Project #81: DIY mini stamp collecting book


DIY mini stamp collecting book by Teri from Giddy Giddy

We needed a lovely display and storage solution for all the wonderful stamps we’ve been collecting. The criteria is something kid friendly and practical. But also beautiful and high quality enough that the collection can be passed down to my kids’ kids. After much experimentation, I have come up with an easy yet lovely mini book and wanted to share  the process with you.

The materials you will need:
*Cardstock paper
*2 paper maps
*Glassine envelopes
*Leather scrap
*White masking tape
*Rubber cement glue (acid free) ** It’s important that you do not use white glue as this will discolor the paper over time.
*Thin cord (leather, cotton or synthetic)
*Scissors or preferably a paper cutter.


Step 1:
Cut cardstock paper desired size.
For my example, I used 3 inches by 3 inches cardstock pages.
Step 2:
Cut map into long strips which will be used to cover the cardstock pages. 
I used a paper cutter cut 3 inch strips the entire length of the map.
Step 3:
Tape pages together using white masking tape.
Step 4:
Brush rubber cement onto cardstock and adhere precut map onto the pages.
Step 5:
Now you can glue the glassine envelopes on each page using rubber cement. I cut the envelopes to size and then oriented them so that the envelope opening is facing the center binding.
Step 6:
Using a leather scrap, I cut a little jacket for my book and sewed long strap onto it.
Step 7:
Attach the jacket by wrapping cord around the center and knotting on the exterior.


..Giddy Giddy..

Bloesem loves comments
  1. Sam

    This is beautiful, and I’ve bookmarked it to try myself. Thanks for the clear instructions.

  2. natasha

    It is indeed beautiful. So inspiring that i sat down to make it the evening I saw the post! My version has turned out a little differently – I bound the book in leather rather than leaving the cover loose. Not sure if I like it as much as your version. And I couldn’t find the envelopes so used tracing paper instead – a mistake, since once it’s stuck down it is well nigh impossible to get access to what’s inside. But it is still rather beautiful, and my children love it.

  3. Laura

    That is beautiful! I love how the glassine, maps and leather look all together like that.

  4. Jill

    What a beautiful book. Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful instructions. What a treasure!

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