Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mini Maze in a Matchbook Tutorial

I pinned one of Kay's matchbook projects more than a year ago, and it gets re-pinned at least once a day. Turns out, matchbook-sized art is a "thing."

For Club Scrap's Literature blog hop, I decided to explore an easy way to make a matchbook from scratch and developed a "Maze Book" formula to easily create an inner book. The best part of the project is decorating the sleeve and book with miniature items from your stash!

The majority of supplies used in my project are from Club Scrap's Literature collection.

You'll need the following trimmed papers:

  • 3-5/8x3-1/8" Lt. Kraft (Tray)
  • 1-7/8x4-5/8" Red (Sleeve)
  • 5x7" Dk. Kraft (Maze Book)
  • 1-3/4x2-7/8" Brown (Maze Book Cover)

I used the handy new model of the Scor-Pal with grooves positioned every 1/8" and Club Scrap's new Needle Tip Glue Applicator filled with CS® Bookbinding Glue. (The best glue ever.)

1. Score the 3-5/8x3-1/8 Lt. Kraft tray paper 3/8 and 7/8" from each outside edge.

2. Score the 1-7/8x4-5/8 Red outside sleeve horizontally at 1.5, 2, 3.5 and 4".

3. Score the 5x7" Dk. Kraft maze book paper horizontally at 1.75, 3.5 and 5.25". Score vertically at 1.25, 2.5 and 3.75".

4. Score the 1-3/4x2-7/8" Brown maze book cover horizontally at 1-1/4 and 1-5/8".

5. Position the Lt. Kraft tray paper vertically, and cut vertical darts from the inner score lines to the second intersecting score line.

6. Remove the outside corners of the tray paper to create tabs and flaps, as shown.

7. Apply glue to the long outside flaps with a CS® Needle Tip Glue Applicator, fold the flaps over, and burnish with a bone folder. TIP: Always fold with the bump of the score on the inside of the fold.

8. Add a "handle" to the 1/2" area on the outside of one short flap to act as a drawer pull. Use a brad, bead, miniature hardware, or nailhead.

9. Apply glue to the outside short flaps.

10. Fold the long walls up at a 90-degree angle, turn the tabs in, and wrap the short flaps around the tabs to form the tray.

11. Apply glue to the 5/8" tab on the Red outside wrap. Secure the tab on the inside of the wrap. (This image demonstrates the best positioning of the flap during the gluing process but might be a little confusing. The goal is the form a perfect rectangle with the 5/8" tab on the inside.)

12. Position the 5x7" Dk. Kraft maze book paper horizontally. Use a scissors or ruler and craft knife to cut vertical slits into the paper. Start at the top edge of the first column, and cut down to the last intersecting horizontal score. Cut from the bottom of the center score, and stop at the last intersecting score. Cut from the top of the 3rd vertical column, and stop at the last intersecting horizontal score.

13. Accordion fold along the score lines, flipping and reversing folds as necessary to form the book. For a tutorial on how a maze book is created, watch this video.

14. Adhere the pages of the book back to back so they don't flop open.

15. Apply glue to the inside flaps of the Brown maze book cover.

16. Insert the maze book into the cover and burnish to form a secure bond. Drop the maze book into the matchbook tray.

17. Slide the tray into the Red sleeve.

18. Decorate the outside cover and maze book to heart's content! Tweezers and the needle tip glue applicator will help when working with small objects.

Let's take a closer look at the finished project!

(The little owl charm is from my stash . . . but isn't he cute?)

It's time to hop over to Ink Stains with Roni. If you want to see a master list of all bloggers involved in the hop, click HERE.

Happy mini maze matchbook making!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hidden Binding Envelope Book

Welcome to my post on the Club Scrap Garden Shed Blog Hop. This month's collection is gorgeous!

Take the entire tour of hop by starting with Karen at the Club Scrap site. If you're on route, your previous stop was wth Pam and then you're off to Roni's blog.

I was so "pinspired" by a hidden binding book made from envelopes that I had to drop everything and make this . . .

The finished size of the mini album is 3.75x5.25" with a 2" spine. I had fun decorating all of the pages and flaps with the Garden Shed cutaparts, papers and embellishments from my stash.

The washi tape included in the Lite collection is so adorable! It added finishing touches everywhere.

I used 4-Bar envelopes measuring 3-5/8x5-1/8". The envelopes need to have a straight flap rather than a pointed flap.

Adhere the envelope "pages" to the accordion folds of the binding. The space between each page allows for all sorts of bulky embellishments. Watch this video to learn how to make the hidden binding.

Each "page" consist of two envelopes bound together in a clever way to make several pockets and flaps. It's very interactive. Learn more about how the pages are created by watching the video on this blog.

I even love the view from the top! There's more room to add items to the pockets formed by each pair of envelopes. I thought it would be cute to use my envelope punch board to make tabs, and have them sticking out of the top of the book.

Hindsight being 20/20, next time I'll leave more space between the first page and the front cover so the front cover will close completely.

I hope you enjoyed this book tour! Next, hop along to Roni's blog . . . 

Have a fine, fine day.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sunflowers Blog Hop

This is a stop on Club Scrap's monthly blog hop. We're featuring the beautiful Sunflowers collection!

View Karen's post at Club Scrap to see the entire hop. If you arrived from Pam's blog, you're on the route.

What is it about cute little folios that hold greeting cards? I think I'm addicted to them. Perhaps it's because I make more cards in a month than I can send, so they're fun to give away in a set.

This little notecard holder has a bi-fold cover and holds eight 3x4" notecards and envelopes. The cards store safely in a tray made from paper and are held securely in the folio with a band closure.

Follow these easy steps to make one of your own...

1. Trim two 12x12 Gold Plains at 6". Cut each 6x12 horizontally at 6".

2. Follow the measurements on an Envelope Punch Board to make a set of eight 3x4" envelopes. (Score and punch at 2-5/8".) Fold prepared envelopes on score lines and secure flaps with adhesive.

3. Trim two 12x12 Sunflower Prints at 11.75 and 8". Score the 8x12 horizontally at 3 and 9". Trim the 8x12 vertically at 4". Cut each 4x12 horizontally at 6". Trim the 3.75x12 horizontally at 11, 8.25, 5.5 and 2.75". (If you score before trimming the cards, you only have to score twice instead of four times.)

5. Fold each scored 4x6 in half to make eight cards. Add a 2.75x3.75" panel to each card in a contrasting color.

6. Decorate the cards with stamped images and embellishments. I made two each of four card styles.

7. Trim Sunflowers Brown Plain to 7.5x8.5. Score 1 and 2" from each outside edge. Cut along solid score lines as indicated in the diagram and fold into a paper tray.

8. Trim a Sunflowers Lite Green to 4-5/8x10-5/8". Score horizontally at 2.5 and 3.5". Temporarily place the paper tray next to the 3.5" score line and mark the next two score lines to properly accommodate the tray. (I was so excited about finishing the project that I forgot to take a photo of this step.)

9. Adhere the tray to the base of the folio, centered from top to bottom. Decorate the flaps of the folio. Insert the cards and envelopes into the tray. Use a 1.25" paper strip to make a band to hold the stack of cards and envelopes together. Make a second band to secure the flaps of the folio.

I have a special friend in mind who will love having these cards on hand! I hope you like this project enough to give it a whirl.

Your next stop is with Roni. Enjoy!