Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday Tutorial: A reading log mini

Hello there! It's Nathalie here today to share a step-by-step tutorial to create a mini reading log. Whether it is lounging by the pool, at the beach or on my own patio, I love to catch up on my reading during the summer... and the next best thing is keeping track of the books I read (I also make layouts at the end of each year with the full recap).
I am using this log for my summer reads but it can by done at any time of course, or given along with a book as a gift...


I used the July main kit "Sail Away", the embellishment kit "Go Girl" and the stamp add-on "Five Star".
You will need:
- patterned paper (can be scraps)
- library cards
- embellishments for your cover
- brad
- stamps

A note regarding the library cards: the ones I used are real ones from my stash. You can find them on Etsy, choose to make your own or you can easily find printable ones, like these. A search for free printable library cards on Pinterest, yielded lots of results.

1/ Cut the front and back covers out of patterned paper to the exact size of your library cards. Mine are 3x5 inches:

2/ Cut a smaller piece of patterned paper to fit on your cover. Mine is roughly 2.75x4x75. Round the corners and sew (optional):

3/ Print a quote onto copy paper and trim to about 1x1 inch to fit behind one of the veneer frames from the embellishment kit:

4/ Place the little frame on your cover along with your other embellishments. I added a tag, a brad, sequins and a little heart stamp:

5/ With the awesome "Five Star" stamp add-on and black ink, add "I rate this" and five stars onto each library card:

6/ Now put everything together in order:

7/ Line up everything and make a hole through both covers and the cards towards the bottom right corner. Bind everything together with a brad and you are done:

But I couldn't stop there so I decided to also make a quick bookmark to match! 
Simply cut a piece of patterned paper to 1.75x6.5 inches. Make a hole on top and add a hole reenforcement. String a few veneer and metal embellies on twine and attach to the hole. Add a couple small paper strips towards the bottom and another little veneer frame with a stamped paper behind it:


As always with our tutorials, feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments. Thank you and happy scrapping!


  1. such a great idea Nathalie!!
    I love the way you document your reading, I always feel that I can't remember the titles of books I've read... ;)

  2. I LOVE this Nathalie! :) I like to document all the books that I read too. Have you heard of goodreads.com? It's a good way to document and rate all the books you've read and also to find how others rate the books you want to read.

  3. Brilliant project! I'm going to use this to document my latest reading challenge.