Today's project and tutorial was inspired by a pile. Actually, by two piles. I have saved every sheet of artist paper that comes inside my copies of magazines published by Stampington & Company. If you have ever bought a copy of Somerset Studio or Somerset Memories, you know exactly what I mean. So today was the day to dig into my selection and make use of these beautiful papers.
My second inspirational pile was my stack of ATCs - Artist Trading Cards. These are playing card sized works of art that are traditionally made to trade with other artists. I have quite a few that I have received and many that I have made that I still own. I decided that they deserve a better home.
After choosing a piece of artist paper, I used a die from Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B set to cut and emboss 2 sections.
Using a die from Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles Small set, I cut a window into one of these pieces.
I flipped over this piece and added double-stick tape to three sides, leaving the top-most section untaped.
I adhered the two curved rectangles together, creating a pocket with a window. This will hold my ATC.
I added some ink to the edges on both front and back, both bringing in some additional dimension and color as well as highlighting the embossed edge. At the open end at the top, I punched a hole in the center.
This pocket was now complete and ready to hold an ATC.
I went ahead and repeated these steps using different artist papers until I had a total of 10 pockets, each filled with a different ATC.
To make the book, I attached all the pockets together by slipping a loose leaf ring through the hole at the top. Now these ATCs have a proper home and I love the fact that I can add or remove pockets as well as switch out the ATCs.
Other: Artist Trading Cards, artist paper, double-stick tape, scissors, hole punch, loose leaf ring