Friday, June 14, 2013

Birthday Book

I've had this project finished for a while now, but couldn't post the pictures as it was my Mother's birthday gift and I couldn't be sure whether or not she would see it. I finally gave Mum her belated birthday present last night (only a month and a bit late). She would have received it earlier but they've been telling us for three month that they were coming up to Auckland (from their home the other end of the country) and only just made it now.
I decided to make a couple of presents so will share them with you. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the second part other present.
Mum asked for a book to record the family's birthdays in. (Yes she needed it as she keeps forgetting when the kids' birthdays are). The only condition was that I had to include everyone's birthdays BEFORE I gave it to her.
I made the cover from chipboard and covered it with patterned paper from the KaiserCraft "Magic Happens" paper pack. I added some ribbon to decorate the covers as well as a ribbon closure. 
I adhered a beaded flower stem I made onto the front to add a little blingy decoration and finished it all off with a glitter alphabet title... a woman can never have enough bling!!
I had to include this picture as it took me so many attempts to get the glittery look!!
The pages are made from C4 envelopes which I trimmed down to 6" (only about 1/4" chopped off). I then covered each side of the envelope with a selection of patterned papers from the pack which I had distressed the edges using Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Walnut Ink. The pages were adhered into the cover using structure strips as a flexible spine.
I cut a semi-circle pull tab in the top of each envelope to make getting the birthday list for each month out of it's respective envelope. I added a small journal block onto the front of each envelope that I had stamped with the month.
I cut cardstock to a size that would fit inside each envelope then printed onto both sides of the card the days of the month for the birthdays to be entered into. I finished these off with a corner punch before stamping a matching month name.


Carrie said...

Awesome Paula, bet your mum was stoked to receive that.

Sandra said...

Gorgeous, you could make one for me too!!!

ScrapFX said...

Thank you ladies. Yes Mum was very pleased to get it. She instantly started checking to see who I had included and who she needed to add in.