Sunday, May 16, 2010

How Very "Fasten"ating Is This"

Have you ever had one of those ideas in your head for a project you wanted to see come to fruition? Well for me, that project has been an interactive mini album. I wanted to make one of these when Donovan was a toddler, but of course it was pushed to the back burner. Then along came Xander and I figured I'd make one for him...well...that kind of sort of happened here...

You see, it looks like I'm going to have to kick myself into gear and make another one since this one has been shipped to the UK (via Purple Cows) to appear on Craft and Create (a television show) later this month.

This book was created as part of my DT assignment for both Helmar and Purple Cows. I've combined some wonderful products from several of our Preferred Partners with a whole host of notions to create this very "Fasten"ating interactive laminated mini book!! Say that 10 times fast...

I gathered papers from several different Cosmo Cricket lines and Clearsnap chalk ink, and then used Purple Cows hot laminator, several different Hot Pockets, Helmar Quick-Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner and Helmar Quick Dry 450 to bring everything together!

Before laminating the front cover, I used Helmar Quick-Fix Permanent Adhesive to adhere the yellow and blue papers together. Next, I used rub-ons from Hambly and mixed alphabet, including chipboard from Pink Paislee to create the title of the book. After threading the buttons, I used Helmar Clear Zapdots to attach them to the cover.

Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive is a phenomenal product that played a very big part in this album. In order to allow the flaps to move properly, thus allowing the mini album to be truly interactive, I laminated them and then trimmed the excess hot pocket, leaving a small clear tab. I then adhered the clear tab (only) to the album using 450. I love the fact that it's not only strong, but it dries clear.

Helmar Premium Craft Glue works very well on fabrics. As a matter of fact, I used it on the tips of the ribbon here. I wanted the person playing with this mini album to be able to send the ribbon through the eyelets easily, so I put a little Helmar Premium Craft Glue on the tips and then used my fingers to twist the tips until the glue dried. I was left with a pointy tip much like on the end of a shoestring. Clever, huh?

I used Hambly rub-ons for "lace & tie".

I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive on all of the other pages in this mini album, except the buckle page.

Here's a close-up of the pocket.

I put Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive on one end and self adhesive velcro on the other.

I stitched a zipper to 2 laminated strips before adhering them to the mini album with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive then added the word "zipper" with Pink Paislee chipboard alpha.

Close-up of the zipper in action

I used Helmar Quick-Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner on the ends of the buckle strap to hold them in place so they wouldn't shift when I stitched them with the sewing machine.

I stitched buttonholes and buttons to the inner ends of these laminated strips and adhered the outer ends to the mini album with Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.Before laminating the back cover, I adhered the journaling spot with Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner

Supplies: Adhesive- Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, Helmar Quick-Fix Permanent Adhesive Runner, Helmar Premium Craft Glue; Patterned paper, ribbon, bear sticker- Cosmo Cricket; alpha stickers- Pink Paislee, American Crafts; eyelets- Bazzill, Making Memories; pen- sharpie; ink- Clearsnap; floss- Making Memories; ric rac- Bobbin Ribbon; laminator, hot pockets- Purple Cows; rub-ons- Hambly Screen Prints; misc- buttons, zipper, velcro, buckle, snap

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you've enjoyed this post!!


Leanne said...

Totally brilliant, wow you rock girl xx

Nitasha said...

This is the BEST, CUTEST, MOST IMAGINATIVE,GORGEOUS interactive book I've ever seen!!! I love everything about it from the design to the CC papers....just too cute!!!

Dara Lynn said...

Tanisha, I have not seen one of these books in years! What an amazing book, great choice of papers, (bright and cheerful), and the laminating and adhesive techniques will make this book so durable! Great job girlie :)

Jenniwren32 said...

Oh wow, Tanisha!!!! This is so AWESOME!

allyson joy said...

Holy smokes Tanisha - this is the coolest and smartest little book I've ever seen!!! You're amazing,,, thanks or Sharon this your little man is gonna adore this!!!
{xoxo} Ally

zandra said...

Very cool!
Hugz, Z

Scrapamum said...

This is fabulous! I wish I had a laminator because I soooo want to do this for my little ones.

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