I am so happy for my friends at “Little Black Dress” kit club… this month they are celebrating their 1 YEAR anniversary of providing fabulous, beautiful, versatile kits… that feature delicious combos of papers, along with hand-picked unique elements: buttons, trims, game pieces, ephemera and creative possibilities!In celebration of their anniversary, they sent me their “Black Tie Love Affair”, and invited me to create something with a cool tool that they could give away!
On the same day I got the kit, I also got a box that contained the new iBond cordless glue gun, as well as a pedal roller from Imaginise! So I was so excited to play with those cool toys! So I designed a really cool book that I used the iBond to put together… this is a really cool tool- it’s so great to have that ease and functionality of a hot glue gun right at your fingertips, and not 3 feet from an outlet! So… hang on, and i'll tell you how you can WIN a Glue GUN and petal roller to a lucky winner!
But before I show you the big tutorial for this cute little book.. can I show you a quick layout that I made using some darling photos I snapped yesterday-
This week.. maybe you will be thinking about who you are lucky to have in your life!
I love that the Little Black Dress people just included a little touch of green in this kit! Just enough so it won’t get pinched!
When I opened the kit, of course I was immediately drawn to this beautiful big glittery “LOVE” paper… and I started thinking of how I could make a cute mini-book with this on the cover! We had been making these cute interactive (fold out) cards in the Mouse, Paper, Scissors class that I have been teaching w/ Jessica Sprague- and I was feeling so inspired by the card, that it made me start thinking how I could incorporate that into the minibook…so I wanted to make pages that opened up : 1. A top fold 2. A bottom folding up 3. A side fold and 4. A side pull-out. When I am creating a new type of book, I have to be thinking about the size and shape, the binding and in this case.. the inside page dynamics! This is such a fun book!
So, first, I cut, scored, folded and prepped the inside pages. The book is 6” tall and 8” wide. Here are some little sketches of how I planned each page.
- top fold- the crease is along the top of the page- and the flap folds up
2. Side fold- the crease is on the right edge of the page, and the flap opens to the right
To bind the book, I made a score line ¾” in from the left edge (using the Martha Stewart score board) on the cover and each inside page… then- this was so easy- I used the hot glue between each page to hold the pages together. To finish it off, I wrapped a piece around the outside of the spine and adhered it with the hot glue as well! Makes it QUICK!
here is a 'bottom fold' page. notice the score line on the left:
this is a 'top fold' page… again- you can see the score line-
to attach the pages together- i simply layered the pages on top of each other- and glued in the 3/4" from the left side- those score lines need to be really folded, and defined!
Just look at how cute the inside pages are… I am not totally done w/ this book, but I love it so far!
the very first page i used one of my FAVORITE photos of my little guy! it's a side open page:
so by now, you have seen just a snippit of the GORGEOUS pieces to this kit! you can click HERE to buy this kit… but as i mentioned, LBD is giving away an iBOND and a Petal Roller… i used it to make these little gold buds:
2. Leave them a happy little comment, and wish them a happy birthday… and tell them they are fab!!
3. in 72 hours from Monday midnight.. they will randomly pick a winner!
i hope you will go and give them a cyber hug! they are awesome!!
SO, to my friends at Little Black Dress… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!