Staying Focused (Well, Sort of…)

2010 Christmas Cards
I took a break from de-cluttering to create my first scrapbook page of the year.  Wow.  I can't believe I haven't made a page in SO long.  It's not really a creative endeavor.  I took a 2 1/2" square punch and punched out pieces that I liked from my 2010 Christmas cards.  On the photo cards, I didn't use the square punch, I cut out the photos and fit them in.

Progress in the Craft Room:  So far, I have two large boxes of stuff to give away.  It's a long and tedious process.  There is still a LONG way to go, but I will get there (5 minutes at a time), and be even more determined to keep things in check going forward.  I will provide weekly updates on my progress.

I also covered a chipboard 12×12 scrapbook album with decorative paper:

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I chose a pretty piece of decorative paper that matched the bookcloth on the album.

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Supplies needed:  Decorative paper, ruler, x-acto knife, bone folder, brush, methyl cellulose, PVA, and a cup to mix 60% PVA with 40% methyl cellulose.  The mixture is great for bookbinding and other paper crafting projects because it thins out the PVA and makes it easier to manipulate the paper, and it takes longer to dry which helps to get rid of any air bubbles that may appear.  (Air bubbles should be smoothed out with a bone folder).

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Using a brush, apply the methyl cellulose and PVA mixture onto the front of the album.

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Place decorative paper on top of book, smooth with bone folder.

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Turn binder over, trim corners as shown.  Make sure to leave enough paper to cover the corners completely.  Place glue on long edge, fold up and over onto the chipboard, smooth around corners with bone folder, then apply glue on short edges and fold up and over onto the chipboard.

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Smooth everything down with your bone folder.

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Cut another piece of decorative paper and cover the inside of the album.

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The finished album!

Okay, back to decluttering the craft room…

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One Comment

  1. Amanda May 19, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    So that’s how I can get the air bubbles out. Great idea!

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