Monday, December 04, 2006

RAK winner:

thanks to everyone who visited the MR DT blog! the ladies have some great ideas for ornaments right now on the blog if you need some ideas!

and the winner of the RAK for visiting the blog is: scrapcat ! thank you and please email me at

now for some instructions on how to make my coffee break book like this one here:

i won't have step by step photos right now but here are the step by step instructions:

  1. Supply List
  • A chipboard book (I used a Maya Road Coffee Break Book)
  • About 20 photos (I used 4" x 6" b/w photos)
  • 2 - 3 sheets of patterned papers (choose ones you like or if you just want photos, you don't have to have this
  • rubons, permanent pen, stickers
  • Brown acrylic paint or ink (optional if you want to just have the edges of the book chipboard color rather than painted)
  • Adhesive (double sided)
  • Fabric tape (for spine - option)

Step 1. - Making a template

The trick to this book is to use it as a template to create one out of paper. All you do is use the book and trace it onto a piece of scrap paper. Cut out. Now, make sure it fits on the cover and insides. If it does, that is the template you will want to use for cutting everything to fit the pages.

Step 2. - Ink the edges of the book

Some ppl like a "completed" look to the book so for that finished look, you can either use an ink pad that is brown and ink the edges or paint with acrylic paint (i used a ranger dabber that comes in a tube like a bingo marker - so easy to apply). So just in the spine and the edge of the pages. If you don't mind the raw look you can leave this step out!

Step 3. Use the template and cut out your photos.

The great thing about these coffee break books, is that one of the pages can be covered with an 4" x 6" photo that is trimmed (i didn't realize this before- LOL). so for each of the left side of the pages, i used a full photo trimmed to the template size. Then accent the photos with writing (permanent marker) and rubons. Ink edges and glue on.

Step 4. Use the template to cut out the paper and add photos.

For the right side of the pages, I just repeated step 3 but with papers and then i trimmed photos small enough to fit on to the paper and i added rubons and journaling. Ink edges and glue on.

Step 5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all the pages!

Step 6. Back cover

For this, I just used a full contact sheet and trimmed to fit the page. Again ink edges and glue on.

Step 7. For the spine

I added some fabric tape and some rubons and I was done!

If you want to see more picture of this album, check out my gallery here:



At 12/05/2006 07:20:00 AM, Blogger Laura Vigliarolo said...

Congrats Scrapcat.

At 12/05/2006 07:24:00 AM, Blogger Shirley said...

Congrats, scrapcat! Thanks for the instructions!

At 12/05/2006 01:38:00 PM, Blogger scrapcat said...

an early xmas present!
Thanks Caroline!
I have e-mailed you my address :)

At 12/05/2006 08:12:00 PM, Blogger traveler022 said...

Thanks for listing out the supplies and providing detail instructions Caroline! I'm excited to start my first scrapbook project! Yipee!

At 12/05/2006 09:07:00 PM, Blogger Sue said...

This is great, Caroline! Now if I could only find some closer to me!


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