Monday, August 22, 2011

A Tutorial.......the Saga

Oh my goodness......I can't believe I'm finally posting this tutorial!  After a week of frustration trying to get this done, my camera not working for the pictures for said tutorial, and knowing we were going out of town over the weekend had me in fits by the end of last week!  B U T......after taking a deep breath and my sweet J buying me a new camera (!), I finally finished pictures this afternoon and am ready to post.  So I apologize for some of the pictures - those are the one's that were taken pre-new camera.  My flash just stopped working and the lighting was not good.  I did the best I could using my editing, but my editing skills could use some work too! 

I created this project using the Book Bag and Bookworm digi stamps from JW Illustrations.  These are such sweet images - I love them!  I made a card with a little pocket that hold the little Bookworm Bookmark.  Here's the finished project:

I started out choosing 3 colors of card stock and printing the Book Bag image on all 3 pieces.

Next, I cut the images apart picking and choosing which pieces I wanted in the different colors.  This part was fun!

As you can see in the above picture, I took the brown pieces and the red pieces and ran them through my Big Shot using some texture plates.  Here's a closer look:

I attached all the pieces on the brown Book Bag image and used a blade to cut along the top of the pocket on the front of the backpack to make the opening for the Bookmark.  Then I used a white piece of card stock as my base and started piecing the pieces together using adhesive.  On the brown Book Bag image, I was careful to use the adhesive only around the edges to leave the middle part open to allow the bookmark to slide in and out.  So for this, you need a nice sturdy adhesive -- I love the red line tape.  It works awesome on projects like this and especially for boxes and 3D items - it really stays together!

Now this is where I'm missing a few photos because of my camera going and dying on me (sniff, sniff).

I printed out the Bookworm image and used the watercolor technique to color it in.  Then I cut a strip of the yellow card stock, after measuring how long the Bookmark needed to be so it could slide in the pocket appropriately.  I used adhesive to attach the Bookworm to the yellow strip and then trimmed around the Bookworm.  It added another layer to the Bookworm image to give it a little thickness.  Then I personalized it with some adhesive chipboard alphabet from K & Company and Making Memories.  I love these - they are so easy to use - just peel them and stick them!

Here's a few shots of the Bookmark in action:

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and I hope you visit JW Illustrations and add your link using the Book Bag image.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!

I am linking my project to these link parties......come link yours up too!

Until next time........have a great week!


Shan said...

I understand the frustrations you refer to! Really I do! I think it's the feeling of accomplishment that keeps us doing it over and over again. ;) It is way cute!

WithAShotOf_Brandy said...

Great Tutorial! I just launched my first linky party today and would love some company. Visit and link up!

Marie said...

So cute! Way fun project for kiddos to have as they start a new school year. Thanks for linking up with us at Show & Share!


Lowri said...

Would love to feature this at Please email me if you are interested :-)

Chef in Training said...

love this! it is so cute!

I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

Maycie After Five said...

So cute. My daughter would love this project! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Chef in Training said...

This really is a super cute bookmark! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again today with more great projects!