Making a stash book is a great way to keep your weed discreet and organized. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a stash book.
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What is a stash book?
A stash book is a book where you can store your precious things, like photos, memorabilia, and keepsakes. It can be anything from a simple sketchbook to an elaborately decorated scrapbook. The sky’s the limit when it comes to making a stash book! all you need is some basic supplies and a little creativity.
Why make a stash book?
If you’re a crafter, you know the importance of having a well-organized stash. But what do you do with all those bits and pieces that don’t seem to fit into any particular category? That’s where a stash book comes in handy!
A stash book is simply a place to store all those little odds and ends that don’t have a home. It can be as simple as an unused notebook or as elaborate as a decorated binder. The important thing is that it’s organized in a way that makes sense to you.
There are several benefits to having a stash book:
-You’re less likely to lose small items like buttons or beads.
-You can see at a glance what you have on hand, without having to search through multiple containers.
-It’s easy to grab your stash book and take it with you if you’re going shopping for specific craft supplies.
-If you have young children, they can “look through the books” when they want to help with your project but aren’t old enough to use scissors or glue yet.
So how do you go about making your own stash book? Here are some simple tips:
1) Choose a format that works for you. If you prefer visual organization, consider using clear plastic pockets or sheet protectors. If you prefer tactile organization, consider using repurposed envelopes or index cards held together with binder clips.
2) Decide how you want to categorize your stash. Common categories include colors, shapes, sizes, and types of materials (e.g., fabric, paper, ribbon). But feel free to get creative — the sky’s the limit!
3) Label each category in a way that makes sense to you. You might want to use words, numbers, symbols, or even photos.
4) Assemble your materials and start filling up your stash book!
What supplies do you need?
You will need the following supplies to make your own stash book:
-A4 or A5 sized notebook
-Ruler or measuring tape
-4 different colored highlighters
-Double sided tape or glue stick
First, you need to measure and mark out the dimensions of your book on the inside cover of your notebook. Once you have done this, cut out the cover along these dimensions. Next, take your ruler or measuring tape and measure out 4 equal rectangles on one of the remaining pages of your notebook. These will be your pockets. Cut out these rectangles.
Now, take your 4 colored highlighters and color in each rectangle on the front and back side. This will help you to easily see which pocket is which when you are using your stash book. Once you have finished coloring in the pockets, use double sided tape or a glue stick to attach them to the inside front cover of your notebook.
Your stash book is now complete! You can use it to store anything from receipts and tickets to important documents and notes.
How to make the cover
The first step is to gather your supplies. You will need a large sheet of construction paper, a stapler, scissors, and markers or crayons. Once you have all of your supplies, you will need to decide what color construction paper you want to use for your cover. After you have chosen your color, fold the construction paper in half so that the short edges meet. Then, take the scissors and cut along the folded edge to create a clean line. Next, open up the construction paper so that it lays flat. Find the center of the long side of the construction paper and fold each side over so that they meet in the middle. Once both sides are folded over, staple them together in the center.
Now that the cover is complete, it is time to start decorating! Your stash book can be decorated however you like. You can use your markers or crayons to draw images or write words on the cover. Be creative! Once you are finished decorating the cover, it is time to start filling your stash book with all of your favorite things!
How to make the pages
To make the pages of your stash book, you will need:
-Old books or magazines
-A sharp knife
-A cutting board
-A glue stick
-A stapler remover (optional)
1. Cut the pages out of the book or magazine. Use a sharp knife and be very careful not to cut yourself. If you are using a magazine, you can cut several pages at once to save time.
2. Cut each page in half width-wise with scissors. You should now have two long strips of paper.
3. Stack the strips of paper on top of each other and staple them together in the middle. Be sure to use enough staples so that the pages are secure. If you are using a stapler remover, you can remove any staples that are sticking out and might scratch your skin.
4. Fold the pages in half length-wise and staple them together in the middle again. You should now have a small stack of pages that are easy to flip through.
How to bind the pages
The most common way to bind the pages of a Stash Book is with a three-hole punch and some kind of binder rings. This method works well because it is easy to add and remove pages, and you can rearrange the pages if you want to change the order of your photos or articles.
To bind your pages, first gather all of the materials you will need: a three-hole punch, binder rings, scissors, and paper or cardstock for the cover. You can find all of these supplies at a stationery store or an office supply store.
Punch holes in all of the pages you want to include in your Stash Book. Make sure that the holes are lined up so that they are in the same position on each page. Once all of the pages are punched, stack them in the order you want them to appear in your book.
Open the binder rings and slip them through the holes at the top of each page, then close the rings. If you want, you can slip a piece of cardstock through the rings to use as a cover for your book. Trim away any excess paper so that your cover lies flat.
Your Stash Book is now ready to be filled with keepsakes!
How to decorate the pages
Start by tearing or cutting old book pages into pieces that will fit comfortably on the front and back covers of your book. You can also use patterned scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or even brown craft paper.
Next, brush a layer of mod podge over the entire front cover of your book. Be sure to smooth out any bubbles with your fingers. Then, begin attaching your pieces of paper to the cover, pressing down firmly to adhere them.
Continue until the entire cover is covered. You can leave some white space showing through, or you can make a solid collage. Once you’re happy with the arrangement of your papers, brush another layer of mod podge over the top. This will seal everything in place.
Allow the mod podge to dry completely, then repeat the process on the back cover and spine of your book. When you’re finished, you can decorate the edges of your pages by brushing on a layer of mod podge and then sprinkling on glitter, confetti, or tiny beads.
How to use your stash book
To begin using your stash book, first choose a cover design that suits your style. Next, select the type of pages you would like to use. The most popular choices are lined or graph paper, but you can also find pages specifically designed for tracking fabric purchases, stitches, and other craft supplies. Once you have your pages selected, it’s time to start filling in the details!
For each item in your stash, be sure to include the following information:
-Description: Include the fiber content, weight, brand name, and any other relevant details.
-Size: Note the dimensions of the fabric piece or skein.
-Price: Record how much you paid for the item, if known.
-Date Purchased: Track when you acquired the item, if desired.
-Usage Notes: Jot down any ideas you have for how to use the item.
You can also use your stash book to keep track of projects in progress and finished items. For each project, include the following information:
-Title/Description: Give your project a name and write a brief description.
-Fabric Used: List the fabrics you used for the project and their respective quantities.
-Pattern Used: If applicable, note which pattern you used and where you found it.
-Size Made: Indicate what size(s) you made and any relevant measurements.
-Date Started/Completed: Keep track of when you started and finished working on the project.
-Additional Notes: Include anything else you want to remember about the project, such as special techniques used or difficulties encountered.
Tips and tricks
A stash book is a great way to keep track of your collections, whether it’s a collection of stamps, coins, postcards, or any other kind of collection.
There are a few things you’ll need to get started:
-A three-ring binder
To make your own stash book, start by designating a binder for your collection. Then, use page protectors to safeguard your items. You can also use labels to help organize and keep track of your collection.
Q: What is a stash book?
A stash book is simply a journal or notebook where you keep track of your personal collections, such as artwork, postcards, quotes, and anything else that inspires you. You can also use it to document your creative process, musings, and ideas.
Q: Do I need special supplies to make a stash book?
Nope! You can use any type of notebook or journal you like. Some people prefer to bind their own books using blank pages and a simple stitchery binding method, but it’s not necessary. You can also decorate the cover of your book however you like.
Q: How do I fill my stash book?
There are no rules! You can fill your stash book however you like. Some people like to keep track of their personal collections in one place, while others use it as a sketchbook or diary. Get creative and see what works best for you.