Thursday, February 14, 2019

Birthday Brag Book Tutorial by Gina Hubbard

Hello everyone.  It's Gina here today with a tutorial on this cute tri-fold brag book.  This one is themed for a little girl's birthday but this is a book that would be great for any theme.  I kept the front of mine pretty simple as it is meant to be tossed in a purse or bag and kept right at hand to show off the photos it will hold.

To create this book you will need:
(3) 12x12 inch sheets of base cardstock (I used black)
(2) 12x12 inch sheets of coordinating cardstock (I used Bazzill Julep)
(4-5) 12x12 inch sheets patterned paper (I used Pebbles Birthday Wishes)
Coordinating Cut aparts or embellishments
1 yard of ribbon or other trim that can easily be tied.
Wet glue
Double sided tape

Begin by cutting a piece of your base color cardstock to 12 inches by 7 inches.  Score at 5 inches, 6 inches and 11 inches on the 12 inch side.  Put aside.
Cut a piece of your base color cardstock to 6 inches by 7 inches.  Score at 1 inch on the 6 inch side.

Using double sided tape on the edges as shown, and wet glue in the center, overlap and attach the two pieces of your base to form a single piece 17 inches by 7 inches.  Fold and burnish all score lines.

Turn over your base piece so you are working on the outside of the base.

Using double sided tape and wet glue, attach your ribbon to the front, spine, back and second spine as shown below.  Be careful that you do not attach the ribbon to the inside flap.

Cut 6 pieces of your coordinating color card 4 3/4 inches by 6 3/4 inches, and 4 pieces 3/4 inch by 6 3/4 inches.Put three of the large pieces and two of the smaller pieces aside to use later on the inside of your folder.  Attach the cardstock panels as shown, remembering to place the inside panel piece directly against the base with the ribbon over it.

To create the insert photo booklet you will need two pieces of your base color cardstock, each of them 6 inches by 12 inches.  Score each piece at 4 1/2 inches and 9 inches along the 12 inch side.

Overlap the two 3 inch sections by 1 1/2 inch and attach.

Accordion fold to create your booklet.

For the pocket you will need a piece of your base color cardstock that measures 4 3/4 inches by 7 1/4 inches.  Score and cut as shown in the diagram below.  Attach pocket to middle inside panel over the coordinating cardstock.

Cut your patterned paper to fit your panels and decorate to fit your theme.

Use coordinating cut aparts and stickers to decorate your pages.

Thanks for visiting and checking out the tutorial for this little book.  I hope you enjoy making it as much as I have.