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.

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Spring 1
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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

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G2

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

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G4

G5

G6

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  • 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.
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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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Isle of Dogs . . .

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It's October 1 and that means another challenge from the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog. Our sponsor this month is Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Join us for free classes and enter your own mini album for a chance at a grand prize from our sponsor.

My book this month is Isle of Dogs:

The minute I saw this book at Good Will I knew it was meant for me. We have rescues and my son and daughter-in-law have rescues. And when everyone is together the rescues outnumber the people and craziness ensues.

I wanted to make a mini-book out of this and decided to take the original pages out and insert signatures.

Remove the pages from the book:

You can do this in 2 easy steps, reserving the pages to either read later or use in another art project.

When choosing a book, make sure the signatures are not glued to the book spine. Otherwise, it's almost hopeless trying to get the pages separated from the covers.

Book A

Pull the front cover back, away from the book pages. You'll expose what's called the end papers. The end papers connect the signatures to the front  back covers. 

Book B

 

Using a craft knife, carefully, cut down the length of the end papers - between the front cover and the first signature. Make sure you're not slicing through the cover or spine.

Book C

 Next, pull the back cover towards the front cover to expose the spine. Using your craft knife, slice down the back end papers.

Book D

You will end up with all book pages intact to save for later and a book cover in tact to use for a project.

Book 1
Use decorative paper to cover the inside of the front & back cover as well as the spine. 

I used 3 signatures for this project. 

A signature is a group of papers that are stitched (or glued) together to form one section of a book. It's called a signature because . . . back in the day when books were written by hand, each finished section was signed by the author or whomever did the writing/copying. 

Most books have several signatures. This one has 3 signatures.

When binding books by hand, since we don't usually have access to professional binding machines, each signature should have about 3 folded sheets of paper or cardstock. Of course you can use more, but that could result in ruffling - when the pages don't quite meet evenly. Sometimes it's a good thing and sometimes not. It depends on the look you're going for. 

 

Dog 3

For this book, I used 3 sheets of 8.5 X 11 cardstock, folded in half to get a signature with each page measuring 8.5" tall X 5.5" wide. As seen in the photo above, all 3 signatures were put together with a 3 hole pamphlet stitch. 

It's the same stitch I showed here: Pamphlet Stitch  -  this time using only 3 equally spaced holes. 

Dog 4

I attached the signatures one to another with a cardstock hinge.

  1. Cut a piece of cardstock the same height as the signature and 1.25" wide. 
  2. With the 1.25" up against a score board, score at 1/2" from either side. This will leave a 1/4" gusset.
  3. Add score tape to each of the 1/2" sides, making sure to not put tape over the 1/4" gusset.
  4. Attach one signature to the front of the hinge and one signature to the back of the hinge (see photo above). Note the 1/4" gusset is not attached to any signature.
  5. Once the 3 signatures are hinged together, attach an additional hinge to the first page of signature 1 and the last page of signature 3.
  6. Attach the first and last signatures to the inside of your book.

Time now to decorate with your favorite papers and embellishments. 

Dog love

Thanks for visiting my post for Mini Album Makers Challenge blog. See you next month!


WOYWW September 27, 2017 . . .

So much fun playing with a soon-to-be envelope mini offered by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. 

WOYWW A

Playing with the upcoming envelope album and Graphic 45's Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Everything about Graphic 45's designs are so fun to work with. From bold patterns to tiny fussy cutting, the G45 collections have it all and are always inspiring.

Here's one of the pages I'll be using for the sample:

WOYWW 1 

WOYWW 2

And in no time at all, this occurred:

WOYWW B

So much fun today with all these elements, papers, embellishments and inks.  

Posting on WOYWW September 27, 2017


Sharing a Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Halloween project . . .

At the end of this month, I'll be teaching this project at a private class. Can't wait and thanks Joanne for the invitation!

House in a box 1

I'm crazy about the witch weather vane Gina designed specifically for this workshop. 

House in a box 2

There's a house book inside:

House in a box 3

If you're going to my  October 2017 Girlfriends Getaway Crop

you will see this and many more samples using  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

And, of course, shop 'til you drop all weekend at the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts booth.


Something brand new - Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog . . .

The blogging world has a brand new blog:

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and I get to be part of this exciting team.

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If you're into mini books, this is the blog to follow!

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Our sponsor this month:

Seth Apter

Since this is my first blog post for the

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog

I thought I would share the very first mini-book stitch I ever learned.

It's called a pamphlet stitch.

Want to learn how to add a pamphlet stitch to the portfolio above?

 

I began with a ready made portfolio similar to this one:

Folio

http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/Tim_Holtz_Idea_ology_Collection_Folio_TH93125_p/idocolfoliosm.htm

I like to add pages to the folios.

To do so, I use:

Ruler & Pencil

Craft Pick or Awl

Wax Linen Thread

Large Eyed Needle

Bulldog Clips

  •  Choose the paper/papers you want to add to what will become the spine of the portfolio. I chose to use some craft heavy wrapping paper I had on hand. You can also use file folders as your inserts.
  • Cut the paper so that you have the height you want and the width can be folded in half. You will be stitching on the fold line. The height and width of each paper can be different as long as it can be folded. In some portfolios I've added folded tags, scrapbook papers, envelopes etc.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock that is 2" wide and the same height as your papers. This will become your stitching pattern. Fold the cardstock in half - measuring 1" wide X the height of your paper.
  • Using a pencil and ruler, find the center of the cardstock and make a pencil mark. Next make a pencil mark in even increments up and down that center fold line. This folio is quite tall so I used many pencil marks. You can use as many as you like but no fewer than 3 marks.
  • Take the portfolio and fold on the score marks as shown in the photo below. Do this on both the right and left side of the folio. Mba
  • Using bulldog clips, carefully match the center/folded line of your stitching pattern to the center folds of your pages. Make sure the folded lines of your papers are lined up one on top of the other with your pattern on top of that.  The bulldog clips are used to keep everything lined up so that nothing shifts.
  • Attach the bulldog clips to the center line on the portfolio, matching folded lines of the papers to the folded lines of the folio.
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  • Use an awl or craft pick and insert the sharp end into the pencil marks through the pattern the papers and the center line of the folio. You are creating a stitching pattern on all.
  •  Once the holes are made, take away the stitching pattern but keep the bulldog clips in place so as not to have the papers move from the center line of the folio.
  • Take a piece of waxed linen thread that's approximately 2.5 times the height of the book. Thread a needle without tying a knot. Do not double the waxed linen thread.
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  • Begin at the center hole and in the center page. Take the needle and thread and poke it from the inside center hole all the way through to the outside of the portfolio's center hole. Leave a tail of about 2" to 3". You will use this to tie later.
  • Using an in-and-out type of stitch, follow up along the holes, one to another, in and out of the stitching holes.
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  • Once you get to the top hole, continue the same stitch all the way to the bottom of the pattern. Then back up again to the middle. You will end your stitching on the inside center page, at the same hole you started with.
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  • Make sure all the stitching lines are taut and once you have, tie a knot at the center. Cut off any leftover thread, leaving about a 1/2" of the thread.

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Your stitched pages are now secure in the portfolio

and you're ready to decorate.

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