Happy, Happy Monday! Today I want to share a book I made to keep track of birthdays. I sent out cards to friends and family and to the kids in my class at church on their birthdays. Last year, I had this tattered list that I kept in my desk and I decided I was sick of looking at that junky piece of paper, so I wanted to make a book.
I bought a bind-it-all last year after months of debating whether I wanted to spend the money or not. I used it a lot last summer and then went through a spell where I didn’t touch it. I figured I’d try to make my first book. Here’s what I came up with...
I am really pleased with it so far. It's so nice to look at a pretty book when I'm sitting at my desk getting ready to make cards for the month. Here's how I did it.
**Disclaimer - I have to apologize ahead of time for the pictures of my nasty cutting mat. That poor thing was worn out and filthy. I am really bad about getting glue and ink on it, then it won't wash off. I have a new, lovely pink mat now!!**
For the cover of the book, I used cardboard from the back cover of a 12x12 stack of paper. I cut it to 8.5" x 3.5". I lined the cardbaord with some double-sided super sticky tape to attach the patterened paper.
For the pages, I created a document on my computer. I put the month at the top of each page, and then did a list with a number for each day of the month. I can then write each person's name by the day their birthday falls on.
After printing all my pages, I trimmed them down with my trimmer.
To make each page, I cut some plain white cardstock to 8.25" x 3.25". I also cut a piece of patterened paper to the same size and adhered it to the white. I did this to add extra stability to my pages. I then cut a piece of solid cardstock (to coordinate with the pattern for each page) at 7.75" x 2.75". I adhered the printed page to this and added to the page.
I used a stack of paper from Hobby Lobby called "Seasons" and tried to use paper for each month that was festive and matched the holiday/theme of that month. Here are a few of the pages...