What’s all the “Flap” about?!

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.

Mini album page closed

Mini album page closed

Mini album page open

Mini album page open

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.

Binder clip to hold flaps closed

Binder clip to hold flaps closed

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.

Cut 1 inch strips of card stock

Cut 1 inch strips of card stock

Score each strip at 1/2 inch

Score each strip at 1/2 inch

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.

Choose the bottom photo

Choose the bottom photo

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.

Choose the photo that will be next

Choose the photo that will be next

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.

Choose your top photo

Choose your top photo

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!

Cut structure strip to the length needed

Cut structure strip to the length needed

Apply adhesive to both halves of the structure strip

Apply adhesive to both halves of the structure strip

Peel away ONE side only of the dry adhesive protective paper.  Only one side now.

Remove backing from one side only

Remove backing from one side only

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.

Line up the fold with the edge of the photo and adhere

Line up the fold with the edge of the photo and adhere

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 :/

It will look like this

It will look like this

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 :/

Remove the protective strips

Remove the protective strips

Adhere your photo in place

Adhere you photo in place

Test that the flap works

Test that the flap works

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.

Add adhesive to the strip

Add adhesive to the strip

Place your photo in the area you chose.  Make sure the flap tab is not on the photo below.

Adhere you photo

Adhere your photo

Test it to make sure it functions well.

Test to make sure it works

Test to make sure it works

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.

Add adhesive to the strip for the top photo

Add adhesive to the strip for the top photo

Adhere the photo to the page

Adhere the photo to the page

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.

 

A little hidden surprise

A little hidden surprise

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.

Binder clip to hold flaps closed

Binder clip to hold 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”.

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jack Flacco
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 11:22:12

    This is great, Leslie. I love the photos as well! Hey, have you ever heard of Lap Books? My wife used to make those for homeschooling projects. They’re simply incredible. It’s like this project you’ve just detailed. Lots of flaps and some pretty cool ideas!

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 28, 2014 @ 17:09:18

      I had to make a Google Search to see what you were referring to. Lap Books, that is. Hmmmm, that is a very interesting idea and worth exploring more. Thanks, Jack, for letting me know about your wife’s projects. And thanks for returning 😀
      Leslie

      Reply

  2. tina
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 13:16:12

    you keep doing this and i’m gonna end up in my craft room. love this!

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 28, 2014 @ 17:11:38

      I am SO GLAD to have heard from you. I was getting a bit worried about you. I know you had surgery not long ago. You hadn’t posted anything to your blog in quite a while and I just had to know you were still with us. I’m not a bit sorry that I’ve just about run you off to your craft room 😀 Well, I would be sorry if it meant discomfort to you :/

      Love you – Leslie

      Reply

  3. mjc1520
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 13:43:37

    What a great idea!

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 28, 2014 @ 17:13:31

      Thanks, Marilyn 😀 How are you doing? Are you snowed in? We got a skiff of the stuff early this morning but not enough to stay on the ground. Hope you are healing well from your surgery and able to get around better each day.

      Love you – Leslie

      Reply

      • mjc1520
        Jan 28, 2014 @ 19:14:51

        Hi Leslie, well the snow started here around 3:30, flurries mostly. It thickened up around 5, its covering everything but I don’t think its going to be that bad. But at 16°, i’m about to freeze my “tokus” off!! 😦

      • Message In A Fold
        Jan 29, 2014 @ 09:11:34

        What the heck are you doing OUTSIDE in 16 degree weather?! Get your tokus back INSIDE! 😀 hahahaha

        Love you – Leslie

      • mjc1520
        Jan 29, 2014 @ 21:15:37

        Don’t have to be outside to feel how cold it is. Just have to touch the window. Besides, the weatherman said so! Don’t worry, I am warm adn toasty!! 😀

      • Message In A Fold
        Jan 30, 2014 @ 07:35:41

        I hope you know I was only teasing you and not being a “Bossy Gert”. Although, I do have a tendency to become Gertrude sometimes 😦

        Hugs to you my friend – Leslie

      • mjc1520
        Jan 30, 2014 @ 19:29:04

        Oh no love, I didn’t take it any other way! I understood what you meant!

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