Updated: Jun 18, 2020
Today I am sharing a very special project for Thoughtful Studio’s Thoughtful Story Team using the brand new Emerald Tessa paper kit.
This hand-drawn, green paper collection came about as a collaboration between Marie, the owner of Thoughtful Studio, and me! She took my love for green to a whole other level! 😄
Some exciting news that goes along with the release of this kit, is the launch of the thoughtfulcollective. It is a space for you to shop physical #madewiththoughtful items shared by Marie, me, and others. And I'm thrilled to say that Emerald Tessa can be found there as a physical kit.
With elements of nature, textures found in fabric, and a pinch of magic, Emerald Tessa is a mystical splash of green I can see pairing well with so many projects.
This paper collection completely inspired my decorative book box idea.
In my mind, it resembled the green witch aesthetic perfectly; flowers, moss, tea, branches, insects, and glass bottles filled with herbs.
I thought it would make a really fun decoration for my bookshelf.
I had a lot of fun putting this together and I hope you enjoy it too. 😊
I started with a cereal box to create the cover of the book, which measured 6” x 8” with a 2 1/2” spine.
I used another cereal box and trimmed down two panels to 6” x 8” and one to 2 1/2” x 8”. I glued one panel to the front of the book and one to the back, and the last one onto the spine, to make the base stronger.
For the inside of the book, I laid another cereal box flat and cut two strips across the front to 2 1/4” wide, then I glued the two strips together at one end.
I took the long strip and formed a rectangle inside the book cover to get a rough idea of the length. I decided on a 7 3/8“ x 5 3/4” rectangle so that it did not go all the way to the edges of the cover.
I trimmed off the excess to get a strip measuring roughly 2 1/4” x 26 3/4”, which included a 1/2” tab to attach the two ends together.
Once I had the main components finished, I covered all the pieces in several different patterns from the paper kit.
I used a scoreboard to score the strip where each of the corners of the interior rectangle would be. Then I used double sided tape to adhere the two ends together.
I used hot glue to attach the rectangle inside the book cover. I also trimmed down two pieces of cardboard to 2 1/4” x 5 5/8” and glued them together with liquid adhesive. I covered them in patterned paper and hot glued it inside the box to create a little shelf.
I used the ephemera from the paper collection, gold scroll trim, and metal corner embellishments to decorate the book. I also added a lace applique butterfly to the spine that was given to me by my grandma.
Some small glass jars full of moss and fake flowers, along with scraps of fabric, odds and ends, thread, and loose buttons, decorate the inside.
This project definitely involved some trial and error and a few redos along the way, but I really like how it turned out. It has inspired me to attempt more multi-media projects outside of card making.
If you're interested in purchasing this kit for yourself, you can click this link to head to the thoughtfulcollective shop.
And of course, you can find other Thoughtful digital paper collections here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/shopthoughtfulstudio
You can also use coupon code THOUGHTFULJENNI for 15% off on the ShopThoughtfulStudio Etsy shop!
You can find more creations from me and the rest of the Thoughtful Story Team on Instagram and Facebook @thoughtfulstudio, as well as following the hashtags #madewiththoughtful and #thoughtfulstoryteam .
Thank you so much for stopping by!