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Birthday Book foldings

I am always trying to think of way that people can do their own folds.  While many people ask about the program I use, not many of them will follow thru and buy it (Intaglio – cheap, a bit on the bug-y side, and Mac only, with no PC equivalent that I know of, if you want to have a look.) So, I try to create things that can be used in may different ways.

I had a recent request by a commenter, Sandra, who wanted some generic birthday images.  While looking for appropriate ones, I had the idea to make numbers (with a candle atop) that could be used for different birthday years. So I did.

There is a set of 0-9 numbers, in a nice but fairly simple font

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as well as the ordinals

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and a few birthday images

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I think a number (maybe 2, depending on the size of the book) could fit beside the balloons

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You could even use the number and omit the candle-top for anniversary folds or retirement folds.

PLEASE be sure to download the pdf HERE and don’t just try to use the .jpg images.

Have fun!

 


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Updated – a request for LOVE

I had a request for a LOVE template so I took the opportunity to update the original – I am going back to stretch the words so they produce a fuller fold.  You can see the original post and download the PDF here (or in the Book Folding menu item at the top) but here is the preview:

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I also have a couple of calendar requests to deal with.  Watch this space….


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Book folding – single letters

I had a commenter ask for a Letterman-style single letter template.  I immediately thought, what a great idea! and the more I thought about it the better it became.

The basic Letterman style letter is a bold, angular letter, outlines in white, with a thin-ish border.

Like so:

 

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You could opt to do the entire letter, with outline:

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or maybe just ignore the border folds and do just the inner bit

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I suppose you could do just the border part and omit the middle, although I am not sure how that would look.  I can’t quite envision it, but it could end up looking pretty cool.  OR you could ignore the middle bit and fold just the outer lines  – if you doubt your ability to focus on just the outermost lines you might need to connect the lines across the white space.

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The only issue with doing the full outlined letter is the size of the book needed!  The A, with border, after a quick and dirty (and probably not 100% accurate, but if anything fewer pages than actually needed) count, is 600 lines – so at least a 1200 page book! I’m thinking a big old school textbook or maybe a dictionary….

Anyway, if you are game, go ahead and download the 26 page set here. Just print the letters you need then settle in with a strong cup of coffee and start counting…..

Last chance to get any requests in – I wont be able to make templates after the 12th, due to some family commitments and the holidays.

 


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CD calendar resized for 2017 and a Christmas surprise!

I had a request for one of my oldest calendars to be updated.  The commenter particularly wanted the three sizes, as before. This was great, because I had been thinking that I had lost a function when I upgraded my Mac OS but it turns out they just moved it!  I hate that.  When we lived in the city, every freakin’ day M&S seemed to move stuff to a new place.  I’d dash in, with a kid or two in tow, rush right to where the milk was the day before and it would be…bacon, or cheese, or fruit.  You just never knew.

But I digress….turns out the ability to automatically resize things by “printing” then saving as a PDF is still there, just not where it used to be.

So full-size for a CD case 2017cdframe_fullsize

 

Smaller, 4 to a sheet

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Smaller still, 8 to a sheet2017cdframe_smallest

And now, I thought you might like to see what one commenter, Melanie, made!  So cute – this is the one I really wanted to do myself but haven’t had the time!

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I can see what I planned, putting a red pompom in the nose area, will work perfectly.  If I could figure out how to add a bulb, maybe a battery operated one, I would love that!

Here is the template again for anyone who wants to give it a go.  And this is what it looks like:

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a few Christmas folds

I have been playing around with these.  Not folded any of them, so caveat emptor. Download the actual PDF, don’t use the .jpg display images you see on the screen!

These are likely to work as straight folds.

 

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Simple tree

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A Present – this one might be a little more challenging with the alternating folds, but I think it will come up nice.

These might be best as Cut & Folds

 

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Rudolph this is the one I would fold first, just cause it is so darn cute.

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Simple Swirl

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Ornate tree – pretty complex, this one. Not for beginners but if you do it I would love to see it!

and finally, one to make my crop-mates smile.

