Saturday, August 25, 2012

Favorite Things Fan Book With Pumpkin Spice Paper

I try to surround myself with things that inspire me, bring me joy, comfort me, and make me peaceful. Whether they be photos, quotes, blessings, scents - I keep them close, a special place of respite and renewal, safe from the chaos of this world.

Today's project is based on that idea. A little book filled with good things, like favorite Bible verses, and special blessings - formatted in an easy to read "fan" style.
The paper is handmade, and infused with pumpkin spice tea leaves for a comforting, warm and spicy scent. I used the Arnold Grummer Papermill Complete Kit and a few Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea bags to make the handmade paper.
For a basic tutorial on how to make handmade paper, go to the Arnold Grummer Papermaking Blog and let Mr. Grummer show you how easy it is. While you're there visit the Arnold Grummer website, and take advantage of the BEST DEAL of the summer - 15% off your entire order! Sale items excluded. Use promo code AGIS89 at checkout. Hurry, sale ends Aug 30!

Let's get started. Here's what you'll need:
Several sheets of handmade paper 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches. I used 7 sheets.
Hole punch
Post screw. I used 1/2 inch aluminum screw post.
Ink pad
Glue stick
Some favorite things that make you happy! Flowers, photos, quotes etc.

Next, fold your papers in half, short end to short end and score them, then tear in half carefully. Now your one 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 sheet has become two.

Take each of your two new sheets and fold them in half LENGTHWISE, and score them. Then carefully tear them in half lengthwise. Your original 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 sheet has now become four long rectangular pieces. Do this with all of your 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 sheets of paper.

You should have a pretty little stack of papers looking something like this...

Ok, time to grab a sheet and punch a hole in the center of one of the ends. Then use it as a template to punch holes in the rest of the sheets of paper.

Now stack your papers so the holes align and slip the post part of the screw through the holes in the paper. Then screw the screw part into the post snugly and your fan book is assembled. Screw posts come in different sizes depending on how thick your stack of papers is.
Ok, get out your favorite things and stamp, paste, and write till your pages are filled with everything that makes you happy : )
Here are a few pages from mine...

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