Brag Book Mini -
Birds and Blooms paper collection (HCDPI-250)
Cover: Pocket and Flipfold Inserts C- White (HCFPI-435-2) 5.5 inch by 11.75 inch and 7.5 inch by 13.5 inch pieces
Birds and Blooms Card Kit - bits and pieces - (HCCKI-356)
Birds and Blooms Card Kit - bits and pieces - (HCCKI-356)
Stamps: Birds and Blooms (HCPC-3644), Leafy Branch (HCPC-3645), fluffy Birdies (HCPC-3646)
Dies: Birds and Blooms (HCDI-756), Leafy Branch (HCDI-757), Regal Borders and Pockets (HCDI-779), Ornate Borders & Pockets (HCDI-780), Border Essentials (HCDI-783)
Other Materials: (use what you have and what you like!)
Georgia Pacific white card-stock (Walmart)
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear glue
24 Inktense watersoluble Ink pencils
24 Kohl-I-Noor Woodless colour Pencils
Fine water brush - Kuretake Co. (Yellow)
Black liner pens: Sharpie, Inc permanent, Sakura Microperm 01
Various Gel pens - Gelly Roll
Faber-Castell PITT artist pens - dark sepia and green
Momento Luxe: Toffee Crunch and Rhubarb Stalk
Whispers Archival dye Based Ink - Savoy Green
Pink Ribbon and miscellaneous ephemera from my stash
Tools: (use what you are comfortable with!)
Trimmer or Scissors and ruler
Foam Matt (I used doubled craft foam for shaping my die cuts)
Stylus tools with various size balls
Score board or ruler and stylus
Die cut machine
Marvy 1/2 inch hole punch
***Binding system used was developed by Kathy Orta-King. This system is patent pending and she allows it's use as long as she receives full credit for it's creation - hats off to Kathy.
Whew - lets get to it!
Please Read All Information First BEFORE attempting.
The base and binding are created using 8.5 by 11 inch sheets of Georgia Pacific White Card-Stock, found at Walmart's. I've created this mini with 5 pages - 10 sides total. You will notice that the page construction is basically a criss-cross card design. (This allows for a pocket and a tuck spot on the reverse of each page.) One sheet of card-stock is used per page. A strip is left that you can use for tags, to create some embellishments, or cut down further for Artist Trading Cards if you like! Imagine the possibilities!
* Using your trimmer or scissors and ruler, measure your card-stock to cut at 4.25 inches across the 8.5 inch width. You need two 4.25 inch strips for each page. This mini requires 10 strips for five pages. (You can make however many pages you like.)
* Score each 4.25 inch by 8.5 inch piece of card-stock at the 4.25 inch mark (in half). Now each sheet is comprised of two 4.25 inch squares. (The two strips will be overlapped to create a tri-fold strip later.)
At this point, decide how you want your flaps for the pages to look. You may die cut them as I have or not - these could be left as is for additional pages, pieces may be added for fold outs or tucks, pockets - or they can just be folded to create the diagonal. One of the sides will be used to secure the binding for creating the album. In this case I chose to die cut the corners using the border Essentials dies (HCDI-783). Each page requires two strips and alternate sides of these two strips are cut or folded, etc. for flaps. The cut for each is made from the top of the center fold out to the bottom outside corresponding corner -
*On one of the strips (to be used as the back of the pocket page) use the 1/2 inch circle punch - or as desired, punch a half circle to create a "thumb hole" opening to ease access to pocket contents.
*Should you wish to do any page inking this is a good time to do it - before gluing.
*Creating the pocket pages:
With two pieces of your card-stock strips (4.25 by 8.50) - Take one strip and using wet glue or Adhesive of choice - place adhesive around three edges - leaving the top edge open. (You may choose to leave a side open instead but you will need to do your punching of the thumb hole to match the open side.) Do this for each group of two until all of your pages are together.
NOTE: The binding will be added to the bottom edge using a flap to secure it.
You should now have separate pages that look like this:
*Decorate as desired. I used the Birds and Blooms Collection (HCDPI-250) along with the stamps and dies shown in the materials list. I always make up a bunch of embellishments before I begin and then "play" as I go. (You may decorate the pages now being careful to avoid the flap that will be a pocket hinge - or you can do as I do and wait until the mini has been bound.) I do start making the embellishments before the pages have been bound.
Momento Luxe Toffee Crunch ink was used to stamp the birds and branches to achieve a no-line coloring look. the flowers were stamped using Momento Luxe - Rhubarb Stalk ink and the leaves were stamped using whispers - Savoy Green ink.
Color was added to the images using a variety of coloring media and techniques. The products used are shown in the list at the beginning of the project.
More information and a brilliant tutorial on flower shaping (also can be used for the leaves, branches and birds) can be found on the Heartfelt Creations Website. Emma Lou walks you right through it.
