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The project I have for you today is something that is simple and easy to put together. It is a Jacob's Ladder Brag Book! Perfect for Grandma to tuck into her purse to show off the grandkids, or for Grampa or Dad to place on their desk at work. Don't let all the steps and pictures fool you . . . this is actually a very simple and satisfying project to put together. :)
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Here is what you will need:
HEAVY Chipboard or Mount Board (available at a Framing Shop)-- I used 12 3" X 3" pieces
Pink Paislee Products and other creative supplies to decorate your book (I used the 365 Degrees collection)
Glue (I used Beacon's 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue)
Ribbon (Three 4 ft. lengths)
1) When choosing supplies, keep in mind that your papers and embellishments need to be FLAT in order for the book to function. The very top panel (page) is the only page you are able to add dimensional products to.
2) Remember to add your photos and other embellishments beneath the ribbon. If you adhere them on top of the ribbon they will interfere and the Jacob's Ladder will not work.
3) The ribbon does cover up part of your design. You could choose a thinner ribbon, but the Jacob's Ladder won't be as stable.
Cut twelve 3" X 3" squares from mount board or heavy chipboard. You can have the framing shop do this for you. Or take it to a copy/print store and have them cut it for you on their large cutter.
Measure and mark three lines on the back of each square. One in the center at 1.5" and the other two lines 0.5" in from the top and bottom of each square. (I put marks going both directions so that I could decide later which direction to place my square.)
Cover one side only of all 12 pieces using coordinating patterned papers. Make sure you can still see your marked lines on the back of your pieces.
Cut three lengths of ribbon that are approximately 4 ft. long each. Place the first square face down and glue the ends of the ribbon along your marked lines. Glue the top and bottom ribbons trailing off on one side of the piece and your middle ribbon trailing off the opposite side, as shown.
Use glue to attach another square directly on top of the square you glued the ribbons to, sandwiching the ribbons in between. Hold in place, lining them up perfectly until the glue is dry.
Reverse the direction of the ribbons by flipping them over the top of the piece with the patterned paper facing up. Make sure the ribbons stay flat and are not twisted. DO NOT GLUE the ribbons in place, just hold them.
Place the next piece with the patterned paper facing down, sandwiching the ribbons in between this layer and the previous one. Apply glue to the measured lines on the back of the chipboard piece, flip the ribbons over and hold them in place until the glue dries. Adhere the next square on top patterned paper side facing up.
Adhere the next square on top patterned paper side facing up. Repeat the previous steps, stacking all squares and only glueing on the marked guidelines. When you get to the last square, trim off the excess ribbon and sandwich the ends by glueing the last piece on top.
You should now have something that looks like this. Decorate the Jacob's Ladder with patterned papers, photos, journaling and stickers, as desired, keeping in mind that everything you use must be flat in order for the Jacob's Ladder to function properly. Remember to glue items UNDERNEATH the ribbons.
Decorate the top piece with a title and you are ready to give it as a gift. For my book, I placed a picture of a grandchild on each square with their name. You could also leave some of the squares without photos and use that space to write a special message, quote, or poem. Have fun with it! The possibilities are endless!
Add a matching card to really set off your special gift!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this is an idea you will be able to use. :D
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