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Friday, August 17, 2012


Hello, friends!  Hope everyone is happy and ready for the weekend!

Well, I'm back at  Pam's today with another DT project!  So just in case you didn't catch me there, you know I'll always share with you right here at home!

Let me ask you this, have you ever went to toss something into the trash but stopped because something about what you were going to trash caught your attention?  Well, that's exactly what happened to me and what lead to this project.  It's so funny that I sometimes get the most odd ideas about  a thing that just seems to come out of nowhere!  Who would have thought this idea?!!!

The project is this little mini-book, and you won't want to believe how the pages are bound and with what!!!  LOL!  Well, I'm going to show you, but first let's take a look at and tour my book -- starting with the front and then a few of the inside pages:

Okay, get ready to find out how I bound these pages!!!  Well..., you know those paperstack packs where you have to tear off the cardstock from the perforated tabs at the top of the pack?  Oh you know, the packs that look like this on the inside:

Yes those!  Well, don't ever toss them again!  Those tabs are perfect for binding pages together!!!  And it's just too easy!

After I used all the paper, I removed the front and back covers to where all I had were just the tags (Figure 1).  Next, I cut the number of pages I wanted for my little mini (the page sizes can be any size according to the number of inches in lenght of your paper pack tabs which is 12").  For my mini, I cut 6 cardstock sheets (4.50" x 6"); this gave me a front and back cover page, and 4 inside pages.  After I'd cut my pages, I counted out 2 tabs each for each of the 6 pages (which would be 12 tabs), then I cut the tabs to-size at 6" to fit my pages (Figure 2):

Figure 1

Figure 2

I have a pair of  heavy duty scissors so it wasn't too hard to cut through the 12 sheets.  If you do this, you may need to cut through a few sheets at a time.  Note:  I did not worry about the holes in the tabs because I knew I'd be covering the pages so theyd be covered too and wouldn't show.

Okay, now starting with the first 2 back tabs, I evenly aligned my first page between the 2 tabs and glued the first page between the tabs, like this:

Repeating the same step as above, I took the next 2 tabs (Figure 3) and aligned the second page between those tabs making sure they were also evenly aligned with the first page and glued the second page between the tabs:
Figure 3

I continued this procedure until each page was glued between the tabs and when all the pages were glued between all the tabs my book looked like this:

As you can see on the picture, I didn't do it, but you might want to trim off the perforated edges at the top of the paper when you cut your pages.  But, at this point, my my book was basically done!!!  All I had left to do was add paper for a front and back cover, and cover my pages!!!  How easy is that?!!!  And the design possibilities are endless!!!  You can design it any way you want and add as many pages as you'd like!!!  Now I'm sooooo happy I didn't toss those tabs!!!

Should you try this easy binding method, please let me see.  I'd love to see what ideas you come up with using these tabs!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!  And, as always...

I'll be seeing you!


Besthobbyeva said...

Oh my friend, this is such a super clever idea! I would have never thought of it, fabulous!!!

You did an amazing job with the cover as well, so pretty and elegant looking. So glad you are able to post pictures again!!

Have a great weekend.


Susie Craft Happy! said...

This is fabulous!

Susie Craft Happy! said...

This is fabulous! What a neat idea!


Anonymous said...

You are amazing, I was just trying to think of the quickest way to make a mini book, ...well... here it is!

Love it and thank you for sharing.

Hugs, Lori m

Pam said...

That's such a great idea. Your mini looks lovely. TFS

Dawn's Craft Place said...

You are just so creative! Who else would think of this great idea...really I am surprised someone else hasn't thought of this...lol
Thanks for sharing sweetie

DIANA L. said...

Audrey this is a great idea.

Rhonda Emery said...

very good idea and thank you for sharing

lovemypaper said...

Very cool idea!

Lisa said...

Audrey, this is so creative and fabulous!! I never would have thought to use those!! I LOVE it!! And your design is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing your creativity!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh Audrey, this turned out so awesome, love the paper you choose and how creative of you to think of using the paper packs, who would have thought of that but you, lol, you simply amaze me.. hugs

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice Audrey - great idea tfs!

Barb Turpin said...

What's that quote...Isn't it amazing what clever girls can do! always so creative, Audrey!

audrey said...

Great idea well done audrey.
looking forward to a fab day today at my Niece's wedding.
take care

G-ma said...

Oh my goodness, what a super neat idea...and I just threw away something like a couple days ago. Now I will KEEP them....b/c they would be soooo much easier to use than creating the accordion style ones I done up for a mini-album I'm gradually working on. Thank you for sharing this.

Scrappin Sista said...

I might give this binding system a try... thanks for the inspiration my friend!!!
Alice B.

lisa808 said...

Pretty book and absolutely awesomely creative binding idea!

DIANA L. said...

It's me Just popping in to say Hi Hope you are having a great weekend

A Creative Operation said...

Genius, really genius!

Debbie said...

Clever and crafty as ever!!! Beautiful mini book Audrey!!!

GabyCreates.com said...

You just don't cease to amaze me with your creativity!!
Hi! long time no see... I have been off blogging for a while but intend to come back by next month!
I miss you my sweet friend!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

And you've done it again, beautiful creation and cleaver idea, thanks for sharing!

Jean said...

How neat. I will have to give this a try.

Sherrie K. said...

What a smart idea!! I would have never thought of that. TFS! Beautiful project!~
Sherrie K

Stephanie said...

Love this idea. Can't wait to try it.

Brenna said...

That is a beautiful mini book!! And a great tutorial for the pages!!! Tfs

Karons Krafty Korner said...

WOW Audrey - what a fantastic idea. Your little book turned out fabulous. TFS

The Archiving Angel said...

Genius I tell you...just genius!
The book is very pretty too.

Mary said...

Hi Audrey I'm visiting you today,lol. Sure wish I had seen this last night before I threw some of these tabs away. I should have known you would have found a use for them!
This is a fabulous idea. TFS my friend. Hugs~ Mary M