Send Joy mini book part 1.

Hey hey and happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! Me? I spent a good portion of it cleaning the huge mess I made while working on the Send Joy class that I’m teaching over at Studio Calico. Class started on Saturday, but enrollment has been extended to Nov 10th and ALL of the content is already up. So if ya haven’t started your Christmas cards yet this might help give ya that little boost.

I got a little carried away while coming up with ideas for the class — it’s like the ideas just wouldn’t stop coming and I HAD to get them down on paper. Are you ever like that? For me it’s like I can’t sleep until I try it. Just has to be done.

I ended up with a bunch of cool bits and pieces on my desk of things that didn’t make into onto a class card, but are still kinda cool. Didn’t want to throw them away.

And I had printed out the lessons and the table of contents to proof them and had them all on my desk too. It looked like a magazine almost.

Send Joy mini book by Lisa Spangler

Then a light bulb went off! And I decided to make a mini book to remember the class by. I think it will be great to look back on this next year when I need ideas. It’s not done just yet, but it’s all bound together. I wove together the printouts + scraps of paper — and even scratch paper that I’d stamped on.


(This is a great tutorial for binding a booklet.)

I like to keep the covers of my mini books flat, but I’m thinking of adding a title to this somehow. Just not sure yet. For now it’s letterpressed with this. Love that plate so much. Looks like it’s sold out now, sorry. Oh and underneath the die cut is a post-it note. That was also on my mess of a desk. :)

Here’s one of the first pages with an extra bit of watercolor paper for a technique that I share in one of the videos:

couldn't throw this watercolor paper away :)

couldn't throw this watercolor paper away :)

See that table of contents? That was the first time I ever made a table in indesign. I learned a lot and it was great to see everything come together. There are 24 cards + 10 tags that we share in the class, crazy awesome.

I even made a band to hold the book shut. First time I ever used this tool to actually set an eyelet ha! I had to hunt for my stash of stuff to find them, I almost thought I’d given them away.

I used some American Crafts silver glitter paper for the band. It’s great because the glitter doesn’t rub off, and it’s nice and sturdy since it has a plastic (I think?) coating on the back.

handmade band :)

The rubber band is one that I had saved and I’m thinking about decorating it with a gold or silver sharpie. Or both :)

the back


Anyhow, hope to see ya in class. Registration is here if you’d like to join us. There’s a great community already — I can tell it’s gonna be a great class!

I’ll post more pics of the book as I finish it up. For now I’m off to check on class. :)

PS. Those file folders are stuffed with cards from the class. I have 4 more that are so full they won’t sit flat. HA!


7 Replies to “Send Joy mini book part 1.”

  1. Looks great!!!! You are so creative.

  2. Love this and LOVE the class too! You are so creative! I wish I had ideas popping in my head like that — it’s a gift! You’re a lucky and very talented gal! :)

  3. janet Wilson says:

    Looks wonderful, Lisa “-)

  4. SOexcited for the class! Can’t wait for url to be able to see all the class stuff, having a few issues getting in. Also, the link for the press doesn’t work.

    1. I just saw your comment over — hope you are in the class now? You just login to Studio Calico’s site, then you can get there by going to this link and then click on the Enter Classroom button — it’s on the left side where it says “class taught by sideoats”.

      As to the letterpress plate, looks like it is sold out now, darn! It is such a great plate, maybe they will restock.

      Hope that helps xo

  5. I love everything about this post. So many pretty things, and a ton of ideas I want to try out. Thanks so much for sharing your process!!

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