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Explosion Mini Book Part 4

Explosion Mini Book Part 4 is what we have for you today. I wanted to thank you for your patience with me. Thank you all for your well wishes, thoughts, prayers, and cards. I went back to my day job and hit the ground running after my surgery and I think I over did it. I was wiped out last weekend so I wasn’t able to post. The good news? I am baaaaackkkk! If you haven’t seen the previous posts for the first three parts of this project, be sure to check out part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE and part 3 HERE. I am so excited to show you how to put this Explosion Mini Book together!   Are you ready? Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for the Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

Front and back cover for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

Super strong adhesive

Ribbon

Strong adhesive

Inside pages of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project

First, you will want to take out your front cover, your ribbon and your super strong adhesive.

In the middle of the cover (or wherever you want to place the ribbon to tie up your book) place your super strong adhesive as shown above.

Whichever ribbon you choose to use, make sure you “finish the edges” so that they don’t fray.

I used this little tool for my ribbon on my Explosion Mini Book Part 4 that I bought at the Daiso store but more on that later.

Take out your ribbon and fold it in half. Using that middle fold, place that in the center of your cover which will allow the same amount of ribbon on both sides. Place the ribbon on the adhesive. Add adhesive to both of the covers of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 and set them aside.

NOTE: When measuring the amount of ribbon to use, I used approximately seven widths of the cover. This will allow plenty of ribbon to go around my creation once filled with decor and pictures as well as tie a nice bow. It will depend on the size of the cover so be sure to take that into account.

Take out the three pages for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4.

Place adhesive on the square areas (the part that is not folded as a triangle) of your folded green paper as shown above. Make sure you place your adhesive on the side where the paper is a hill (poking up as shown.) This will help with folding the complete project later.

Pull our your red paper and take your middle paper adhesive side up and turn it upside down so the adhesive side is facing your table now.

Before you place your middle piece of paper adhesive side down on the square as shown above, make sure you fold it to ensure it will fold completely so it will work once it is in your explosion book. This is the front of your pages connected.

This is the back of the pages connected.

Add your second square with adhesive to your third page as shown above.  making sure it folds properly.

Make sure the edges aren’t overlapping and that it folds properly.

This is what the front pages look like once they are put together for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4.

Now we are going to place the front cover on the left side square of the paper as shown above and

we are going to add the back cover to the right side square as shown above.

Use your bone folder and press the folds to ensure there is a very crisp crease on all of the areas of the pages.

This is the back of the pages of your Explosion Mini Book Part 4 project.

Here, I am going to slowly unfold the pages so that you can see what it looks like.

As you can see it looks complicated but once this unfolds, you are going to be amazed at how easy it is to fold it back up.

Here are your unfolded pages! YOU DID IT! Now, to add the covers…

I added one more piece of adhesive on top of the ribbon to ensure it’s adhesion onto the inside pages.

Take your folded inside papers and place the outside unfolded square piece on top of your ribbon. Press firmly on your paper to ensure adhesion to the front cover.

Take your back cover and place it centered on the top of the inside square as shown above. Press firmly to ensure adhesion to the paper and the back cover.

Now as a side note, I told you I would show you my ribbon tool. I bought this at Daiso a few years ago however it seems to work pretty well. 

If you look at the top of the upper area of the ribbon sealer tool, you will see a line on the tool which actually heats up! Be careful, you will burn yourself… lesson learned!

Take your ribbon and place it on top of the heated area. You will want to hold it for a few seconds to ensure that the ribbon does seal so it won’t unravel.

Here you can see the hole where it sealed. Worked great!

You need to repeat it so that it is sealed across the whole piece of ribbon for your Explosion Mini Book Part 4. Now you need to make sure you tie a pretty bow around your Explosion Mini Book Part 4! You did it!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away one of our most popular stamp sets the A Creative Journey with Melissa Sign Language Alphabet Stamp Set.

It would be a perfect addition to your awesome new Explosion Mini Book Part 4 Project!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away $15 credit to our store!

The winner is Holly S!

