With Father's Day right around the corner I thought I would share a project that I created for a publication well over a year ago. The project was never accepted and so the good news is that I can now share it here with you on my blog. That means I can share the template as well without any time restrictions Ü
My family loves Hawaii and my DH and I LOVE Kona coffee, so when I was trying to create something for the Father's Day call that was going on I wanted to do something that was completely out of the box. There are not that many masculine Lockhart images and so I put my thinking cap on. It hit me like a surf wave Ü and the following idea washed over me - "Coffee Tips for our "Big Kahuna's" Daily Grind". OK - so I thought it was pretty clever, but apparently they didn't - LOL! Or perhaps they just didn't have the entire magazine to devote to one project - totally laughing now Ü!
Included in the kit are all of the necessary components to complete this booklet. Two tools that will come in handy are a Crop-a-dile and a Scor-It. The key to success in folding a piece like this is to have precise score lines. I must tell you that there truly is no other scoring device that can come close to the Scor-It when it comes to creating score lines in heavy papers or through several thickness of papers.
Unfortunately I do not have pictures of this project in progress and so I hope that the words that I use along with the templates will be precise enough to give you clear directions on creating this little one of a kind booklet. I would like to suggest that you print out the templates before reading through these directions being I think it will be easier to have them in hand vs. scrolling up and down through this lengthy dialogue. I believe there may even be a way to print this entire post so that it can be sitting next to you as you work, but I'm not certain about that being I have never tried it.
First I am going to share the pictures of the completed project both front and back. You will see these completely open in the following pictures.
I'm not certain that you can tell from this picture, but the two panels on the right end fold into the booklet. The first panel has a space for a custom made coaster or a picture - whatever you choose and the second panel has a secret "pocket in which you could put another picture or write a message. So much thought went into creating this so that no brads or "rough" ends would be exposed. I hope that my template and directions won't scare anyone Ü
This next picture showcases the opposite side of the booklet or what I will call the back of the booklet.
The first pouch was designed to hold some cold coffee recipes I have found and included in the kit. The next panel contains a dark blue secret pocket for either pictures or a message. The third panel contains another pouch designed to hold hot coffee recipes. The fourth or last panel on the right holds another surfboard design that holds Iced Coffee Tips. Again all of these components are included in the kit that I have created.
TEMPLATES and BOOK CONSTRUCTION
Each of these templates has been created to scale - 1/2" equals to 1" - in other words these templates are half the size of the original document. I have also noted measurements on these templates so that it would make it easier for you to gauge the actual size. Being that it gets confusing when too many numbers are added to the face of a template I opted to just put the critical ones in place and felt that you could gain the measurements for all the other pieces from the measurements indicated.
To create this booklet I used eight different papers - all of these are included in the kit:
- (2) 12x12 plain tan paper
- (1) 12x12 navy paper - I ran this paper once it was cut into the correct sizes, through my embossing machine together with a Fiskars texture plate, to add extra dimension to the project
- (1) Basic Grey Hang Ten Surfboards - HAN-414 Slow Mo
- (1) Basic Grey Hang Ten Stripes - HAN-417 Pipeline
- (2) Basic Grey Multicolor All Over Pattern - HAN-410 Stoked
- (1) Basic Grey Green Pattern - HAN-423 Rip (use for surfboard accents and accent pieces you may want to create.
- (1) Basic Grey Small Pattern - HAN-412 Maverick (use for surfboard accents and accent pieces you may want to create.)
- (2) Kraft paper with surfboards preprinted
There are two templates necessary to create this booklet. I have shown both sides of the template below so that you will be able to have a better understanding as to where to apply and cut each decorative paper.
Cut out one Template #1 and one Template #2 from plain paper. You can enlarge the templates below, but I would recommend that you use a ruler and just draw the shape lightly on your plain paper using the measurements listed. All plain paper surfaces will be covered or turned to the inside, so do not worry about pencil lines.
Black solid lines indicate the cut lines. (You only need to refer to View 1 when you cut out each Template.) Dashed lines indicated the lines on which you will need to score.
Cut out the patterned pieces of paper, correlating them to the templates for both views. Following are your basic cuts:
- Navy Paper
- 3 1/2"w x 5 1/2"h - front cover
- 2 3/4"w x 9"h - inside pocket #1
- 3 3/4"w x 3/4"h - coffee tip holder
- 3 1/4"w x 3 1/2"h - inside pocket #2
- 4 3/8"w x 4"h - cold coffee pocket
- 4 1/2"w x 4"h on left side and only 2"h on the right - be certain to refer to template for precise angled piece.
- use extra for recipe surfboards
- 2 3/4"w x 3/4"h - inside pocket #1 accent
- 4 3/8"w x 2 1/2"h with 2 3/8" diameter halfcircle cutout - coaster holder
- 3 3/4"w x 3 1/4"h - inside pocket #2 cover
- use extra for recipe surfboards
- (2) 11"w x 5 1/2"h - Template 1 and Template 2 main body
- 9 1/2"w x 5 1/2"h with notch cut out of upper left hand corner to coordinate with Template 3
- 9 1/2"w x 5 1/2"h with notch cut out of upper right hand corner to coordinate with Template 4
Apply adhesive to back sides of all patterned paper pieces. I prefer to use my Xyron, but you could use a light glue such as Perfect Paper Adhesive as well. These lighter glues do not "dampen" your paper like some of the other glues on the market. If using a wet glue apply adhesive to each paper individually and then apply. If working with a Xyron you can apply adhesive to all your papers simultaneously.
