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December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz

Burnt Brown Bag Book Finished December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz
The Cool2Craft Creative Play theme for December is “Give Yourself a Gift.” You give to everyone else during the holidays and all year long. Time to give yourself a treat! Make something, go somewhere, do something that’s just for you and photograph it! Then share it with us – post it on the Cool2Craft Creative Play blog on the Hive. Anything goes! I’m going to run with this theme and craft every day in December. I’ll be posting tutorials and videos as well as making some kits available at the Marketplace. Join me on Cool2Craft for 31 days of blissful, healing, creative play and give yourself the gift of play, too! [Candace J.]

I have type 2 diabetes.  In the past six months I’ve worked hard to get healthy.  I walk early in the morning, I watch what I eat, etc.  I actually look forward to jumping out of bed and on the scale, then checking my sugar level.  I wanted to make myself a book to keep my weight and sugar levels in.  (I’d be happy to send the record pages to anyone who wants to make their own blood sugar record book – just email me candace@cool2craft.com .)

I LOVE Aleene’s Burnt Brown Bag technique (there are several video demos on Youtube done by the Creativity Sisters – check them out!), so here’s what I did:

Book Supplies 300x228 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz I gathered up a bunch of things I’d need:

A paper grocery bag

Aleene’s Tacky Glue ( I used Quick Dry)

Two pieces of 5”x5” cardboard and a ¼”x5” piece for the spine

A sponge brush

Scissors,

Metallic inks, Rub and Buff metallic colors

Stamps

A heat tool

A candle  and lighter

A bone folder

Book 1 300x225 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 1.       Cut three layers of paper bag larger than the cardboard book cover will be with layers of glue between them.
Book 2 300x167 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 2.       Paint a layer of glue on the top layer of bag, place the cardboard in position and cut the corners for folding.  Fold the edges over and burnish with the bone folder.  Cut one piece of paper bag to fit on the inside of the cover and glue it in place.
Book 3 300x180 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 3.       Take care to burnish the spaces on the sides of the spine.  Let dry.
Book 4 300x256 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 4.       Spread one half of the inside with glue and, while the glue is wet, pass it over the candle flame.
Book 5 216x300 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 5.        It will sizzle and bubble and pop and turn black.  That’s what you want it to do.
Book 6 300x201 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 6.       When it’s cool, use a paper towel or wet wipe to remove the soot.
Book 7 300x293 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 7.       The surface already has a lovely sheen, but I like colors in layers, so I start by rubbing a copper colored ink pad over the whole thing.
Book 8 300x237 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 8.       The copper Rub and Buff is a slightly lighter color, so I skim it over the surface with my fingers.
Book 9 300x296 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 9.       I chose my favorite stamps and added some silver and gold accents.  I’m sure you have favorite stamps that would look awesome on this surface!
Book 10 300x157 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 10.   If you use inks that require heat setting, do that now and when it’s cool give it a coat of matte sealer
Book 11 300x216 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 11.   Whatever your pages will be, you’ll want to measure your cover and take a ½” off each edge for the paper measurement.  Make two holes about an inch and a half from the ends.
Book 12 300x189 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 12.   Center the paper in the cove and mark where the holes will be on the spine.
Burnt Brown Bag Book Finished Open e1291488099941 December Creative Play Day 5: Burnt Brown Bag Book by Candace Jedrowicz 13.   I attached my pages by threading a wire through the holes and wrapping it twice.  Then I tied a piece of yarn to the wire and added a charm on the end for a book mark.

Comments

  1. Janet Licari says:

    This turned out great! I hope to try some burnt paper bag on something after the new year. Thanks for showing how you did it.
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    • cjedrowicz says:

      Thank you, Janet, for your lovely comments! I hope you do try it and post the results! It’s habit forming. I want to try every paper craft I do in Burnt Brown Bag!

      Seeing your name in the chat room alwasy makes me smile. =0)

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