Friday, September 26, 2008

Making a chipboard book from a cereal box - click here for cut file

I've seen these around & decided to give them a try.

First of all, pick out a shape you want to make a book out of on your Cricut. Next, cut apart your cereal box until you have a flat piece you can put on your mat. I chose to cut out a front & back, and then four pages. The front and back were slightly larger, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inches larger both ways -- but you can customize it any way you want to. Now I punched two holes on the left hand side 1/4" of the way in with my Crop-a-dile, but if you have Design Studio you could just place circles (and do not weld) where you want the holes to be.

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You're going to need:

  1. A sharp blade
  2. Blade should be set at 6, and pressure at the maximum
  3. A sticky, sticky mat
  4. To use the multi-cut, on 2 or 3 depending on the thickness of the cereal box
  5. Either ribbon or book rings from the office supply section of your local discount store. A pack of 5 is about a dollar at Wal-Mart. You could use both to bind your book -- I've seen some gorgeous books that did this.

Once you've cut out all of your pieces, you're going to use the same cut file to cut out paper to glue on top. Obviously you won't need to use multi-cut, so make sure it is turned off. For each piece you cut out, cut out two pieces of paper (one to glue on the front & one to glue on the back). So, for the front & back piece (if you cut them out larger), cut out four pieces with the exact same cut file page or in the exact same size you used to cut out the front & back pieces of cardboard. Same goes for the inner pieces. I cut out four for this project, so I cut out eight pieces of paper that were exactly the same size as their cardboard counterparts.

Now when it came time to glue them on, I:

  1. Put some glue on the cardboard
  2. Placed the piece of paper carefully on the cardboard
  3. Sanded the edges to make them as even as possible (as in make sure the edges of the paper and cardboard were even with each other)
  4. Inked the edges with some dark ink to add the final touch.

Here's some pics so you can get a better idea of the process:

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3 comments:

  1. what an absolutely amazing completely home made album! i NEVER woulda thought of this on my own. I hope it's ok to share this idea with others. I'll direct them here, for sure!

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  2. Thank you for the lovely words. It's one of those things where I saw someone make something similar & decided to try. Feel free to share, I think doing so is a nice compliment.

    --Gracie

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  3. This is BEAUTIFUL!!! I will have to try to make this someday. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all!!! -Samantha

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