Stop! Don’t throw away that coffee cup! Make it into a cute little book.

**Before I share my recent project, I thought I’d thank you all for your sweet, kind, and touching comments, support and prayers during this time of loss for our family. We’ve gotten closer to each other as we grieve together, and we have so many supportive friends and family members that have helped us through. Of course, things aren’t perfect, and we are still recovering, but we are feeling the love from above. We’ve had amazing experiences that show us that we’re never alone, and that we’re forever being cared for. Thank you again, and I send lots of love! **

I love coffee, but if you’ve seen my previous posts, you know that’s no secret. This time (and I think this is the last of my coffee centric ideas) these mini’s were created around the coffee cup album concept by Wilna Furstenberg. I’d had her instructions on my computer’s desktop for way over a year. It was so cute, but I was just too daunted by the taping, gluing, and detailed binding of the album. Enter the Bind-It-All, and my fears disappeared! I basically followed all of the instructions, but it was made super easy by just binding the book with 3/4 inch brass o wires. Easy peasy, AND, I made it my own special way (without worrying it would fall apart with my sad taping skills!)

Because I had saved two cups in different sizes, from a trip to my favorite local and very hip coffee house  with my sweet 12 year old daughter; I created two minis with covers in different styles. I think these would be super to stick into my purse with a pen and accessories, and I could quickly whip them out, and journal about an enjoyable day, and in Smash style, I could add a cocktail sized napkin, receipt, etc.

 For this larger sized (12 oz) coffee cup mini (cutting and creating instructions are simple, just remove the bottom of the cup by punching it out, and roll out the tops of the cup. I ironed it after unrolling, to smooth it out, and then finished the edges with Gauche Alchemy washi tape), I went with a more vintage, yet quirky look.


 The inside pages are made from scraps I had in my bin, and also coffee bags I had saved, that had fun graphics. All I did was trace the covers of the cup, and cut out. The edges are sewn for stability, and several of them also have washi taped edges.


I thought the cup with the coffee bean farmer on it, and the “made for” speech bubble was so interesting,. and it made for a fun back cover, when set off with a polka dot washi tape from Gauche Alchemy! 🙂 


For the smaller of the two cups (this one was for an affogato, where 2 espresso shots were poured over hand dipped, local ice cream…be still my heart) I went with a grungier, artsier look. I misted circles around the cup’s tree in the middle, using a handmade stencil, and then placed stamped circles around those. I liked the geometric look it created. The “made with ❤ for_______” was on the cup. I thought that was sweet.



 I’m pretty excited to take these to this coffee shop, and show them what one (or two!) of their cups can do! I’m also excited that I didn’t have to throw this cup into the trash, but instead it will become a little journal that holds notes about my “me time” in the coffee shop!

Well, I have a couple of other fun projects that will be up soon. I’m really looking forward to sharing them with you, so come back soon!

I’m sending lots of love and blessings!


4 Comments on “Stop! Don’t throw away that coffee cup! Make it into a cute little book.”

  1. Julie says:

    Love your little books, but the one thing that always puzzles me about these is – how do you clean a paper cup?????
    I tend to drink Latte and by the time I got the cup home it would be minging!

  2. Buttons says:

    Love this project Amy. What a clever way of recycling something that would normally end up binned. The coffee shop will love this. Hugs, Buttons x

  3. Chipper says:

    Your coffee albums make me wish I drank coffee! Maybe I should just steal the cups and not worry about it LOL This looks great.
    Thinking of you, Chipper.

  4. I LOVE coffee and therefore LOVE your mini-albums!!!! So darn creative and cool1

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