Playing with a Piano Hinge for Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .

It's the 1st of the month and that means new mini-books are up on the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.  I'm creating a piano hinge mini with help from this month's sponsor, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  You can make these books with any cardstock. Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts carries these in both black and kraft. I chose a mix of both for my book.

 

Piano Hinge A

 

Here's how easy it is to create a piano hinge:

Piano A

Here's how the pages look from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. Of course you can cut and score these yourself, but it's so easy to build this with the help of GSL Cuts pre-prepped pages:

Piano B

You can see that there is a score line on the left and on the right with one score line down the middle. The centers are pre-cut which makes it easy to thread skewers through to create the hinge.

Piano C

Step 1:  Fold each page on the outside score lines (the far right and far left score lines).

Piano D

Step 2:  

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Above photo shows an actual piano hinge.  And here's our piano hinge page.  The idea is to marry one side of the hinge with the other.

Piano F

To do that, I used a skewer and threaded every other hinge - first one on the kraft and then alternated with one on the black.

 


Continue that until every other hinge on each page is skewered.

Piano G

You can see from the photo above that you are using every other hinge on the kraft cardstock and the opposite hinge on the black cardstock.

Piano H

For the 3rd page, use the opposite hinges.  (see video above)

And the finished product with simple inside pages:

 

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Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .

Today is the day the Designers show you more ideas on the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog. This month I decided to do a very simple binding using a Zutter Bind-It-All.

Book A

To see the mechanics of putting this together, please visit Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog. I've written a tutorial with photos.  

In the meantime, here's how I decorated my mini:

I've used a Zutter chipboard book. I love these books! They have a rounded spine that looks like an old binding. I've darkened the book cover (it's a kraft color to begin with) using three shades of brown ink.

Book l

Building up the cover, I used chipboard with some of my cross stitch, Prima flowers and beautiful papers from Stamperia.

Book m

Left side with pockets including tissue paper prepared with resin.

Book n

Right side opens and holds pockets with tags.

Book o

Book q
Tiny feathers on the left page are from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Left page opens and holds 2 library pockets with tag inserts.

Book r

Book s

Right page reveals pages that hold 4" X 6" photos and a journaling card in a library pocket.

The button tag is used as a closure.

Book t

Book u

Left page with flaps open and a belly band to hold more photos:

Book v

A fun accordion paper bag page

Book w

with lots of storage:

Book x

A gate-fold page:

Book y

Book z

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Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .

Hi Everyone! Back this month with a new project for Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog. 

MAMJ

This is from one of Eilleen Hull's Sizzix dies and it is called Passport. And wow is it ever easy to put together.  The die includes the covers, binding and inside pages.

Here's what I did with mine:

MAMA

After die-cutting the binding and covers in chipboard, I stained the binding with Vintage Photo stain. Using a paintbrush helped me soak some stain into the grooves.  

I wanted the binding to look like leather, so I used Ground Espresso and dabbed some onto the dried Vintage Photo.

MAMB

These are the inside pages. They are already scored and hole punched (the die does that for you!). I inked the edges, chose some decorative paper and cut it slightly smaller than the original pages. This would give me a bit of an edge all around.

MAMC

I chose my decorative papers and cut them 3-1/8" X 4 5/8" and wallpapered the original pages.

MAMD

To bind the inside pages, I use waxed linen thread. In fact, I use this thread for all my tied bindings. It's super strong and doesn't stretch at all - perfect for binding pages. Normally I would tie the binding in the center of each signature. This time I decided to tie the binding on the outside so I can hang charms.  So . . . 

MAME

Take a long piece of waxed linen thread and one section of the inside pages.  Thread one end of the waxed linen thread through the top hole and one end through the bottom hole.

Now do the same with the first set of holes in the binding i.e., one end of the thread in the top hole and one end of thread in the bottom hole.

Tie the ends together on the outside of the book binding, making sure the thread is taut.

Continue with the other 2 signatures . . .

MAMF

until your booklet looks like this:

MAMG

Now it's time to add the covers. Add adhesive to the inner side of the binding.

MAMH

Adhere the covers to the inside binding.

