Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AIR project for Sept - Authentique/May Arts

AP_MayArts_Badge Welcome to a crafting extravaganza all week featuring myself and other Artists In Residence from IMAGINE Crafts, along with the Design Team Members of Authentique Paper and May Arts Ribbon.  

 Here's My Project

Interlocking Mini Book

Recently, I came across the Japanese blog which is showing how to make interlocking notebook. It looks fabulous, also looks so easy except measuring and cutting which he did with his own acrylic template.
Instead of his template, I thought I could do with my tools and any size.
The result turned great.

-Authentique "Hermony"Sticker, Card Making Stacks, Authentic Life Cards.
-May Arts Ribbons
-Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Radiant Neon "PINK"
  Ink Blusher

How To:

I started with Authentique's new product, CARD MAKING STACKS which has printing one side and also has prescore line The line is off center so that makes nice white border when its folded.

Make one more crease line just about 1/8"apart. Do this for all pages ( I have 7 sheets)

Stack all page sheets and secure with clips.
With Japanese Book Drill (or awl will work) make a hole between double scoring lines, at about 1-1/2" from the edge. Make sure all layers got punch holes.

Make another holes on the other side.

Take 1 sheet, and slice off inside of two holes along with creasing lines.
This sheet will be the front page. (but not back front)

For other sheets (I have 6 sheets here, you can do with less or more sheets)
remove outside parts of 2 holes.  I used scissors.
they will be the inside pages.

Stack all inside pages together, and roll up one side, try not to make folding line.
Also, remember bottom sheet will be the back front. If you want to use particular paper for the back front, place it at bottom.

Carefully run the rolled stack through center slit of front page sheet, until top and bottom cut out showing.

When all the inside page sheets come out through the slit, release roll up, make them flat. This is the basic idea of interlocking book.
So the hardest part is done. Now fun part is starting.

  When the book is closed, looks like this.  I decided this side to be the front.

Take apart tags from 12x12" paper, did a little sandling to eliminate burrs, then add some ink (Radiant NEON PINK here) for more depth.

 Hings are from Authentic Harmony Sticker Sheet.
Great for decorating and also enhancing spine.
Add borders and tag label

Keep on going to decorate each page with matching Sticker paper, Life Page paper, 6x6 and Tags.

Don't forget ribbons!! 
I used a lot of ribbons here and there, many are tied around pieces, or make bow and glued.  
Also, I made adhesive back ribbons with double sided tape.
First glue the tape down on Imagine Crafts's Craft Sheet. 
then, remove backing strip.

Apply ribbon over the tape. press and secure well.

 Tape will stick to your ribbon, now you have adhesive ribbon.
So easy to make, so fun to use!

This ribbon is applied over this page - make sure both edges are sticking out from the page.
trim them

this is how I apply ribbon edge to edge. 
Since there's tape on back, ribbon edges are no fraying.

Finally, I'll add ribbon to the cover so that the book can be tied up nicely

Make 2 holes each on back and front pages.
They should be about 1/2" inside of the edge and spine, also should be lined up straight.

Might be a little hard to see though, made 4 holes on covers.

Run ribbon starting from edge.  
In from outside, run inside, then come out from spine side hole, 
then again go in to the next hole, run inside, then come out at the edge.

Tie the ribbon, to close the book. 

There' no pic or step description from here, I just had fun to decorate inside pages. 

Back cover

Hope you enjoy my project.

Here are today’s other featured Artists In Residence projects:

Sharon Morrison

Isha Gupta

There' more inspiration to be found on the Authentique Paper and May Arts blogs!  Simply visit these blogs to view the projects created by those company's design teams and to view the other prizes available.


Prizes galore for participating in the Blog Hop this week!

All three participating companies in this week's Blog Hop will all be giving away 3 prize packages for leaving comments on the featured blog posts.  Each day will we feature projects created by the artists from IMAGINE Crafts, Authentique Paper and May Arts. Simply visit their blogs and leave a comment on each post by midnight PST September 27th.  We ‘ll randomly select three different blogs from the seven days, then randomly draw one commenter from each blog as the winner.  
Blog Hop Hint – if you click on a link that takes you to a page saying something like, “Sorry this page cannot be found,” just click on the header at the top of the blog (usually a picture, or the blog’s name), and it will take you to that blog’s most recent post. That post *should* be our hop. If not, you can probably scroll down a short way to find the hop post.


  1. Wow what an amazing album. I haven't seen that interlock design before what a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Your interlocking book turned out beautifully! I am impressed with the results you achieved. Thank you for the step by step tutorial; I would love to find time to attempt making a similar book. Your use of the papers and ribbons is wonderful.

  3. WOW, that is a lot of pictures. Great pictorial, love all the detail in this mini. Love the way you binded it all together.

  4. WOW! This is an awesome mini book! I am definitely going to try this technique as I love making minis and love trying new ideas!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. So fun! Haven't seen this
    before. Lovely work on
    the pages.
    Carla from Utah

  6. This is incredible! Such a gorgeous mini album. So inspiring.

  7. thanks for the detailed instructions. The pages look so pretty.
    Beautiful album.
    thanks for sharing.

  8. Kazuko - this is amazing! I can't wait to try it. What a great use of the beautiful paper and perfect design.

  9. Love this project and I can see many different uses for it and it looks so easy to make

  10. Beautiful--thanks for sharing how you created this.

  11. Wow, such a beautiful book. Thanks you for all the how to photos and instructions. A really great project.

  12. WOW!!!!!!!!! Fabulous, fantastic, you are so VERY creative. Love this lovely book and wonderful use of your products. My son lives in Tokyo with his beautiful wife, Miki and I am going to ask them to send me a Japanese Book Drill so that I can make 1 or 2 of these myself. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and inspiration, Kazuko. I have added this page to my favorites so that I can find it when I'm ready to make my own.


  13. Thanks for the tutorial! This is a beautiful project!

  14. This mini album is so beautiful! I love the variety of patterns.

  15. This is so cool. Not quite sure I understand how it fits together but it looks fabulous.

  16. BEAUTIFUL book Kazuko - LOVE your pretty pages!!!
    It really is a FABULOUS design and CLEVER binding technique
    => THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and tutorial :)
    FUN photo too ... I'm humming Over The Rainbow as I type :)

  17. Wow! Not only is your little book amazing but you have decorated each page inside so beautifully as well. Great tutorial.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely work! :)

  18. Amazing mini book. A treasure to keep or share! The tutorial is very helpful.

  19. What an amazing album! You must have the patience of Job because I would have been cursing and throwing things mid-way through this beautiful project! LOL

  20. Amaz-balls! You are so helpful to show all the details up close so we can all learn about this! THANKS!!! Great paper choice too!! LOVE! And the Neon Pink is one of my favorites too! Love how your mini album came out and all the details on each page! great job!

  21. Thank you everyone for complimentary words.
    This book is easy to make, fun project. Hope you enjoy to make your own :)

  22. Beautiful project!!! Every page is a delight!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  23. Im amazed how simple you make this look.You are a very creative young lady.Its wonderful.Blessings

  24. Thanks for the tutorial on this! It turned out beautifully!