Joe and I have used sticky notes, small legal pads, letter size legal pads, scraps of paper, and just about all other forms of paper to keep track of our load numbers, the truck VIN numbers, name and address of the pick up point and delivery point, total miles of the trip, how much we get paid for the miles, and amounts of ComCheck advances from the companies we drive for. Not to mention the state mileage notations when we enter each state, where we end our day and the mileage, and each weigh station we have to stop at for permits.
Joe spent a weekend in his office creating this form to contain all the information in one easy to get to place. This is so much easier than flipping pages on a note pad to find where we made our last entry and tearing off the pages without destroying them in the process.
I’ve made books for both Joe and I for his really great pages. I have to make one for Les to have and start him out right.
Regular cardboard from a box
The pages measure 4-1/4 x 7. I have some cardboard box lids that I’ve lopped off from a box. The sides are stored away for use on some other project.
The cardboard measures 4-3/4 x 7-1/2. This will give a 1/4 inch reveal around the pages.
I’ve had to use my Tonic Studios guillotine trimmer to cut the cardboard. This stuff is pretty thick and is a bit difficult to cut with my rotary trimmer or my sliding blade trimmer.
I had a bit of shifting while I cut through this cardboard but not so much that it made the pieces overly wonky. You can use a good sturdy pair of scissors to cut the cardboard, just take care while cutting so you don’t bend the book back and front pieces. Any bends or creases you make in the back or front will remain there and the strength will be iffy. You can also use a craft knife or box cutter and a ruler.
K&Company Life's Journey paper
I had bought this paper from Michaels early this spring to use on the bulletin boards I made. Looking through the pad I tried to find something that was masculine and appropriate for the book.
There are two papers in the pad that have the Canadian map and the US map on each page. I cut them both up to have Canada on one cover and the US on another cover.
Les is going to be doing some traveling and I felt a map paper would be great for this application. Besides, I don’t know him very well and what his likes and dislikes are so I stayed away from personal stuff. Just safer to generalize .
Each of the two papers were cut at 5-3/4 x 8-1/2. This is one inch larger around all sides of the cardboard. Enough extra to pull up on the backside of each piece while making the covers.
If you have not made a book before, you can click on this link and it will take you to one of my posts long ago on making a journal from cardboard scrap. As far as glue goes. Any liquid white glue will work in this process. I prefer Club Scrap’s Bookbinding glue when I do this kind of a project. I have no idea if it can be ordered outside the US or not. So, any liquid white glue will work. Even Mod Podge will do the trick for adhering the paper to the cardboard. It might not be as flexible as the bookbinding glue is but it will still work.
Inside cover pieces
The inside pieces, these will cover the cardboard on the inside after you have glued the outside covers in place. These pieces measure 5-1/4 x 8.
In looking through the K&Company paper pad I had to decide between pages with lots of addressed post cards, floral pages, and brightly colored papers. These pages with really old newspaper advertisements I thought would be just the right thing. Nothing too feminine and off the wall graphics.
Some of the ads have addresses in New York, and Chicago so I thought since he will be traveling to far flung places then this paper would fit well. His first trip out will be from Oklahoma City to somewhere in Illinois. I don’t have the details yet.
Line drawing map of the US
I purchased this stamp from Michaels in 2003 on one of my binges. Got it home and thought “What the heck were you thinkin’?” . It has been moved from one storage place to another. I had not quite got myself to throw it out or sell it on eBay.
I’ve stamped it on some Whisper White card stock with Basic Black ink. Not wanting to take the chance of the ink smearing, as most of the time happens with me, I put the heat tool to it for a bit to make sure the ink was dry before I did anything to it.
I used some Tattered Angels glimmer mists that I purchased from Roxyfur. A yellow, green, and walnut were used in random places on the whisper white and then I used the heat tool on it to dry the glimmer mist.
Club Scrap stamp
This is a Club Scrap stamp from the Road Trip 2005 collection.
Les will be doing some traveling in a regular vehicle between jobs. I don’t have a stamp with the semi truck so this will have to do. He and Pati will have things to tell each other during the course of the day about their adventures so I felt this stamp was still appropriate.
Again, it is stamped on Whisper White card stock using Basic Black ink. I heat set the ink once more so that I did not smear it. After it was dry I cut out each of the tags and sprayed them with the Tattered Angels glimmer mists I used on the US map.
After spraying I used the heat tool to make sure the papers were dry. I debated with myself about putting brads in the corners, writing on the tags, or doing anything other than the glimmer mists. After about 20 minutes of thinking on this I gave up and just left them alone.
Hey, I won’t tell Les he has a book with glitter on it. He’ll have to find out on his own.
The most trickiest part of making this book, other than what to do with the tags I just mentioned, was getting the holes lined up that I had made on the inside sheets and the covers I had done with the Bind It All.
Since I don’t use it very often then I forget how to make sure the covers and the inside pages are all lined up correctly.
The next problem is that I never remember which way to put in the binding wires. I usually have to throw out one set I’ve made and closed before I get it right. Even with the pictures they supply with the machine I still get it backwards.
As you can see, I drew lines on the US map. Sort of travel points in a cross country journey. They will get to see quite a few places on this map before the two weeks are up.
Inside cover and Les' name in the book
This is the inside of the front cover. It finishes the piece nicely and makes it look more professional.
Joe created a cover page with Les’ name on it so he will have a personalized book that has been made especially for him.
Joe was so pleased with himself when he made his book pages and mine. Each of them have our names in them so we don’t get them mixed up and fight over who’s book is who’s. HA! I made Joe’s red, since that is his favorite color, and I have a blueprint sort of print on the paper and some decorative tags that mention tools. Mine is a dark blue with pillar motifs on it.
Now none of us can get them mixed up with each others and end up squabbling over them 🙂
Back inside cover
This is the back inside cover of Les’ book.
I’m pretty proud of how it came together. It is sturdy and he can fold the book open all the way and turn it back on itself to write on only one side.
You know how that goes when you have a book that opens flat. Trying to write on the left side if you are a “righty” makes you adjust the book in wonky ways to write in it. Same goes for “lefties” when they try to write in books that don’t open out of the way.
That Bind It All and I need to become more familiar with each other. More to the point, I need to use it more often so I know how it works with more confidence than I have right now.
Back of the book
And this is the back of the book with the other two tags glued on. I put one of my Stampin’ Up! mailing labels on just in case someone asks “Where did you get that book?” and he can be an inadvertent advertiser 🙂
Should you consider making a book for yourself or for someone else, whether it is a journal, art journal, or a diary of sorts, you will need to consider how often the book will be used and how it will be handled.
I’ve used some pretty dense card stocks in these books. They will be tossed up on dashboards, crammed in briefcases, shoved in purses, dropped many times, and will get wet from the rain and snow.
If you make one of these books and you are sure it will not be as abused as we treat ours you can use a thinner decorative paper. Care will need to be taken when using thinner papers as you press down the corners of the top flaps and adhere to the inside of the book. Your corners could tear with all the mashing, pushing, and rubbing you will be doing to get the wet glue to adhere to the cardboard. Some papers get even less stable when a liquid glue is used and they tear easily.
This is a fun project to do and it can be personalized in so many ways. Something beautiful can be created from trash cardboard. With all the stuff going on about recycling and cutting down your carbon footprint you can be green and make others “green with envy” when they see what you have created out of junk cardboard.