Hey y'all! It's Rahel with a fun, crafty and purposeful DIY project for you :D
I have wanted to create a cute address book since I got married (and that is already more than a year ago...) It's really horrible, I always have to search online or ask my parents or in-laws for certain addresses and really, that has been getting super awkward if you have to ask for the same old address the forth time!
Since I love love love patterned paper in soft colors, my choice was an easy one and I picked Peppermint for this project.
First, I cut some white letter sized 110lb card stock in half. You will need quite a bit of the stuff, so purchase a big pack at your local supermarket in the printer section (or wherever you usually buy printer paper). Then, go ahead and choose your ultimate favorite CP Paper. You will need two of either the same or two different papers for the next step. Cut four 8.5 by 6 inch pieces, so the cover will overlap the inner pages slightly on the longer sides. Glue them together and sew the edges. When you're done with this step, take a paper cutter and rough up all the edges. It works absolutely great with a simple cutter – way faster than with any other tool I know ;)
All righty, now you're ready to make the ABC index. Mark the middle on one of the inside pages. Then, measure your washi tape (I used some from Cath Kidston) and mark your way up, so you know where to put the first index tab. My tape was 1.5cm so it was super easy to do all the measuring. If you don't care if the tabs are not exactly centered then you can skip all the measuring and just DO it ;)
I would always take a roughly 2 inch piece of tape, stick it on the backside (where I marked the page),fold it over and stick it onto the front of the page. When you work your way down always make sure that the tabs stick out about the same (which is about ¼ inch). That way the cover pages will protect the tabs from getting ripped off later on.
Once all the tape is in place you can add the mini ABC stickers from the big sticker sheet. As the last step you can sew over the tape and sticker to secure everything in place and give it a finished, supercrafty look :D
Okay, now back to the cover page! When I saw the elastic ribbon I immediately knew what I would do with it. So, I cut a piece that nicely fits around the book, sewed it together and used it as a closure kind-a-thing. It works great! I used a lot of hot glue to secure the ribbon underneath the décor ;) heee
Another tip when you're working with the chipboard stickers... I was playing around with the two houses and since the backs were still covered with the sticker paper, they were very slippery. Because of this, I had a great deal of difficulty accurately positioning the pieces as a whole and in a specific location. So, long story short, I simply ripped off the sticky part from the back of the chipboard pieces for easy positioning and then adhered them down with hot glue once I had a location picked out for them.
And my very last point before we're done... I really wanted to add some Glimmer Mist at the very end (I never add glimmer mist in the beginning since I don't know where the paper will take me..) but doing so makes things harder if you don't want splatters all over your finished project! So, what I typically do to remedy this issue is to cut a few scrap papers into specific shapes/sizes for laying over the parts I don't want any splatters on and then add the magic ;)
Okay, that's it for today :D I hope I was able to inspire you to do something sweet today! Don't forget, the Peppermint line isn't just for Christmas :D heeehee
Happy Scrappin' :Dxoxo, Rahel
PS: In addition I made this slightly different Guest Book for my Grandparents 50th Anniversary. I left out the tabs, but the rest is pretty much the same :) (there I used Random and Farmhouse)