This is tutorial one - the first of about 10 more. This is for all of you who have asked or emailed me in regards to how I make my books. Graphic 45 have kindly agreed to let me do a continuing monthly tutorial for the next 10 months. You will be able to make a book which I have especially designed for Graphic 45 and a box to put it in. The tutorial will be posted on Graphic 45's blog on the last Tueday of each month, I will then post it on my blog at the same time.
The book will be for the special people and events in your life. Our first tutorial is for a page on us. You can include an up to date photo of yourself along with some of you growing up. Once we have all the pages made, you will be able to put them together in any order and not necessarily the order in which we will be making each page. I will be sellling kits at Seriously Scrapbooking, they will go online on the same day as the post. The first kit is $45 dollars and includes all the papers, cardstock, chipboard and embelishments you need + a colour copy of the instructions. Seriously Scrapbooking does post internationally if you need to buy a kit. Just click on the Janes Kits, then on Jane's online Graphic 45 book Tutorial. Seriously Scrapbooking also carry all the Imaginarium Designs Chipboard, so if you are an international person, you could just order the chipboard rather than the whole kit. I have listed the product codes in the materials list if you need them.
Our first page is one using Graphic 45's A Ladies Dairy collection
so to get started,
The founation page - This page need to be made each month and is the founation on which all the other bits and pieces get added.
Instructions for creating a foundation page.
Each month you will need to make a foundation page. For this you will need two black cardstock.
Cut one to 8 ½ x11 inches- set it aside, cut your second one to 9 1/2 x 11 inches.
The 9 1/2 x 11 inches piece needs to be scored, place it in your cutter at 8 1/2 inch mark and score it, this will give you a one inch seam.
Completely fill in the one inch seam with strong tape.
Carefully adhered the 8 1/2 inch piece onto the 9 1/2 inches piece. Make sure you don’t go
over your scored seam, or your page will not fold. Once you have it on carefully fold the page over to check that it will shut.
Press firmly along the folded over piece, open up your page and check at the two pages line up nicely. Don’t worry if one of your pages is now wider than the other. You can trim it back to make them the same.
A close up of the join with the tape each side. When you come to adhere your print papers, one piece will be an inch wider that the other page. The extra inch will need to be adhered over the top of the inch of tape on the foundation page.
Now we can start the pretty part of the page.
1st Page .- A Ladies Diary.
A page about us.
Instructions for creating your 1st page.
Please follow the instructions carefully, lots of the papers are used in the mini book as well as for your page, so you need to cut them the way I describe or you will run out of paper! All chipboard needs to be black. All papers have had there edges inked.
Graphic 45 Print Paper
2x Afternoon Tea
1x Fashion Plate
1x Timeless Memoir
1 ½ x Ageless Beauty
½ x Lasting impressions
1x Delicate Details
1x Focal Point
1x Moment in time
Imaginarium Designs – Chipboard
IDS0036 Small clock Face - 3 in a pack
IDP00032 phrase "where have the years gone
IDC0002 Swirl corners
IDA0006 Main letter set (small)
Tim Holtz Distress ink – Vintage photo
Imaginarium Designs Sponging block or Tim Holtz ink applicator
Color Box Fluid Chalk-chestnut roan
2 ½ sheets black cardstock
3L 12x12 Adhesive sheets
From your first sheet of Afternoon Tea print paper cut a piece 8 1/4 x 10 ¾ inches. Please cut the 10 ¾ inch measurement first then cut it back to 8 ¼ inches. Keep the leftover pieces for your Mini Book
Cut your second sheet of Afternoon Tea print paper to 9 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches. Please cut the 10 ¾ inch measurement first then cut it back to 9 ¼ inches. Keep the leftover pieces for your Mini Book.
You need to completely cover the back of both print papers with adhesive. You can uses double sided adhesive paper or tape, if you use tape make sure you butt it together with no gaps in between each piece.
Adhere the 91/4 inch wide piece to your black foundation page. Try and have the same amount of black showing along the top and bottom on your page. Remember this print paper is one inch wider, so it will go over the join on your foundation page onto the other page. You should have tape on your foundation page to help adhere your print paper over the join. Don’t worry if your print paper is not on straight. You are going to add a border around the page. .
Carefully fold your page over, use your finger to run along the seam as you fold the page up and over.
Fold the whole page over and run your hand firmly along the fold to set the crease.
You need to adhere your 8 ¼ x 10 ¾ inch piece. Make sure you are away from the centre fold of your page or you page will not shut nice. To make it easier for yourself, don’t remove all the backing from your adhesive paper or tape. Just take a little strip off. Then if you don’t quite line it up right you can lift it off and try again. Don’t worry about lining up the spots, it is not really that important.
From your sheet of Fashion Plates print paper, cut five 1 inch strips from the left edge of your paper and one from the right edge Save the bit in the middle for your Mini Book. (We need the top image for a page and the rest for a mat).. You will have six 1 inch strips, turn them over and ink the edges with chestnut roan ink.
