Today's post features a cute little minibook that I made to celebrate the fall season.
But first, I want to let you know that this book would not have been possible without some assistance from the fine Folks at Elmer's. Yes, as in Elmer's glue (OMG).
I have a firm opinions about advertisements and product placement on this old blog of mine. Any opinions expressed here are always my own. And I kind of pride myself on being honest about things, even if I am given something to try for free (rare, but it happens). Whatever your own opinion is related to advertisements and products given to bloggers and other social media folks, I just have to say, I was pleased as punch when the lovely folks at Elmer's contacted me about making something inspired by their (really cool) 101 board uses inspiration guide.
Here's the press detail:
"What inspires you to get creative? With autumn fast approaching, the start of a fresh season is the perfect time to spruce up your home, office space or crafting portfolio with new skills and projects – and Elmer’s is here to help!
We’ve created a 101 Uses for Inspired Users Guide, featuring the full Elmer’s suite of versatile Board products in projects for your everyday life. From jewelry holders to holiday ornaments and Thanksgiving place cards to decorative wall shelves, the uses for Elmer’s Foam Board products are nearly endless!"
Like make a mini book. Because that's what I do.
First, I cut down the foam board so it would fit in my Sizzix Big Shot. (Yes you can die-cut foamboard. And it cuts like a dream.) Then I ran the foam through the machine with my pocket/envelope die.
Then I cut off the pocket "wings" and trimmed the length of the foamboard using my shiny new X-acto knife.
I apparently cannot cut a straight line, even with a ruler, so I used a file to help sand down the edges and make everything even.
I reran the non-rounded ends through the machine again so that both ends of the foamboard would have rounded corners.
From here, there's a couple of things you can do. You can just tape up the raw edges with tape, like so:
Another fun thing which I tried out (but didn't end up doing for this project) was using my craft knife to hollow out a space in between the "walls" of the foam board. The hollow made a perfect place to tuck a little tag in. So you could do journaling pockets inside each page.
What I decided to do though, was cover up the pages with patterned paper. I used my same envelope die to cut all the pages.The papers were mostly Basic Grey Pyrus, with a little MME (gray chevron), 7 Gypsies, a Nook and Pantry doily, as well as some Crate Farmhouse thrown in. And oh yes, a silver Hambly doily paper.
And then it was a matter of putting in photo mats (because I don't have photos ready yet), some journaling labels and some scraps for embellishments.
Look at how delightfully thick these pages are:
Here's the full finished-except-for-photos book:
Once I get the photos chosen and printed and actually glued into the book, I'll reshare on the blog.
In the meantime, I am delighted to inform you that Elmer's is graciously providing me with some goodies to give away. Post a comment on this post telling me one thing you are thankful for and you can win a prize pack which includes the same goodies I got:
- Foam Board
- Foam Tri-Fold Display Board
- Mini Bi-Fold Foam Board
- CraftBond Extra Strength Glue Stick
- X-ACTO Gripster Knife
- CraftBond Tacky Glue
I'll accept all comments posted through 6:00 pm PST on Friday 11/11/11.
(Sadly, I can only choose a winner from amongst my commenters in the United States. Sorry international folks, I'll have something coming up for you closer to December.)
And oh by the way... I have another project in the works using my goodies from Elmer's. And here's a sneak peek for you:
Got to get out my glue gun and get some embellishing in there. And yes, and there will be a second Elmer's giveaway when I post that one too. ;)