I just thought you might like to see one of the folds completed. Sandra, a follower here, kindly sent me a photo. I think it turned out pretty well, don’t you?
You can download the templates in the previous post!
Super quick. My boiler packed in this AM. Typical. At least it is not super cold today!
Anyway, I was sending out some cat-related book fold requests and I thought I might as well share them – I am not one myself, but I know there are cat-fanatics out there that will appreciate them!
Even I have to admit these are cute.
It’s been a busy few weeks, with visitors coming and going. The last one is due back from a side trip today and will be gone next week. Phew.
Triggered by a request for a “Lest We Forget” pattern, here are a few I designed.
There are the two poppies, which would work ok as a straight book fold. They might work best as a combined Cut&Fold. If they are done so the central section of the flower is concave, you could easily add a printed bit that says REMEMBER or the date or something similar. Don’t be worried by the overlapping darker areas in the first one. They do not print like that. Download that set here.
The initial Lest We Forget design is one that was requested. The ones with the poppy variations I thought might be easier to do. You can get that trio of designs here. I think it is very clear that those will only work as Cut&Folds! Very complicated!
Additionally you could Cut&Fold (or maybe just fold?) the Lest We Forget words and add a poppy (knitted, crocheted, paper, whatever) in the middle rather than folding it!
If you make one PLEASE share it! I’m sure people would like to see it.
I had a request for a Mum and a Dad book folding template. I have done Mum before but not a set. And not sure I have done Dad (or indeed my preferred Mom) either! So I have done them as sets of four.
Mum has its own issues – the M and the u and the m all have straight upright letters in some fonts. In order to make them readable without lots of inserted folded back pages (something I also get asked about a lot and recently replied to a comment regarding it with some untested but logical ideas) the font choice has to have serifs or be scripty. These are four that I think will work:
MOM is less an issue unless the O is squarish:
That lets me use a plainer font- the right top one would never work for MUM as it would all blend into a solid block without folded back pages! Download MOM here
Dad was easy and I think all of these (one which matches at least one the Moms or the Mums) will work:
Hopefully that will give you something to do until I feel up to posting more often then once a month LOL!
First, I am taking a break from sending out templates over Christmas. I will sort out the few I have in my comments today and respond to any that come in until DECEMBER 19TH. After that, you can click on the Book Folding categories or tags or menu item at the top and feel free to download any of the templates I have shared. While you won’t find specific images or words or names, there is probably going to be SOMETHING you can use to make a last-minute gift!
Here are a couple of printables. This PDF will print two images has six of the images which print at about 3.5 inches square
This PDF has 12 images at just shy of 2.5 inches square, perfect for tags.
Lastly, I just have to share this bizarre tip I found. I had a moment of absolute panic when my trusty Canon Pixma stopped working, throwing out a B200 error and telling me I needed to take it in for a service. Cue copious cursing and a pretty weak tantrum, but only because of my myositis LOL! Trust me, inside, I was RAGING. I dropped a Slack to dear hubby, who is my tech hero, as well as having a very calm head in the face of things I totally lose my sh*t over, who suggested checking online for an error reset hack. I found a few that involved things that did NOT work (like pushing a series of buttons, holding them down on a coordinated and times fashion, or uninstalling the print head, which didn’t work for MY Pixma model and turned out to create another problem) then I stumbled on the genius, simple, but frankly totally BIZARRE solution that worked first time!! The steps are simple:
1. Turn OFF the printer
2. Open the flap as if to change inks cartridges
3. Turn the power back ON
4. Wait for print carriage to start moving to the left and let it go past half way
This was where I was thinking in my head There is NO WAY this is going to work! HA!
5. Before print carriage reaches left hand side (but after going halfway across) shut the cover.
Again, I am thinking I will miss the exact point I need to close the cover and should be spending my time figuring out how to convince DH to stop and buy me any printer he can, then bring it home and install it this afternoon. But the closing of the lid at the right moment was either luck or the window of opportunity it quite a wide one or it doesn’t matter at what point you close it
6. Leave the Printer on
7. Good to go.
I printed a test sheet, did all the cleaning functions offered in the print utility and printed a perfect sheet. My green ON light is steady and as the instructions said, GOOD TO GO!
So it PRINTS, and the B200 error has been cleared, except now, the previous attempt and removing the cartridges and removing the print head must have misaligned it somehow, so in the end I am not good to go. I am back to raging. Oh well….
We had some mail issues in November, I won’t bore you with the technicalities, but it meant that I got mail sometimes, on some devices, but not on others. So when it got fixed I got a lot of mail in a flood. I seem to have missed a couple of template requests, so if you asked for one and have NOT gotten it, and you have already checked to make sure it didn’t get put in your SPAM folder, then come back to me.
I had a request for a favourite calendar, for 2018. Download that here
And also a request for a book folding template that is probably useful for many, SISTERS. Here it is for download, a few options:
Here are a few Christmas book folding templates I have been playing around with. The trees are simple, and could be tarted up with decorations – oooh, I wonder if you could add those tiny battery-operated LED lights to the fold somehow? Hummmm…
The reindeer are maybe a little more tricky, maybe better for cut&folds. But either way, if you do make one, send along a photo so I can see and if the photo is clear and in focus I might share it here. I never have time to fold all the designs so it is nice for people to see they work and what the end result looks like!
And just a reminder of a more challenging one:
You can find some other Christmas folds, including Rudolph, here.
I have had many requests over the years for book folding templates that say Friend. I thought as I was making one anyway, I would pick three nice fonts and make it available to all. So here you go!
Here is the PDF to download
A word about the last one in particular. I tried to fatten up the thinish font a bit by adding an outline. I have created and printed many templates this way and they always look weird on the screen, but trust me. Overlapping areas of the letters show quite clearly on screen but, at least on MY printer, they do NOT show when printed. If they do on yours, try draft mode or a lower quality print.
OK, so I know this is well in advance of when it might be needed, but I have had more than one request for a Prom? template over the years. I always intended to make a set available but never got around to it. Then I had another email request and it prompted me to just do it. I figure Prom?– askers might appreciate the extra time to wrap their heads around the craftiness required, make a test fold, and find the right, most significant book.
Not to appear too cynical but the book can be folded and hidden away. And it’ll still work, even if the potential recipient changes over the course of the year.
Now, there are 7 fonts, but with the last one, I experimented with a top-to-bottom stretch to give it a bit more height. I think it will work. I quite like funky #5 personally. But you should also know I have not folded any of these myself. If you do, send me a photo. I’d love to add it to show people how they turn out! Grab the whole set in the PDF here.
I think it would be cute to present the book with a long-stem rose threaded thru the spine….just a thought…..
I may have mentioned that my most requested book folding templates are for the word FAMILY. I’ve also said that I would be adding a set for easy download. Here they are. Don’t worry about the overlapping bits in some of the fonts. This is what I usually send with my templates:
The words/images are s t r e t c h e d so they will look in proportion when folded.
Don’t worry! Overlapping lines show on the screen but not when printed 🙂
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/
Here is the PDF for download. The one inside the heart is one that had been requested. As I had it I thought I might as well include it. I think it might work better as a cut & fold, but if you give it a go and it works, be sure to share a photo with me.
Hope you find it useful!