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Saturday, December 05, 2015

December Daily - Day 5

One Sweet Bible


In the spirit of full disclosure, this is not my idea. I saw it on Pintrest. I’ve made some slight changes from the pin I saw so I've detailed the process. The link to the original website where I got the instructions is at the bottom of this page. You will need to go to that website to print the scripture pdf page. Special thanks to my sister Dianne who also provided inspiration for this!

 





 The things you will need for 1 bible are:

2 Hershey’s Nugget Chocolate Candies
White cardstock
Dark cardstock (I used dark green)
Cord/thin ribbon or embroidery floss/string (red or gold)
Printed pdf on standard printer paper (from link at bottom of page)
*Glue dots (any brand – optional)
Glue Stick (I use Elmer’s Repositionable)
A fast drying glue (such as Scotch Quick Drying Tacky Glue)
“Old Paper” Distress Ink (optional)
Distress Ink blending tool (optional)
Ruler
Toothpick
Paper trimmer (not pictured)

To start out, if you want the scripture pages to have an old paper look to them, you can use the Distress Ink to color the paper. Using an ink blending tool, pounce the sponge onto the ink pad a few times to load it with ink. Tap it off once lightly onto scratch paper before pouncing the tool over the scriptures a few times. Reload your ink tool and repeat this until you have covered the entire printed area you are going to use. You can go as dark as you want with the ink. I go for a fairly light look to mine so I don’t reload ink and pounce in the same spot more than a few times. If it gets too dark, I think it can tend to look muddy. Of course you can just leave the paper white and not do and of this and it will look just fine. It’s just a preference to what you like best.

Next you will want to cut all your supplies.

Scripture pages: It’s best to use a paper trimmer for this, but if you don’t have one, another option is to use a ruler and an X-Acto knife to cut it or if you have a steady hand, you can do it with scissors. Cut the scripture pages with about ¼ inch border all the way around. I noticed that the candies look like they are exactly the same size, but when I put the same size paper on them, sometimes they fit and sometimes they need to be trimmed. Some wrappers must be looser making then a bit bigger.

Cardstock: The dark cardstock will be 2 3/8 inches long by 1 3/4 inches tall.
The white cardstock will be 2 1/4 long x 1 3/4 tall.

Cord/Ribbon: Cut this about 5 inches long. I would try to avoid using embroidery floss because it frays and can be troublesome. I found some thin red cord and ribbon at a local fabric store that works well. You can look around and see what you’re able to find. If you have embroidery floss on hand or can’t find anything else, you can use a teeny tiny amount of glue at the end of the embroidery floss to keep it from fraying. That will work totally fine.
Now it’s time to put it all together!

*I put glue dots on the bottom of my white cardstock because they are fast and there’s no drying time and no mess. If you want to skip buying an extra adhesive, you can use the fast drying glue here. If using the glue dots, put one on each corner and stick the white cardstock in the middle of the dark cardstock (centered). If you are using the fast drying glue, you’ll use a tiny dot of glue at each corner and one in the middle and do the same thing. Note that if you are going for the old paper look, you would want to pounce some of the old paper ink around the edges of your white cardstock first so it matches your scripture pages.

I also use glue dots on the bottom of my Hershey’s Nuggets. I put a glue dot on each corner of each nugget and one in the middle. Then I sit them glue dot side up until I'm ready to stick them down. If you are using the fast drying glue, you’ll need to work much faster because as the name suggests….it dries fast.

Lay the cord/ribbon at the center edge of the of one of the Hershey’s Nuggets being sure to catch it in a glue dot or fast drying glue. Hold the Hershey’s Nuggets together and center them on the white cardstock and press down. If you are using glue dots they will be ready to go to the next step. If you are using the fast drying glue, give them a few minutes to set.

Time to adhere the scripture pages to the top. But before you do any gluing, lay your scripture page on top of the Hershey’s Nuggets to judge if it needs to be trimmed at the top and bottom at all. If it does, trim the slightest amount on both the top and bottom so they are even. Then you should be set. If you’re using glue dots, you might be tempted to use them here because they are so dang handy! Well, don’t! The printer paper is so thin that it will show even the slightest bump under the paper so the glue dots will be lumpy under there. No one wants a lumpy bible. I don’t recommend the fast drying glue either. It will be messy and if you have to reposition the scripture pages, it will be a pain. You don't want to pull out some hair because you’ve gotten to close to finishing and messed it up. You’ll just have to trust me on this. I tell no lies, people. Use the glue stick.


Okay, now that I have properly warned you, coat the back of your scripture pages with your glue stick. Like I said, the slightest lump/bump will show so if your glue stick sheds any big pieces of paste, make sure you remove them so you don’t have any lumps. Now and lay the scripture pages over the top of the Hershey’s Nuggets. Use a toothpick to press down the center of the pages into the grove and position the pages into place. The glue stick stays slick for a minute so you can work it into the right spot. Then put a few very small dots of fast drying glue down the center of the scripture pages and bring your cord over and press it into the glue. Hold for a minute. This is where you only want the fast drying glue. Tempted to use that white school glue? Don’t! It’s water based and will soak into the paper and take forever to dry. It probably won’t even hold down the cord. Reread the part were I warned you about not using the glue stick above….same unhappy crafty experience awaits you if you go down the white school glue path. Set aside to dry for a few minutes.

I made 2 so you could see the old paper ink and one without. I also used the red cord on one and a ribbon on the other.
Happy crafting!

The link the PDF is below at The Mama's Girls blog:
http://themamasgirls.com/the-sweet-story-of-christmas

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