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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming soon to Etsy….leslieB Creations by Message In A Fold

This will be my first offering on Etsy at Message In A Fold.

This set consists of three (3) items for a cost of $25.00 plus an approximate shipping charge of $9.  Approximate because it may be less depending on the size of box needed to ship the items.

This set includes the following:

First Etsy offering

The three piece set

One Mileage journal with a binder clip to hold your place, one matching note pad with binder clip, and one pen.  The pen is thin enough to be stored in the binding so it doesn’t get lost.

Pen stored in the binding

Pen stored in the binding

I am in the process of making three more journal sets and will have them up on Etsy in the coming weeks.  I will also have a more definite shipping charge for these sets.

Each of these books are hand crafted from heavy weight card stock and thick cardboard.  The glue used on these covers is a high quality book binding and laminating adhesive.  The covers have been under pressure to strengthen the bond of paper to cardboard during the curing process.

The note pad will fit in a shirt pocket.  Sweat will not damage the covers.  Joe carries his around in his shirt pocket all the time and he can get pretty sweaty at times.

These books have been made to be rugged to withstand sunlight and heat while resting on the dashboard of a truck.  These books will maintain their shape when being shoved into a tote or briefcase.  They are sturdy enough to have open over the steering wheel as you make note of the odometer reading while crossing over state lines.  These journals will not bend and fold under the pressure as the standard lined note books sold at truck stops everywhere do.

The note pad has been designed so you can use both sides of the lined paper.  The front cover flips over easily for you to write on the back side of the paper while making your notes.  Doodle away while you wait in a restaurant for your meal to arrive.  Use the note pad as a ledger to track your expenses on your trip.

Write down verbal directions to a pick up or delivery site.  The binder clip will hold the page secure so all you need do is flip the book open to follow the directions given.

The Mileage Journal has 80 pages for approximately 160 loads.  The note pad has 100 sheets of lined paper for 200 pages of notes.

The note pad

The note pad

Mileage journal

Mileage journal

Odometer notations

Odometer notations

If you may be interested in having a set featuring your favorite sport team or theme, a favorite hobby….you’d rather be fishing ;-)…or playing golf.  I can accommodate nearly anything you wish.  Paper selection and availability will be the only concern.

Leave a comment and let me know if you have any requests.

Leslie