A lovely little ATCoin booklet

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So often, it all comes down to math. Which is a pain for the “math challenged” like me. I made a little folded book for the Mixed Media Emporium challenge and then, cause it was fun, I made a little blizzard book as well. Same idea, a B&W masterboard was the beginning, then the book sprang from that. I haven’t added anything to the pages yet, but it looks like this:

The pages are a very long (pieced) accordion that snakes thru the folds, but I found my very long roll of black paper and I will possibly redo that at some point. But the thing is, it gave me the idea to make a blizzard book that doubled as a coin holder. I folded a few and was struggling to get the dimensions right. So I had a good look at the structure and all at once logic kicked in. It’s all about the ratios. I need my squares to be about 2.75 inches to fit a 2.5 inch coin so I need my paper to be 8 1/4 inches tall (or 3 x the finished dimensions) and I need 8 pages so the width has to be 22 inches (or 8 x the finished dimensions.) So I need 8.25 x 22 inches.

This is actually a really handy size, in the UK! To accomplish it all you need to do is take an A4 size sheet of paper and cut the long side to 11 inches. Then, watch this video and stick them together into an 8.25 x 22 inch strip using washi tape! Again, I could show you all the photos of me doing the process but honestly her video is really good and she shows the trick I don’t have a name for, for folding an 8-panel accordion accurately, better than scoring lines. The blizzard book instructions begin at about the 24:40 mark, but you will get a lot of good info by watching the whole thing.

As the first fold you are making is at the halfway point your fold is actually at the washi join. You can cover that at the end with a little more washi.

Joining like this means you don’t have any point where you are folding a double thickness and that works way better, trust me.

I also had the cool belt-buckle fold in my mind, and a random strip of black light card on my desk, so I fashioned a far easier closure using it. The width doesn’t matter a lot, but the length should be about 4 x with width of whatever you are wrapping – so 1bout 12 inches in this case. The fold in step two should be about as far away from the edge of the book as the strip is wide. You can simply trim the long tail in step 3 so it matches the width of the band.

You can reverse it so the tuck is at the front, if you want it to show. It isn’t super secure, more slightly decorative but you could add a daub of glue or adhesive and stick it to create a cute belly band closure – with double-sided paper it would be even more decorative. In my travels I also stumbled on a video that said you can size a blizzard book easily to fit any item by using the following formula:

height of the paper = the height of the item + 2 x the width of the item (plus 1/4 to 1/2 inch wiggle room)

width of the paper = 8 x the width (plus 1/4 to 1/2 inch wiggle room)

It more or less works. Were you run in to trouble is with standard paper sizes. So a 3 x 4 inch ATC CARD would require:

portrait: 4 + 1.5 + 1.5 = 7 (+ 1/4 to 1/2 inch so let’s say 7.5 inches tall and 3 x 8 = 24 + 1/2 or

7.5 x 24.5 inches for portrait orientation of the ATC

landscape: 3 + 2 + 2 = 7 (+ 1/4 to 1/2 inch so let’s say 7.5 inches tall and 4 x 8 = 32 + 1/2 or

7.5 x 32.5 inches for landscape orientation of the ATC

A4 paper doubled is too small. Even A2 sized paper is too small widthwise for either of them. Even 12 x 12 doubled is not big enough, unless you ignore the extra wiggle room – I’m planning to try to fold an ATC card sized book using two 12×12 sheets and will report back on how well an ATC card will fit it I omit the wiggle room Watch this space. WOYWW tomorrow and darling daughter has a hospital appointment. Why are Wednesday so troublesome lately??

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