To all of my paper folding, mini book addicts, have I got a project for you?! If you like creating your own customized little mini books, this is a tutorial you do not want to miss! Can you tell I am just a wee bit excited?!
Summer is the time of year when we are all traveling or having some type of wonderful adventure. My favorite way to document my trips is little mini books. I do not know about you guys, but I have been becoming increasingly frustrated lately with the selection of books (or possibly the fact that I have decorated every pre-made book under the sun). I am taking matters into my own hands, throwing caution to the wind, and winging it! The fabulous thing about making your own books, is you can dictate the size, type of paper, tag & pocket placement, etc. to meet your needs for a specific project.
Here is a look at the super duper cute book I made for a recent trip. And, we are going to make it together!! FUN, FUN! Get out your bone folders girls (and guys) we are bookmaking!
I started with a 12″x12″ sheet of Prima Lyric paper (now discontinued, sorry ), and cut it to 6″x12″. Of course, any 12″x12″ paper will work. I like working with this size, and I will have enough paper for another book if I really like the pattern. The nice thing about teaching classes is I am always thinking about coming up with measurements that avoid waste. If you wanted a really small book you could do 4″x12″ and get 3 covers per sheet.
Place your 6″x12″ paper into your trimmer, moving your cutting blade out of the way, and score with a bone folder at 4″, 4 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″, 6″, 6 1/2″, 7″, 7 1/2″, and 8″. (This will give you a 4″x6″ book.)
In the first set of folds, shaped like a “V,” apply 1/4″ Scor-tape.
Remove the backing from your Scor-tape, and insert your folded page into the “V” of your book.
Crease the 3/4″ scoreline, and apply Scor-tape to the front of your “V”. This is going to give you your first page. It is a smaller size, which creates interest in the book, and allows you to add borders, trim, etc. It would be boring if all the pages were the same!
Score a 6″ x 4″ piece of paper at 1/2″ and crease. Adhere over the tags. Now, go back through your book, and fold and crease the 2 full size inner pages at the 1/2″ accordion fold “V” that are back to back sets. In the 2 folded sets of pages that we made, they are the pages on the right. You want to fold them inward, or to the left. You will know which ones when you flip through the book because they are back to back with the other full size pages. (Basically, you are doing the same thing inside of the book as you did with the first and last page only bending and folding instead of scoring.)
Let’s turn our attention to the outside of the book. Apply Scor-tape to the inside of each “V” on the spine of the book.
Remove Scor-tape backing, and adhere folds together.
Wasn’t that fun?! And, you thought it was going to be hard!
Come back later this week to see the finished product, and how I decorated mine. In the meantime, get busy folding 😉