MAMJ

How easy was that! Here's a couple of my pages:

MAMN
MAMN
MAMN
MAMN

A few decorative additions to the cover and my Eilleen Hull Passport book is complete.

MAML

MAMK

Hop on over to the Mini Album Makers challenge blog to see what my teamies have put together this month.

In the meantime, start on your own mini album and enter it for a chance to win a fabulous prize from this month's sponsor, Lindy's Stamp Gang.

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Thanks for visiting today!
 
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2018 Seasonal Folios . . .

December 1 brings a new challenge at the

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.

I'm getting ready for the new year with folios from Heartfelt Creations decorated with gorgeous papers from Graphic 45 and embellishments courtesy of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

It all began with these Flipfold Album Inserts:

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Here's what you get in each package:

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I used the wider of the two options with several of the flips and decided to decorate them with these gorgeous papers from Graphic 45.

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You can find the entire collection of Graphic 45 Seasons paper here: Graphic 45 Seasons

These folios can be configured in several different ways. As you'll see from the pictures below, on two of the folios I used waterfalls. On the other two folios I used side flips.

 

SPRING

Spring 1

Spring 2The wrought iron miniature fence is available thru

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

I used it as a pocket for photo mats.

Spring 5

The *Spring* words & flowers were backed on black cardstock

and used as a belly band.

The horizontal words at the bottom of the page

is a skinny pocket

insuring that the inserts don't slide out of that page.


Spring 5

Spring 3


Spring 5

SUMMER

Summer 2
Summer 2

This folio was completed with side flips:
Summer 2

 

AUTUMN

Autumn 1

I adore these feathers from 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Feathers Shape Set

+

Simple Feathers

Autumn 2

and these garden Gates Shape Sets

used as a pocket

from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

 

Autumn 2
This Autumn folio uses side flips.
Autumn 2

WINTER


Winter 2

"Winter" has a waterfall for photo placement.

Winter 2

As suggested by a class I took with Heartfelt Creations, you can add a magnet to the back of each of these and they make beautiful refrigerator mini booklets for photos of the season.

They are all bound in a mini-book created from scratch.

Spring 1
Spring 1
Spring 1
Spring 1
Spring 1
Spring 1
Spring 1

 I've included a free PDF tutorial on how I bound these Heartfelt Creations/Graphic 45 folios. You can find the tutorial here:

Binding the Heartfelt Creations Folios

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Building a mini-book from scratch is easy . . .

It's the first of the month and that means another set of minis from the crew at

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.

If you're reading this blog, you're probably a fan of mini-books.  It's rewarding to watch a mini come to life from start to finish. But where to begin?

Here are steps I take when starting a new mini project:

  • Decide on the size of your book. Sometimes, it depends on the paper I'm using. For example, if I'm using 12x12 paper and have a lot of it in a paper pad, I have enough for a larger book. If using a 6x6 paper pad, I'll create a smaller book to fit my pages.  For this example, I'm making my book 5.5" wide X 7.5" tall.
  • Cut chipboard for the covers and spine. I've cut my front and back covers exactly the same size I want my book to be: 5.5" X 7.5". But that also means the pages need to be slightly smaller to fit inside my book. I also like very thick books so my spine is 4" wide. A 4" wide spine will allow me plenty of room for 6 pages with 1/2" in between each page. 
  • Put the covers together: Lay the covers and spine in front of you on a flat surface. Make sure to leave 3/8" between the covers and spine. This will allow your book to bend without breaking or tearing the binding papers.

Book A

  • Attach the front and back covers to the spine using binding tape. tyvek or reinforced packing tape. It's important to use a binding tape that won't easily tear. Tyvek is great but it's becoming more and more difficult to find - or very expensive. I've been using packing tape for years - the kraft colored type that's reinforced with threads running horizontal, vertical and cross-ways. It's relatively inexpensive and easy to use.  The tape directions  say water activated but I never use water. I always apply a strong wet adhesive such as Beacon to the shiny side of the tape and then place on the chipboard cover and spine - 1/2 on the cover and 1/2 on the spine - making sure to keep that 3/8" open seam between.

