Sunday 16 May 2010

Tag Book Tutorial

This Tag Book holds 8 wallets

Materials - all sizes are in inches 
2 pieces greyboard (like chipboard) 5 3/4 x 4 3/4 for the covers
1 piece greyboard 4 3/4 x 3/4 for the spine
2 papers 7 x 6 for front and back covers
2 papers 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 for inside front and back covers
1 paper 7 1/2 x 3 for spine cover
8 papers 9 3/4 x 6 for wallets (2 can be made from a 12 x 12 paper)
1 piece of thin card 4 1/2 x 11 for concertina spine to hold wallets in place
8 pieces of card 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 for the tags

I use bookbinding glue, dry-clear adhesive, extra strong double sided tape, fingerlift tape and wide clear duck tape.

1. Cover both boards with your paper. I cut the corner down to give a neater finish.

2. Place the boards and the spine together over the clear duck tape leaving about 1/8th of an inch gap between them. Fold the end of the duck tape up over the inside to secure them all together. This gives the spine it's strength.

3. Next score the card for the concertina spine as shown. Each of the valley folds is 1/2 an inch and the edges are 1 inch. Fold the card. I cut some of the greyboard and stuck inbetween each of the folds that will be on the bottom of the concertina spine.

4. It then looks like this.

5. Next stick the paper spine over the clear duck tape.

6. Using extra strong double sided tape, adhere the spine into place keeping the edge of the concertina lined up with the spaces between the greyboard spine and the covers. When you close the book they will all line up and fit neatly together.

7. At this point I added some seam binding to the back of the book using brads. This will keep it closed when finished, particularly when you have filled it with tags and embellishments.

8. Now make up the wallets. I scored each one using the dimensions in the photo and cut out the section along the bottom. I pre-folded them to make sure they fitted together properly and then put fingerlift tape on the patterned side of the two flaps. I folded the side edge over first and stuck that down, then I folded in the bottom flap to make it into a pouch/wallet.

9. Glue the front and back inside covers in.

10. Using fingerlift tape stick each wallet into the concertina only adhering the front edge (leave the back edge open and not stuck down as this gives you more flexibility for opening and closing the pages).

11. Your finished Tag Book should now look something like this.

12.                                                                   When you start to complete the inside of your book it will look more like this. Have fun with your own design and if you do not understand how any of this fits together, please email me and I will be happy to help out. My email address is on the main blog.

1 comment:

Tammy said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial. Your project was a lovely addition to OSAAT this week!