Pull-tab scrapbook layout

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 29 Mar, 2017

Create a show-stopping scrapbook layout with a sweet nautical theme and incredible pull-tab mechanism to showcase all of your favourite snaps! The flip book element allows you to include endless photos without cluttering up your page, and is also super-impressive!

1. Give your layout a nautical look by using blue spotty and stripy Country Life papers. Cut them both into wavy strips. To do so, draw three lines on the reverse of the papers, spaced 0.5" apart. Use a 2" circle die as a template to draw the waves, alternating the edge of the circle die between the top and bottom line. Cut along the middle line where the two heights of circles meet – this gives you a perfect wavy line! Adhere the strips to a 12 x 12" piece of white cardstock with double-sided tape, placing a foam dot under the exposed waves to create a 3D effect.

2. Make your mini waterfall flip mechanism from kraft cardstock. Cut seven pieces measuring 3 x 6¼" and fold and score six of these 3" in from the edge (make sure it's not in half). Adhere the back of one short flap to the back of a long flap with the non-folded edges aligned. Repeat with the others, creating a waterfall effect.

3. Adhere the 3 x 3" end of the booklet centrally to the unfolded piece of cardstock, so that there is an equal overlap on each side. Stick the outside flap of the other end of the booklet to the top of an 18 x 14cm photo mat, aligning the edge of the cardstock mat to the folded edge of the folded booklet.

4. Flip the book mechanism over to the back of the photo mat. Adhere two or three layers of foam tape around where the mechanism lies and under the photo mat until it’s level with the book mechanism. Stick your photo mat on top of the wavy background and mount a large picture on top.

5. Now that your construction is done, it’s time to embellish! Adhere your selection of 2.5 x 2.5" photos to the pages of your flip book and add typed journaling strips. Decorate further with die-cut words and accents from a variety of Xcut dies. Die cut a title for the book from a gold metal sheet and fix in place.

6. Finally, add three layered embellishments on cork to create a visual triangle. Make one a gold die-cut anchor and connect it to a die-cut heart above with twine. Make the third a little arrow to point to the pull tab, tucked under the left-hand side of the flip book.

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

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