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Monday, November 30, 2009

Grateful Project Wrap Up

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Ok.  Here's my Grateful book.  I love it!  It was so
easy.  It's something that you can easily re-create for your own
grateful project...or even just a simple holiday gift.  Here's what
you need:


  • 13 pieces of heavy 6x6 chipboard...or 26 pieces (that what I used
    & glued them together)...or 26 pieces of 6x6 cardstock. 
    Depends on how heavy duty you want the book to be.

  • Paint & gel medium.

  • A couple of sheets of double sided 12x12 print paper.

  • Some pre-made journaling spots.

  • A journling pen.

  • Adhesive

  • 26 photos from your grateful project...I printed mine 5x7 & cut them all down to 5 x 5 1/2.

  • About two hours.


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I used Collage Press paper & journaling spots...because I love them. 

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I
mixed paint with gel medium so I wouldn't have to seal the edges. 
Plus, I like the look that it gives.  The gel medium is white but
dries clear.  It doesn't affect the color of your paint at
all.  I mixed my paint on a non-stick craft mat.  Because when
I'm done, I can just scrape it off & start over.  I love that
mat!

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Paint
about an inch all the way around all the chipboard pieces.  One
side if you're gluing them together, both sides if you're not.

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While
watching your paint dry, you can cut all your photos to 5 x 5 1/2 and
cut strips of pattern paper to 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.  You'll need 26
of them.

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Glue your chipboard together...if that's the way you're going.  I used Art Institute Glue.

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Cut a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of print paper for the cover.  Liberally apply gel medium to the chipboard.

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Lay your paper on top of all that gooey goodness & smooth it out with your hand. 

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After
I put my paper on, I actually go over the top with more multi
medium.  It helps smooth it out & seals the top.  A side
note, you can use Mod Podge, too.  I just prefer the multi medium
for a variety of reasons:  it dries quickly, I see little warping,
it doesn't bubble & it doesn't stink.

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I
used Art Institute Glue & adhered all of my photos to all of the
chipboard.  There's a little gap, because the photos aren't
square.  That's where the 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch strips come in.

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I did my journaling on these...or directly on the photo with a black Zig Millennium .05 tip pen.

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If
a photo didn't fit one of the journaling spots & was too dark to
write on, I added white paint, let it dry & then wrote on that.

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See, wrote write on the photo.  Surprised even me :)

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I'll just give you a little tour of the book...

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Ok.  Now a few close ups:

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Wrote right on the photo.

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This one is my favorite of all the pages. 

I
still have to bind my book.  I'll be punching holes with the
Cropodile & adding large office rings to hold it together.  May
even add a ribbon or two.  The goal was to keep this simple and I
did that.  And I like the outcome.  Hope you do too!

2 comments:

  1. Love it! And I love that you played along with me. You've inspired me
    now and I want to make a book too. I need to practice my scrapbooking
    and get to it!
    { Lindsey }
    greatfullday.blogspot.com

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