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 12×12″ patterned paper/cardstock
For the cover, two pieces of 3.25 x 3.25″ cardstock for the front and back, and one 2×3″ which will be the spine
Papers etc to decorate (cut to 3×3″ 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

Scoring

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

Scoring

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

Scoring  

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.

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Again, when you get to the end, fold  under and continue until you are all done.
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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.

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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 2×3″ 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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Enjoy

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May the Crafting Mojo be with you! 

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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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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.