How to Make a Miniature Book

Years ago, I used some brown paper bags and covered an old trunk, when the project was finished, it looked like old leather. The other day a package came and it was packed with the same brown packing paper I had used on the trunk, so I was trying to think what else I could do using that same technique. Why not make a little book? I had ordered some little Easter labels from a lady on eBay and they came a few days ago too, and I knew I could use one of those for the front cover.

I decided to make my book 3″ wide by 4″ long. I took a piece of card stock and using my paper cutter, cut it to size. You want to cut your paper double the width size, so you can fold it in half, so that would be 6″ wide x 4″ long.

Cut this 6″ wide x 4″ long

Next, I took the brown paper, cutting a piece from the larger piece and then crumble it up several times to get lots of wrinkles in the paper. You may have to open it and crunch it up a different way to make sure you are getting wrinkles all over, especially in the middle area.

Next, you want to open up the paper flat and with some distressing ink, begin to cover the entire piece.

Now you want to place you card stock cover on to the distressed paper and cut it to size, leaving about 1/2″ on all sides so you can fold the paper over on to the inside of the card stock. I forgot to take a picture of that part.
I just used glue stick to glue my paper. Then to cover the rough edges on the inside. I used a piece of paper from an old hymn book, but you could use any type of paper you want, even another piece of the distressed, paper bag.

The next step is to cut some copy paper a little smaller than the cover size.
I cut 3 pages that when folded would give me 6 pages total.
Once the copy paper is cut to the correct size, I took it to my sewing machine and stitched down the center.

The last part is to glue your cover picture on to the front. I purchased 18 different labels from a lady on eBay. Here is the link to her eBay page if you are interested–>> Vintage Antique Easter Labels.

You can also find some free printable on the internet and print your own!

The last thing I did was to add some thin twine around the inside edge.

I really like this turned out and will be making a few more, after all, I have 18 labels!!

If you are using a heavier grocery bag, there is one step extra you can do to make your paper a little more pliable. You need to take a spray bottle with water and spritz the paper, you can do this after you distress it. Then take some hair conditioner and squirt some on to your hands, spritz you hands with a few sprays of water, rub together and then rub it all over your paper. Once it dries, then proceed with the rest of the project.

This process softens the paper and makes it more pliable!

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