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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mini Book Necklaces and Keychains Tutorial

This is a project I have been working on for awhile now! I got the idea from a blog I love Altered Alchemy . She makes beautiful necklaces and books that are so incredible I really wanted to try to make some myself! So this is my version and it's not nearly as ornate but I think they turned out really well for my first try! They are going to be Christmas presents for my sister ,daughter, niece, and a couple of ladies I work with. (I think it's safe to post this now) Well here is a breakdown of how I made these little books:

First I took an old scrapbook and tore the pages into 1.25" x 3.25" strips, folded a stack of four strips in half and sewed the spine with thread, and grouped four of these together. I used a clothespin to keep them in groups

Then I took a piece of card stock and cut it 1.25" x 4.00" and made a fan fold in the middle.

I used glue to attach each of the paper sections into the fan fold.

I measured out some scrap leather I found at Hobby Lobby for covers. they need to be just a little bit bigger than the book pages.

I used my crop-a-dile to make holes and put grommets in the leather. Then I glued the covers onto the paper stacks. Be careful with the glue! I almost glued one book shut from too much glue oozing out onto the pages!

I searched through my jewelry stash to find things that might work on the cover. some were too big and may have to wait for a bigger book!


These two are not quite done yet but I have the pieces picked out to go on them


This is the one I made for my sister Maria. I put some stained paper with some words on it under the key hole and added an old looking key to the chain. I also added some gold stamping around the edges and back after these pictures were taken.
This one is for my daughter Jessi.I'm not even sure what that metal piece is..I found it in a junk drawer and it just seemed to fit!
This is the back of one of the ones for the ladies at work, you can just see the little tooth brush peeking down in the pic...yes I work at a dentist office! I just couldn't resist when I saw these little silver tooth brushes on Ebay!
Well, they are all wrapped up and ready for Christmas! This was a really fun project and I'm sure I will think of new things to do with these little books in the future!

49 comments:

BLISS angels said...

wendy these are stunning ... your family will love them and if they don't Ihappen to know a nice lady (ME) who would love it...LOL hugs wendy

LuLu Kellogg said...

WOW Wendy...these are fabulous!

Thank you so much for popping by my Blog for a visit and the get well wishes!

Love,
LuLu~*xoxo

JoAnne said...

They're wonderful Wendy! Merry Christmas!

"MOI" Freubel said...

Oh my gosh !!!! This looks amazing !!! What a talent you have Wendy. I'll bet these Christmas gifts will bring much joy to the receiver !!
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Wishing you from my side of the world a very cozy christmas time !!
Rian.

Ann said...

i love these!
they are fantabulous!!!!

Leaping Frog Design's said...

Oh my gosh!! Wendy these are amazing. Thank you for sharing. I really want to make one or two or three or four. What a fantastic project!!

Leaping Frog Design's said...

Oh my Gosh Wendy these are amazing. Beautiful...Thank you for sharing..Now I have another project I want to try on my list..lol

Lynn Stevens said...

Your little books are Fabulous Wendy!!!!
Your family and friends are just going to Love them!!!
Wishing you and yours a Wonderful Christmas season!
hugs Lynn

Tina said...

How Cute those books are! You did a great job on them.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Visiting from What's it Wednesday.

Amy P said...

Such precious little books!

By the way! You are the winner of the Sugar Scrub on my blog :) Send me your address and I'll ship it out to you right away!

Thanks for playing along

Mina said...

I just came through from Ann's blog and ...Oh my goodness! These are gorgeous and your tutorial is so easy to follow. Thank you for sharing.

Plush Possum Studio said...

WOW!!!!!
I've just added this tutorial to my Popular list, and I'll be back once the holidays are over to learn more.
As a rabid fan of book-making of all kinds, I thought your take on this process to be ingenious and elegant. LOVE the keyhole!
Also wanted to stop by briefly to let you know our game board is only a temporary post. If you like it free, we suggest you get it now, as it's only up as a market test.
Happy Holidays to you from us!
Rose

Ann said...

These are wonderful. Each is so beautiful, yet whimsical in its own way. From keys to toothbrushes--what fun. Thanks for the tutorial.

Doni said...

HOW CUTE!!! I love how each one is so itsy bitsy and different. Easy to make personal too..
Thanks so much for sharing them with us! maybe I need to go and find the materials I need and try some!
Blessings,
Doni

Cindy F. Adkins said...

These are fantastic! I love them! Thanks for the tutorial. I found you through Ivy & Elephants link party. Am your newest follower!
Happy New Year!
Cindy

Cindy Adkins said...

WOW, Wendy, these are totally gorgeous!!! AMAZING!

meijo's JOY said...

This is so brilliant and the best I ever came across and with such detail tutorial! Pinning this one now! Thanks for sharing!

Funky Mama Bird said...

These are truly awesome.

