Creative Sunday ~~ Norine

     Posted by Lori on October 14, 2012

Hi everyone, Norine back again with a cool thing. Have y’all seen the Daybooks by Amy Tangerine-American Crafts?

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Pretty fun right? But this is one of those times where “I can make that myself” And I did. And so can you!

It’s a fun little mini album/journal/notebook you can make, and it uses up lots of the pieces of bigger-ish paper scraps you’ve kept. The more random the paper patterns the funner they can be. I did one quite random but I had all these paper scraps out and some how, a color scheme pile formed and I had to make another one that was co-ordinated. Both are pretty cute. (I think.)

First, a selection of papers. I used these as a base then looked through my scrap drawer and added more from there that also co-ordinated with these. I even included a transparency sheet for the front just like the “real” Amy Tan’s!

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Then I cut them into random sizes and even some shapes…banners, scalloped edged, and so on. Next I laid them out to determine the order of the pages so that they would show complimentary colors and designs next to each other.

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Then it was time to put them together and bind them.

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My bright colored book, I ran through the sewing machine and it worked ok. I had to help the needle pierce all the paper at the thickest points in the middle, but it did stitch up fine.

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For the coordinated book, because I had a couple more pages than the last, I decided to try a different tack, and hand bind it with a paper piercer, and a thick blunt needle and crewel/embroidery thread.

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You can see the stitching here.

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The finished books …

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I’m not sure yet, what event/occasion I’ll use each of these books for….I’m leaning to a travel one for our recent trip to Washington…but I’ll be back to show you one of them when I get it finished!

5 Comments so far

  1. wetpaws October 14, 2012 1:12 pm

    Love it what a kewl books. awesome job Norrine..

  2. Peggy October 14, 2012 1:58 pm

    Great way to use up your stash!  Your book looks awesome!

  3. Kim October 14, 2012 2:25 pm

    That is great Norine, love how you used your scraps. Which method did you like better for binding !!

  4. Brooke October 14, 2012 3:25 pm

    This is brilliant Norine! I actually have a few of the Amy Tan daybooks that I haven’t used yet and this makes me want to pull them out. :) thank you for the inspo.

  5. Norine October 15, 2012 12:47 am

    Thank you ladies!  Kim, I think I preferred the hand binding method - it was easier to keep everything lined up just right.

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