Hey stampers I just finished a tutorial on how to make those fun greeting card organizers like the one we made at Stamp Club this past weekend.
Rubber Stamp Sets - Calligraphy Alphabet, Favorite Florals
Ink Pads - Que's colors, Pink, Moss Green, and Robins EggPattern cardstock - I used the K&Co Belle collection by Amy Butler
Scor-It tool or a ruler and bone folder
Bind-It-All binding machine and coils
Calendar template: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/images/tutorials/calendar_organizer_months.pdf
First you need to pick out 6 pieces of double-sised 12x12 pattern cardstock. I am working with the Belle collection from Amy Butler and K&Co. You can find this in our store in the K&Co section. I just, love, love this pattern paper and Amy Butler. I love Amy Butler patterns so much that I had a purse made from her fabric!
Score the covers in the middle which should be 6", but keep in mind that not all 12x12 paper is actually 12". This paper was a bit shorter than 12" so I just used my large Scor-it to center the paper and scored in half.
Now take your 6 pages and score each one at 4.25"
Now is a good time to punch the pages for the coil binding using our Bind-It-All machine from Zutter (we sell in the store in the Bind-It-All catagory). This is an awesome binding machine if you are in the market for one.
Here is a close up of that.
To punch the holes on the cover center a page on the cover... the cover is slightly larger than the pages. Then slip them both into the BIA and line up the arrow and the page just like you did with the other pages, and then slip the page out leaving the cover inside the maching then punch.Print out the calendar pages on white cardstock and cut out with your paper trimmer. You will also need a piece of white cardstock 4x2".
Then stamp the word "cards" over that using Jet Black StazOn ink and the Calligraphy Alphabet stamp set.
Peel off the tape liner and dunk the piece in the clear beads.
I also like to use a brayer to make sure the beads are stuck down as well. I then matted the beaded piece with black cardstock and embellished the front cover. I used the fabric covered brads from the Belle collection along with the paper flowers, and some self-adhesive rhinestones.Now let's bind the card organizer together. The coils come in long strips and you will need to cut off a 6 coil section using wire cutters.The coils do have a back side where they meet. To hide that you can have inside the book right behind the cover. To do that flip the back cover over the front cover before you place the coils in the book. The small ends of the coils go inside the holes first.
Place the book with the small coils facing the front and pull down the lever. I am using 1" coils so the machine is set at 1" at the front.
Let's take a look inside!
Here are some details from the cover.
I hope you will try making one of these fun organizers for yourself. Wouldn't they make a great gift? How about for Mothers Day? You could even stamp up a few cards to get her start her out?