I've been frantically trying to catch up on projects since we got home from our holidays. Also been fighting my fibromyalgia symptoms. So... a little later post than originally thought.
I have a journal/daytimer that has a pretty cover I created a few years ago. My girlfriend's girls admired it just before we moved and so I had the idea to create them a version of it for school binders.
The technique uses Shimmer Sheets by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I was very lucky to be part of a group that learned first hand from her how to use these sheets in our art. If you ever get a chance to take a class with her, grab it with both hands! (I have no affiliation to her, just LOVE her and her products!)
Anyway, I took a 3x4" piece of 12 different coloured sheets and ran them through different embossing folders. Some I rubbed StazOn ink across the top to highlight the embossing. Some I took sandpaper across the top to bring up the design.
Once the paper was covered, I took decorative sticker borders to create 'stitching' around each of the squares. I made sure I had enough for two full sheets and therefore two binder covers. If the binders wear out, they can transfer the art to another window cover binder or if they get tired of the art, they can just remove it!
I still had bits left over and enough to make a birthday card for a friend. The same technique was used in a smaller format.
And since I like to decorate the inside, a border was made inside.