Picture heavy post!!!
I have just completed a button swap where we had to send our partners 10 fun buttons.
I didn't just want to post them off in a bag so came up with the idea of sending them as a
little book. I sourced buttons by theme and then went off in search of papers in my stash that would go with them. Ended up with slightly more than the 10 buttons needed but had fun making the pages anyway!
Here's the completed book closed with a couple of cute buttons on the front. I used Ivory satin sheen cardstock for the front and backs of the pages.
I made the book as a concertina so when standing up all the pages can be seen. The papers are all freebies from Papercraft Inspirations magazines editions at various times. I used cardboard for the shapes and attached cream satin ribbon in a ruffle around the edges before adhering the pages.
Page one had dragone flies and ladybugs on it so I used a couple of butterflies ,dragon fly and a ladybug button. Edging at bottom is a Tonic punch and the cutouts (waste not want not) I stuck around the curved top.
The buttons are stitched on with a single thread and tied in bows so that the buttons can be removed and then the thread re tied on the pages so as not to leave holes showing. The back covers to the pages were attached last of all so that the stiches on the reverse would not be seen either.
On page 2 I used a different tonic punch for the edging and the waste cuts were trimmed down and used up the sides of the page. The flower paper was just begging for buttons to be added as the centres.
Page 3 is my favourite paper as it looked to me like an underwater scene with water nymphs and sea urchins darting across the page. The centres of the leaves all had a heart shape so I used various shapes and colours. I found a mother of pearl button in a star fish shape and aded that to the paper and the fishes are buttons with shanks that I attached to the page with 3d sticky pads. A Martha Stewart punch for the bottom edging.
The last page has a fiskers punch along the bottom and flower and leaf buttons picking out the design on the paper. The sentiment on each page was created in word. I could quite happily have kept going adding more pages but I was conscious of the bulk/ weight aspect as this is now on its way to my partner in Australia. Hope she likes her Button Book.
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