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Happy Tuesday. Thankfully, Monday has come and gone again. It is a rainy and dreary day here though. Do you ever feel a little less creative when it is gray and nasty outside? I do. But, let’s soldier on.
If you pay attention to my posts on Instagram and Facebook, you will know that a lot of my creative projects go straight to new homes when I am finished making them. That is because I participate in swaps. Swapping allows me to be creative, because each one is different, but at the same time gives me a starting point or prompt. In addition, I know that I will be getting a lovely surprise in return for the project I am doing. It is so much fun for me. Swaps can vary across all kinds of subject matters and paper crafts. I will say that there are three really common ones that I run across, and participate in. They are flipbooks, loaded envelopes and artist trading cards. In the last post I took you step-by-step through how I made my last set of artist trading cards. Some of them have already made it to their new homes, and some are still waiting to be sent. Today I thought I would take you through my process of making a flipbook. I have a Thanksgiving theme flipbook coming up.
First thing first, there is really no right or wrong way to make a flipbook. You can have any size flipbook you want. It can be horizontal, vertical, square or any shape you can think of. As long as it opens up in some way, or flips, then it is a flip book. It’s not limited to anything but your creativity. Feel free to put your own spin on the idea. There is no limit to the number of designs you can make.
I will be putting some templates in the blog shop soon. They will be printable, so you can print them directly on the paper you are going to use as a flipbook. You can also cut out the various pieces and use them as stencils or to trace out the design lightly, in pencil, if you don’t want the inked look on your final design. Most of the outside edges in flipbooks tend to be covered with washi tape, or distressed, so most of the ink would be hidden anyway.
Where to Start
When I am about to start a new project, I take the theme of the project and the type of project it is into consideration. The theme of this project is Thanksgiving, as I mentioned. Since it is a flipbook, I know I tend to add things like die cuts, stickers, washi samples and embellishments to them.
First I go around and gather materials that say Thanksgiving to me. Anything that matches the theme, whether or not I end up using it, goes into my little project box. This gives me options as I create the flip book, so I don’t have to keep searching for things when I start putting it together.
Cutting And Assembling Your Pieces
I like my flipbooks to have an envelope look to them, and then swing open to reveal the goodies and flips inside. So, for a 5 x 7 book, I choose my base paper. (In this case, I went with the brown and green card stocks.) I am cutting a piece of the green 7 x 10.5 inches. This will give me two 5 x 7 pieces and a half-inch spine. I cut one 5 x 7 piece of the brown (it will be the flip out), one 5 x 7.5 (it will be the flip up) and one 4.5 x 7 inch piece (the closure). This piece will fold over the green and give it the look of an envelope. I round the corners on one side to give it a finished look. The back will be covered with washi so it won’t matter if the corners are rounded.
With the other pieces of paper I chose, I am cutting 4 x 6 inch mats. The mat will sit on top of the base pages, just to add some visual interest. I wanted a little more than I typically would have of the base pages showing. Normally I would have 4.5 x 6.5 matted onto a 5 x 7. I made four mats, one in each color.
First I break out my scoreboard and score my green paper at 5 inches. Then, I like to flip the paper around and score at 5 inches again. Sometimes the score can be a hair off, so I would rather the two sides be equal than have one wider than the other. For my flap that will go around and secure the closure, I score at 2 inches, flip, and score at 2 inches again. With the flip up, I score at a quarter inch and a half inch. This will allow a flip that has room beneath it for embellishments.
Since I really want everything in the base to hold up in the mail, and being opened and closed. I am using a very sturdy double-sided tape to go around all the edges of the mats, and the backside of the flip up, and the closure piece. Once I have all the tape lining the edges, I start to assemble the pieces. I use a glue stick around the middle of each piece, just for a little extra hold. The double-sided tape is enough to hold the mats and the pieces in place, but I like that extra bit of hold in the middle of the mats too.
SIDENOTE: If you lightly run the glue stick over the double-tape (once you remove the backing) it will give you a little more time to place your mat straight. When I say this tape grabs on and holds on, I mean it. It will not budge once you put it down. You will rip paper in a heartbeat trying to pull it back up because something is a little crooked, so keep that tip in mind. As long as you move quickly, and don’t press it down firmly, you will have some wiggle room to straighten things out, if you line the tape with the glue stick.
I glue down the flap first to the back of the book. Make sure you are right up against, but not on, your score marks. You want that part to still fold over without issue. Next, I adhere the mats to the top of the flip up, the two inside pages and the outside of the flip out. Then, I glue down the flip up to the top of the first inside page. I attach the flip out with washi tape on the inside and outside of the second page. I use washi tape as a decorative accent to the bottom of the flip up to tie the look of the two pages together. It is being held together with the tape and glue, so this is just decorative.
That makes the base of the design complete. Really, the only thing now is to add in pockets and belly bands, or envelopes. Then, you just fill it up with goodies and you are set.
How I Embellished This Flipbook
The first thing I did was take a couple of the scraps left over from the 12 x 12 inch sheets, and make a 1 x 5 inch band in the tan, and a 3 x 3 inch square in the orange. I scored the band a .5 inch, flipped and scored again, to make a belly band. It will hold in a playing card with washi tape samples in it. This is a common thing to add to flipbooks. I chose some Thanksgiving washi tape from my stash to add in. With the square, I rounded the top left corner, and ran double-sided tape down the right side and along the bottom to form a tuck spot. I put die cut tags (made from scraps of the card stock I am using for this book) and stickers in there. I used a pen to write what was in each spot. I used my Tim Holtz Envelope die to cut a small envelope out of the orange card stock, and I had these cute kraft paper envelopes. I ended up making a second belly band to hold one of my artist trading cards from last week. I thought it went well with the look of this flip book.
Using the stickers and leafy accents that I gathered up, I decorated each of the pages in the flipbook. I used a little more washi tape as accents, labeled the bands and envelopes. Lastly, I added a little washi tape to the outside of the book, along with a few stickers, and a Velcro attachment to hold the flipbook closed.
And, that’s it. The flipbook is complete. It will be making it’s way to a swap partner very soon.
In my next post I am going to cover Micro Mini Albums, which are just the most adorable little things. I made one not too long ago, and now I want to make more and give them as gifts. They are super cute, and you can make them with one or two pieces of paper, some tape and a glue stick, a distress ink pad (optional) and a piece of cardboard or part of a box (whatever you can find). They are so much fun to make with minimal supplies. Check back for that on Thursday.
Supplies and Tools
Until next time, Happy Crafting!
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