Monday, November 24, 2008

Gratitude attitude

Here is my version of the tutorial for the Gratitude Journal. Heidi Swapp's journal was the inspiration for this although I did not follow all her instructions exactly that is why I am sharing my own version here.
1. I cut 2 pieces of heavy chipboard (from the back of old notebooks) into 6"x12" size using my paper trimmer.
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2. I covered all four sides. For the front cover I used daisy d's floral print. I also used Tim Holtz's Distress Ink in walnut on all sides.
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3. I cut one 3.5"x6" piece of copper cardstock to use as my spine. I bent my spine in half...not quite a fold but a curvy bend. I added adhesive to the spine, and laid the two covers onto the spine.
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My spine.
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Bent it and put adhesive.
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Adhering the covers.
4. Then I chose cardstock colors (I picked Fall-ish ones). I made 6 pages and cascaded them
11.5” , 10.5”, 9.5”, 8.5”,7.5”, and 6.5” in length. I made sure all were 6” in width.
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Cascading lol by laying on top of one another.
5. I got out the old corner rounder and rounded all the corners and used Distress Ink on all the sides.
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6. I don't own a crop-a-dile (boo.), so I hole punched through the pages and cover--only doing a few at a time.
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7. Then I put it all together and tied pages to the spine with a ribbon.
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Front.
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Back.
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I decorate each page using Autum Leaves and Heidi Swapp stamps. I also used these cool designs Heidi has on her blog for free download HERE.
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9. Then I also decorate the cover. I paper crimped this:
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and rubbed the Distress Ink all over it. It came out neat. I then added the Thickers.
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Voila!

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