Craft packing tape

G1

G2

Make sure to also keep the top and bottoms of the covers and spine lined up evenly.

  G3

G4

G5

G6

G7

  • Decorate the cover, inside and out. My TeamMate Gloria has a great how-to tutorial here: Gloria's *cover* story 

 Once the covers are decorated, it's time to add pages. Below is a very simple way to add pages to your book:

For these pages, I need to remember that

  1. I'm using a 4" spine, and I want 1/2" margin in the front and back of the spine
  2. My book is 7.5" tall and 5.5" wide. My pages need to be about 1/4" smaller than that. If my pages are 7.25" tall X 5.25" wide, it will give me a 1/8" allowance top to bottom and side to side.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock 7.25" X 13.5". squeeall...squeeek...tire marks from putting on the brakes. We don't usually purchase cardstock that's more than 12" wide. If you have a source, great. If not, I use cheap cut up gift boxes. The ones you can find at the dollar store that come several in a pack for $1. You're going to cover them with pretty paper anyway so no need to worry about designs etc.  So, let's continue . . . Make the following cuts:  1 piece cut 7.25" X 13.5";  1 piece cut 7.25" X 12.5"; 1 piece cut 7.25" X 11.5".
  • Score each piece as follows:  With the widest edge up against the top of your score board, score each piece at 5.25".  Give each piece a 180" turn and score again at 5.25".   Fold on the score marks. This will leave you with 1 piece that is 13.5" wide with a 3" center; 1 piece that is 12.5" wide with a 2" center and 1 piece that is 11.5" wide with a 1" center.
  • And now we'll Stack the Deck. This is a binding I learned from Laura Denison. Using a strong wet glue, attach the 2" center to the 3" center, matching top to bottom and centering from side to side.  I use a brayer to ensure the glue is spread evenly.  Next attach the 1" center to the 2" center, matching top to bottom and centering from side to side. Brayer.

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Time to cover the cover. I'm using a combination of fabric and paper for the cover.

  • Cover the spine in Fabric. Measure the spine top to bottom and side to side. To that measurement add about 1" to the top & bottom and about 2" to each side. For the purposes of this book, I  cut a piece of fabric that was 8.5" tall and 8" wide. (You don't have to iron the fabric. I never do.)
  • Add score tape to the spine of the book, making sure to cover the entire spine.  Place the center of the fabric on top of the score tape and smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric.
  • Add score tape to the front and back covers of the book, where the fabric will go. Smooth the fabric on top of the score tape.

Book B

  • Turn the book to the inside and place score tape where the fabric will fold over at the top and bottom of the inside spine, front & back covers.
  • Wrap the fabric over to the exposed score tape. Smooth out fabric.

Book C

Book D

  • Cut decorative paper for the front & back covers. The paper will overlap the fabric by about 1/2", so you will need to cut the width + 3/4" for wrapping and the height by 1.5" (3/4" for top and 3/4" for bottom wrapping). 

Book E

Book F

  • Apply score tape to the front cover and adhere the decorative paper.
  • Miter the corners.
  • Wrap the top, bottom and sides to the inside covers, same as was done with the fabric.
  • Book G

Book H

  • Now for the inside covers. Cut decorative paper a bit shorter than the cover height. I usually cut mine about 1/2" shorter. The width should be as wide as the cover + 3/4 of the spine. The decorative paper will overlap in the spine area. Apply the back piece first. Then the front inside cover paper. The front piece will overlap the back piece in the spine area.

Book I

Book J

Let the decorating begin! 

Of course, you have the pages to add. Those can be decorated before you adhere to the inside spine. Once decorated, apply a heavy wet glue and adhere to the inside spine, centering from side to side.

IF the pages are very heavy, I apply the pages to the very bottom of the spine. That way, when the book is standing upright, it will give some relief to the heavy pages.

IF you're a light decorator, then center the pages from top to bottom as well.

Hope this helps you build your own mini from scratch. It's really fun and easy. If you've done these before, you know exactly what I mean. If you're new to this, congratulations on your first book.

I'm off to decorate. Please check back for photos of the inside of this mini on November 8. Thanks for visiting!

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