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Family & Friends Thanksgiving Book, Part II

In this post we are going to make the cover for the Thanksgiving Book started in Part I where we made the polymer clay leaves. Let's get started!

Thanksgivings Book Cover

Finished Book Size:  5.25" x 7.25"

Medium Weight Chipboard - 2 pieces cut to 5.25" x 7.25"
Black Cardstock - 2 pieces cut to 6.25" x 8.25"
Handmade Papers - 2 10" x 8.5" cut to measure:
       7.25" x 4.25" - 2 pieces
       7" x 5" - 2 pieces
1 sheet 8.25" x 11" Granite Cream text weight paper (Ampad)
Adirondack Ink Pad:  Rust  (Ranger)
Inkssentials Ink Applicator (Ranger)
PVA Glue (Lineco Books by HAND)
Sponge Brush
Spray bottle with water
Bind-it-All Machine (Zutter)
1" O-wires (Zutter)
Wire Cutters
Crystal Lacquer (Sakura)
Rub 'n Buff Gold (Amaco)
Bone Folder
Paper Cutter with Guide (or you can use an Scor-It Board)
Craft Sheet (Ranger)
Computer & Printer


  1. Using a Paper Cutter and Bone Folder, or a Scor-It Board, score the two black pieces .5" in from all four edges.
  2. Squeeze out the PVA glue onto the inside square of the scored piece, spread to edges with sponge brush, then place a piece of chipboard onto the glue making sure the scored lines are even with the edges of the chipboard.
  3. Stand the ruler up on its edge and hold diagonally against the corner of the chipboard, as shown in the following picture. Using a pencil, mark a line across the paper along the outside edge of the ruler. Cut off the diagonal line with a pair of scissors on the inside (closest to the chipboard) of the line.  This will remove bulk, and create a nice, tight mitered corner.
  4. Place glue on the long side flaps (spread with sponge brush), one side at a time, and wrap around to the back of the piece of chipboard. Using the bone folder, press the tiny top piece that extends just a bit beyond the corner of the chipboard (see photo). This will help make your corner nice and tight.  Now put glue on the short side flaps and tightly wrap them around to the back of the piece of chipboard. They should meet making a mitered corner. Don't worry if they aren't even - you will cover this side so the edges won't be seen.  Run the bone folder over all four sides to help adhere the flaps to the chipboard.

  6. Repeat the above steps for the second book cover.
  7. Take the 7" x 5" piece of handmade paper, apply glue to the back and adhere to the center back of the book cover.  Repeat with the other book cover.
  8. Set the 7.25" x 4.25" piece of handmade paper on the craft sheet and spritz the edges with water. Let it sit for a minute, then using your fingernails, gently go around the edges pulling a bit off to feather the edges. Repeat with the second piece.  Let these dry thoroughly. (You can speed the drying process by using an embossing heat gun.)
  9. Apply glue to the back of one piece we just worked on and adhere it to one of the book covers, off-setting it toward the bottom (this book is going to be 7.25" wide and 5.25" long), leaving about a .25" border of black around the outer edges.
  10. Using the Bind-it-All, follow the manufacturer's directions and punch the binding holes on the long side (7.25" side) of the book cover.  Set Bind-it-All aside to use when we prepare the pages of our book.
  11. Generate the word "Thanksgivings" on the computer and print on a piece of the Granite Cream text weight paper. (I used Word.)  Tear around the text. Using the ink applicator, tap on the Rust ink pad and then lightly rub around the edges of the torn paper to distress it. Apply glue to the back and adhere to the lower middle of the front book cover.
  12. Using your finger, apply the Gold Rub & Buff to the edges of the book cover.  A little bit goes a long way, so be careful not to put much on your finger at any given time.  Buff with your finger.
  13. Apply the leaves in a pleasing arrangement using Crystal Lacquer to ahere them. Set aside to let dry overnight.

In my next post I will show you how to prepare the pages of our "Thanksgivings" book and how to bind the book to complete it. The pages will contain text-weight and cardstock papers.  Stay tuned!



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  1. I just had to tell you how much I love your site. This book is one that I will actually try to do. Often I read about things and never have the items required to make the project with, or I don't think I can do it. Your project is basic and produces a great product with a reasonable amount of supplies. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial. Linda Crowder