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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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:

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And in no time at all, this occurred:

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

Posting on WOYWW September 27, 2017


Layer, layer and then layer some more . . .

As promised, here's more from Frank Garcia's Sweet Peppermint Prima Marketing workshops. We took his tag class and wow was it fabulous. Here's what we made:

Look at all those luscious layers. 

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I added silver eyelets to each tag, whitewashed the edges and finished off the backs.

FG Tags 9

 

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If you ever have an opportunity to take Frank's classes, don't hesitate. He's a fabulous teacher with beautiful projects! And he has lots of complimentary workshops on his blog. You can find them here: Free Project Sheets.

 


Happy day after turkey day . . .

FG Book 1

A couple of weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip to Ankeny IA and visited Memory Bound where we took classes from the talented Frank Garcia. Frank designs for Prima Marketing and has several gorgeous lines with them including Memory Hardware. I love his style!

We took several classes from Frank over the weekend including this beautiful book you see above. It's using one of Frank's Memory Hardware albums along with many other Frank designed products. The paper and embellishments are from Frank's Sweet Peppermint line.

FG Book 2

I love all the layers and detail he puts into every project. And did I tell you what a good teacher he is? He definitely *knows his stuff* and has patience like no other. 

FG Book 3

Loved every minute of the weekend creating beautiful projects. In the next few days, I'll share more of what we made with the talented Frank Garcia. Details to be shared soon!

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Christmas at Checkered Cottage . . .

Prima Christmas 2016

Thank you to those who've signed up sight-unseen for my

Prima Christmas Book.

Saturday, December 10

10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Here's a look at the cover.

We'll be using Frank Garcia's products including

Memory Journal 

Sweet Peppermint 6x6 Collection Kit

Sweet Peppermint Chipboard & More

Sweet Peppermint Flowers

Vintage style chenille candy cane

Sweet Peppermint ATC Cards

and

specialties by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

We'll use Gesso and Snowflakes and Paints and more

to decorate this year's Christmas book.

Sign up by calling

Checkered Cottage ~ Kirkwood MO

 


This week . . .

Waiting for supplies to be delivered for upcoming workshops.

In the meantime, I'm working on this album:

G45 City Scapes

We received a Graphic 45 City Scapes kit in a class at Scrapbook Expo.

We = Timi, Judy, Nancy N & me.

We wanted to do more with it so we're changing it up quite a bit.

The we is Timi and me.

Actually, I'm copying a lot from Timi.

She always has great ideas.


Class schedule for September and beyond . . .

My class schedule for September can be found here:

http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/art_from_the_heart_class_/

The Heritage 12x12 workshop features a travel theme.

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

Wednesday, September 14 @ 6 pm

Sep 2016 Heritage

Graphic 45 Workshop change: 

We will be completing two tag classes on September 16.

10:30 am: October Tags

1:30 pm: November Tags

 

Also looking forward to teaching a

Prima Marketing Christmas Book

with

Peppermint Twist

(Prima's newest vintage-look Christmas line).

December 10 @ Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO.

I've secured additional supplies so there are a few spots left.

Working on the mini-book now!

 

And for those of you in Indiana . . . 

I will be at

Mary's Scrap Den, Evansville Indiana

the evening of October 21

with a stitched Christmas mini-book featuring 

Prima's Peppermint Twist

and at

The Doodlebug Inc in Jasper Indiana

October 22 during the day

with another Prima mini-book and Peppermint Twist

(totally different from the book at Mary's Scrap Den)

All details to follow very soon.

In the meantime, please save the dates!