I joined a circle journal swap on SCS a month or so ago. If you don't know what a circle journal is, you're in for a treat. A circle journal is a group of stampers (10 in this group) who all create a little book with a theme. You create your book, and do the fist layout yourself. Then you send the book on to the next person in the group. They complete a layout according to your book's theme and send it on to the next person.
Our group is 10 people and we are keeping each book for a month. We decided if we get them done earlier we may change the timeline in a month or so. As it stands now, we will each complete a layout in each of the 10 books, and then in 10 months we will get our finished book back. Sounds fun huh?
My book is going in the mail tomorrow. Before it heads out on it's long journey, I thought I would give you a peek. We each used the 5x5 book art book from Stampin' Up. I am not finished with the cover, I decided to finish it after I get it back in 10 months. I figure it has more chance of being messed up by the mail if the cover was all done up. But, on the other hand, I couldn't send it off to 9 other people's houses "naked" so I covered it with some designer paper and sanded the edges.
For the inside, I added a divider page for each of the 10 people's section. To create the dividers, I cute 5x5 pieces of cardstock, stamped them, and punched them with the spiral punch from the Spring mini. Then I cut a piece of designer paper to 5"x2", scored it down the middle, punched it with the spiral punch, and adhered it to the edge of the cardstock. I had to do it this way because the punch couldn't quite punch through the cardstock and 2 layers of designer paper. It lined up really easily though, and turned out pretty nice.
To finish them off, I punched the coordinating paper with the round tab punch, mounted it on matching cardstock and punched it out again. This gave me a cute and sturdy tab. I mounted these on the edges of the cardstock pages, lining them up along the sides so that they overlapped a bit and made their way down the side of the book. Five tabs fit down the side, so I ended up with 2 strips of 5 tabs down the side of my book.
I really like how it is turning out. Tomorrow I'll post some pictures of my layout before I put it in the mail. It's journey starts tomorrow, with a trip to the beautiful state of Washington. I am extremely jealous!