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Balls – I think the counting lines hide the fact there are at least two straight lines from bow to ball.  I might just add two more and increase the count by two.

I repeat, I have not folded or cut&folded any of these.  They should work in theory, but no way to be sure until you fold them.  And if you do, SHARE with me so I can share with the rest.

 


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Two days in a row?? Elephant, Blogger and Books

It seems like it’s been ages since I managed to blog two days in a row.  Awaiting the plumber so I thought I might as well.

First, let me wrap up WOYWW stuff. Here is the elephant, finished.  I had to pop to Lidl yesterday afternoon and mine still has plenty of these kits available and they have dropped the price to under £2.  I picked up one I previously passed on, a rhino.

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I am super happy with how he turned out.  You can;t see but the tusks are coated with Rock Candy stickles.

I am happy to be trying WOYWW again but there seems to be a problem – is it me or is it everyone or maybe just WordPress commenters? I commented o a number of blogs yesterday and still am not seeing comments from me posted.  Blogger labelled blogs seem to be ok, the ones that ask me to tick from a selection to verify I am not a robot.  But Blogspot labelled ones don’t seem to work.  I get a weird error screen:

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How wrong is it that the problem is with Blogger and yet they want me to clear MY cache, and deal with all the problems that creates.  Harumpf. It feels like the equivalent of the IT Crowd folk saying Have you tried switching it off and then on again? 

Lastly, I am still sending out loads of book folding patterns by request.  One of them, requested and folded by Bette, won a prize at her local fair!

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Apparently it won First Prize and a special ribbon.  All down to her folding and not the template – her two-line fold looks way better than mine!  Nice job Bette and thanks for sharing.


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More Freebie Book Folding!

I had a request for some READ templates, which is pretty popular – it’s a nice simple word to fold, and makes a great gift or decoration. Lots of the request mention they are from Librarians or for Libraries.  I thought I would start of with this on, as I update some of the original book folding templates.

Let me explain.  When I started, I would sometimes suggest to people that they might fold both the BLACK LINES and the WHITE SPACE between, in order to get a nice fat full looking word.  But having done it, I know that is hard on the eyes.  I also know it is possible to fold just the black lines and still get a credible design.  But fatter is better in this case, so instead I started s t r e t c h ing the word to create more lines,  When folded the design looks in proportion.

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This PDF has all 8 versions.  Just print the page you want.  There is a mix – some scripty, some blocky and a couple that are rather childlike.

You might be able to see some areas where the lines look darker, overlapped or outlined.  This may depend on the quality of your monitor.  If you see it on the screen, don’t worry.  It doesn’t appear when you print.

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What you MIGHT see on some words is an area where the lines don’t print fully.  That seems to happen most with text on a slant.  It is easy enough to fix – find the area (see it there between the a and the d in Habano ST font? Very slanted!)

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and connect the line with a pen. Low tech solution for sure.

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Remember the lines DO NOT tell you how many pages you need for your template, they are to help with the counting. Be sure to go back to my blog post for info on how to calculate the page count.  https://scrappystickyinkymess.wordpress.com/folded-book-templates/ has links to two different posts for how to do this. Be careful to count the alternating folds correctly!

Why I won’t tell you how many pages you need can be found here https://scrappystickyinkymess.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/book-folding-why-i-wont-count-them-out/


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Another try – book folding DIY

OK, I am still trying to work out a good way to share book folding alphabets that are easy for people to use.  While it us certainly easy enough, with the right tools and knowledge, for you to copy>paste individual letters and build a word you then can print out, past experience has told me that most people don’t have either the tools or the knowledge.  Most people have a printer.  so, sure, it’s a pain if you have to print 5 copies of the vowel sheets (and in future I might opt to put the vowels across two sheets, cause then at least if you have to print multiple copies, the extras will be useful!  Now I think of it, it might be useful to group the consonants according the those you use most often as well. But I digress…

So this is a pretty plain, blocky, no serif font, easy to fold for a beginner and chunky enough to really show up when folded.