From our sheet of Ageless Beauty print paper, cut the top right image and put it side for your Mini Book. Turn your print over; we will be cutting 6 strips from it.
You need to cut 6 strips from your Ageless Beauty print paper. Each one needs to be about ¾ inches wide. Use the above photo as a guide. Each one needs to be the same width, so make use you can line each one up to make them all the same. Don’t forget to ink the edges.
Now you need to adhere each piece on top of your Fashion Plate print paper strips. Make sure your Ageless Beauty strips end up in the middle with the same amount of Fashion Plate print showing top and bottom.
You should have six pieces ready to make your frame around the page.
Place one of your strips on your page. Adhere it in the middle with just a little bit of tape. Place a second strip on your page again with a little bit of tape. Leave the ends of the strips hanging over your page. You will trim them off later. If you mess up a corner the extra length still attached will let you do the corner again if you need to.
Place a ruler diagonally across the corner and over the strips. Line up the ruler with the inside point where the papers cross and where the papers cross at the outer corner and draw line with a pencil.
Following the pencil line, cut diagonally across the top strip only.
Place the top strip down and run a pencil along the diagonal cut edge.
Fold the top strip out of the way and cut the bottom one following the pencil line.
Line both corners up and check that the meet, you can adjust them if they don’t. If they are way out, move the strips down a little bit and do it again. Once you are happy with your corner, then repeat for the other three corners.
All four corners should look like this. Don’t worry if your corners don’t line up perfectly. Mine didn’t that’s why I used Imaginarium Designs chipboard corners over the top.
Before you attach each strip border, you need to cut them back in the middle where they go over the centre fold of your page. They will need to over lap in the middle of your book. The bottom strip needs to go over the fold in the middle of your book about an inch. The strip border, which goes over the top, needs to be cut away from the fold. If you are too close to the fold of your page with your top strip, your page will not close and your border will start to lift off. Now you can lift all 6 pieces off and adhere them back down with tape. Hopefully your corners will still meet. Remember the chipboard corners will help to hide any gaps. Your finished page should look like the page above. Now we can start decorating your page.
From a piece of your left over black cardstock, cut a piece to be 3 ¼ inches wide and 8 ¼ long. From a piece of Focal Point print paper, (you need to cut it from the bottom of your paper and not the side). Cut a piece 3 x 8 inches and adhere it to the black bazzil. Keep the rest of this sheet as you need it for your mini book. From your sheet of Timeless Memoir print paper cut a piece, 2 ¾ x 7 ¾ inches wide. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your Focal Point print paper. Adhere it to your page using the above photo as a guide. Place 4 gold brads in the corners of your Timeless Memoir print paper. From your ½ sheet of Fashion Plate print paper, cut a piece 4 ¾ x 6 3/4 , cut a piece of black cardstock 4 ¼ x 6 1/4 and adhere it to the middle of your Fashion Plate print paper. Cut another piece of black cardstock to 5 x 7 inches and adhere the Fashion Plate piece to it. This will give you a triple mat for your photo. Add it to your page, using the photo above as a guide.
To finish your page, cut a border piece from Lasting Impressions print paper. I used the ladies with the hats. Adhere it over your photo. Layer three flowers and attach it to your page it a gold brad. Ink some chipboard letters black and add your name.
Add 4 black chipboard corners to finish your page.
Now for the mini book.
Instructions for creating your Mini Book.
Please follow my instructions carefully, as you will need the left over bits.
To make the mini Book you need to cut three pieces of print papers. It is important that you follow my instructions and cut them the same way I have. You need all the left over bits for inside the mini book.
1. Moment in Time Print Paper- cut it 8 inches high and 10 inches wide. Cut the 8 inch measurement first. To do this you will need to place the print in your paper trimmer sideways. Once it is 8 inches, take it out and turn it once. Put it in your trimmer and cut to be 10 inches wide.
2. Delicate Details Print Paper- cut it 8 inches high and 10 inches wide. Cut the 8 inch measurement first. To do this you will need to place the print in your paper trimmer sideways. Once it is 8 inches, take it out and turn it once. Put it in your trimmer and cut to be 10 inches wide.
3. Focal Point Print Paper- cut it to 7 ½ x 9 ½ inches. Cut the 7 ½ inch measurement first. To do this you will need to place the print in your paper trimmer sideways. Once it is 7 ½ inches, take it our and turn it once. Put in your trimmer and cut it to be 9 ½ inch wide.
Two of these pieces are the same size, one is smaller. The smaller one will be going in the middle of our book. Each page is adhered to the back of one of the others.
Using Tim Holtz Distress ink and a sponging block carefully ink around all the edges of your three print pieces both sides.
A moment in time.
Fold all three pieces in half, so they stay the 8 inches and 7 ½ inches high but are only 5 inches or 3 3/4 inches wide.
Repeat with your piece of Delicate details print paper.
