Step 1: Tools and materials:
- A hard cover book (thick enough to fit the ring)
- Scrapbooking paper (I used 5 different papers)
- Yuca Starch (Cassava)
- Thin cardboard (optional)
- Red fabric
- 3M Spray Mount
- Exacto knife
- Paint brush
Step 2: Preparing the book
Step 3: Pasting the pages together
To stick the pages together I made glue out of starch. This was made by dissolving 3 tablespoons of starch in a little of cold water, then adding it to 4 cups of boiling water and letting it cook for 2 minutes while steering. Next I let it rest until it was at room temperature.
The glue needs to be applied in one side of each page. For this I used a paint brush lightly submerged in the glue. I also placed a piece of thin cardboard under the group I was pasting so the glue won’t pass to the next section, and I only bond together one group at a time. You don’t want to get the pages too wet, because it will cause waves in the page when it dries, that’s why you have to lightly submerged the brush and also do one group at a time. It’s a lot of work but it’s worth it.
Step 4: Carving
With the print version of the mold, I decided the size I liked and start cutting the shape with the exacto knife, one group at a time (it becomes really hard to cut several layers at a time).
In the picture you will notice that the first group have a really nice and sharp cut, but the next ones doesn’t. This was because I had a “deadline” and I couldn’t wait for the glue to properly dry. So if you have the time let it dry for a week or more, it will make things easier.
Step 5: Ring holder
Step 6: Scrapbooking and Finishing
The first thing to do is to cover the cardboard covers with the scrapbooking paper (or papers) of your choice, to let it just the way it was before you rip it off. You want the pieces of paper to be larger than the cover, so you could fold it around the cardboard. I used Spray Mount in this steps too because it is easy to used and dries pretty fast. Then you have to paste back the flaps to the inside of the cardboard and paste some more paper to replace the one you take out, and cover where the outside paper ends. You could glue some more scrapbooking paper in the inside of the book, especially if you want to write something for your love one, and to cover you awful cutting skills.
Then I glue together the ring mount to the book. And finally I wrote down the big question. For this last step I used something I think most people have forgotten, and that is carbon paper. I first print out the message with the font and the size I wanted, and then I place it on top of the page where I wanted it, with some carbon paper in between. With a pen I carefully follow the edge of the letters. When I was finished I removed the mold and the carbon paper, and with a pen I fill out the letters.
And that’s how I made it. Hope you enjoy it, and maybe inspired to make your own for that special day.