Attach all patterned papers to your plain paper template EXCEPT the 11"w x 5 1/2"h multicolored HAN-410 Stoked paper on Template #1 - View 2. Use a teflon bone folder to push out any bubbles and allow to dry.
Create all score lines as indicated. As I stated earlier I have found that the Scor-It board has been indispensable when creating objects that need precise and deep scoring. If you do not own a Scor-It you may need to score it numerous times to get through all layers.
Insert large Antique Copper eyelet, using Crop-a-dile, in lower right hand corner of Template #1 piece as shown in Template #1 - View 1. Thread twine and leather string through eyelet and loop in place.
Now is the time to attach the two templates. First attach Template #2 with View 1 facing upwards - glue it down securely along the plain paper hinge to Template #1 with View 2 facing upwards as shown above. To do this I use a red liner tape to hold it securely. (It seems to work really well with the strings.)
Before attaching the 11"w x 5 1/2"h multicolored HAN-410 Stoked paper on Template #1 - View 2 attach the navy paper stripe using brads as shown on the template. This will hold the Iced Coffee Tips surfboard in place. Now attach this piece to the remaining plain paper panel. Recreate score lines in "fresh" paper above.
Add all brads as shown in the templates below. Using a Crop-a-dile insert Large Eyelet in lower left corner as shown in Template #1 - View 1 below. Be certain that you have already attached the Navy Paper "Binding" before inserting this eyelet.
Attach and secure the hardware piece using the leather string, which includes the sentiment "espressly for you", as shown in Template #2 - View 2. It needs to be attached in this direction being it folds back up and you want it facing out with the sentiment right side up when completed. Ü. Put a small piece of adhesive behind the hardware to hold it in place before securing ends - this made it easier to get the length of the string correct.
Now some of you may be more clever than I and figure out a way to hid the brad backs and secure them into your paper template, but I just couldn't be bothered with it and instead used my handy, dandy 1/8" red liner tape to run it along the very edges of the pockets. Secure all the little "flaps" that hang down from your creation by running this tape all the way up the edges of your flaps. Press firmly in place and hold momentarily. I then let my book rest for a short while and it has held together amazingly!!!
PICTURES AND TEMPLATES TO HELP VISUALIZE
TEMPLATE #1 - View 1
TEMPLATE #1 - View 2
TEMPLATE #2 - View 2
TEMPLATE #2 - View 1
Cut out surfboards along lines. Trace around ends of surfboards on to decorative paper. Using a decorative edged scissors (I used a ric rac or wavy style border to cut my edge detail) cut the "straight edge" and then cut the remaining curved end with plain scissors. Adhere the decorative paper to the surfboards. You can use the pictures above to look for examples I have created.
Stamp Hawaiian shirt on white cardstock using Adirondack Espresso ink. I used Prismacolor pencils to color both the shirt on the front of the booklet as well as the coaster. To color this image I used the following colors: Sand, Goldenrod, GingerRoot, Chartreuse, Limepeel, Olive Green, Light Umber, Dark Umber, Copenhagen Blue, and Indigo Blue.
Begin by placing circular object on coaster, centering it on the coaster. I have found that the circular Nestabilities make great templates for this. Using a sharp Light Umber Prismacolor pencil trace around the outside of the circle. Follow this with a dulled Indigo Blue crayon. Outline this area with the sharp Light Umber.
Using a stamp-a-ma-jig center and stamp the shirt in this circle.
Create a mask out of Eclipse tape and place it over the circles exposing the outer edge only. Using a small stamp (at this time Karen had not yet produced the millinery line - if I were to create this coaster now I would use the Vine Millinery Embellishment) stamp repeatedly around this "ring".
Color in all details using the Prismacolor Color Pencils listed above under the heading "Hawaiian Shirt". Paint coaster with Clear Decoupage Finish. Allow to dry and coat again. This will seal the coaster surface.
OK - now that is THE longest post I have ever created!!! Are you still with me? If you are you deserve a prize - LOL! Seriously - don't you just love how I hid my blog candy and save it for the faithful few who stick with me through thick and thin Ü Well I'm thinking this is a "thick" post that deserves a treat.
"Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs. - H. G.Bohn". It never ceases to amaze me and bring a huge smile to my face when I think about the hand of friendship that I have felt extended to me through the internet and each of you over this past year, plus. So the blog candy I am going to give away today is one that focuses on friendship. Included in this give-away will be one of the brand spankin' new Friendship Centers designed by Lisa Strahl of Cornish Heritage Farms together with some beautiful paper and ribbon that will make creating a card incredibly easy!
All you need to do is leave me a post that includes a quote on friendship, or a brief story about something you have done for a friend or a friend has done for you in the past few months. Do this before Monday morning - 9:00am PST and you will qualify to be a part of this drawing. You are welcome to tell me how wonderful this Father's Day idea is too - totally LOL! Sometimes it's so quiet out there that I'm wondering if I'm writing to myself Ü Hugs to you all and thank you so much for your friendship!