Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Gel Press circle book

Welcome to the Gel Press Earth Day Blog Hop!

We want to encourage you to reuse and recycle with Gel Press.  Have you thought of making Gel Press Prints on old maps?  What about old Christmas cards or even magazines?  Hop around and see what our designers have come up with for this hop.  

We will be giving away a prize again for the comments on the Gel Press Blog listing what your favorite project was and why.  We will accept comments from April 20 - April 24.  The winner will be announced April 25th on the Gel Press Company FB page and on Gel Press Junkies FB page!  

Here's my project - a circle book:

The covers of my book were made by using my Gel Press 8" round plate on cardboard scraps from a cereal box. The pages are simply photocopy paper that were only printed on one side. Instead of throwing them in the recycle box I have added a thin layer of acrylic paint with my gel plate, covering the printing.  Reusing and recycling - two ways to minimise the impact on our planet. Here's how I put it together:

Step 1
Gather supplies: 8" round Gel Press gel printing plate, acrylic paints of choice (Dylusions here) and a variety of stencils (Stencil Girl and Prima). You'll also need something to print on (thicker cardboard for the covers and some thinner paper for the pages):

Step 2
Print onto the cardboard and paper. I used a brayer to spread the paint onto the gel plate, pulling a plain layer of paint first, then adding a stenciled layer in a different colour. Each piece was printed front and back:

Step 3
Once all the printing was complete, I used a die to cut circles from the cardboard and paper. For a more rustic look, you could just cut around the circle with scissors.

I cut each of these pieces in half, then bound them together with big jump rings. I then decorated the rings with scraps of ribbon in coordinating colours.

Don't the pages look fabulous? I can't wait to write in them!

Here's the list of blogs to visit:

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Don't forget to leave the team some love along the way, then pop back to the Gel Press blog to let us know which project was your favourite.

Good luck!


  1. Oh I love shaped books, very fun idea.

  2. So lovely! My fav colors too!

  3. Fun idea! Could also do this using scraps of muslin....

  4. I love making my own books, great way to use the circle plate!

  5. Fun! I love unique mini albums!

  6. beautiful colors on your circle book!!

  7. Oh that is a super idea!!!!

  8. How cool! I have never seen anything like this!

  9. What a cute idea making album! Love it!

  10. Carolyn Morgan23 April, 2016 03:27

    Your book is beautiful! I love that you are up cycling cereal boxes!!

  11. Great upcyle idea! Perfect for Earth day!

  12. What a great book you made ! I love the shape and the colours.


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