What you will need
* 8-10 high back, non-adhesive book pockets (for 1 book but can dye pockets for more than one book at a time)
* food coloring
* plastic tub
* rubber gloves
* spray bottle with water
* tray for drying book pockets
* rubberstamps and ink
* sticker paper (or regular paper and a xyron) decorative fibers (optional)
1. place pockets in tub and run water over them to wet the book pockets - you want them to be wet but not soaking. Drain off excess water.
2. squirt food coloring directly from dispenser onto book pockets. May want to use a spray bottle to help the coloring move. Add one color per pocket, spray and layer the next pocket on top. (Hint: try to use a progression of colors in the color wheel. I used (in this order) yellow, red, blue, green) Repeat
3. With rubber gloves on, manipulate the pockets in the tray by flipping them over a couple of times. (You can flip them as a group or flip them individually so the colors blend and mix) Using a water bottle fitted with a spray, spray each time you flip the stack of pockets.
4. Remove pockets from tub and lay in a single layer on the tray.
5. Let dry. (I sometimes heat my oven to the lowest setting and put the tray in there-once the oven has reached the set temperature, I usually turn the oven off. This is speedier than air drying).
6. Once the pockets are dry, you may want to iron them flat.
7. Using a punch, cut "windows" into the pockets. For my example, I used a 1" square punch but you can use other shapes. It's probably best to keep the size of the punch fairly small.
8. Fold all of the book pockets in half. One half should contain the pocket and the other half the "flap".
HERE ARE STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON CONSTRUCTING THE WITH PICTURES.
1. Working on a pair of pockets, one should be pocket side up and the other pocket side down. Slide the "pocket side down" pocket into the "pocket side up" pocket. To see what this looks like, click here. Repeat until you have all of the book pockets linked together. If you want the book to have symmetrical covers, insert another pocket at the end "pocket side down" and tuck the flap of the next to the last pocket.
2. With a pencil, lightly mark around the window opening. This will provide a guid for the work that you will adhere to the inside of the pocket.
3. Stamp a bunch of images onto an 8-1/2 by 11 sheet of sticker paper. Use a variety of images, small and large and fill the sheet but DO NOT overlap the images. Use smaller stamps to fill in the spaces. Use a variety of ink colors that coordinate with the dyed pockets. (Or for contrast, could use black and white)
4. Using a slightly larger decorative punch (I used a larger square punch), turn the punch upside down so that you can see the composition of the images to be punched. Punch out 8-10 squares.
5. Disassemble the book, one pocket at a time. Remove the adhesive backing from the punched shape. Adhere punched shape to the area identified by the pencil marking (may want to adjust the placement so that what shows through the window is a pleasing arrangement of images).
6. Optional-using the punched out sections of the book pockets, stamp with an alphabet set to spell an 8-9 letter word or series of words. Adhere these punched and stamped letters to the "pocket book" - one per section using mounting squares or adhesive of your choise. (in my example, I chose the word "fragments")
7. It is not necessary, but if you would like to further embellish your project, here is one suggestion. Cut 8 lengths of decorative fiber. Place one length of fiber in each fold of your book. Gather all of the fibers to the back (spine) of your book and tie. You can then embellish this, if you like with charms or beads. Voila! It's done.
a. If you have a xyron then you are not confined to the colors of the sticker paper that you can find. You can stamp your images on any sheet of paper and run through the xyron machine. Proceed to cut out the images with the decorative punch as stated above.
b. Acetate, window screen or other kinds of things can be used in the windows either in place of or in addition to the punched out stamped art.
c. Be careful when dying the pockets not to manipulate too much or the colors may become muddy. The objective is to move the food coloring around some.
d. Wear rubber gloves through the dying process unless you want to have multi-color hands. Once the pockets are dry, you can handle them without gloves.
e. There are lots of variations for this project: try putting quotes in the pockets on small pieces of cardstock that can be removed by the recipient (can do this with or without cutting windows).
f. Use other methods for coloring the paper. Could also stamp images directly onto the food-colored pages.