Monday, 22 May 2017

Tutorial Maze meander mini book

Scoring board, trimmer and scissors in gear, I have been wanting to make one of these meander books for ages and today is the day that I have gotten down to doing something crafty.  I'll show how to make it as I go along as I have the 'instructions' scrawled on a piece of paper from when I found one made on Splitcoaststampers. Ready, here we go.... All you need is:

One piece of 12x12" patterned paper/cardstock
For the cover, two pieces of 3.25 x 3.25" cardstock for the front and back, and one 2x3" which will be the spine
Papers etc to decorate (cut to 3x3" or just use your scraps)

First, using your scoreboard (ruler or whatever you use) score at 3", 6" and 9" Stampin' Up! Scoreboard

Turn your paper by 90 degrees and score again at 3", 6" and 9". Stampin' Up! Scoreboard

Now you are going to cut your paper as follows, I used my trimmer for this part.

At the 3" score mark cut up from 3" to the top


Next: from the bottom at the 6" score mark, cut up to the 9" score mark


Finally, at the 9" score mark,  cut from the 3" score mark up to the top.


Now to start folding:

Start folding accordian style, I gave the edges a good crease as I went along.
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When you get to the end turn and fold under the next side and then continue to fold.

Again, when you get to the end, fold  under and continue until you are all done.
You then have to get it the 'right' way up (although I guess it is up to you what way you do this bit).  I have mine this way and then punched some of the tops to create some pockets for tags.


I stuck down my pockets and pages and then decorated them using some DSP, trimmed down to 3" x 3".

To finish off, I made the cover using the two pieces of 3.25 x 3.25" cardstock and the 2x3" I used for the spine. As I wasn't quite sure how thick the spine would be once I had all the papers inside, I just measured it up once I had done and scored it so that it had a nice crease.

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Friday, 5 May 2017

Tutorial Concertina mini book

A day off and thought I would go and attack the craft area and have given it a tidy up.  So, since it was tidy, I set about making it messy and have made a little concertina/accordion spine mini book. I used one of the Stampin' Up! kits to create this along with some chipboard from my stock pile (or the 'I will use this one day' pile!).  There are lots of ideas for concertina fold mini books on the web, so I don't claim that this is my own idea.

Back chipboard cover - 8" x 6"
Front chipboard covers - 2 sheets cut to 4" x 6"
Inside concertinas: one sheet of 12x12 cardstock cut in half.

Back cover - two pieces of dsp trimmed to 8x6" (one for the inside and one for the outside)
Front covers - two pieces of dsp trimmed to 4x6"
Inside pages -  Cut two sheets in each of the following sizes - these are going to make your inside pages:

12 x 5.5" / 10 x 5.5" / 8 x 5.5" / 7.5 x 5.5"     once cut, fold each piece in half.

Cropadile or other method to punch holes

1. Cover the back of the 8x6" piece of chipboard and front two pieces of 4x6" chipboard with dsp.


3. Score each of the 6x12 sheets, score as follows:

4", 4.75", 5.5" 6.25", 7" 7.75", 8.5", 9.25", 10" (score from the same end for both sheets)


4. Stick the 2" end of of the concertina folded paper to the front of the 8x6" chipboard.

5. Stick the back of the two 4x6" to the 4" end of the concertina folded paper.

6. Cover the inside of the back using the other piece of 8x6" dsp.

7. The insides.

Stick the 12 x 5.5" on the back concertina folds, then the 10 x 5.5"  ending up with the 7.5 x 5.5" on the first concertina fold.

You should end up with something like this:


8. Decoration

I punched a hole in each of the front covers and used some ribbon to create the fastening and decorated the book with some stickers on the outside and inside pages.