I've been meaning to show you my new address book for a while but for one reason or another I kept forgetting.
I ran out of space in my old address book and needed a new one: I wanted to be able to add pages as and when necessary so I decided to make my own and I'm very happy with the end result.
Listed below are the supplies I used:
2 Bind-It-All 6"x6" brown covers
Bind-It-All 6"x6" white pages
2 binder rings
Set of clear journaling stamps (stitched journaling panels by Maryan Wise)
Old books (the ones I used were about gardening and butterflies)
I started with the covers and for the background I used a couple of pages taken from second-hand books. These were glued to the hard covers after brushing them with a mixture of PVA glue and water, this mixture shouldn't be too thick or too runny. I used the inside of a lid, squirted some PVA glue and then added the water a few drops at a time and mixed well, keep on adding water until you have the right consistency. Apply this mixture all over the side of the cover you'll be working on, position the page on the cover making sure it's straight and check there are no air bubbles. Brush the background paper with some more of the glue mixture and put aside to dry.
As you'll be working in layers, the trick is to take it easy and not try to do too many layers at once. Always allow enough time for one layer to dry completely before moving one to the next. Also, make sure you do not apply too much glue as it will make the paper warp which won't look nice.
While waiting for the glue to dry choose and cut the images you want to use and see how they work together. Try different layouts until you're happy.
Before moving on to the next layer, carefully trim the background paper to remove any excess. Then brush some more glue mixture on it and place your chosen images, go over them with the brush dipped in the glue and again put aside to dry.
You can overlap images if you want but don't forget to let the previous layer to dry completely before moving on to the next. I decorated both sides of my front and back covers but you can only do the outside of these if you want.
When you've finished embellishing the covers it's time to seal them. This gives them a nice glossy finish and makes them more durable. I used decoupage enamel, it's very easy to apply and the results are great. Again you need to work in stages, apply your 1st coat of enamel and put aside to dry and the same for consecutive coats. The enamel I used dries fairly quickly so I didn't have to wait long in between coats.
Inside of front cover
Inside of back cover
My next step was to work on the pages. I bought a set of clear journaling stamps and used the stamp press you see below. What this does it, because there are small rubber rings in each corner that create some height, it allows you to position the stamps over the page and when you're happy you just press down to stamp. Also by using this stamp press I could stamp each page with my chosen 4 stamps in one single go which saved me a lot of time. At this stage you can also punch the covers and the pages.
With the covers and the pages finished it was then time to start filling in all those names, phone numbers and addresses, sort them alphabetically and stamp the corresponding letter on the top right corner of the page.
As you can see from the photos I'm using 2 binder rings to keep everything in place. As an after thought I made a crochet band for my address book because I want to keep it closed in my bag so the pages don't get damaged.
The covers and pages can be bought in different sizes allowing you to adapt this idea to your needs. Instead of an address book you might want to make a travelling journal, your own recipe book, a photo album, a diary, etc. and as decoupage material you can use old maps, letters, stamps, photos, leftover bits of wrapping paper, dried leaves or flowers, whatever your imagination dictates really.
The covers, the pages and the decoupage enamel were all bought online from Cutting Edge Crafts while the set of journaling stamps were bought on eBay. I can't remember the name of the seller but you can see a photo of the stamps here.