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Monday, July 30, 2012


We have a special guest today, Kathy Cano-Murillo, known as the Crafty Chica. Kathy has made a video for, featuring directions for making a smash book, but because I'm all thumbs when it comes to technology, I wasn't able to upload the video. So click on the link above to watch it. And below are some photos from the video.

Record Album Cover SmashBook!
By Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica

SmashBooks are everywhere these days and they are so fun to make! I've seen all kinds of methods but when I came across a stack of old record albums, I decided to use the album sleeves as book covers. The idea is to gather up scrap paper and bind them into a fun journal. I think Anastacia would be very proud!

1 unwanted record album cover
24 pieces of scrap paper cut to 8-1/2"x11" or smaller
Needle and thread or sewing machine
Duct tape
Craft knife and craft mat
Hot glue

Fold/crease the papers in half and separate into booklets (six papers each). Sew up the center of each booklet. Set aside. Take the front of the album cover and use the craft knife to score two lines to create the spine of the book. Measure in 5-1/2" on each side. Next, cut off 3" from the bottom of the album. Trim the edges with duct tape to make it look finished. Add hot glue to the spine of each booklet and set inside the cover. Adgere all four booklets. Let hot glue cool Embellish pages as you wish.

Tips: Add pockets within the pages, add a page of labels so you can use them in your book.

Author and aritst, Kathy Cano-Murillo is the founder of the award-winning site, http://CraftyChica.com. She is the author of seven craft books and two novels: Waking Up in the Land of Glitter and Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing (both by Grand Central Publishing). Both titles are available in print, e-book/Kindle/Nook and audiobook formats. She is currently working on her next book.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

OMG, one of my best friends is nicknamed the glitter queen because she make greeting cards and puts glitter on every single one of them. I'll have to get her Waking up in the Land of Glitter as a gift and make her a bookmark, with glitter of course.