Saturday, March 23, 2013

Green Craft: From Chocolate Box to Guest Book

Handmade Guest Book and Pen
So we have an upcoming family birthday celebration and I was asked to bring a guest book. Doesn’t everyone automatically think of an empty chocolate box as a guest book?

For this project you will need:
  • Recycled cardboard box
  • Scrapbook papers
  • Strong adhesives ( I used double sided carpet tape)
  • Embellishments ( I used vinyl scraps, some corkboard cutouts I picked up for $.97, washi tape, and a key sticker)
  • Paper for your pages 

Recycled Chocolate Box

I opened up my box and immediately saw a book in the two main panels and cut them as follows:
Chocolate Box Journal
The spine was from a scrap piece the same length as the two sides. I covered each of the cover pieces with scrapbook paper from my stash. Sealed the paper with Mod Podge.
Since I’m a borderline hoarder, I save scraps of everything and had some gold glitter vinyl leftover from a previous project. I decided to use this as “book cloth” to cover the spine.  Applied the carpet tape to the underside of the vinyl , then lay the spine piece in the middle, the two cover pieces on each side and then folded the top and bottom of the vinyl. Since I was using up scraps I couldn’t cut my vinyl piece long enough so that when folded over, it met in the middle but I had enough to cut another piece to fill the gap.

Handmade Guest Book

Vinyl Spine Journal
Fold over and this is the front of my guest book before embellishing. I added the washi tape and cork accents ( they were on clearance @ JoAnn) , a metal key sticker, and then College Boy reminded me: “What’s a guest book without a pen” so I made one. 

Well I didn’t make a pen but I embellished one. Just a plain stick ink pen covered with a scrap of paper from my book. Mod Podged it on, added a strip of washi tape and then hot glued some paper flowers (you can find bunches of these in bridal aisle) on the top. Left the wire stems on and just wrapped them around the pen.

Washi Pen

For the interior, I cut regular copy paper to size , clamped it together with binder clips and coated one of the short sides with PVA glue. Glue to a chipboard panel cut the same size to make a pad and then glue the "pad to the back cover. 

Upcycled Guest Book

3 comments:

Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

LOVE this Carol! Very eco of you :) The corkboard embellies are gorgeous! What brand are they? You're family is going to love this little book.
~Deb~
CDAC DT Member
A Look Through My Eyes

Susan said...

I love that you recycled the box. The guest book turned out lovely.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

So clever, once again! It's very pretty. That's some smart College Boy:)