Halloween? Well, here they are again, only this time they are ready for the Christmas holiday. (the link will show you a more descriptive photo) These books are simple to make too. Here are the steps:
- Cut 4 pieces of decorative paper 3.25" x 3.75"
- Cut 2 pieces of chipboard 3.25" x 3.75"
- Adhere the paper to both sides of the chipboard. I used double-sided paper and made sure my front and back covers were the same, any my inside covers were the same.
- lightly sand all edges of covers
- lightly ink all edges of covers
- I used my bind-it-all and punched out 6 holes in the top. I then bound it with 3/4" wire.
- I applied adhesive to the back of a post-it book and placed it inside.
- Embellish the cover however you like! I used paper rosettes and whatever else I could think of. No two were alike.
I also whipped up a yummy little bag of home made caramels. I showcased the caramels a couple years back, but they were ready for a redo this year. Before you think, "forget making home made caramels...who has the time or patience?" You better check the recipe out. Did I mention they cook in the microwave?? So easy!! My good friend, Jackie, gave me this recipe and it really is wonderful.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
In a glass bowl, melt butter. Add remaining ingredients and mix
well. Microwave 7 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes. Pour into
buttered 8x8 or 9x9 pan. Cool to room temperature. Chill, cut
and wrap in wax paper.
Tips and Tricks:
- Use just slightly less than 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
so that you can get two batches out of each can! It won’t
mess up the recipe.
- Use a metal pan.
- After caramels come to room temperature, chill in fridge for
about one hour. Take out and let sit for just a few minutes then
pop out of pan in one big block.
- Cut with pizza cutter. I try to get 81 caramels out of each
batch, so 9 rows by 9 rows of about ¾-1” in size.
- Cut wax paper into 4x4 squares using a paper trimmer (like
you use for scrap booking projects)
After the caramels were wrapped up, I put them in a clear acetate bag and cut a header out of the matching decorative paper I used for my projects. I also put the post-it book in a bag as well, to keep the embellishments on the front nice and sharp for gift giving. It was definitely a busy weekend, but it was really fun. I haven't spent this many hours in my craft room for a very long time!