Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Book in a Faux Book

Thanks for participating in Club Scrap's Big Top blog hop!

Your previous stop: Josette Trunnell
The beginning: Club Scrap
Your next stop: Lilian Yeh Forsyth

I found a unique Pin featuring four pieces of accordion-folded paper interlocked to make a frame. It turned out to be an easy and inspiring project that houses an actual book within a faux book.

Follow these steps to create the basic book structure:

1. Trim (2) 6.75x9" and (2) 5.25x9" pieces of Big Top White Plain, grain short. Score each sheet horizontally every .75". For best results, score at .75, 2.25, 3.75, 5.25, 6.75 and 8.25". Flip the paper to the other side and score at 1.5, 3, 4.5, 6 and 7.5". This scoring method will create alternating ridges/valleys for a perfect accordion fold.

2. Accordion fold each sheet, placing the "bump" of the score on the inside of the fold. Add Earth ink to the edge of each mountain fold with a CS Ink Applicator.

3. Interlock the folds of one 6.75 and one 5.25" piece to create a right angle.

4. Connect the remaining pieces in the same manner to make a rectangular frame.

5. Adhere the outside flaps at each corner with a Glue Pen. Leave the remaining accordion folds free of adhesive to ensure the frame expands and flattens easily.

6. Trim a 7x11.75" Orange Plain, grain short. Score horizontally at 5-3/8 and 6-3/8". (If your Scor-Pal does not have lines every 1/8", slide the paper 1/8" to the right, and score at 5.5 and 6.5".) Fold along the score lines to create an outer cover for the frame. Adhere the frame to the cover. I also chose to adhere the left edge of the frame to the spine of the cover.

7. Decorate with printed/plain papers and cutaparts from the Big Top collection. Create a  3.5x5" stitch bound book to place into the nook created by the accordion frame.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Your next stop is with the talented and creative Lilian Yeh Forsyth at The Leaf Studio!

See you next month . . .


  1. This is just gorgeous Tricia. I love the accordian frame/book and the little book that goes inside is just lovely.

  2. Love this book and mini album Tricia and I too have been admiring this design for a while. You have inspired me to give it a go! Thanks for sharing.

  3. OMG, Tricia, this is a totally awesome project. Looking great with these beautiful
    happy colors. It must have taken you some time to get this all so perfectly neat.

  4. What a fun and colorful project! Love it!

  5. Well isn't that nifty as all get out! I love that it's a Faux Book with a mini inside! Way cool and I so need to give that faux book a try.

  6. OH wowsers!!!!! this is fabulous, I just love all the details in the instructions, certainly a must try to make this!

  7. This great. I am envious of everyone's creativity. This hop is fabulous for ideas

  8. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial. You make it look so easy I'll just have to give it a try!

  9. HI Tricia! I love the book idea - easier than cutting out and gluing book pages.

  10. I really like the idea of the faux book - awesome step outs!

  11. The outer shell reminds me of Kay's tunnel book from sometime in the past year or two. Great gift idea!

  12. This is such a cool project! I am planning to make this for my son- I think he will love it! Thanks, Tricia!

  13. Beautiful project and it made me laugh with delight and @ the book in a book part : D.

  14. Oh cool! I love how you could create something that would mail flat (of course not with the book inside of it, but I'm always looking for cute things that are easy to mail but would "stand up" when complete and open!

  15. Wow...spectacular, Tricia! Two for one!

  16. Wow! I have to try that faux book,,,and the other book...Amazing!
    The Leaf Studio

  17. This is just what I need for our Girl Scout escape room day!