The front of the pages are based using some of the centers from the card pages in the paper collection (HCDPI-250)
The back of the center page: different Ornate border Die cuts were glued at the top of the pocket and around the "thumb hole". (Hint: This can be used as a tuck to help hold any photos or items that are placed in the pocket formed by gluing the base of a side flap to the hinge system.)
Binding the mini:
The newest (that I've seen) of Kathy Orta-King's binding method has been used in this mini. It takes the original hidden hinge system and adds a half inch extension to the piece that attaches the pages giving each page more room for manipulation and facilitates ease of use even with heavy decoration. Thanks again Kathy!
* This mini was bound using two connected strips of card-stock; one measuring 4 inches wide by 11 inches long and the other 4 inches wide by 5.5 inches long. These two strips are over lapped by .5 inch and glued together using whatever adhesive you are using. It's the typical accordion pleating - mountain fold, valley fold, mountain fold, etc.
Place your 4 by 11 inch strip on your score board with one 11 inch edge along the top. Do the same for your 4 by 5.5 inch strip. (You may use a ruler and pencil if you don't have a scoreboard.)
Make your first score at 1.5 inches then score every .5 inch until you reach the end of the 11 inch strip. Then do the same with your 4 by 5.5 inch strip but leave the last 1.5 inches of this strip without scoring so that it can be used as a tab to attach to the cover. The 1.5 inch tabs will attach to the cover and hold the binding in place.
Fold on all of your score lines to ensure ease of movement. On the backside of your strip add adhesive to your folds as follows - do not get adhesive into the scored lines.
Connect the two strips together at the .5 inch overlap.
Read all of these directions first:
Skip the 1.5 inch tab and the next .5 inch section. Put glue in the next two .5 inch sections - again - avoid the scored lines, skip the next three .5 inch sections and glue into the next two, repeat until the last 2 inches of this strip is left. The next .5 inch space is for the gusset between the last page and the tab for the cover. The final 1.5 inches is the tab to connect to the cover - do not put any glue on the tabs yet.
NOTE: I fold my two glued sections to my next two unglued sections as I go so that the glue doesn't get everywhere - each of these glued sections will fold freely in the center and create one hinge. You will need one hinge section for every page you create. The third non-glued section is a gusset between your pages.
When all sections are glued and folded your binding section is about 6 inches long. I use a type of packing tape to reinforce it and give added strength. The pages will be attached to the top most section of each hinge.
Creating the cover:
Using the two Flipfold pieces from the list (HCFPI-435-2) make a cover to enclose your binding piece. One piece will overlap the other as shown in the photo. Before connecting cover both pieces on the outside with your choice of paper. I used papers from the Birds and Blooms paper collection (HCDPI-250).
You can die cut or punch a design on the opposite end of the piece with the flaps. I chose to use one of the Regal Borders and Pockets dies (HCDI-779)
Glue on three sides creating a pocket on the back of the album by overlapping the pieces as indicated above. I chose to decorate where my papers joined below the die cut with ribbon from my stash.
I glued the ribbon ends on the inside of the cover and then covered the ends using the same tape that I used to reinforce the binding section.
The bound pages will fit in the middle section of the cover allowing the end 4.25 inch page to fall about .25 inch short of the "back" section.
Cover the inside of the album with your choice of papers.
Note the section with the flaps. This will now be covered by gluing a 5.5 by 5.5 Inch piece of covered card stock to the flap areas.
Now attach the pages to the binding flaps by gluing one flap to the top hinge piece on each tab. NOTE: Leave the bottom tab free from glue - only attach the page to the top .5 inch section. Then, using the adhesive of your choice, glue the bound pages into the center section of the cover closest to the left hand side so that the pages have room to lay to the right.
Build a dimensional pocket for the left (front) side of your cover. Cut three one inch strips that are less than the height of the card you want to use for a pocket front. I used one of the cut outs from the paper collection and backed it with the same size white card stock. I also used the same half inch circle punch to create a "thumb hole" access point on the pocket front.
Proceed to put glue on the bottom side of the strips that are now attached to your pocket front and center it on the tab at at the end of your bound section facing the end pocket that you built from the flipfold piece.
Decorate the opposite side tab in whatever manner you like. I used part of a scrap piece of design paper and the fussy cut some of the leaves out and glued the whole piece over the tab end.
I finished the open pocket end of my cover by trimming around the edge with another piece of the pink ribbon from my stash. I also used another piece of card stock strip, scored in half as a stopper at the inside bottom edge of this pocket flap so that extra photos could be held inside.
To close the album you take the flat end of the cover and slide it inside the open pocket end, thus securely fastening your mini brag book cover.
There is lots of room for photos, tags, pretty much whatever you care to save.
Thank you for spending time with me - I know this was a lllloooonnnnnngggggg one. I hope you enjoyed it and if you try it - let me know!
Have a lovely and creative day!