This week I have a cool project – super duper simple and the results are fabulous. For a no bulk notebook that you can carry around freely, without worrying about wear & tear, I have a cool masking technique for you with a color spray and some chipboard letters.
I also have a fantastic tip for threading your embroidery floss through the needle in a split second, you wouldn’t want to miss that…
Tools & Supply
- 8½” by 6½” piece of Kraft cardstock
- Stack of 8″ by 6″ plain paper (clear/lined/squared)
- Bone folder
- Needle + embroidery floss
- Chipboard letters (can be reused later)
- Removable adhesive
- Maya mist
- Black pen
- Grid ruler (for centering)
- Awl/ Paper piercer
- Cut your papers and cardstock to size & fold in half. Burnish the crease with a bone folder.
- Lay the paper stack over the cardstock piece and center it.
- Mark the placement of your piercing holes. Find the center and mark at ½” on each side and then go on and mark in 1″ increments.
- Pierce all your marked holes, all the way through the papers and the cardstock. Make sure they are aligned together and that the piercer goes through the crease.
- Thread your needle with the embroidery floss. TIP - To thread your needle in a split second (no exaggeration here) simply stick a small piece of tape to the end of your floss, fold it over and cut the excess. That will prevent the fraying of the floss and will also provide a slight stiffening effect for a quick and smooth threading.
- Start stitching your notebook from the top hole, from the inside – out. Make a simple running stitch, going through each hole – once in and once out. After you go through all the holes, go back through the holes, switching direction, so the stitch will look like a backstitch. When you go through the last hole, tie the ends together in a strong knot.
- For a no-bulk embellishment, adhere the chipboard letters with a temporary adhesive. Make sure the adhesive isn’t protruding outside or it will affect the impression of the letters.
- Lightly spray from about 10″ above your notebook cover. Spritz the color mist as many times you want until you get the effect you are looking for. [The chipboard letters may be reused in another project, by the way...]
- Before removing the letters go over them with a black or white marker, that will create a nice outline and will add visual interest. Just make sure to hold your letters tight, as the temporary adhesive isn’t strong enough and they may move around.