I am pleased to be your guest host for this week’s 3d Challenge! I love altering and re-purposing things that we already have on hand and an empty CD case is perfect for this type of paper crafting project! When finished, the case makes a sweet little mini book with pockets and tuck-ins.
Step 1: Grab an empty CD case and paint the sides with any acryllic paint and allow to dry. Painting gives it a finished look and blends better than leaving the edges plain and unpainted. Optionally, stain over the paint with any dye based inkpad. I started with white paint and then stained over that.
Step 2: Cover the black spine using 1/4″ Red Line tape (or similar) applied directly onto the front and side of the spine. Starting at the front, wrap the decorative paper around the spine from the front to the back to create a nice tight fit.
Step 3: Carefully measure the dimensions of the front and back covers prior to cutting the pages. Think of this as designing a card front when putting the covers together. I chose Webster’s Pages as they already had many lovely design elements built into their papers.
Step 4: Due to the nature of the CD case construction, it will be necessary to fill a gap prior to affixing the pattern paper to the page on the left side. I used a section of corrugated cardboard to make up for the gap.
Step 5: Now you are ready to lay down the pattern paper on both of the inside “pages.” The page on the left has a pocket underneath the scallop border. The page on the right is a small pocket under the cutout floral border.
When finished, the CD case may not close completely depending upon your pages. This project goes together really quickly and makes a great little gifty. Mine is going to a young girl who recently had surgery! I sure hope you can play along!
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