Both my mother and mother-in-law loved the memory books I made for them for Mother’s Day, so I set out to make one for my father for Father’s Day. The same basic principles apply for the Father’s Day memory book except that I changed the theme to be more masculine.
For this project I used:
Heavy cardboard cut to 4 x 5
Decorative scrapbook paper
Begin by cutting your decorative scrapbook paper about 1 inch larger than your cardboard. Glue the cardboard to the white side of the decorative paper so that the print is facing outward. Cut corners on the diagonals. Fold the corners inward and glue the sides down.
For my end papers and pages, I coffee stained white card stock. To do this, place about ¼ cup of instant coffee on a cookie sheet. Pour boiling water into cookie sheet about halfway to the top edge of cookie sheet. Allow to cool to lukewarm. Place your card stock into the coffee water making sure to coat both sides with coffee water. Remove and place on a clean cookie sheet . To dry, you can use 1 of 2 methods. You can dry with a hair dryer or like I did place in the oven. Watch you papers carefully as you do not want to start a fire. Place in a preheated 200 degree oven for 5 -10 minutes again watching carefully and removing as soon as dry. There are several good YouTube videos on this if you need more instruction. Once your papers are dry, cut 2 pieces slightly smaller than your covers for your end pages. Cut 2 pieces of jute twine about 17 inches long and sandwiching the twine between the cover and end paper, glue the end paper to the cover. Next I used an accordion fold to make the pages, again, just slightly smaller than my covers. I glued 2 accordion pages together to get my 6 inside pages.
Next I put my photos on the pages using acid free double sided photo stickers and decorated the pages using scrap booking stickers and metal trim.
Allow to dry completely and then tie up with the twine.
I have five kids and often feel like I am running a zoo. I love to craft and do so in whatever spare time I have.
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