Coaster Books - How To
Posted 11 August 2008 - 06:05 PM
Creating a coaster album:
6-7 4”x4” coasters (I purchased mine online, but you might be able to sweet talk your local waitress! )
Binding tool and wire binding OR Hole punch and metal rings
Mod Podge (I used Matte)
Spray Sealer (I used Krylon Low Odor Clear Matte from JoAnne’s)
Paper – cardstock (or photopaper, which I have not tried)
Sanding block or sandpaper
1. In your software, create a new document sized at 7.5x7.5 inches, with a white background.
2. Add a layout to your document. Resize the layout to 3.5”x3.5” (an easy way to do this is to turn on your grids and use snap to grid)
3. Move the layout to the upper left corner of the page.
4. Repeat steps 2-3, placing a layout in each corner of your document. It should look like the sample at the bottom of this post (with layouts instead of blank squares). Print the page.
5. Repeat for additional pages.
6. For the Front and Back Covers, create two 4”x4” pages/layouts and print. (I kept mine simple using a pretty paper from the Refresh Collection and put Sages’ name on with an alpha.)
7. Trim the layouts, leaving a ¼” white border around each layout.
8. Spray each page with 2-3 thin coats of sealer (when using cardstock, Mod Podge will make the ink bleed if you skip this step. For photo paper, you might be able to skip this, but I have not tested it.)
9. Adhere one layout to the coaster using Mod Podge or glue stick. Trim off the extra at the rounded corners. Repeat for the opposite side of the coaster (make sure your second layout is facing the right way )
10. Sand the edges and corners of the paper until it makes a nice transition to the coaster (i.e. no paper hanging over the edge).
11. Repeat steps 8-9 for each page of the book.
12. Seal each page with 3-4 thin coats of Mod Podge, letting dry between coats.
I did this book with HP Presentation Paper (which is 32lb paper, my ‘regular’ paper is 20lb and my cardstock is 110lb) and was able to get NEARLY all of the wrinkles out after Mod Podge. Using cardstock seems to alleviate the wrinkling, but on my printer, it sacrifices some of the color.
If your papers wrinkle up when doing the Mod Podge layers…don’t panic! Once they start to dry, they pretty much flatten out. When they are dry to the touch, smooth them out the best you can and place some weight on them (i.e. a ream of paper or something) before doing the next coat.
To get thin coats of Mod Podge, I have had good luck dipping my paint brush in water, removing the excess by scraping on the edge of the water container, then dipping the brush in the Mod Podge. This thins the Mod Podge down some. (You can also leave your brush right in the water between coats…saves on cleaning up as much!!)
Don’t forget to consider where your binding/holes will be when choosing your layouts and which side of the page they will be on.
Posted 11 August 2008 - 06:14 PM
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 08:45 PM
What great, detailed instructions! Thanks for sharing!!!
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Posted 12 August 2008 - 12:50 PM
One question, where did you get the binder thingy? How much was it? how often do you use it?
do I need one? LOL
The 'Binder-thingy' is called a Bind-it-all. They cost about $60. I bought mine on-line, but did see them at my local Hobby Lobby recently (great item for the 40% off coupons they love to put out!) It is v 1.0
Bind-it-all has also come out with v 2.0 - the main benefit (for me) being that they have increased the opening 35% for binding thicker things. I have reached the max on mine with a couple projects and left slight marks in the papers. The cost of the new one is about $75
Do you NEED one? Not necessarily. For this project, you could use a good ol' fashioned single hole punch and 1-3 'ring/s' (the kind that has a hinge and opens up? I am at a loss for the 'technical' term).
I have used mine to make five projects so far - have had it for a couple of months.
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 08:29 PM
I know this is an "old" thread, but I am really glad that I looked. I have planned one of these for long time, as an artist book. We took our son and new DIL out for dinner at Outback and they just threw 8 of these beauties (square coasters) onto the table. I snatched them all up! They consider it advertising. Well, not for long with me, but yes, they can write off the cost of them. Just thought that if anyone was wanting a source, maybe your Outback will volunteer a few for you! haha!
Thanks for reviving this thread... It's a fun idea worth looking at anew!
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