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can send your code for your store credit to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

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As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned

Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned is what we have for you today. I love to color and shade. I thought it would be a good idea to show you what I would do to utilize two different colors and join them together for a creation. Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned – This post is a perfect example of me being human.

Personally, I don’t like edited videos because to me it makes me feel stupid when I make mistakes all of the time and everyone else has these BEAUTIFUL PERFECT videos and I am JUST ME. I am a one shot video kind of girl unless I REALLY mess up and I will just do the whole thing over again. Honestly, I think that has happened 5 times in the past 3 years and had to be redone due to language.. OOPS!

I have been told that people like my videos because I am real and show how to correct the problems I have made. I am actually good with just me so let’s see how this turned out, shall we? Can you hear my eye roll? LOL Trust me, it’s well deserved.

Supplies Needed for the Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned Tutorial

Chameleon Alcohol Pens

A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Upper Case and Symbols Large Stamp Set or your favorite A Creative Journey with Melissa stamp set

Ink

Paper

Stamp Block

TIME!

Take out your A Creative Journey with Melissa Everyday Alphabet Outline Upper Case and Symbols Large Stamp Set

Stamp your letters on your paper. Take out your chameleon pens.

Using a flicking motion, color the top part of your p with the Y03 chameleon pen.

Using your PK3 chameleon pen and click color the pink. This really didn’t come out the way I had hoped. I have my ideas as to why below.

This is how it looked once it was all colored. Honestly, after cutting out the letters and cleaning them up a bit, they wouldn’t be TOO bad… but… I didn’t care for it.

For the next part of Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned, take out your CG8 Chameleon Pen. I colored the inside the letter I with a flicking motion.

Take out your PK3 Chameleon Pen and also did the flicking color on the opposite side from the gray. I really like the way the pink and gray blended. The middle one is my favorite!

Here, I want to show you that you can do a variance in color with just hand drawn letters too! I started with the CG8 for the top part of the letter S on the right. Using my PK3 Chameleon pen I made the bottom part of the S and blended it with the gray.

I really like how it came out! What do you think? I realize it was done quickly but the possibilities are ENDLESS, right?

I guess the word spring isn’t AS BAD as I thought… sorta… LOL!  I do like how the middle letter I looks with the gray and pink. Typically, coloring looks better once it has dried.

Coloring Do’s, Don’ts, Results & Lessons Learned? Make sure your pen ISN’T OVER FILLED WITH INK, the ink has time to dry because it looks better once it has AND most of all… use lighter colors to start with. I am not saying it wouldn’t look great with darker colors but I think I need more practice. The pink and yellow didn’t turn out as bad as it looked at first but I will have to try that one again and show you an update. I am on a mission!

For this weeks giveaway, we are giving away the Chameleon Pastel pen set and they are great for coloring!

For last weeks giveaway, we are giving away the A Creative Journey with Melissa Birthday Wishes Stamp Set! Not only are the sentiments fantastic, the images are awesome and great for coloring!

The winner for our last blog post giveaway is Maja.

Please be sure that you  send me a message letting me know which post you won on and your contact info and I can get your prizes out to you!

Winners, please send me an message HERE and I will get your prize out to you!

For all of our giveaways including this one, in order for you to qualify for an entry to win, you would need to be a follower on YouTube, subscribe to our mailing list/blog posts (found on our blog page) and you may also comment on this blog post for an additional entry to win! When you subscribe, you will receive an e-mail on Mondays with our latest blog post. BE SURE TO READ IT to check to see if you are a winner EVERY WEEK. If you do not contact me within two weeks of the announcement of winning, you will forfeit your prize. NO EXCEPTIONS. Thank you for your understanding.

NOTE: If you are subscribed with two different names and I am unable to match you with your subscription to the blog and the YouTube Channel, you will be ineligible to win as I can’t decipher if you are a matching subscriber to both. Thank you for your understanding.

We hope you will subscribe to our YouTube Channel, Blog/Newsletter updates and check out our website!

As always, we appreciate your visit and we hope you enjoyed going on A Creative Journey with Melissa. 

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