Create Fall Faux Mini Books Using the PrintMaker

Hi everyone! It’s Tiffany on the blog today and I’m so excited to be crafting with you. Today we will be creating a set of decorative fall faux books using the PrintMaker.

Faux Fall Mini Books with the We R Memory Keepers PrintMaker

These little books are so popular and perfect to add to your tiered tray or mantel. You can make a set for every holiday or to display all year long.  

Here are the supplies you’ll need – 

  • We R Memory Keepers PrintMaker  

https://www.michaels.com/we-r-memory-keepers-printmaker-all-in-one-kit/10674580.html

  • We R Memory Keepers PrintMaker 6” Alignment Guide 

https://www.michaels.com/we-r-memory-keepers-printmaker-6in-alignment-guide/10674582.html

  • We R Memory Keepers PrintMaker Magnetic Workspace 

https://www.michaels.com/we-r-memory-keepers-printmaker-magnetic-workspace/10674584.html

  • We R Memory Keepers PrintMaker Ribbon & Washi Guide (10mm) 

https://www.michaels.com/we-r-memory-keepers-printmaker-ribbon-and-washi-guide/10674583.html

  • We R Memory Keepers PrintMaker 2/5” Printable Ribbon 

https://www.michaels.com/we-r-memory-keepers-printmaker-0.4in-printable-ribbon/10674590.html

  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Wood plaques
  • Paint + paint brushes
  • Twine
  • Measuring tape
  • Sanding block
  • Gloves, painting tarp/plastic sheet
  • Tack cloth

Now to the fun part. Let’s get crafting our faux books! 

Paint each wooden plaque with a different colored paint. Don’t forget to put on your gloves and cover your work surface with a protective sheet! I used Sheepskin, Sage and Tangerine for a fall look but you can use any colors you like. I prefer a chalk paint because it dries fast and gives me that vintage feel.  Paint the entire plaque with 1-2 coats of paint. I did two coats so the wood grains were completely covered. Let the paint dry for an hour or so before you start distressing them.  

Now that your paint is dry, take an 80-grit sandpaper block or sandpaper sheet and distress all edges and sides by rubbing back and forth. When distressing the corners of the plaque, simply take the sandpaper and rub at an angle on the wood. Distressing the wooden plaque will give it that farmhouse look that is very popular. Remove the dust with a tack it cloth by simply wiping down each plaque. Discard your protective sheet, gloves and debris. 

On your phone or tablet, open up the PrintMaker app.  

Creating the “farm fresh” plaque 

  • Click on the 3 lines in the upper left-hand corner, then tap on Create.  
  • Resize the canvas to 3” by selecting the canvas button at the bottom and dragging the little blue outlined square to the right of the canvas rectangle until you reach 3”. You may need to zoom out so you can reach the full 3”.  
  • Tap on the blank canvas space to remove the blue outline to proceed to the next step.  
  • Click on tools, text, click directly in the text box and delete the word “Text”.  
  • In lowercase letters type the words “farm fresh” and click done.  
  • Tap on the words “farm fresh”, select the Font button on the bottom of the screen and change the font to Cutive Mono.  
  • Once this is complete, tap in the open space to remove the font list. Tap on “farm fresh” and using the bottom right square, resize so it fits in the 3” canvas.
  • Turn your PrintMaker on by holding down the button on the top for a few seconds and release. It will change colors and chirp. Tap the open space and select the Print button. Then select, Send to Printer. This will send your design to the PrintMaker and the printer will again chirp.  

*** I always suggest a test print on a piece of paper before printing on something you’ve  worked hard on or you won’t be able to easily fix.  

  • Using your tangerine plaque and the 6” alignment guide, place the guide centered on top of the plaque. Align your guide on the plaque so the 3” mark meets the end of the right corner of your plaque.
  • Place the PrintMaker in the left-hand side of your alignment guide. The PrintMaker will shine a light on your plaque showing you where it will begin to print. Once you have everything lined up, push the button on top of the PrintMaker and once it turns green slide the PrintMaker to the right. Your plaque should now read “farm fresh”. 

Creating the “pumpkins” plaque 

  • On the app, clink I’m Done Printing.  
  • Select the words “farm fresh” and delete them.
  • Click on tools, text, click directly in the text box and delete the word “Text”.  
  • In lowercase letters type the word “pumpkins” and click done.  
  • Tap on the word “pumpkins”, select the Font button on the bottom of the screen and change the font to Cutive Mono.  
  • Once this is complete, tap in the open space to remove the font list. Tap on “pumpkins” and using the bottom right square, resize so it fits in the 3” canvas.  
  • Turn your PrintMaker on by holding down the button on the top for a few seconds and release. It will change colors and chirp. Tap the open space and select the Print button. Then select, Send to Printer. This will send your design to the PrintMaker and the printer will again chirp.  

