A Concentrated Space – The Pocketbook Scrapbook
(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)
Another way to focus your crafting is by combining two crafts on one project! I’ve stitched on paper plenty of times, but for this project I wanted to combine sewing on fabric with my usual paper crafting, for a unique pocketbook scrapbook:
It also helps to have a concentrated space to work on – you can only fit a few pages into this book and barely any embellishment or it gets to bulky. So you have to choose your photos and decorations very carefully!
Here’s how to make your own pocketbook scrapbook:
Step 1: Cut a piece of greyboard (the cardboard that comes at the back of a paper pad) to measure 9 x 27 cm. Draw vertical lines at 9cm and 18cm and score along them, so your greyboard has three sections:
Step 2: Cut two pieces of craft felt to 11 x 29 cm – I used blue for the outside of the book and white for the inside. Also cut a length of ribbon to 45cm long:
Step 3: Pin the two sheets of felt together and sew a border around the two long edges and one short edge:
Step 4: Slide in the greyboard:
Step 5: Pin the ribbon so approx 2cm of it is in between the felt at the unstitched edge:
Step 6: Sew the edge closed, and seal the edge of the exposed end of the ribbon with PVA glue so it won’t fray:
Step 7: Cut three pieces of patterned paper to 8 x 16cm and score the center so they fold as square pages:
Step 8: Use a sharp tool like a paper piercer to make three holes down the centre of the pages and through the felt & greyboard cover:
Step 9: Hand-stitch the pages onto the covers using strong thread:
Step 10: Print some small photos – I used the Picframe App on my iPhone to put two square photos onto a 3:2 ratio photo, and printed them at 4×6″ on my Canon Selphy:
Step 11: Decorate your pages with the photos (I cut mine down to 7cm square), plus some stickers and journaling:
Step 12: If you want you can sew a couple of buttons onto the cover for decoration too:
Stick it in your pocket or handbag, to show it off when someone asks what scrapbooking is!
Combine two crafts in one project, like a mini book with a fabric cover
Wrap a stripey ribbon around your next project
Use some square photos in a frame, on a layout, or something else
What photos would you fill your pocketbook scrapbook with?
I’ll see you again at 6pm!