Lori said...

These are so beautiful...thanks for the idea! I'm a new follower, so stop by and visit. I love new blogger friends, Lori

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Wendy,
We're so glad you joined our Linky party last we. We featured your fabulous post and it was a big hit. Feel free to come by and grab a featured button, and link up each week.
Best wishes for the new year!
Hugs,
Patti

Cottage and Broome said...

A wonderful project, thanks for sharing it with us! Laura

The Feathered Nest said...

I LOVE these Wendy!!!!! I've been wanting to make a few of these for so long...you inspire me to go for it! I bet everyone just loved these :) hugs and love, Dawn

Dianna said...

This is amazing! I would have been thrilled to have received this as a gift! I'm following you now :)

Dianna
craft-a-spell.blogspot.com

Linda M. said...

Wendy, Thanks for this tutorial. I love the look of all of your books. Did you write text in all of them? So beautiful. Thanks. xo, Linda

Lesley said...

Wow this is incredible. Thanks for explaining this to me. I wonder if Pleather (faux leather would work ok. these truly are works of art and so much fun.
Lesley
Putting on my to do list.

Chris Arlington said...

Thanks to Michele (art from the well) I've found your fabulous blog and have become a follower.

Life Outloud said...

I would love to purchase one from you! Are you interested in making some to sell?
Thank you!
Dawn

New End Studio said...

These are perfect little gifts, and this tutorial is a gift from you- tyfs!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love these! I'm going to save this post to read again later! Oh, how I would love to make one of these! Hugs! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm back in my crafting supplies looking to see what I have! I need to find some leather pieces...and may even go to the thrift store today with that in mind! Thanks for the good instructions! ♥

maj. said...

Its great tutorial!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!

Grandma Bugs Place said...

Wonderful - thanks for this. I want to try and make one. I think they are just so super!
Marcie

Cathy L. Calamas said...

OMGosh!! these are magnificent! So glad I found your blog.I'm going to have to make some of these. Now a follower.

Natasha said...

These are just amazing!!!

Pinning!!!

would love it if you could share this on my link party
http://serenityyou.blogspot.com/search/label/Serenity%20Saturday

Natasha xx

Donna said...

I would love a mini one of these for DD's dollhouse! Very cute!

Natasha said...

so so love these!!

Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday
Hope to see you there again tomorrow
http://serenityyou.blogspot.com/2012/01/serenity-saturday-22.html

Natasha xx

Luthien said...

hi Wendy :)
these are wonderful!! i love the little innovation you did with the inside spine of the books :)
it's so funny ... i saw this tut being pinned on pinterest and thought your books look lovely so i came in to the blog and then ... ((O_O)) saw Altered Alchemy mentioned!! my heart made a little jolt LOL!! thank you for the mention ... i so appreciate it! these would make lovely gifts and i am sure the receivers are all delighted! i know i would be :)
xoxoxo
Luthien :)

Genevieve Graham said...

Wow. I was looking all over the place for some of those pre-made tiny books and can't find them anywhere. Then I looked around for tutorials and yours was definitely the BEST. Thank you for this. I can't wait to get going on them.

Trishia said...

Wendy, LUV these! I have been ruminating on a way to turn postcards into book format. I really like how you did the 'accordian' fold on the spine. I've got washi tape ordered and hopefully will get inspired to actually create something book looking!ha! It's hard for me to get away from the digital world into the 'actually do this' world:)

christopher said...

Hi There Wendy, what a gorgeous project,i am going to do some myself.
You didn't know what the piece of metal was on your Jessi's book, well i can tell you it is part of an old door handle.
I still have these on my bedroom doors.Hope this clears up the mystery for you.Keep well.Rosie.x

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Wow these are amazing! Thanks for sharing! xx Holly

Amanda Trought said...

These are gorgeous, saw it on pinterest, so glad I came to visit. Blessings, Amanda

Susan Thomas said...

These are awesome looking, keep going back and checking them out, so I had to PIN them!! Beauty!

Cyndee@Restyled Junk said...

These are beautiful! I love the vintage look.

Angela Alvin said...

To make these mini book Layered Necklaces gather these supplies: one sheet of paper (I used Wausau stationery), a small paint brush, scissors, super/scrim, PVA glue, linen thread, bees wax, silk head bands, leather, decorative paper, a sewing needle, an awl, two jump rings, a silk cord, a charm, and a short bit of lace.

Carmen Colon said...

They. are beautiful

Carmen Colon said...

How much for the neckle mini book wendy

loudowning54 said...

Just found this via Pinterest. These are so unique!!! I know the recipients were happy to receive these. Will try my hand at it! Thanks for the tutorial.

BCDruidess said...

Impressive... love love love them. Thanks for the tutorial will try my hand at these for our Fundraiser... I am sure they will sell like iced cream on a hot day!