i am so incredibly happy to be guest posting at this most fun and darling blog today!
i would do anything for my sweet friend mandi, and i have never met the girl in real life!
(i also have a love for exclamation marks.)
i would have to say that i am pretty well versed in all things girl, i do have three of my own, and have a strong desire that our mother + daughter relationship be pretty incredible. i saw an idea similar to this on pinterest, where the creator took a regular composition book, and added a tag on the cover that read: “mama and me” (source here). now that idea was great, i just wanted to make it a little more exciting, a little more enticing to my sweet girls. i would love to share with you how i created these fun mom + me journals for my oldest two. they are already proving to be a lot of fun, and i am hoping that one day, they will make awesome keepsakes.
what you’ll need:
– a black and white composition notebook
– darling paper
– sweet embellishments
– glue of your choice (we’ll address those choices later.)
– distressing tools; i.e. inks, sandpaper or nail files, mists, chalks, etc. (if you would like to.)
– hot glue gun
– paper trimmer, scissors, 1/2 inch corner rounder
1. design. i like to design all my hybrid projects in elements first, that way i can see how things lay out and even have a blueprint for later if needed. it is easier to manipulate digital elements on a screen, then physical ones, after you have gone to the trouble of printing and cutting. i also add any text, unless i have rub-ons or stamps i really want to use and am feeling particularly confident in my skills that day.
2. print. presentation paper is key here, and the best quality at that. make sure your printer settings are set to “presentation”, so it comes out beautifully.
3. cut and round. cut your papers just a bit wider than your cover (you will want it to cover that black binding just a bit), and cut it as close as you can length wise. round the two right side corners (top and bottom).
*now, don’t freak out when you see that black & white peeking out just a bit there. distressing later on will buff it away.*
4. cut + glue cover pieces. don’t grab a drink, don’t grab a snack even. grab some tunes, something nice and relaxing, and cut out all of your pretty little embellishments. be patient.
(i used my cricut on the scalloped circles, i did not have a punch that big, and i was also short on the sanity it would take to cut those out.)
in this step, you want to glue down the cover pieces only.
now as for the glue part of this equation, what kind of glue to use? i have done these with a good old glue stick, i have used tombow mono liquid glue, but by far, may favorite is my xyron. you have to be pretty precise, but you get a nice edge to edge bond that is permanent. just remember, i doesn’t work to put a wet adhesive over a dry adhesive. it will bubble your bottom layer.
5. distress. i prefer a grungier look. it helps to hide the wear and tear these babies will get in the days to come. i prefer using a nail file on the edges.
you can add chalk, paint, ink, mists after that.
i love my “tattered angels” chalkboard mist (and i am not paid to say that). this guy, in “sprout” matched my color scheme. it gives the slightest bit of color+glimmer. gorgeous.
i placed paper towels between the covers and the pages to protect the pages from over-spray.
6. glam. while the books are drying, i glam up my pieces that need a little glam. i used “tattered angels” again, this time their “glimmer glam – glitter paint” in the color “chandelier”.
7. glue more stuff! now is when you get to glue down all the stuff that you have painstakingly cut out.
**make sure you are gluing to the front cover so you won’t have upside down paper though on the inside.**
glue down only the embellishments that you want to stay flat. i did not glue down my butterflies yet, i wanted their wings to have a little movement, so they came later.
8. mark it and bind it. this is where the ribbon comes in. i cut a piece about 4 inches longer than the length of my book. i took a lighter and slightly melted the end that would be dangling out from the bottom of my book to ensure that the ribbon wouldn’t fray or unravel. a little dab of hot glue at the top of the binding does the trick to attach this.
as for the binding..
cut a piece of fabric about 6 inches wide (enough to fold in half and cover both sides of the binding on your book) and an inch longer than the length of your book. fold that in half lengthwise and then fold in your edges a half of an inch or so.
sew the edge. or glue it.
fold the other end just enough so this piece will neatly cover your black binding.
9. now attach any other sweet embellishments you desire! get ready to enjoy some of the fun and darling questions your kiddos will have to ask you, and be ready to fire some pretty creative ones back. i have already been asked, “what is your favorite type of carpet?” that one took me a while to ponder. i finally answered, “shag.”
pretty fun, right?
but it gets funner.
there is a give away too!!
mandi made some for her kiddos.. seriously, makes me want a little boy!
we have one girly journal and one little guy journal to give away:
To be entered:
leave us a comment: what questions do you hope your kiddos will ask you, or what would you like to ask them?
we’ll pick two winners.
(specify if you would like the little guy or the little girl one please!)
thanks for having me!! xox
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