done in an off-set gate-fold style,
as you can see by the inside:
It has lots of printed (and water-distressed) digital papers
and a Hero Arts bird cage & my little doodled bird digi:
it turned into a notebook holder:
The notebook is held in by ribbon,
so it's removable/refillable:
On the front, it says
The littlest birds...
...sing the prettiest songs:
(on the inside)
And somehow this ended up being the world's
longest tutorial ever made...
refillable notebook inside:
This is a step by step tutorial for a 5 1/4" square
(and a whack of odd details) ;o)
- Bird Cage image from HERO ARTS digital set: Your bird can sing
- Ice Creamy dotted digital paper by Lauren Reid (Two Peas)
- Striped paper from TracyAnnDigitalArt on etsy
- Free digital bird image available in this older post (printed at 75% size)
- Free digital damask paper available in this older post
- White, black & grey cardstock;
- Illuminate text stamp , clear embossing powder, Soft Sky ink, sponge.
- White turquoise, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 9 die
- Paper piercer, needle & thread (in white, turquoise & yellow)
- Yellow watercolour pencils, white signo pen, water spray bottle.
- Cosmo Cricket EverAfter flower rub-ons.
- Vanilla seam binding ribbon (dyed yellow with reinkers)
D) Cut the two images with a Nestabilites Label die.
(i can't stop doing that)
That way the mat is not too fat. ;o)
Step 3) Pierce holes for the hinges (I pierced 3 pairs of teeny holes)
& then stitch the hinges on.
or just glue them if you want a quick method.
Step 5) Cut pieces to make a 5 1/4" square gatefold card:
Measurements for the 2 pieces of cardstock:
If you are adding a notepad, you can score two extra lines to make the card fold like a book (see the red dotted lines in the photo above).
Step 6) Print digital papers & cut them out
Step 9) Adhere the cage image onto the dark gray strip
These ruffle strips were made with paper that was: accordion folded,
taped together, spritzed with shimmer, then pierced and stitched
They have shimmeriness:
(The DIY shimmer spray has Lumiere pearl paint & Barely Banana reinker). After spraying them, I added some reinker directly to a brush and used it to dye the edges of the ruffle more concentrated yellow.
Step 11) Adhere the ruffle behind the image (on the gray strip)
It covers up a fair bit on the front, but the rest of the
ruffle will show from the inside of the card.
Step 12) Adhere the ruffle strip (with the image)
12 A) Add another gray strip to the back-i folded this one to balance out the layers.
13 A) Put adhesive on the inside Small right hand-side flap
13 B) Stick the smaller piece of plain cardstock cut in step 5B onto that adhesive
Step 16) Add the saying:
16 A) Emboss saying on vellum (from a word document printed on an inkjet printer heat embossed with clear embossing powder).
16 B) Cut the words apart & add vellum behind them (tinted with Copic Marker)
16 C) Stick the first three words of the sentiment ("the littlest birds") on the front & Adhere the rest of the words on the inside of the card.
16 D) Add a little stitch on either side of the words.
distressing digi paper (printed on an inkjet printer) with water.
It's sort of a sneaky way to make sure that your project keeps
looking nice, since any wear and tear it takes will look
like it's part of the distressing. ;)
Step 2) Staple it together.
To make the notebook removable:
A) Wrap some ribbon around
B) Adhere both ribbon ends to the back.
C) Add adhesive and more cardstock/patterned paper to hide the ribbon ends & hold them in place.
D) Slide the notebook into the ribbon on the inside of the card
Having some pages above the ribbon & some below it will make it sturdy.
All that shows in the end is a little bit of matching ribbon:
And there you have the notebook (inside the card)
For an extra special gift, you can give several refills as well.