Okay Bee’s. I managed to get a lot more done this past weekend. I love how when you get started and figure out what you’re doing it all starts to flow better and faster (meaning i get closer to finishing one DIY project!!) Yaaayy!
So where I last left off, I managed to bind the 1st layer of fabric onto the cardboard in a clean manner where I don’t have excess fabric sticking out anywhere. Now onto the 2nd layer and some outer decoration!
I start by measuring the fabric over the cardboard/ cover so i know how much to cut, since the fabric is 1 yds long.
I made a crisp fold using a bone folder or equivalent, then cut the fabric.
So I then take this particular glue I found at Joanne’s:
And squeezed on the first front cover of the board, on the side where its covered in fabric, not the inner cover. I use the squeegee to smooth over the fabric glue nice and thin and even so there’s no seepage through the nice decorative fabric. (but not super thin since you still need some glue for the fabric to adhere to) Just make sure there arent goops of glue waiting to seep through your nice fabric. I also make sure to cover the edges of the board so there arent gaps or bubbles. After its evenly coated with glue I took the fabric, laid it flat on a flat surface with the wrong side of the fabric facing upwards, then carefully lowered the cover board onto the fabric. Keep in mind I only covered one section of the coverboard with glue. I did that so the glue doesnt dry up too fast and its also easier to control where the fabric sticks to.
I turn the whole board with fabric attached, over so I can smooth out any bubbles, if any.
As you can see in this photo above. I didnt apply glue on the spine or the other cover just so i have more control where the fabric is being applied onto. I used a clean squeegee and started flattening from the middle of the glued fabric going outwards to ensure a flat surface and no bubbles.
I then applied the fabric glue and spread thin and evenly on the spine and other side of the cover board.
After carefully smoothing the fabric onto the other side. I used a clean squeegee again to flatten/ de-bubble the surface.
I laid some heavy books on the surface for about 15-20 min to make sure it all dries flat.
After that, I remove the weight and cut the excess edges of the fabric so there’s 1.5-2 inches all around. Like so:
I do the same as i did with the first layer of fabric where i cut a square on the corners, then cut 45 degrees into it so it looks like this:
I made sure not to cut the square right to the corner of the cardboard so that when I fold it, it doesn’t leave the corner exposed.
I just go in and do the same steps i did with the first layer and use the squeegee to help it lay flat: (squeeze glue, spread thin, cover edges and corners, smooth fabric over from edge inwards, run over with squeegee, etc)
I do the sides first, then top and bottom. While waiting for them to dry a bit i used my exacto knife to cut off some of the loose threads. Excuse my chipped nailpolish -___-“
After finishing all the sides and laying books on top of the inner cover for several min so they dry flat, (i think at this point i let it go for an hour) It looks something like this!
I love how flat and smooth and splotch-less it came out! I let it dry overnight and took a break after since it was 1 am 😉
The next day I stopped by Joanne’s since I didn’t get the ribbons I needed for decorating the cover. My wedding colors are guava pink and pale sky blue. I found some ribbons close to my color along with a lace ribbon to layer over my colored ribbons. I also bought an 2 decorative ostrich feathers, (they’re diff from one another. I’ll show u what I mean later.) And a cute frame from Aaron’s Brothers. I found that Aaron’s Brothers has the frames that were in the example photos. But the one I decided to use I liked a little better. I was looking for a heart shaped frame anyways.
I laid the ribbons on the cover of the guestbook and experimented on what kind of design I would like. It turned out I didn’t like the scripture flowers I made earlier, along with the decorative wood curls on the guestbook, only bc it feel like overkill. I decided to use them for my matching card box I will be making, which honestly works out perfectly.
