Monday, July 27, 2009

Jacob's Ladder Book

Jacob's Ladder Book
by: Shellie Sauve
3 pieces 12 x 12 patterned paper
2 pieces 12x12 cardstock
**2 pieces 12x12 chipboard (or 12 4x4 coasters) each piece should be the same thickness
3 pieces 4 foot long riboon (these can be the same or different ribbon, but should be the same weight and width)
stamps, ink pads, metal rims, additional ribbon, buttons....
Required Tools:
Trimmer, scissors, wet glue and super strong dry adhesive like red super tape, pencil, corner rounder, sandpaper or distresser

If you are not using 4x4 coasters, then cut your chipboard into 12 4x4 squares.
**If you do not have coasters or chipboard, you can cut up a cereal box or
use the cover from a spiral notebook
Use a corner rounder to round each corner
On the front side of 6 squares, draw 3 lines:
Two lines should be drawn lengthwise down at 3/4" from each edge
The third line should be in the center 2"
You should now have 6 squares with lines on the front and 6 squares without any lines
Cut 2 pieces of patterned paper into 4 x 12 strips.
(Set 2 of the 4x12 strips aside for embellishment later)
Cut the remaining 4 x 12 strips into 4x4 squares and round the corners.
Adhere the papers to one side of the chipboard squares (NOT on the sides with lines)
If you want to make a pattern, adhere one patterned paper style onto the 6 coasters with lines (do NOT put the paper over the lines, glue the paper to the other side)
Use a different patterned paper to glue onto the other 6 coasters (one side only)
Trim and sand the edges if needed

To Create the Ladder:
Take one square with lines on one side and place it face down, with the lines horizontal
Apply adhesive along the lines, going all the way to the edge.
Line up one end of the ribbon with the edge of the coaster -
Middle ribbon runs right to left
Top and bottom ribbons run left to right
Press them tightly into the adhesive so they are firmly attached
Take another coaster without lines, apply adhesive all around the edges and into the center (onto the unpapered side) adhere it to the first coaster, wrong sides together
**(you should have a patterned paper facing up at you now)
Lift each ribbon and run it across the coaster, to the opposite side
Take another coaster with lines, apply adhesive along the lines and place that coaster, paper side down on top of the ribbons
Pull the ribbons underneath so they are taught and make sure they are not twisted.
Bring the ribbons across the coaster to the opposite side, pressing into the adhesive
Apply adhesive to the wrong side of an unlined square, and put the wrong sides together
Repeat the steps above until you get to the last square and cut the excess ribbons off at the end. You should end up with a patterned paper square facing you to complete the book.
IMPORTANT!!! When adding photos or photo mats to the pages of this book, make sure that ALL OF THE ELEMENTS ARE UNDERNEATH the ribbons, otherwise the ladder will not work.


  1. I am excited to see this. I am going to a convention in a few weeks and signed up to a Jacobs ladder class!!

  2. Please share the pictures of the book you make. I've made 3 and I absolutely love them - so do my kids! Enjoy your convention! Shellie