I love patterned paper. And I love the Amy Butler lines from K and Co. But now I’ve taken it a step further… I ordered a whole bunch of Amy Butler FABRIC. Oh goodness. It’s yummier than the paper! I just wish I could sew. I have a machine…but I don’t know how to use it very well. Maybe this pretty stack will inspired me.
Anyway, the reason I ordered the fabric in the first place was to make some journals. I’m the Creative Activities.. ahem..CRAFTS…leader/organizer/brainstormer for my local MOPS group and we wanted to make some sort of journals or notebooks in the first meeting that the moms could use throughout the year. I saw some really pretty fabric journals online that I loved, but they were way too complicated (and expensive to make) and required sewing. Not good when you are doing a craft with 40 moms. So I decided to adapt the idea and just glue it all down. It worked pretty well. Here’s what I started with…
I got the compositions books a week ago while they were on sale for 50cents each. Yay! Then got half yards of a bunch of different Amy Butler fabrics. I figured I can get 4 books out of a half yard…so that’s a little over a dollar per book for the fabric. Not bad. Then I found some batting on clearance at Joann… $2 for a yard. So… 25cents per book for the batting. I have a $3 budget per craft per mom….so this one will come in well under budget which is always a plus. I simply cut the batting to fit the book exactly. Glued it down with the Alene’s Tacky Glue. (I spread the glue with a paint brush to even it out and get all spots sticky. Then I cut the fabric to be a little larger around all sides of the notebook and glued down the edges to the inside cover of the notebook like wrapping a present. Finally I cut a piece of cardstock to size to cover the insides of the covers (and hide the fabric edges that are glued down). And that’s it.
I think it takes me about 5 minutes to do a book. And I think they look pretty nice for a couple dollars each! Can you say Christmas gifts?
Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!