BEFORE you begin the process of cutting on the text shapes for your book you need to think about the finished project. Is it going to be….
- Using brown paper bags for book pages
- Using thick card stock to mat the text shapes and photos
- How will your book be set up for page flipping
- What type of binding are you going to use
- Will you use the accordion style hinge using card stock
- Will you be using a binding machine like a Bind-It-All or a Cinch
- Will you use a spiral binding or a metal binding with the machines
ALL of these considerations need to be thought out before you begin cutting away at your text shapes for your book. Once you cut out the shape there is no going back…unless you reprint the page and start over.
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If you have a style of mini album making you are comfortable with and want to stick with that there is no reason to change what you are comfortable with. Cut out the shapes and mount them to card stock. Crop your photos to fit your pages and your style and do what you are good at.
I, however, like to write checks my mind is not prepared to cash Complicated works of art seem to be my forte. People with common sense say “Whoa! That woman has done lost her mind if she thinks I’m going to jump off the cliff with her!”
Feel free to use my “Mentoring” as a guide. Do what you can and are able to do with your skill level.
Now on to the show.
Cut the shape away from the paper. Leave some room all around the shape for the actual part of the fiddly bits. Using a ruler, make a straight pencil line on both the top and bottom of the image. Draw the line from edge to edge. As you can see in the photo below.
Draw a straight line at top and bottom of image
Carefully, with scissors or a craft knife, cut along the pencil lines. Then where the image and pencil lines intersect cut away the paper along the image border. As shown in the photo below.
Cut the image as shown
When it comes to images that are not circular do the same thing with the ruler and pencil to define the area. As the example below of an arrow shape. Draw the bottom line along the bottom of the arrow and extend it outward a bit.
Draw a straight line along the bottom of the image
Draw a straight line along the top of the image and extend it out a little ways. As seen in the next photo.
Draw a straight line across the top of the image
Cut along the bottom line until you come to the edge of the shape that moves upwards. Follow the image border until you get to the top pencil line then continue cutting to the outer edge. See the photo below.
Cut around the image leaving a margin on the side
When you have completed cutting out all the images in this fashion the next thing to do is to trace around the images on chipboard.
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure to LEAVE 1/2 inch of open space between the image and the edge of the chipboard before you trace the image. This will give you the area necessary for binding.
Lay your image on the chipboard. Aline the outer edge of the image 1/2 inch from the edge of the chipboard. Draw around the cut out shape. As you go along your chipboard will look like this.
Leave 1/2 inch space from image edge to paper margin
Trace around the image shape.
Trace the image
Go on to the next shape and trace around it.
Trace around the next image
Continue tracing your images until you have finished with the last one.
Trace around all your images
NOTE: A helpful thing to do. On the back side of your image write a number and place that same number on the chipboard traced item. See the photo below to understand what I have just said
Number the back side of the image and the corresponding traced image
This will help you keep track of the images and the chipboard pieces once they are cut out.
The placement on the chipboard is not important. ONLY having the margin along the chipboard edges. You will have some images upside down in orientation.
Images in traced out places
Along the straight lines of your images you can use a metal ruler and the craft knife for your cuts.
Use a metal ruler and craft knife on straight cuts
The curved areas are just a tad bit tricky. You will have to GO SLOW in cutting around the curves. Start at the cut area of the straight part then carefully work your way around the curve. You will need to make a minimum of three passes with the craft knife to cut cleanly through the chipboard.
Carefully cut along the curve with the craft knife
When you have cut all the way through the shape will easily release from the chipboard. Keep cutting until the piece comes free with gentle pressure.
DON’T YANK THE PIECE. You will tear it and then have to start over. There will be utterances made by you children should not hear
Sorry about the out of focus photo
Cut around the curve shape then gently pull to release the shape
Get your pieces all cut out. You will be ready to do something else by this time. If only to give your hands and fingers a rest.
Pieces cut out
Don’t get upset about the pointy edges that will appear from your cuts. This is no big thing.
Don’t worry about the pointy bits
When you have sufficiently recovered from the strenuous task of earlier….you will need to use a sanding block or an Emory board to sand off the sharp point.
Now you see it….
Now you DON’T see it.
Sanded off point
I think this is enough for today. Besides, Joe is in need of my “gofer” skills