Rush . . .

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I have had these file folders for years and decided it was finally time to do something with them. And since it's November (yikes!) and time for a new challenge on Mini Album Makers Challenge blog . . . well, why not use them to create a mini-book.

All the file folders will be cut down so that the finished book will measure 7.5" wide X 9" tall and will have 4 large pockets.

You will need:

  • 5 File Folders - 2 with left tabs and 3 with right tabs. The file folders I used are from Cavallini. There are countless designs available at your local office supply store.
  • Cardstock for the binding - 7-3/8" X 5-1/4"
  • Score Board
  • Score-Tape

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Steps:

  1. To make the cover: Take one file folder with a right tab and cut it down to 7.5" wide.
  2. Lay it down, long side to the top of your score board with the tab at the top left corner. Score at 9" and 10". This will become the spine of the book.  Note the score line at 9.5". That's the original fold of the file folder. We'll ignore that until later.


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 3.  Cut the other four file folders.  Keeping the tabs, cut 2 folders from the left side and 2 from the right as follows: Close the file folders before trimming. Cut each one 7.5" wide, again keeping the tabs intact. Save the trimmings for later.

4.  Using the same 4 file folders from step 3 above, keep the file folders closed and cut them from the bottom to measure 9" tall. You will now have 2 pieces for each file folder - a front and a back with a tab.

 

Binding: We'll be using the standard hidden hinge binding system.

  1. Take a piece of cardstock that measures 7-3/8" X 5-1/4".  Place the 5-1/4" side up against the top of your scoreboard and score as follows:  1/4" - 3/4" - 1-1/4" - 1-1/2" - 2" - 2-1/2" - 2-3/4"-3-1/4" - 3-3/4" - 4" - 4-1/2" - 5".
  2. As you can see from the photo below, you will start and end with a 1/4" seam allowance. You will also have 4 pairs of 1/2" seams. On each of those pairs, cover one side only with score tape. So you will have 1/4" no tape - 1/2" tape - 1/2" no tape . . . 1/4" no tape - 1/2" tape - 1/2" no tape and so on.

HH 13.  Remove the scor-tape from the first 1/2" seam and secure that seam to the next 1/2" seam, folding on the score line between the 2 half inches. Remove the scor-tape from the next 1/2" seam and fold that seam to the next 1/2" seam.  Continue to do this until all 1/2" seams are secured to their partner.

Once this is complete, you have something that looks a bit like an accordion until you turn it over. Fold on the score  lines and you will see fins popping up. Those fins are what you'll use to attach the pages.

4.Place scor-tape on both sides of each fin and miter the corners of each fin.

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 You'll need the original file folder that was trimmed down and scored. 

 5.  Next place scor-tape on the bottom of this binding system and place on the inside center of the file folder, making sure to get it as even as possible between the two score lines you created earlier for the spine.

 So now you have the original folder with the binding system taped to the spine.

You're ready to work on the 4 pages:

  1.  You should have pieces of file folder left from trimming them down. You will need 8 pieces that measure 2" wide X 7.5" tall.
  2. With the 2" side up against the top of your score board, score at 1".  Do this with all 8 pieces. These will become the side closures for each folder.
  3. Place scor-tape on one side of each of the 8 pieces, making sure to not let the scor-tape cover the scored line.
  4. Add one piece to the  inside of one of the folders, making sure the folded scored line is to the outside of the folder and about 3/4" from the bottom of the folder:

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         5.  Remove the piece of scor-tape from the top hinge and add the top of the file to the scor-tape:

FF 1 Repeat with the remaining folders. You've created large pockets that are open on the top and bottom.

6.  Carefully remove the tape from one of the binding fins and insert the bottom of one of the pockets over the binding fin. Page 1 complete! Repeat with the other 3 pages.

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Add the Pages to the Binding:

  1. Remove the score tape from one of the fins. Choose the file folder you want to use first and carefully place the bottom of the file folder bottom opening over the first fin.
  2. Repeat with the other 3 pages until all the pages are inserted over the fins.

Your file folder book is complete.

Decorate as desired and add inserts to the pockets for more photo opportunities.

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Halloween tags display booklet . . . .

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Today is the 1st of the month and that means a new set of Mini Album Makers Challenge blog posts from the Design Team.

I'm featuring a set of Super-X tags from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

But this is a mini-album blog so I'm turning them into a mini-book of sorts.

I wanted them staggered so I cut a 2" piece off the bottom of the first tag and 1.5" off the bottom of the second tag.

Then created a binding as follows:

  1.  Cut a piece of cardstock 5" wide (the width of the tags) X 11".
  2. Score as follows: 1" -  1-1/8" -  2-1/8" -  3-1/8"  -  3-5/8" -  4-5/8" -  5-5/8"  -  5-3/4" -  6-3/4" -  7-3/4" -  8-1/4" -   8-3/4"  -  9-3/4" -  9-7/8"

Each tag is 1/8" thick.

Here's the goal:

Tag 1

Begin with the shortest tag:

  • Glue the very bottom (the 1/8" width) of the tag to the 1/8" margin
  • Tag 2

 

  • Glue the 1" first margin to the bottom front of the tag.

Tag 3

  • Glue the next 1" margin to the back of the tag.

Tag 4

  • Fold the next 1" margin down on top of the last 1" and glue down.

Tag 5

  • The next gusset is the 1/2" margin between the two tags. Do not glue this!
  • Continue glueing the second 1/8" wide tag to the 1/8" wide margin and then the front 1" and the back 1" to the 2nd tag until all 3 tags are glued in.

Cut a piece of chipboard (I used the chip from the cut tags):  5" X 1.5". Glue to the bottom of the assembly, stabilizing the tags.

Tag 6

Ready to decorate!

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 I wrapped a piece of cardstock around the bottom of the tag booklet and created a pocket for tag #1.  Details of the 1st tag:

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Tag #2:

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Tag #3:

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And when all finished and tied with black & cream striped ribbon, this tag booklet stands up by itself:

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Attache for Father's Day . . .

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My latest Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts is up on the gslcuts blog today. Just in time for Father's Day, this attache is easily put together.

Need a Mother's Day or graduation gift? Change up the paper and you're ready to go.

See more including the inside pages and a quick video on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today:

http://gslcuts.blogspot.com/2018/05/an-attache-for-dad.html

Thanks for visiting!


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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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.

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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
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This folio was completed with side flips:
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AUTUMN

Autumn 1

I adore these feathers from 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Feathers Shape Set

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Simple Feathers

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and these garden Gates Shape Sets

used as a pocket

from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

 

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This Autumn folio uses side flips.
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WINTER


Winter 2

"Winter" has a waterfall for photo placement.

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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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 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

Why not create your own mini and join us on the Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog?

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  1. Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals and book arts.  Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would. Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due.  
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