Friday, May 02, 2008

Put Your Money in a Book

It's easy to stick money in a card as a gift, but how about making a little book for it instead? Today Jessica shows us a quick and easy way to glam up a simple gift for anyone.

Patterned Paper: Teresa Collins Damask
Gaffer Tape: Making Memories
Crystal Charm: Heidi Swapp
Distress Ink: Ranger
Liquid Chalk Ink: Colorbox (Pink and Glacier Ice)
Chipboard: Maya Road Trees
Die Cut: Doodlebug Paper Frills Beetle Black

The money book measurements are based on a 20 Euro bill. If using different sized bills or currency, allow for a 1/2 inch border (and add an extra 1/4 inch to the length for the spine).

Cut a 6 inch x 3 1/4 inch (15.2 cm x 8.3 cm) rectangle from a thick cardstock or patterned paper.

Find the middle (lengthwise) and use a bone folder to make two vertical creases 1/8 inch (.6 cm) to either side of the middle. This will create the spine of the book.

Use a piece of gaffers tape along the side of the spine as reinforcement.

Stack your money and put inside your book. Use a thin complimentary ribbon (or string) to bind the money to the book, wrapping it around the book's spine and across the center of the bills. Knot your ribbon on the outer spine of the book and dangle a crystal from it.

Ink your chipboard and lightly distress the edges. Flip over the Paper Frills (I only had black, so I'm using the white side), ink with the Pink liquid chalk, then right a short message to the recipient.

Punch two holes through the front and back covers (becareful not to punch through your money!). Tie a bow with another piece of ribbon to tie shut.


Mireille said...

totally classy!!!

Giselle said...

Love this - so creative and a great idea!

Em said...

What a lovely idea Jess and SO gorgeous :)