Stitched: Creating Booklets From Your Gelli Prints

Hello my lovely followers, I know that many are busy with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but I do hope you’re still able to carve out some time to make pretty things and keep that creativity flowing.

Today I’d like to share with you a fast and easy way to transform some of your yummy gelli prints into cute stitched booklets that are just the right size to tuck into your bag.

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Use them for jotting down to-do lists, grocery lists, as stocking stuffers or create a few to carry around for doodling.

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The November Stencil Club stencil from Stencil girl was used to create this gelli print.

To create these, I used a paper trimmer, plain white printer paper, a few gelli prints that I had in my stash and my sewing machine.

Since my paper and gelli prints are the same size, I just cut them in half. One print will create 2 books for me, but you can cut and size your gelli prints and paper to you liking.

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Once it was all cut, I aligned my paper and the half of a print that would be the cover, folded it and gave it a quick score with my bone folder, just to give myself a guide for stitching,

One thing I’d like to point out here is that not all sewing machines or needles are created equal. Some machines can handle a thick stack of paper, others can’t. I recommend that you play around with yours and see what works. My booklets contain 8 pages plus the cover.

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Once your paper and cover are aligned and you’ve given it a light score, you’re ready to stitch.

2014-12-06 15.54.41Use whichever machine settings you feel comfortable with and stitch right down the center, using the score line as a guide. Don’t worry if your stitching isn’t straight. Wonky stitching can give your project great character.

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Trim your thread, close your booklet and run your bone folder along the spine to help define the fold. At this point, you can prettify it even further by adding a little stamping, doodling, more stitching or just leave it as is and let the gelli print shine.

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I stamped some lettering to the front cover of this one and added some wonky stitching.

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Stencil used to create the gelli print is “Art deco Leaves” by Crafters Workshop

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Something else I’d like to point out is that you don’t have to limit yourself to just using gelli prints. These can just as easily be created using scrapbook paper, envelopes, even your “under paper”. This booklet shown here was created from a happy mail envelope that I received from my good friend and talented artist, Jana Freeman. There was no additional stamping or doodling done by me. It was gorgeous as is and I wanted her art to shine. You’ll notice that my stitching bunched up at the top and created a tangle. Well I decided that I rather liked the character that the tangled thread gave the booklet, so I left it.

That’s the great part of these little books, you can really make them your own; there are no rules. If your machine can do the job, you can stitch it. If it can’t, you can stitch it by hand. Make big ones or small ones, create them in whichever way is pleasing to you, just have fun!

Thanks for reading!

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