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November 11, 2010

Book of Books

Today I have mini project tutorial. I made this little book for me, but it would make a great gift for the book lover on your list. It's exactly what it's name says, a book for me to keep my list of "books I've read" and "books I want to read" in. Today's tutorial isn't quite as detailed as some tutorials, because it's one of those things that's easy to bend to your own tastes, however I'll be adding in a few things to think about or be careful of when making something like this. Alright, up first is a picture of the outside of the book:PA300041

Let's talk about choosing an album first. I wanted something small enough to put in my purse. The idea is that I can take this book with me to the library or book store when I go. I also wanted something that I could add pages too (for the books I've read section) and take pages out (from the books I want to read section). Finally, I wanted something that still had a bit of a book look to it. I ended up choosing Basic Grey's Tabbed Chipboard Album in Brown. This album consists of 10 chipboard pages: 1 large un-tabbed piece, 3 tabbed pieces, and 3 un-tabbed pieces. I flipped the book and actually used the back cover as the front. I embellished the front. I used papers from Pink Paislee Sweetness Collection as well as Parisian Anthology Broach Color Brads, I-rock crystals, some thread, and a tag I printed out with my Silhouette machine. I wanted to make this a pretty and girlie book, but I didn't want to go to embellishment crazy since I don't want to worry about catching it on stuff when I toss it in my purse. Here's a look at the back of the book: PA300043

Now as I mentioned, some of the pages have tabs and some don't: PA250004
I wanted all of the pages to have tabs, so I traced the tabs on the already tabbed sheet onto paper, and added them to the chipboard: PA300042
How you decide to label your tabs is up to you. I considered splitting my book up by genera, but in the end decided to split it up alphabetically by author. The very last tab, however, was saved for the list of books I want to read. 

You can decorate the inside pages any way you want. I didn't add any chunky embellishments, because I want to keep the book as thin as possible. Instead, I covered the pages with more Pink Paislee Sweetness paper. I also printed out quotes about books on vanilla card stock and added those to my inner pages. Here are a few examples:NovDec10

  Finally, I filled the book with loose leaf paper that I cut to size and punched holes in. I chose loose leaf paper instead of card stock for the simple reason that it's thinner. I read a lot, so I need to be able to fit as many sheets of paper as I can in this book. If you decide to make your own book of books, I'd love to see it. Just link it up here in the comments or post it to the gallery.



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