I tried something new last week- I made a squash book! I had never been very interested in them, but last week I had a hankering for making a mini album but I wanted immediate gratification! I didn’t want to have to glue down paper, wait for it to dry, sand the edges, ink the edge, etc. I just wanted to play with the Me Likey collection from Sassafrass which I got over the summer. So I looked up squash book on Youtube and found a few videos, including a great tutorial (sorry, can’t remember the name of the poster). This is the cover of my first squash book:
The ribbon covers the main title, but I don’t really mind. I cut the vintage camera out of a piece of cardstock vintage images I had in my stash, and pop dotted it. I used a tim Holtz memo pin and stuck it through the foam of the pop dots and attached a little memo label that says Argyle Shore. I cut the topnote shape with my nestabilities die (Labels 1) and ran it through my Cuttlebug using one of the new Tim Holtz embossing folders (Can’t remember the name- maybe Patchwork?). Used Thickers for the letters PEI. It was a simple yet fun title page. Here’s a better view of it:
The inside of the squash book was a lot of fun to make. All the examples I could find on YouTube didn’t have many pictures, and although I wanted lots of pictures, I also didn’t want it to be covered in photos- I wanted to showcase the Me Likey papers as well. So I added a few interactive elements like some pockets for tags and a fold-out triangle. I made some triangles be all photo, and some be all un-embellished paper. I lined each triangle and square in a double brown line with my Zig pen to unify all the busy elements. I especially like the tag that pulls out of the bottom of a photo and the “All Aboard” pocket which holds 3 tags about the ferry ride to PEI.
All this from 3 8X8 squares of cardstock and 2 slightly bigger squares cut from a shoe box! And no sanding required! I am in love with this project!