All this week, we’ve been going through the step-by-step process of putting together a “Word” chipboard album. Today, we get to the really fun and creative part – embellishing! We’ll also talk about different ways “bind” your letters together. Of course, a new segment of our series means another Word book to inspire you! Today is a Friend book, made with my favorite paper line, Basic Grey. Giving this as a gift to a friend will definitely tell them how special they are to you!
How – and what you use – to embellish your Word album is completely up to you. If you have a Cricut or other die cutting system, you can make any embellishment just the way you want it. The choice of ready-made scrapbook embellishments is nearly endless and there is always something new! Browse through the scrapbook aisle of your local craft store and check out some online scrapbook retailers to find fun embellishments that you like. I believe that scrapbooking is very much like our clothes, shoes, homes, etc. – you will find and develop your own personal style, and your Word book or scrapbook creation will be a reflection of YOUR own unique and creative style. Let your imagination go and open those floodgates of creativity!
Since our focus in this series is making Word albums for gifts, without photos, we want to keep our embellishing to the outer edges of each letter page, which leaves room for your recipient to add photos later. Personally, I trend to the side of a lot of embellishment! I like to use a mix of embellishments – those I’ve made with my Cricut and some ready-made from my supply stash. When I’m making a bunch of books in advance, I DO go a little light on the embellishment – that’s so I can add more once I know who will be receiving the book! Not sure exactly how to start embellishing a book? To channel Jiminy Cricket….let your WORD be your guide (and me!) Match embellishments to the theme of your Word, the event, your paper palette…ok, enough words! I’m a little behind on the Baby boy books, so let’s take a peek at the Baby girl themed book I shared in Part 1.
First, though, remember I mentioned that the first letter “page” is usually too narrow for a photo? This is a great page for a quote, a saying or some fun embellishments. A few inspirations to jump start your own ideas!
Here is the inside of the first letter B of a Baby Girl Book.
Here’s the inside of the L of the Love album:
Last, but not least, here’s the inside of the F from today’s Friend album:
Okay, here’s a look at the pages of the Word Baby girl book.
I made this little carriage with my Cricut, and the cute little diaper pins in the photo above!
Use buttons, flowers, charms or whatever you think looks cute! The whole letter is wide open to embellish! I just love this Baby set from Jolee’s and always use it on the Y page of every Baby book…I hope they never stop making it, but I have a lot of sets stashed away, just in case!
Once all of your pages are beautifully embellished and you’re feeling like quite the artistic genius you are, it’s time to bind all of that gorgeousness together! There are a number of different ways you can “bind” your books through those 3 holes on the left that we carefully punched out. You can use rings. You can use the Zutter Bind-It-All. (See my article about this amazing little machine here.) You can use leather, ribbon, yarn – just about anything you want! I like to use ribbon if the book is for a female, because I like the little bows on the side and to be honest, I have a fairly extensive ribbon collection – I’m sure you are SO not surprised! For a book going to a male, I’ve used suede trim, leather, etc. I try to match the colors of the ribbon “bindings” to the paper on the book.
Here’s how I bind my books with ribbon. I like to select 3 different colors of ribbon that coordinate with my paper palette. Start with the last letter – in this case Y, thread the ribbon up from the back of the page through the center hole of each page, as in the photos below.
Once you have threaded the ribbon through each letter page, repeat with the other two holes, threading the ribbon up from the bottom.
After ribbon has been threaded through all three holes, tie each ribbon into a knot. The trick here is to pull the ribbon taut enough to keep the letters together, but not so tightly that there is no “give.” You want there to be enough slack in the ribbon to allow the pages to open and close freely. Don’t worry if you don’t get it exactly right the first time! You can always undo the knot (or cut the ribbon off!) and start again.
After the knot, tie the ribbon off in a pretty little bow to the size you like. Once you’re done, the book will look like this!
When I use ribbon, I like to “seal” off the edges with Stop Fraying or a similar product to try and minimize the ribbon from fraying. The book will be opened, closed and looked at a lot! Experiment with different kinds of bindings and just have fun! You cannot make a mistake, because this is YOUR creation!
Tada! Now, you CAN make a Word album! Ready to try? I really hope you will make one of these fun, fabulous books and I guarantee when you give this to someone, they will be amazed! In the not too distant future, we’ll take a look at making a Word album with photos. I’ll be back over the weekend with a wrap-up of our mini series and a few more peeks at Word albums to inspire you.
One last thing – no Flashback Friday this week. I’ve got something going on tomorrow that I’m very excited about, so please visit and see what’s up!
What’s the Word today? The word is Friend – thanks to all of my friends, both old and new, for visiting today.