So with diff ideas, I came up with this one which I liked the most:
(See what I meant with the 2 diff feathers? 😉 I bought the same for my guestbook pen)
I plan on searching Michael’s for some flatback pearl’s to glue onto the cover for added decoration. If not pearls, then crystal rhinestones 🙂 Also, I won’t be glueing the frame just yet, since I have to wait on pictures of me and my Fiance. Cuz once I glue it on, i can’t take it off 😛
So I start with gluing the ribbons onto the cover. I say pay attention to the cover so you dont glue it onto the wrong side
I used the same fabric glue, but i stress this, the layer of glue has to be SUPER thin! Like draw a line of glue where you would put the ribbon over, and use the squeegee to spread it thin, (up and down) but to the point where it feels like you’re scraping it more than spreading it. Why? The glue easily seeps through ribbon bc of the material. It makes it slightly difficult for the ribbon to grab onto the cover fabric and glue, but after attaching the ribbon I layered a lot of books over it and let it sit there for about 15 min, then took them off to check that it stuck to the fabric. Then did the same to the other pair.
I dont have every patch of the ribbon glued to the fabric underneath since I didnt want to spread the glue too far onto the white area where the ribbon wont be on, bc you would have this white solid-ish spot where the extra glue is at. No we want this to look clean! I turned the board over And glued the extra ribbon pieces on the top and bottom onto the inner cover, smoothing it from the edge in to ensure flat tight drying. I didnt care if the glue seeped through for the inner cover, since it will be covered anyway.
Now onto the scary lace. Scary because honestly I didn’t know how to attach it on without ruining the lace. Luckily my first attempt was successful 😛
I took a piece of printer paper, laid the lace over it, and applied a really thin/flat line of fabric glue over the straight edge (not the scalloped). I used my finger to spread the glue flat before applying it over the ribbon. I carefully applied it over the ribbon and used my fingers to lightly tap the edge to stick to the ribbon. After that I laid a piece of clean printer paper over the lace and ribbon, and stacked books over it to help it dry/ attach flat. After 10 min i took the weight off and turned it over to glue the lace onto the inner cover like I did with the ribbons. Then did the same for the other ribbon. Be careful to apply the glue to the right side, then turning it over so that the glue is facing the surface youre sticking it to! (if that makes sense)
After allowing it to dry a lil bit, I put a teensy bit of glue underneath where the scalloped edges. I just dotted a single dot where the bump/ scallop is at. and then applied weight over it again.
I gave it an hour or so to dry before doing the next step: Binding the book insert into the guestbook. (how exciting!! :D)
I used super glue (Gorilla Glue brand) for the book insert since I didn’t want to rely on the adhesives I had, Plus I wanted to ensure the insert wouldn’t fall out. That would be EMBARASSING – _-
I first eyed where the book insert would go before applying glue to anything. I gauged it by opening the first and last page while holding the rest of the pages straight up. After seeing where I should apply the glue (so i dont overglue), I take the superglue, apply it to the spine to where i remember the edge of the book insert touched. I carefully take the book insert and stick it onto the spine, open first and last pages so its laying flat on the inner cover of the guestbook cover, move the book insert up or down (holding the book perpendicular and flat against the spine of the cover) depending on how even it looks on the cover, then with the first and last page on the inner cover. I start stacking a few books on top of the first page, and some on the last page on the other side, so it looks like this:
I have the insert sandwiched in between stacked books; and the books are laying over the first page and last page of the insert, to ensure evenness. (the first and last page are NOT glued onto the boards) **I had more books stacked than in the picture so i could leave it that way without holding it, overnight**
That’s where I’m at as of now. Next I will touch up with superglue anywhere that needs to be touched up. I want to ensure the book is tightly glued on the cover, then buy some decorative paper, either from Paper Source or elsewhere, and cut it to the correct size of the inner cover sides (so 2 pieces) and paste it into the inner cover so no more ugly brown cardboard color 🙂
After the insides are done, then I get to glue the pearls/ crystals and feathers to the outside, design/ write on the first page of the book in calligraphy my FI’s name and mine, and I’ll pretty much be done! 🙂