If you’re like me and have a fairly decent size stash of paper and cardstock, then this project is one of many ways to utilize them! I love pretty papers, and creating my own is so easy and fun with Shimmerz Vibez. All the colors are great individually, but mixing them together is a neat way to create your own artsy looking papers. I was playing with the sprays and mixing some fun colors and before I knew it, I had a pile of colorful spritzed cardstock. I was trying to figure out what to create or alter with the papers and decided to just take a pile of them, fold them in half and bind a book. What a fun and inexpensive book it turned out to be!
I used the Rolling In The Hay, Jeni B Bleu and Red-y Or Not Vibez on my papers. I love these vibrant colors! To get the dripping effect you just have to be a little “generous” with the amount that you spray and turn the pieces of cardstock as you go. Make sure you use a paper towel to cover your working surface.
After all the papers had dried I just folded them in half and stitched down the middle to create the book. Keep in mind - if you want to stitch on the cover, it’s usually best to do that before you bind the book! Don’t stitch through too many sheets unless you have a sewing machine that is capable of doing so, I’ve learned that the hard way in the past.
To alter the cover, I embellished it with some pretty colors of crafter's tape and added the birdie themed ephemera piece from the Daily Junque collection. I also did a little stitching on the cover to compliment the stitching on the bind.
For the final touch to the cover, I added some teeny alpha stickers to spell out “to journal.” On the inside pages you can add some extra artsy touches by stamping various designs here and there. I use the wrought scroll and holiday trim stamps.