Birthday pop-out layout

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 25 Apr, 2017

Make a fun, interactive double-page layout to commemorate a special themed birthday party. With a little cake pop-up and pull-out mini bunting, it sure is a celebration in a scrapbook.

1. Start your spread with the two pop-up elements: a bunch of balloons and a birthday cake. Cut your balloons freehand from different colours of cardstock and adhere to a triangular pop-up card. (See the instructions for making the heart on the wedding pop-out layout how-to). Pick colours that match with the scrapbook for ultimate co-ordination. Adhere the balloons to the centre with glue dots and draw on the strings.  

2. Mark the outline of a two-tiered cake on the reverse of a piece of white cardstock. Make sure to include support

brackets. Cut the sides with a craft knife, scoring the fold lines and fixing into position. Trim pieces for the front of the cake with coloured cardstock and glue into place. Colour in a flame with a pen and stick on top.

3. Add extra detail with the Xcut Happy Birthday Mini Sentiment Die and adhere both pop-up elements to a piece of folded cardstock. Stick both of these on the page and create button fastenings for one, following the two steps below. Keep the other one closed with a brad fastening, looping the twine around two vintage brads. 

4. Make a length of mini bunting from coloured cardstock triangles, either die cutting or hand cutting, and stitch together with a sewing machine. Glue the end triangle into a pre-made pocket (available with the scrapbook) and tuck the rest inside, leaving a little poking out to pull on. 

5. Die cut your title and any extra words, using the new Xcut Mid West Alphabet Die, and glue into place with the Sailor 2 in 1 Glue Pen. Stick a few important photos to the spread, filling the space around the pop-ups. Add any extras into a simple folder, along with your all-important journaling. 

6. To make this folder, cut a portrait piece of zigzag-patterned paper to 22.5 x 14.5cm. Score 7cm and 16cm up and fold the top and bottom inwards. Trim the top edge to match the zigzag pattern. Mount photos on either end of a 32cm strip of cardstock and adhere across the centre of the open folder. Stick a portrait panel on top. Decorate with photos and journaling, tuck in the fl aps and fold closed. Fasten with two brads and twine.

How to make a button fastening

1. Punch two 1" circles from kraft cardstock using the Xcut Large Circle Palm Punch. Sew the button securely onto the circle with a needle and doubled thread.

2. Place a Stick It Adhesive Square on the back (these create a stronger bond than standard transparent dots). Attach the buttons in position and wrap twine around both to fasten.

Project and how-to instructions by Jo Boland. Project originally published in the December issue (77) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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