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.

Ingredients:
Back chipboard cover – 8″ x 6″
Front chipboard covers – 2 sheets cut to 4″ x 6″
Inside concertinas: one sheet of 12×12 cardstock cut in half.

Back cover – two pieces of dsp trimmed to 8×6″ (one for the inside and one for the outside)
Front covers – two pieces of dsp trimmed to 4×6″
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.

Ribbon
Cropadile or other method to punch holes

Instructions
1. Cover the back of the 8×6″ piece of chipboard and front two pieces of 4×6″ chipboard with dsp.

 

3. Score each of the 6×12 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 8×6″ chipboard.

5. Stick the back of the two 4×6″ to the 4″ end of the concertina folded paper.

6. Cover the inside of the back using the other piece of 8×6″ 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.

 

Enjoy

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May the Crafting Mojo be with you! 

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Tutorial matchbook album

As I am in a creative frame of mind (or putting off the OU essay), I’ve made a little matchbook album.  A few choice words were uttered in getting the measurements but I got there in the end to make this – apologies for the lighting of the pics, doing this in the evening and the light is rubbish.
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If you fancy having a go, I have done a step by step and hope that you can follow it ok.
1. Inside pages
I’ve started this album using 6 pieces of cardstock trimmed down to 5″ x 6″ and scored at 1″ on each piece.
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2. The cover
I used 5 pieces of chipboard:
2 pieces measuring 5.5 x 5.5″
3 pieces measuring 5.5 x 1″
2 pieces of patterned paper (same pattern) measuring 7.75″ x 6.5″
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Then, stick the chipboard to the patterned paper.  I used the grid pad to line up my paper and left a small space between the chipboard pieces to make folding easier.  The two strips of paper meet in the middle of the centre spine, kind of where the pencil is on the picture below.
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I used two pieces of dsp cut to 7.25 x 5 3/8″ to cover the insides, again the two pieces met in the middle(ish) of the centre spine.  This was a bit fiddly and I gave the folds a good crease so that the paper didn’t ripple.  I glued the larger part first (the 5.5 x 5.5 size) and then eased the rest of the sheet in gradually gluing it down.
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3. Binding

I punched holes in the first piece of the spine that measures 1″ at 1″ in at each end and the same again on the other side of the spine.  Then punched holes in my pages at around 0.75″ – just a case of lining up your holes in the spine, or page whichever way you decide to do this bit.
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Next thread some ribbon through the holes, I started at the back so that I could tie it off at the front.

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The final bit will be finishing off with embellishing the cover and pages (not quite sure what I am going to do with this at the moment!).
You can also make some pocket pages, to do this trim your cardstock/paper to 10″ x 6″ and score each end at 2.5″, fold the outside edges in and I have used a strip of paper to cover the fold.  Also, score one end at 1″.  I used a scallop punch to add a bit of decoration where I will put the insert into the pocket.
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Enjoy

(¯`’•.¸(¯`’•.¸ Sarah ¸.•’´¯)¸.•’´¯)
May the Crafting Mojo be with you! 

You can purchase Stampin’ Up! products online through my shop link at the top of the page, or here.   Do you have a wish list? Spread the cost and get some hostess rewards, why not grab a group of friends together and ask me to create a ‘spread the cost’ group.

Tutorial make a mini book album

Time to get out your scroreboard and have some fun making a mini book/album.

I Thought I’d have a go at making a little mini book that I scribbled down the instructions for ages ago that I found when I was doing some blog hopping.  It’s really easy to make, a bit of trimming down of some A4 cardstock, scoring, folding and hey presto. I quite like brown and greens together and so used this for the main part of the book.

This is the end result, a little according mini book that measures 4″ x 3.5″.
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I trimmed down two pieces of (green) cardstock (8.5 x 11) to the width that I wanted my mini book to be and then scored each piece at 3, 6 and 9 inches.

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Then glue the green cardstock together – one end is shorter than the rest and you can see where you need to glue so that your pieces of cardstock are all the same size.  You then have some little pages inside that you can decorate for your own use or even make this as a gift for someone.

For the cover (the brown cardstock), fold at the at 3 1/2″ line and move the cardstock down on your scoring tool. Score again on the next 3″ and 3 1/2″.  I’m not sure if you can see on the picture above where the score lines are are but you end up with a ‘spine’ effect.

I then trimmed down and scored some designer series paper to cover the outside and as you see in the main picture.
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I then used some ribbon around the little book to make a little tie.  There you go, one mini book 🙂

Enjoy!

(¯`’•.¸(¯`’•.¸ Sarah ¸.•’´¯)¸.•’´¯)
May the Crafting Mojo be with you! 

You can purchase Stampin’ Up! products online through my shop link at the top of the page, or here.   Do you have a wish list? Spread the cost and get some hostess rewards, why not grab a group of friends together and ask me to create a ‘spread the cost’ group.