DIY approach creates one-of-a-kind cards and books

Saundra Martin, left, and Sandy Louttit of Sandy’s Corner review instructions during a Saturday morning book class.

Saundra Martin, left, and Sandy Louttit of Sandy’s Corner review instructions during a Saturday morning book class.

PRESCOTT - The best way to give someone a one-of-kind card or gift is to make it yourself.

At Sandy's Corner, partners Sandy Louttit and Jim Barry teach craft-minded people how to make unique greeting cards, mini books and other original items.

Using watercolors, stamps and colored pens, the duo demonstrate how to turn plain white card stock into a work of art, or a blank mini pad of paper into a book.

The secret to any successful craft project is having the right supplies.

On a recent Saturday, four women gathered at Sandy's Corner to make three mini books. When finished, each book would measure about 2 inches by 2 inches.

The first step in any project is to identify and sort the necessary materials. Louttit purchases the mini book kits from a Canadian company. The kits include pre-cut mat boards, paper pads and templates (spacers). The women also received decorative craft paper and ribbon to complete their projects.

Louttit said the larger piece of paper is the outside cover and the smaller piece is the inside cover.

She instructed the women to arrange the mat board of the backside of the outside cover, using the spacers for placement of the book spine and front and back covers on the paper.

The next step is to glue the pieces in place.

"I like to work the center piece first. If I need to I can adjust the other pieces," Louttit said.

Once all of the pieces are in place, each student mitered the four corners of the outside cover paper at a 45-degree angle.

Starting with either the top or the bottom section, the women pulled the paper on each side of the book tight and glued it to the inside of the mat board.

The students use a "bone folder" to create crisp edges.

At this point, the women must decide what to do with the ribbon.

If they want to wrap thin ribbon around the outside of the book, they can continue with the inside cover.

The women trim the smaller piece of paper to fit in the inside and glued it into place. The small pad of paper is then either glued to the spine or the back cover of the book

If the bookmakers want the ribbon between the two cover sheets, they must place it in before gluing the inside cover.

The women find the center of the ribbon and lay it evenly across the mat board pieces. They use a punch to create holes in the mat board covers and thread the ribbon in place.

Once the ribbon is in place, the women can proceed with putting on the inside cover and the notepaper.

Each woman completed three mini books, perfect for gift giving, in about an hour and a half.

Louttit and Barry have operated Sandy's corner for nine years. In addition to classes, they sell art stamps and art supplies. The cost of classes ranges from $5 for a make-and-take greeting card to $40 for the mini-book class (supplies included).

Sandy's Corner is located at 410 W. Gurley St.

Anyone interested in craft classes can contact Louttit at 708-9111.

Contact the reporter at prhoden@prescottaz.com