This middle one is smaller than the other two.
Place tape on the stripe side of your folded Focal Point page. Don’t remove the backing from the tape yet.
Now here some the “tricky part”. We have to adhere each one on top of the other. Make sure you keep your print paper the right way up, so you don’t end up with one page upside down.
Remove a little of the backing from the stripe side of your Focal Point page. Line it up with the Delicate Details page along the folded edge. Remember Focal Point is smaller than this piece, so make sure you have the same amount of Delicate Details showing top and bottom.
Remove a little of the backing from the stripe side and adhere Moment in Time over the top, making sure the folded edges line up and the top and bottom match with Delicate Details underneath . Once you have done this, open up your book and check that the three pages all line up and each page lays flat. If you are happy with it, remove the rest of the backing from the tape and stick Focal Point to the other two pages.
Your finished mini book should look like this. Now you can start decorating each page. You need all your scraps, including the left over bits from your page and black cardstock.
Use your image from your Ageless Beauty print paper. Find your left over bit of Fashion Plate print paper, remove the top image square from it first, then mat your Ageless Beauty image onto the left over piece. You still need to get two ¾ wide x 6 inch strips from it for your third page. Adhere a piece of ribbon across the front of the image and wrap the ends around to the back and adhere them down.
Punch a flower from your left over Afternoon Tea print paper (dot side). Choose a two paper flowers, glue the bigger one to the middle of your punched flower, glue the smaller flower into the middle. Find a small diamante buckle. Choose a piece of organza ribbon and tie it in the middle of the buckle with a knot. Trim the ends and glue it into the middle of your small flower. Place the finished flower over the top of the ribbon. Add a chipboard phrase inked black. Adhere it to the front of your mini book.
Inside First Page.
From your left over bits, cut a rectangle from the Delicate Details print paper. It needs to be 4 inches wide and 7 inches long. Ink around the edges. Don’t stick it to your page yet. You are going to work on it and once it is finished then you will stick it to your page. From your left over bit of the Moment in Time print paper, cut a rectangle 3 inches x 4 inches. Ink around the edges and adhere it to your yellow spot, use the above photo as a guide. Cut a strip of Focal Point print paper, 1 inch wide x 5 inches long. Make sure the strips are up and down. Adhere it over the top and about an inch up from the bottom of your yellow spot. Wrap the ends around to the back and tape them down. Adhere a piece of black ribbon over the top of your stipes and wrap the ends around to the back and tape them down. Choose two paper flowers of your choice. Ink an Imaginarium Designs mini chipboard clock black and glue it to the middle of the biggest flower. Glue the smaller flower in the middle. Use a pearl brad to attach the finished piece to your spot rectangle. Once this is finished, you can adhere to the left side of your 1st page. Add four photo corners. Cut a photo mat 4 inches x 6 inches and adhere it to the other side of your page
Add a photo to finish. I have left a space above the flower and clock on the left side of the page for your journaling.
From your left over pieces of Moment in Time print paper, cut two pieces 4 inches x 4 ½ inches. Ink around both pieces and adhered them to your pages. Cut a square of Delicate Details print paper (spot side) to 3 ½ inches x 5 inches. Mat it onto a piece of your black cardstock. From your left over piece of Fashion Plate print paper cut the top image out leaving a little bit of the pink all the way around. Adhere it to your piece of yellow spots. From your ½ sheet of Lasting Impressions print paper, cut out a piece of the lace border and add it to your page. Use the above photo as a guide. Add four photo corners and place the finished piece to your page on the right side as shown in the photo. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 inches x 6 inches and adhere it to the left side of your page. Add a photo to finish the page.
From your left over pieces of Afternoon Tea print paper, cut two pieces of 3 inches x 4 ½ inches. Ink around the edges of each piece and adhere them to your page. Cut two pieces of Fashion Plate print paper, ¾ of an inch wide x 4 ½ inches long. Adhere it to your page as shown. Cut two squares of Focal Point print paper, make sure the stripes are the right way, they need to be 1 ½ inches x 6 inches. Adhere them to your page as shown. Add photo corners to the top. Cut two pieces of Focal Point print paper to 1 ½ x 3 inches, ink around all the edges and adhere them to your page. Punch four paper flowers from your left over Afternoon Tea print paper, glue two together and add a smaller paper flower to the middle. Push a gold split pin in the middle and glue the finished flower to your page. From your ½ sheet of Lasting Impression print paper, cut two postage stamps (the ladies) and add one to each page. Use the above photo as a guide. Cut two photo mats to 3 ¾ inches x 4 inches and adhere them onto your page. Add your photo to finish the page.
Finished at Last!
Hope you have managed to do your page following my instructions, if you have a question or are not sure about something, then just post a comment here and I answer it for you.
I am hoping that lots of you will have a go at doing this special project each month with me.
I will try and create a special tab on my blog with the tutorial there if I can.
So see you all next month for the next page.
hugs to you all