Thursday, May 2, 2013

Scor-Pal Mini Brag Book Tutorial

Hello.  It's Lisa today with a mini book project.  I have a friend that is expecting their first child and I know would love to have a way to brag on her little man.



Tools: Scor-Pal scoring board in inches, Scor-tool and Scor-Tape
Stamps: You Move Me stamps and dies by My Favorite Things and Memorable "Hello" Decorative Stamps by My Mind's Eye (Hello My Name Is image)
Ink: ColorBox Licorice and Cherry dye inks, Sea Crystal Fluid Chalk ink by Clearsnap
Paper: Kraft 80#, Pop-Tone Red Hot, Midnight Black 80# and Solar White by
Patterned Paper: Seen & Noted by Pebbles
Other: sequins from Etsy, washi tape, Velcro by 3M, Precision scissors, wet adhesive - Mono Multi by Tombo, T3 Copic Marker
Dies: You Move Me dies by My Favorite Things

So, let's get started.

STEP 1: Trim two pieces of cardstock for your Brag Book Base from Straw 80# cardstock:

4.25" x 11" and 4.25" x 10.5"

Score both pieces as outlined below in the template, using your Scor-Pal and Scor-Tool.  Only one of the pieces will have a small 0.5" flap on the end.

STEP 2: Add a strip of Scor-Tape to the 0.5" flap of your book base.

STEP 3: Align the edges and adhere the two pieces together to create a continuous accordion fold book base.

STEP 4: Here's the fun part!  Use patterned paper, die cuts, stamped images and embellishments to personalize the book base.  Because this project is intended as a brag book, leave plenty of open spaces to add photos or journaling.

STEP 5: Cut a strip of coordinating cardstock (2" x 8.5") to be a band around the brag book as a closure.  Score as outlined in the template below.

STEP 6: Add Scor-Tape to the end inner portion of the band to be adhered to the last page of the book.

STEP 7: Adhere to the last page, keeping in mind placement along the front of the book.

Add a small piece of Velcro (or a magnet) to opposite flap for easy opening.  After all, it's a brag book and the recipient will want to open often to share their joy!

Alternatively, you can create a static closure by making a "belly band" that slides on and off the book.

TIP: When aligning Velcro or magnetic closures, secure both pieces (hook / loop or positive / negative pieces) and adhere on the moving part of the flap - the part that you lift to open. In this example, this is the flap that is open and on the left side of the image above. Remove the adhesive backing for the other side of the closure. Gently align and close to ensure it's proper placement.

A view of the open brag book from the front is below.  The closure will remain with the book, but will not be a hindrance to enjoying the finished project.

Here's a view from the side:

A view from the back of the book:

Thank you for visiting today!

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