*** I always suggest a test print on a piece of paper before printing on something you’ve  worked hard on or you won’t be able to easily fix. 

  • Using your sage plaque and the 6” alignment guide, place the guide centered on top of the plaque. Align your guide on the plaque so the 3” mark meets the end of the right corner of your plaque.  
  • Place the PrintMaker in the left-hand side of your alignment guide. The PrintMaker will shine a light on your plaque showing you where it will begin to print. Once you have everything lined up, push the button on top of the PrintMaker and once it turns green slide the PrintMaker to the right. Your plaque should now read “pumpkins”. 

Creating the “pumpkins” plaque 

  • On the app, clink I’m Done Printing. 
  • Select the words “pumpkins” and delete it.
  • Click on tools, Import, scroll to Holidays and under Clip Art select the single pumpkin.  
  • For a 3” canvas, duplicate the pumpkin 7 times. Click on the pumpkin so it is highlighted with the blue box and click copy on the bottom left-hand side of the page.  
  • Arrange the pumpkins in a line by selecting the pumpkin and dragging it to a new location. Continue adding pumpkins until you have reached 7. You will need to adjust them so they all fit in the 3” in canvas. 
  • Turn your PrintMaker on by holding down the button on the top for a few seconds and release. It will change colors and chirp. Tap the open space and select the Print button. Then select, Send to Printer. This will send your design to the PrintMaker and the printer will again chirp.  

*** I always suggest a test print on a piece of paper before printing on something you’ve  worked hard on or you won’t be able to easily fix. 

  • Using your sheepskin plaque and the 6” alignment guide, place the guide centered on top of the plaque. Align your guide on the plaque so the 3” mark meets the end of the right corner of your plaque.  
  • Place the PrintMaker in the left-hand side of your alignment guide. The PrintMaker will shine a light on your plaque showing you where it will begin to print. Once you have everything lined up, push the button on top of the PrintMaker and once it turns green slide the PrintMaker to the right. Your plaque should now have 7 little pumpkins on it.  

Time to print some ribbon! 

  • On the app, clink I’m Done Printing. 
  • Select 4 pumpkins and delete them off your canvas.  
  • Resize the remaining 3 pumpkins to 0.4” tall each and align them next to each other centered on roughly a 2 centimeter canvas. Getting the pumpkins sized just perfectly to fit the ribbon might take a few trials. I suggest some test prints on paper that you can place under the ribbon to see if they will be the correct size before printing directly on the ribbon. 
  • Turn your PrintMaker on by holding down the button on the top for a few seconds and release. It will change colors and chirp. Tap the open space and select the Print button.  
  • Turn on Repeatable Printing to Infinite and Send to Printer. This will send your design to the PrintMaker and the printer will again chirp. 
  • Grab your Ribbon Alignment Guide and attach the 10mm ribbon guides to the left and right side of the base. Place on top of your Magnetic Workspace. 
  • Weed your 10mm ribbon through the right side of the ribbon guide, under the base that will hold your PrintMaker and through the left ribbon guide.
  • Place your alignment guide to the farthest left hand side of your Magnetic Workspace so you will have enough room to slide the PrintMaker to create your design.  
  • Place the PrintMaker in your alignment guide. While holding the ribbons edge on the left hand side, push the start button and once green, slide the PrintMaker to the left until you wish to stop. We set it to infinite so you can go as little or as long as you wish with your design. 
  • Unweed the ribbon, flip the ribbon over so the pumpkins will face the same direction after being printed and repeat the previous steps to print. 

The finishing touches! 

Gather your wooden plaques and stack them with the tangerine on top, sheepskin in the middle and sage on bottom with images all on the right-hand side. To the left of the images, wrap twine once around the wooden plaques and tie in a secure knot on the backside where there are no images. Wrap the twine 3 or more times around the plaques next to each other so the twine lays nicely. Tie a double knot on the backside and cut off the ends of the twine using scissors. 

Make a bow with the pumpkin ribbon you created. I made two little loops and then feed one loop into the other. Tighten, fluff your bow and cut the ribbon edges at an angle with scissors. I love being able to make double sided ribbon for projects so you never have to see that blank space on a ribbon. Just cute designs from here on out! Hot glue the bow to the twine close to the upper left-hand corner of the plaques. You did it!  

These faux books are perfect décor pieces, gifts or even to add to your etsy shop! I hope you enjoyed creating with me.  

Faux Fall Mini Books with the We R Memory Keepers PrintMaker

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