Mini book for Dad

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 09 Jun, 2016

Little albums make great gifts, and this super-cute, perfectly-formed creation by PDT member Camila also doubles as a desk display! It's perfect as a Father's Day or birthday present, or just because…

Covering the wooden letters: 1. With a paintbrush, apply a thin, even layer of Anita's Tacky Glue across the fronts of the letters. 2. Position your chosen paper with the blank side facing up and place the glue-covered face of the letters onto the sheet (you should now be reading DAD backwards!). On a flat surface, firmly press the letters down onto the paper. Turn the paper over – so the pattern is face-up – and carefully run your fingers over it to remove any trapped air bubbles. Top tip: If the paper is patterned, consider the placement of your letters so that it's evenly distributed. 3. Once dry, use a cutting mat and craft knife to trim the excess paper around each of the letters, cutting as close to them as possible. 4. Distress the edges of the letters using fine sandpaper – this will also help to remove any excess paper.

Creating the mini book: Base - 1. Take a thin piece of corrugated cardboard and cut to 33.5 x 11cm. Make sure the lines of the card are perfectly horizontal – accuracy is key here! 2. With the plaque landscape, carefully score at 10.5cm, cutting the first layer of paper only. Score the strip in the same way at 12.5cm. Flip the cardboard over and score as before at 22.5cm. This will create a Z-fold. Inner section - 3. To decorate the inside of the mini book you'll need three 10 x 10.5cm pieces of Mr Smith's Workshop paper to create panels. Select a 9.5 x 2cm die-cut sentiment from the ultimate pack for the spine. 4. After cutting the panels, round the corners using an Xcut Corner Punch and attach, along with the die-cut sentiment, using double-sided tape. Leave a small border around the edge. 5. Secure the wooden letters with Anita's Tacky Glue.

Cover - 6. Using the above image as a guide, cut a panel of Mr Smith's Workshop paper to measure 10 x 10.5cm and round the corners. Adhere a decoupage tag from the A4 decoupage pack using 3D foam pads and thread a length of twine through the hole. Embellish the panel with tool charms. 7. Stick die-cuts on the spine and in the centre. For the final panel, use a photo with Dad for an extra personal touch. Mat the photo onto a slightly larger piece of paperstock, then adhere all of the elements onto the base with Anita's Tacky Glue.

Gift Box- 8. Create a gift box from kraft cardstock using the template in the sidebar to the right.

Project, how-to instructions and photography by PDT member Camila Bertolini (docrafts gallery @CamilaB). We'd love to see your creations using the Mr Smith's Workshop range. Share your projects with us on Facebook or hashtag your project on Twitter or Instagram with #docrafts.

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