Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Minibook Covers and the Best Glue Ever

I've been participating in a annual project with Shimelle called "Learn Something New Every Day." I always turn my project into a mini book and for the past few years have been using composition books as both a daily journal and a scrapbook.

Decorating the cover is always fun, and I like to mix things up and use a variety of different alphas, particularly old products that have been sitting around unloved. However, this is a working composition book and I have to be able to easily open the book and write inside it daily - this composition book gets a lot of action during the month. I need to be able to adhere things on the cover securely so that they won't fall off or get mangled.

What do I use? The Best Glue Ever, of course!  I've used it underneath the washi tape strips, as I've had strips that start to peel up off my projects after a couple of months (right?). I've also used it with stickers. I love these white alphas, but even new they never stuck very well.  To solve that I spread a thin layer of the Best Glue Ever along the back of the sticker. Done!

The wooden hashtag? Yup. That, too, was easily adhered using the Best Glue Ever.

My favorite part of the cover is this word cut from a thin layer of birch veneer I bought a couple of years ago.  I was thrilled that I was able to use my Silhouette to cut the veneer without it tearing or shredding the veneer.  It's about as thin as a piece of Bazzill cardstock and you have to be a bit careful that it doesn't break.

When I adhered it to the cover I knew that I needed to make sure I covered the entire back of the word with the Best Glue Ever, since this is a book that's going to be opened repeatedly. I put a line of the Best Glue Ever on each letter then used my finger to spread the glue. If you were using the veneer as part of a scrapbook page, you wouldn't need nearly this much glue.

And the finished cover -