Something weird happens to me in December. After the big push to get gifts made, wrapped, and in the mail to Australia early in the month, you’d think I’d breathe a big sigh of relief and step away from the sewing machine and paints. Maybe read a big book, or spend my weekends outdoors.
But no, I always feel like I’m all fired up for makin’ and just getting started. I look at the birthday list for next year, stalk Pinterest, and start plotting. I’ve got ten days off work, and I suspect most will be spent right here in my treehouse.
Soon I’ll show the gifts I sent to loved ones, but today I want to share yesterday’s project: covered mini composition books.
I used the template found here. Before you start, be warned: not all mini composition books are exactly the same size. I bought some from both CVS (square corners) and Staples (round corners).
The Staples versions, while claiming to be 4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″, vary in size. Some are clearly a full sixteenth of an inch wider, and do not fit the template. To make these work, you’d need to draw a revised template adding 1/16th inch to both the front and back panels. (Me, I’m just going to give my 10 Staples books to one of the many friendly printers I know, and get them trimmed down to size on an industrial guillotine before proceeding.)
For the light blue covers, I wasn’t fond of the color of my card stock, so I gave them a wash with dark blue watercolor before assembly. These are now my favourites.
For the string, I made a twisted cord with doubled Coats Button and Carpet thread. For the off-white nameplates, I printed a pale beige tint over a sheet of address labels, and hand cut them to size before drawing on the border. Imperfect? Yep, and that’s how I like it.
I’m not one to get all squealy over little cute things, but I do think these are freaking adorable while being useful. The perfect little gift for workmates, methinks.