Friday, 18 July 2008

Coaster Book

I made a batch of these for my daughter to give to her friends as she leaves her primary school and they go their separate ways.

It’s a coaster book; the front and back cover are made from plain coasters. I have no idea where to get plain coasters from but was lucky enough to be given some by my Canadian cousin. However, you can easily improvise and, in fact, you can make these little books any size you like (see below for instructions).

To make the coaster book, you will need:

2 coasters
patterned paper, cut to just larger than 4in/10cm square
cardstock to make pages
stamps and cardstock to decorate
2 book rings (I bought mine in Staples)
ribbon (optional)
Corner Rounder
Crop-A-Dile™ or other heavy duty hole punch
PVA glue, Mod Podge, or other adhesive

Cover one side of both coasters with adhesive then place them, glue side down, on the patterned paper. Make sure the paper is smooth and completely stuck. I put mine between some scrap paper and left them under a heavy book for a while just to make sure.

Trim the excess paper from around the edges. I found this easier than trying to line up a piece of paper the same size as the coaster. Decorate as desired.

To make the pages, I used cardstock cut to the same size and rounded the corners. The angle isn’t quite the same but it doesn’t matter.

Finally, punch the holes with the Crop-A-Dile™, which makes short work of the job as it’s strong enough to go through really thick chipboard, and has a handy little gadget to line up the holes exactly. Add the book rings and decorate with ribbon, if desired.

To make the same sort of thing without coasters, use chipboard, or cereal packets (double thickness). I wouldn’t round the corners if you’re using cereal box card as it makes it hard to cover. Use patterned paper to cover the front and back cover of the book - click here for details – then proceed as for the coaster book.

Recipe for Snail Coaster Book
Stamps: Unfrogettable (p33)
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Naturals Ivory
Paper: Petals & Paisleys (p73), Dashing (p73)
Ink: Black StazOn®, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive
Accessories: 1 ¼” circle punch, 1 3/8” circle punch, Scallop Circle Punch (p80), Crafters’ Toolkit (p85), blender pens, ¼” Grosgrain Ribbons – Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla, book rings (from Staples)

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  1. very cute :) love the cheery colors! i got my coasters from someone on SCS in case anyone needs/wants some. they were affordable and she mailed them very quickly.

  2. What a lovely gift. Cheerful and bright and definitely worth saving.

  3. Again with the snail! What's come over you? Very cute BTW. CC

  4. The colors you used are perfect! I really like it and I am so glad you gave info on how to make it. I am getting motivated.

  5. What a wonderful gift idea!

  6. Love the little snail!


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