Sunday, February 24, 2013

Alice has a Wonderland Tea Party

Monique came up with the idea to make a tea bag book and I said let's do it ALICE-the following is the result-LOTS of drawing and colouring but hey, wouldn't this be fun crafty party? Everyone makes a book and shares their favorite tea with the other guests.

I made mock up tea bag sleeves using a scan of an actual tea bag and then photo shopping my Fantasy tea brands and flavours.

Here's Moniques photos and TUT-watch at the end for a discount deal on the new Alice images:

This was such a fun project to make!

I had thought of making a teabag book, a mini book with pockets that hold tea bags, and told Rick about it, and he had the awesome idea to make it an Alice in Wonderland Teabag book.

He drew al lot of new Alice images for it. In total there are 16 Alice, Randi Dandi images in the book, and most of them are new.

There will be a how to at the end of this post, and there are a lot of pics in it, so enjoy.

All the tea bags that are in the book (aren't these the coolest tea bags ever?0

the front cover of the book

the book closes with a ribbon

Here you can see the pockets with the tea bags in them

the inside of the book

the back cover
a closer look at all the Rick St. Dennis MFA Images used,

Colouring these was a bit challenging cause I have printed them real small, most of the images are printed at 2 inches, some a little bit bigger
Here is how to make the book
You will need:
6 pieces of paper size: 16 cm wide x 8,5 cm high (6,3 inches x 3,3 inches)
score at 8 cm (3,1 inch)
and fold
then you need 7 pieces of paper from 3 cm wide x 8,5 cm high (1,2" x 3,3")
we are going to use these to bind the book

score at 1,5 cm (0,6 ") and fold
use double sided tape to make pockets of the 6 pages, see below

they should look like this
use a 1,5" circle punch to puch out half circles, to make it easier to slide the tea bag sleeves in and out of the pockets

I inked all the edges and the surface of the paper to give it a bit of a vintage look

attach the small strips of paper to the side of the pocket that is closed with the double sided tape, so folded end is going to be the side that is visible at the open side of the book.(use liquid glue so you can move it a bit to make things straight) see pic

then add another page to the other side of the strip

Do this to all pages see pics

the last two strips are going to have the covers on them, it should look like this

for the covers you need 2 pieces of cardboard 8.5 cm wide x 9 cm high (3.1" x 3.5")
to cover the cardboard use a piece of patterned paper that is a bit larger than the cardboard see pic

glue the cardboad in the center of the backside of the patterned paper and cut of the corners, like pic below

score and fold the edges over and glue to card see pic

use double sided tape to attache the ribbon that is going to close the book, make sure it's long enough to tie a bow.

glue a piece of patterned paper on the inside part of the cover, over the ribbon, like this

glue both covers to the remaing strips that bind the book
aline the covers on the backside of the book to the strip, it you donn't do this you will have problems opening the book.
put a strip of patterned paper over the back, to give it a more finished look
see pics below, I also tied a ribbon to the front cover so I could add the rabbit charm

Thanks Monique for this super project-over at my ETSY shoppe there are a few specials on the digis for this project:

The full set of 16 digis used in this project is on sale HERE---Please remember that this is for the full set of 16 images three of which have been sold seperatly previously.

The separate images will be available later this week.