So one day I had a problem . . .

Fasten your seat belts and prepare for a bevy of new products

from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Because I mainly create mini books and junk journals,
I've been a bit frustrated with the edge dies I have.
They never seem tall enough to fit my pages.
I end up manipulating edges so that the top and bottom edges
of my pages are squared off and not so pretty.
 
Enter . . . Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.
I asked Gina (owner) and Angela (UK Distributor)
if they could design some tracers that were big enough for my book edges and . . .
as usual, I ask and they perform their computer magic.
 
This first set I'm going to show you is called Bracket Edge Tracers (#HC112) 
and comes with a total of 3 distinct edges.
Each edge design has 3 different sizes and comes with pre-drilled holes
so that you can store them on the included ring.
The Edge Tracer set retails for $7.00 - YES, that's all!
  
9 Tracers for $7 including the ring!
 
Look:

 

 
 

Perfect for book edges and card makers!

See how shiny these are? They don't come like that.

They are made of heavy chipboard.

But . . . if you give them a light coat of Mod Podge (like I did),

they'll be good to wipe off with a damp cloth in case of any ink or pencil marks on them.

So now that you've seen the first set, let me introduce you to the rest . . . 
 
Art Deco Edge Tracers: 
9 Tracers for $7 including the ring
 




While Gina is performing her magic tricks on the computer,
I'm thinking of some other things that I could use different sizes of . . .
envelopes, corner tucks and library card envelopes. 
 
And that's just what Gina did . . . 
 
Envelope Tracers (HC114) Retail = $5.50
Each of the 3 sizes have score areas for folding the envelopes.
 

 
Library Pocket Tracers (HC115) Retail = $4
Each of the 3 sizes have score areas for folding.


Corner Tuck Tracers (HC116) Retail = $2.30
Each of the 3 sizes have score areas for folding the corner tucks.
 

 

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
Now I'm off to Mod Podge the rest of my new collection.
Then it's play time!
See you next time with some projects with my newest
Tracers.
Nancy Wethington
 
Get your Tracers here:

 


Mini Album Makers May 2019 . . .

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Hi Everyone!

Today is the start of a new month and that means another challenge on the Mini Album Makers blog.

This month I'm working with a new book from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

called

Bracket Edge Booklet.

Here are the chipboard pieces that come with the kit:

Base Page with Pockets pre-cut & pre-scored

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Mini-book inserts for the pockets (2 of each piece):

GSL C

Brackets for the book cover (one each):

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This is super easy to put together!

First I painted around the outside edges of the base, both inside and outside.

GSL B

The paint represents Layer #1.

For Layer #2, I used the bracket templates and cut decorative paper

for the inside of the booklet.

Also used a stripe decorative paper for the inside spine.

GSL C

Next, the outside of the pockets were decorated.

It's much easier to decorate them before folding and glueing in place.

GSL D

The next step (and before adhering the pockets in place)

decorate the outside.

Using the bracket templates, I cut paper and layered onto both the front & back covers.

I wanted the spine to look like an old book

so I added a layer of chipboard in horizontal strips on the spine.

This needs to be done before adding the decorative paper to the spine.

GSL B

Then the paper for the spine is cut and dampened slightly to make it easier to mold.

Add the paper to the spine with wet glue, carefully using your finger (not your nail!)

to mold over the horizontal chip.

GSL C

Once the paper and adhesive are dry, ink with a dark brown ink to make it look old.

Now it's time to glue the inside pockets in place.

Here's a little walk-through of how I decorated my Bracket Edge Booklet:

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Rush . . .

File A

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 . . . .

MAM OCT 2018 A

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!