Today, I am going to show you how to make a mini album page become sort of interactive. Well, it will “flap”. No not flop! Flap. Three 4 x 6 photos cut down to 5-1/4 x 3-3/4 and double matted to 5-3/4 by 4-1/4.
A binder clip with the cute tag is used to hold the flaps closed. I used a bit of 1/8 inch Scor-Tape on the tag where the binder clip meets the tag to secure the clip in place. The tag is now glued to the binder clip….not the photo.
First things first. Mount your photos on mats if you are going to do that. Next you will cut 2 to 3 one inch strips of card stock in your color choice. I have chosen black. These strips are 1 inch x 11 inches. Next you will score the strips at 1/2 inch the entire length of the strips.
Next, decide the placement of your photos on the page. Choose the one that will go on the bottom and in the center of the page, close to the binding edge.
Next, choose the photo that will be on the lower end of the page and atop the first photo. I’ve chosen to put it on an angle. Make sure you have left enough room at the bottom edge of the photo to not be on top of the bottom photo. Confusing? Stick with me here.
The last photo on my layout will be the top photo. If you are doing three as well, align the top photo so that the top edge does not end up on the bottom photo or the one in the middle. This is important for the “flapping” to happen.
Once you have them all placed the way you want them….you might want to take a quick photo of it to remind yourself where they all will go when it comes time to mount them. Now take all of them off the page.
Get one of the structure strips. Measure and cut it to the length required to fit the right edge of the photo. Once cut, apply a dry adhesive to both halves of the strip. On the same side. You will cry, stomp, and fling things if you put adhesive on the fold. So don’t put adhesive on the fold!
Peel away ONE side only of the dry adhesive protective paper. Only one side now.
Carefully place the sticky structure strip on the photo back. Line up the fold with the edge of the photo and adhere the structure strip to the back of the photo.
If you did it right it will look like this. I’m not going to tell you how many times I messed up. Just know that you can mess up if you are not paying attention. Get some coffee or some caffeine in you
Remove the protective cover from the adhesive on the “flap” tab. Adhere the photo in the area you have chosen for it to live. Press firmly along the photo edge to adhere the glue. Then test the flap to make sure it is not stuck or going to cause a problem. Don’t ask
Now, if you had success with the first flap installation….the other two will be a piece of cake!
Same as the first flapping photo. Add dry adhesive to both halves of the strip you measured and cut to fit the bottom of the photo.
Place your photo in the area you chose. Make sure the flap tab is not on the photo below.
Test it to make sure it functions well.
The third, and final, photo on this layout will be done the same. The flap tab will go on the top of the photo and adhered on the page over the second photo. This will keep the bottom photo from opening up and getting mangled.
I have chosen an Anonymous quote to be placed in the center of this page under all of the photos. Kind of a little surprise when my granddaughter opens this page.
I will be making journal spots for these three photos. I will not mount them. I’ll let my granddaughter write what she wants to on them and attach them herself.
Last thing to do is to create a decorative closure to hold the “flaps” closed.
This was fun to construct. Even though I had a few problems at the start it was still fun. Hope you have been inspired to give this a try.
Now…..go “Show someone how special they are”.