Oh How I Love To Read – A Challenge Mini-book

Challenge One is now live on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog, and it’s one that’s a real challenge: to create a page or project with no photos, only journaling, about ‘why I love ____ ‘.
I quite enjoyed this challenge! I always have lots of things I’d like to record, but because I don’t have photos, they tend to get forgotten. For my project I ended up with a mini-book, as I was inspired by my theme ‘Oh how I love to read’ to use an old book to record my favourite novels in:
I’m going to show you how I put the book together, and then show you all the pages in case you wonder what my favourite books are (I warn you they are mostly Children and Young Adult Fantasy Novels)!
Here’s the construction:
Step 1: Cut the front and back covers off an old book, using a craft knife and a steel ruler. I used a poetry book I picked up at a car boot sale for 20p, as I loved the yellow pattern!
Step 2: Cut a length of fabric approx 2.5″ wide, and 3″ longer than your covers (so there will be 1.5″ to spare at each end). Use pinking scissors to stop the edges fraying.
Step 3: Use a hot glue gun to attach the fabric to your covers as a spine. Glue onto the outside of the covers first – make sure they are level, and leave a 1″ gap in between them. Then fold up the top and bottom flaps onto the inside and glue them with hot glue too. Mark a pencil line 1.5″ down from the top and 1.5″ up from the bottom (I’ve added arrows to the photo as it was hard to see the pencil marks).
Step 4: Cut another strip of fabric that’s 1″ wide, and 1″ less in length that the height of the book. Add hot glue above the top pencil line, and attach the top of this fabric strip. Then slide on a small book ring. Add more hot glue from below the book ring, to the next pencil line. Then slide on another book ring, and glue down the end of the strip. Done!
Now you just need to decorate the front cover:
I used all bits from my February Counterfeit kit. The doily flowers are punched from one of the 6×6 papers, using a Martha Stewart Vintage Doily punch.
I also used my kit for all the pages, cutting them to different sizes. I used the Echo Park sticker sheets, a bit of washi tape, and some misting with a wood arrow for a mask, for embellishments. The only extra pages are the front and back pages, which were original pages from the poetry book. I stuck two pages together to make them a bit stronger, and then used gesso to cover up the front of them for writing on:
I love my mini-book! I hope to keep adding to it, as I find or think of more books that I love. Hopefully one day my kids will look through it to see what books they might like to try!
So, are you going to take up the challenge? If you need more inspiration there are more DT examples HERE. Or there’s also the ‘Progress’ layout I made last month that had no photo! I’m going to try and do another ‘no photo’ layout for the member’s blog hop later in the month, which you could be part of if you want to take up the challenge!
For those wondering, my sister didn’t get a placement at a Camp America camp yesterday. We stood for 2 hours in the cold to queue up for the event, and by the time we got in all the positions had been snapped up by the people ahead of us! She can still apply online though, so fingers crossed. And we had a nice time in London, including dinner at Chiquitos, so it was a good day anyway! See my instagram photos in the right sidebar for some of the photos I took!
  • Such a gorgeous book 🙂

    February 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm
  • This is a gorgeous project, Jennifer. And one I may soon copy, as I just ripped out the insides of an outdated calendar book that has a lovely color. Thanks for the inspiration.

    February 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm
  • I really love this project and I could do with a creative way to remember the books I read & what I felt about them x

    February 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm
  • This is a lovely keepsake to have made. A Midsummer Nights Dream is my fave too x

    February 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm
  • This is so lovely and such a great idea! Nice reading picks, too. I’m very partial to Jane Austen.

    February 3, 2013 at 11:05 pm
  • I love your project. Like you, I often find my reading selection in the young adult fiction section! Loved the first Artemis Fowl but haven’t read any others yet.

    February 3, 2013 at 11:20 pm
  • Gorgeous mini book.Such a great idea to document your favourite books.

    February 4, 2013 at 5:03 am
  • what cool idea, and your book is so pretty.

    February 4, 2013 at 10:41 am
  • This a gorgeous project and is so going to be a ‘must do’ pin. I like the idea of recording your favourite books as well..something I should really if its to remember what I have read lol

    February 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm
  • What a brilliant idea,and it looks fab – thanks for showing how you did it too, I feel all inspired now! :o)

    February 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm
  • i stopped reading for a while. i just couldn’t finish any book i started. 6 months later,i started reading again, the books i love this time, fantasy. And i don’t care there’re in the teen section!

    February 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm
  • What a fabulous little mini!!! I also love Persuasion by Jane Austen and the Narnia series! Love your cover work and how you’ve included so much inside this little book!!!!

    February 5, 2013 at 12:52 am
  • Awesome mini book! love the colors, the patterns and especially – the theme and subject. Great take on the challenge (and thanks for the switch…).

    February 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm
  • This is really cool – I love the concept, as I, too, love books! And I love how each page is a little bit different in size. Nice job!!!

    February 6, 2013 at 4:40 am
  • okay…. I’m officially in awe!!! This gorgeous book is just AMAZING and I LOVE LOVE LOVE!! What a wonderful tutorial… I need to go get scrapping – feeling inspired!

    February 7, 2013 at 10:02 am

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