Saturday 18 May 2013

Tim Holtz Hardware Findings Note Book Binding Tutorial

Making all those skewer bindings last week got me thinking there must be an easier way to bind the covers, and I came up with this. Hope you like it!

1. Cut 3 straps and one keyhole each from recycled card packaging and good quality black card.

2. Glue the black card pieces to the patterned side of the recycled packaging pieces using a good layer of PVA and leave to dry.

3. Pass all the pieces through an embossing folder the wrong (brown) side up.

4. Flip all the pieces over and dry emboss them again. This will help to break up some of the paper fibres and make the straps more flexible so they will bend without tearing or cracking.

5. Go over all the edges with the chisel end of a black promarker.

6. Bring out details of the embossed design by rubbing with gilding wax.

7. Use a thick pen to roll the straps around, giving them plenty of flexibility before fixing to the covers.

8. Cut two pieces of thick recycled card packaging 5" x 7"

8. Prepare two 5" x 7"covers using the gilding an embossed image technique and glue to the card pieces using a good layer of PVA. Leave to dry.

9. Layout the straps and keyhole on the covers and punch small holes in the covers to match the holes in the diecuts (I use an 1/8" eyelet punch), then attach the straps using brads.

10. Open out the brads on the wrong side to hold everything in place.

11. Cover the insides with patterned papers (hiding the brads) and add some gold thread to hold the contents in place.

12. I filled this one with a selection of A6 handmade cards and envelopes. Once they are used, the recipient can still use the cover for notes.

So there you have it, a Christmas present for an 18 year old boy!

14. And a matching one for his girlfriend (my niece) :-)

Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Hardware Findings, Tag and Bookplates
Spellbinders Die D-Lites: Floral Border, Bluebells and Lily of the Valley
Spellbinders Butterfly
M-Bossabilities Large Folder: Venetian, Tweet and Twigs
Tim Holtz Sizzix Embossing Folder:
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder: Mesh
 Papermania Oriental Treasures A4 paper pad
recycled card packaging
cardstock: black 220gsm,
Creative Expressions gilding waxes: enchanted gold, patina
black promarker
gold aquamarker
selection of handmade C6 cards and envelopes
gold thread
adhesives: PVA, Glossy Accents


  1. Fabulous creation and tutorial, love it

    Lorna xx

  2. A stunning creation, love your blog its fab xxx

  3. WOW Maddy, you are a true artist, so inspiring and so talented, these notelet sets are out of this world, so much work went into them what amazing gifts, they will be blown away by them, fi x

  4. What fabulous pieces of work - so original!

  5. hi izzwizz thank you so much for taking time to show us how this is done ... it is amazing ... just hopping about ... hope you have a super weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  6. So gorgeous Maddy and such lovely gifts.

  7. Maddy, you're such a clever crafter, visiting your blog is always such a pleasure. Great tutorial, lots of inspiration. Hope you're having a great weekend. Just hopping by, happy crafting!

  8. I like this, very clever

  9. Great tutorial, very inspiring.

  10. Fantastic Maddy-this is so clever! Have a wonderful week, happy hopping! Elaine-xxx-

  11. These are fantastic Maddy, I love them both. I love these dies, they'd be one of my favourite Timmy dies.....along with the tattered florals, large tag and bookplates......etc., lol. Using these as book hinges are particularly good when using grunge paper too. Because grunge paper is so flexible and hardy its great for the constant opening and closing of the covers. I love what you've made. I love the colours and the embossing. They are both fantastic. Lee x

  12. looks great brilliant idea and good tutorial
    carol x

  13. Wow!! I love these
    hoppity x

  14. Hi - just hopping from docrafts - sorry im a bit late! fab tutorial - thanks for sharing!! x


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