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  • by Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

Mother's Day Booklet Card

Happy Mother's Day to everyone today. I hope you've enjoyed family and friend time, as well as time spent doing something you really love.

My sister-in-law and her two daughters are very close family, and we enjoyed a family afternoon with them today. Instead of a typical "card" I chose to make card booklets for them. I used heavy card stock and covered each with washi paper, using mitered corner folds; mulberry paper was used as the inside liner to the front and back covers. I used heavy card stock (118#) for the covers under the washi papers. I looked up humorous sayings for Mother's Day and typed them up onto text weight linen paper, using a separate set for each booklet. A Japanese Hole Punch was used to make all of the hole openings for the ribbon stitches.

Concord & 9th, Tsukineko, Washi Paper, Mulberry Paper, Japanese Stab Binding, Memory Box

I cannot tell you how much fund they were to make. I was inspired to make these booklets by a class I took from Sally Penley, an award winning calligraphic artist from Olympia. I used 1/4" silk ribbons to tie the booklets together using a very simple Japanese Stab Binding technique. The titles were made using an alphabet set from Concord & 9th, and stamped with inks from Tsukineko's new VersaFine Clair inks and Delicata Ink. The oval die cuts are from the Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers die set; the top piece was adhered with foam mount tape to add a little dimension.


Covers & Inside Text Pages: 8" wide and 5-1/4" high

Inside Liner Pages to Covers: slightly less the width and depth of the covers

Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script Stamp Set & Sophisticated Upper Script Stamp Set

Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers Die Set 30069

Tsukineko's VersaFine Clair inks in Charming Pink and Summertime

Tsukineko's Delicata Ink in Pink Shimmer

Washi Papers from various sources

Linen card stock text weight in cream from The Paper Cut

1/4" silk ribbon from May Arts

Japanese Hold Punch

Bull clips to hold booklets together when punching holes and stitching cover and pages together.

1/8" double-sided adhesive from Elizabeth Craft Designs

I can't wait to make many more of these booklet cards; they're wonderful and make a unique card. My personal thanks to Sally Penley for teaching us how to make such a quick, simple and easy booklet.

Thanks for stopping in. I look forward to seeing you again soon,

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