Hi everyone! Today is the big day! I’m 30 as of 12:12pm it better be one dang good lunch today is all I’m sayin! But I also want to give a really big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my birthday buddy Diana! Love ya girl!!!
Welcome back to Copic Week! Every post this week has a Copic theme. For today’s How To I have a Copic Swatch Book I made that you can take with you, add to and is complete with tabs to help you organize. Sound like fun? Let’s get started!
To make this little book you’ll need a stamp that fits what you’ll be swatching (I used Sweet Thinkin Mae so I could do skin and hair and clothes combos), copic safe stamp ink, your normal coloring paper, hole punch, jump ring, paper cutter, some pattern papers and adhesive and your Dymo Label Maker (optional) and corner rounder (optional).
First thing is to take your coloring paper, I’m using Copic X-Press It, and cut sheets for your book of 2.5″ x 4.25′. This size will get you 8 pages per sheet. I cut up 4 sheets to start with.
Next punch a hole in the upper left corner that fits your Ring. I used the large punch size on my big bite along with the guide to keep the holes in about the same spot.
Now take your patterned paper that you want to use for your covers and cut 2 pieces of 2.75″ x 4.5″ this will give a little buffer to your actual pages. You’ll also want to cut 5 pieces of the same size for your dividers. Then line up your dividers and covers with the hole punch to keep that buffer and punch your holes. I wanted to make sure the front and back of mine were the same pattern so if you do make sure to flip the back to get the whole on the correct side 🙂
Next comes stamp assembly line. Make sure to put your stamp toward one side or the other so you have room for notes and color spots.
While those are drying decorate your cover.
For the tabs on your dividers cut 5 squares 1″ x 1.5″ and fold them in half. If you want to round the corners.
The next part is a matter of preference but decide what sections you’d like and create labels for your tabs. I used my Dymo and made blonde, brown and black for hair colors. The last two I’m undecided on lol. Then you will eyeball your tabs on the 5 dividers and adhere them so you can see them from the side. The easiest way to eyeball them is to place one at the top, one at the bottom then one in the middle first. Then finding the spots for the last two will be much easier.
Lastly start putting your pages, covers and dividers onto your ring. I started with my back cover then divided my stamped pages between the dividers threading the groups on together. The great part about the ring is that its really easy to rearrange and add pages!
This book is really handy to keep with your copics and jot down those combos you discover and love in a small size.
Here’s one of my pages:
To go along with this little (or not so little lol) how to I have a little giveaway for you! Sponsored by the folks at Copic Markers!
Leave a comment telling us what’s the one thing you’d like to learn more about when using your copics and you’ll be entered to win a 4 pack of Copic Sketch Markers! (colors may vary from pic) Simple as that! You have thru October 29th to get your comment in and we’ll announce the winner in our big winners post on October 31st 🙂
I have another little birthday surprise you can read about HERE 🙂