This is the smash book I made, however if you want to do something a little easier, you can always just use book rings but use quite a large diameter as your book will expand as you add things to it!
I used book rings on this album, using a piece of card as the spine to keep it more book like:
Or if you want to make a book with a hard cover as I will show you how to make, you may want to use book rings as I did on this handmade album:
(as you can see in this pic, you need to use glue like PVA, not dry glue like herma as I did on this album, as the paper keeps peeling away!) Just make sure you use the size on the book rings to know how big to make your spine. It is very much like having a ring binder!
Now on to the how to:
As I intended on using my bind-it-all to mimick a K & Co Smash book, I measured the spine against the coil binding before I cut to ensure it was the right size. Ensure that the covers are larger than your pages are going to be. As I was using A4 sheets I added extra width to accommodate the binding inside the book and a little bit extra on the top and bottom.
I decided on the cover: I wanted the chevron paper which I printed on 2 sheets of paper to make sure it would be big enough, and a grey spine. I glued the spine piece on to the edges of the cover pages, before I glued them to the mountboard. Be sure to leave a gutter between the board otherwise you won’t be able to fold the book into place.
cut the corners (not too close to the mount board though otherwise you will have holes on the corner showing the mount board underneath!) and glue them and fold. To hide the “raw parts” of the book, use a sheet of cardstock (I used a white 12×12 sheet, however even that wasn’t quite big enough, so sometimes you just have to brace imperfection! On another project to overcome this, I just had to glue an extra piece right next to it to make it big enough.
I covered it in sticky back plastic so that my inkjet printer paper would be protected 🙂 I used my craft robo to then stick a Hanson logo cut from card on it, and “smash” down the side (as seen on the beginning photo)
Now for the printing itself. The download PDF has been specifically done this way so that you can print each page, one at a time, and then feed the page back through the printer to print on the back. Once the page is printed, cut it in half and arrange the pages.
I bound the pages and stuck them into the book cover 🙂 I printed off the digital paper and my journalling blocks ready to start smashing!
After travelling to the states on my Honeymoon for a Walt Disney World vacation in 2010, I was lucky enough that Hanson were playing Epcot during our stay. It was at one of the Eat to the Beat concerts that I spotted a fellow fan with a special hoodie: A Hanson symbol inside a hidden mickey. I wanted one for myself, and what better way than to make it!
I bought a plain black hoodie from Matalan for £12, I like mine to be nice and roomy 😉
You will need freezer paper (if you’re in the UK like me, I got mine from Hobby Craft as I couldn’t find any in the supermarkets. If you don’t have a local Hobby Craft you can purchase it from their website or you can find it on eBay). You will also need an iron, a paint brush/foam brush, fabric paint, and an Xacto knife or some sort of craft knife/cutter, and a printer to print your design on to the freezer paper in order to cut it out.
As I have a craft robo, I designed the logo on my laptop and used that to cut it out, however I will point you towards this video from lorlee234 on youtube on how to cut using a craft knife:
Another video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQLtbZh2u-w&feature=plcp
Make sure when you print that you print it out the right way and not backwards as you might do for a photo transfer, as the waxy side is what you want to iron on to the fabric. Remember when cutting; this is handmade it won’t be perfect and that’s what makes it special 🙂
Once you’re all cut, you need to get your iron ready. Make sure to turn off steam if you have that setting 🙂
Once your placement is how you want it, iron the waxy side down so that it sticks to your fabric. Put some sort of cardboard under your design so that the paint doesn’t bleed through.
Paint on to your fabric! I made sure my strokes went in the same direction so it looked prettier 😉 make sure you get in all the little nooks.
Once my design was finished and dried, I began to peel the stencil off (If you’re steady enough, you can reuse the stencil over again!) but what I found was that the fabric paint is very rubbery like and was joined to the stencil. Quite possibly just the type of fabric paint I purchased as I didn’t need to “set it” by ironing on the design with a tea towel. How I got around it, was I used a pin to make perforations around the edge of the design to enable the stencil to be peeled away easier.
Then I got to wear my new hoodie! It washed perfectly and is still looking great 🙂