Print the count page (page one) and all the pages with the letters you need.
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Keep the page count sheet with your extra letters.  As you count the lines, fill in the sheet so you never have to count that letter again!

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Cut out the letters you need

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Note the * – those letters are ones that are not aligned to the bottom edge. You will have to adjust the placement of them as you will see later.

Get a plain piece of paper and fold over the edge.  This is what hooks over the pages of the book to keep your folds aligned.

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Draw a couple of lines, three inches apart.  Bear in mind the height of your book.  you can place the folded edge over the top of your book and mark where you want the top of the word to fall, then mark that on the paper and draw the bottom line three inches from that. The blocks that hold the letters are three inches tall so they will line up within that area.

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Now simply use the lines of the letter blocks to stick the letters to the plain paper.

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If you like to fold back pages between the letters to create the look of a space, leave a gap then assign that however many pages you like, and five is usually good for me. For most letters, ones that are NOT two uprights next to each other (like “like” for example – the l and the i and the k need space between them) can do without a space, but feel free to practice in a cheap paperback and see what you think. Or cut the letters right to the edge and butt them up to each other.

The *ed letters need to be placed more carefully.

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You can hold them up to the light and line up the bottom edge of the body of the letter (i.e. not the tail) with the line you drew, like so:

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This will also help you make longer words – provided you can find a book that is big enough!

The letters are pre-stretched by about 50%, all the same amount except the W which was just SO wide it is more like 25% more.  It should be one of the easiest alphabets to try as a beginner and should give you a good result.

Here is the alphabet, upper and lower case, 1-0 numbers, a heart and an &.  That lets you do a couple’s initials, like A {heart} B or Mr & Mrs or 01 {heart} 05{heart} 2015 (like an anniversary or birthday) with ease

Gabo Drive font for book folding (and the fold count sheet)

Calendar folk, come back maybe tomorrow and I should have the Lace design done for Monday to Sunday calendars! The Sunday to Saturday version is here (including a French version)

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Yes, I am still here….READ book folding templates

Hi all,

I have been knee-deep in packing boxes, busy de-cluttering our lives, in preparation for the move.  Oddly, the new house is bigger than the one we are in now, but the layout is such that things will need to fit in differently.  It’s a challenge.

But I did get a comment from a teacher, Wendy, who said she might be interested in doing a book folding project with her students, using the word READ. I had done a couple of READs before, but that was also before I started really s t r e t c h i n g the words out, so when folded they still looked nice and fat. So I’ve done a new set, using many of my favourite fonts. More plain than scripty, but be careful!  Some of the “plain” ones are actually more complex than you might think.  Count carefully, using one of the methods I suggest here. And while you are at it, take a look at the post that explains why I won’t tell you how many pages you need for your book folding.

The PDF, which has seven versions, one per page, can be downloaded here. Here is a look at the fonts.

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You might see a slight ghost of the overlapped areas when viewing the PDF on the screen.  That should not happen once you print it.

Have fun with them and I hope they are useful.  Back to packing…..


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Book folding – Class Of …

Brandysmom, who commented on an older post, mentioned she thought that a pattern for CLASS OF would be cool, to use in conjunction with numbers, for a decorative item at a class reunion.  Great idea, and so funny she mentioned The Class of 1976, my own high school graduation date! Well, how could I pass on that?

I just quickly did a couple of fonts, Gabo Drive, as it is big and bold, but with character, and Habano, cause people always ask for that one!

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and I did the numbers as well.  Gabo Drive

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Habano ST

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Now I do these for free, so they aren’t as easy to use as the ones you will pay for.  You will have to cut out the numbers and assemble your date, either physically with scissors or digitally with some software. But once you do, the rest is the same as usual.  Brandysmom suggests doing the CLASS OF on one book and the date on another.  Much easier than a multi-line version.

Get the CLASS OF pattern here

Get Gabo Drive numbers here

Get Habano numbers here

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I know I have been missing in action for a while.  We are still dealing with the house purchase.  That won’t necessarily be a good thing for blogging, as then it’ll be all about the sorting, decluttering and packing, but at least there will be a light at the end of the tunnel!