in my Worn Cover.
I also gathered leftover scraps on the same Ranger manila cardstock I am using. I have cut so much paper in the last couple weeks for the classes I have been preparing for France that I have a multitude of scraps on hand. I usually just rubber band them together and wait for the next project. This is perfect.
Just for visual teaching purposes I am cutting each pocket shape in manila cardstock. You do not have to do this...you will only cut pockets from the paper you have chosen for your mini.
This is always the most basic of a pocket. I try to cut the shape just below center of the page. My page is 7" tall and my pocket is 3". I only made my pocket one sided, but if you cut your paper twice as wide you can wrap the pocket around to the back side and have a pocket on both sides of the page.
Pocket Two: Slash pocket
Cut a square the width of your page. Mine is 4" so my square is 4 x 4".
Pocket Three: Strip Pocket
This pocket usually works better on a wider page but I'm going to make it work here.
Pocket 4: Cut or punch a shape for a window.
I am using the Sized Arches - you can use whatever shape you like. If you don't have a die cut machine you can cut a shape freehand or use a punch.
loving that the Sized Arch upside down looks like a shield shape...I am mad for any kind of shield shape.
On pocket four, I did not want the tag to drop to the bottom of the page so I figured out that the tag had to stay above the 1" mark at the bottom.
Family: pocket shape 4
stamp: Stampers Anonymous - Way With Words, Mixed Media
I colored a #8 tag with Distress Ink: Spun Sugar and Mustard Seed and used the spritz and flick technique. Once dry, I stamped the tag using Distress Paint - Picket Fence (white) using the circles of the Mixed Media stamp set.
At this point, the tag is inserted into the pocket and I want to stamp something. A little trick I have showed you before is stamping the image on a piece of plastic so I can see if the image will fit in the space. It does, so I can go ahead and stamp it for real now.
You can look at them as little sayings or individual words. I only needed the word "observations" as "life" was already in the first line of the stamp image. So I just cut off that part. I also cut off the "s" at the end.
Friends: pocket shape 4Stamp - Stampers Anonymous: Way With Words, Artful Tools
I created a tag for the pocket using Distress Paint: Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, and Mustard Seed. I just painted on the Distress Paint with the dabber top in sections.
Work - Pocket shape 2
I stamped a black #8 tag with a quote from the Way With Words. I used the only white ink I had which was a Staz-on Opaque ink to make the quote look like a chalkboard drawing.
Left over ribbon = good
I decided to make a postcard with watercolor paper so I could use the Distress Markers. I was going to go for the big globe stamp and then changed my mind and used the Mini Blueprints 3. I lined them up for spacing, perfect fit (except I need to turn the compass right side up)
I made one pocket for each section, but depending on how large you want your mini book to be you can easily make more. Just have fun.So, you have until Monday to get your pockets done and then I will be back with Journaling pages. If you haven't started your mini...you can catch up! The weekend is coming...