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Printables, and a near-fail book

I will begin by adding some printables that I made last week, before I got sidetracked by bookmaking.

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I think looking at the PDF on my monitor, the text looks fuzzy. I’ve printed them to test for myself and they are actually fine.  There are strips for a 6×4 photo (along the 6″ or 4″ edge) and the 4″ inch ones also fit a 3×4 inch photo or filler card. There are some 3″ ones too.  Just little label-maker style text strips that you might find useful. Grab them here.

Now continuing the bookmaking adventure, I did try the rectangular labels.  Not a total fail but not a total success either.  First, an annoyance.  I was quite pleased with the paper booklet that came as a gift with Crafts Beautiful. Cute patterns, mostly, double-sided and a nice weight for the map folds, not too bulky.

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Then I opened it.  WTF?

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Printed right on the paper!  DOH. Careful placement of the dies just barely worked

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Some of the edges look a little nibbled.  The real problem is that there is a formula for doing the map fold on a rectangle.  Width – Height / 2 (width of paper across minus the height of the paper divided by 2)  and that number is where you would mark for your diagonal score lines.  But because of  the shaped edges I was struggling to get it right.  Technically that is 9 1/2 wide minus 6 high = 3 1/2 divided by 2 = 1 3/4 inches.  But every time I did it, it seemed to fold just slightly differently.  And sometimes the folds had to be adjusted so the finished unit had neat edges.

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I found doing one side perfectly then adjusting the other so the points matched, worked best.  And making a template for the point to fold the side in to helped as well.

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The construction is pretty much the same, although I made the covers from the biggest size (same as the pages) then the inner cardstock dividers from the next size down.  It made for an interesting book.

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Go back to the previous posts here and here for more detail on the map-fold books. This post talks about folding directional papers.

I am madly folding pop-up boxes, from my better designed .svg, to finish off the handful of ATCs before Wednesday.  Bank holiday tomorrow and we may actually get out for the day, so doing laundry too.  Blech. After spending the entire day disassembling DS’s Stompa bed OMG! what a job) and filing a mountain of paperwork, and prepping an enormous amount of  meat for the BBQ (enough to last the week for sure) and to populate the new freezer, I could use a day out….


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Folding the inserts (map fold book)

I’ve already explained the map fold, so this is more to save yo ruining a piece of paper yo want to use by making a wrong fold. Firstly, look at how hugely different the labels die cut can be folded.

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I suppose you could make a case for both versions being useful, but the one on the right (in the bottom photo, left in the top one) is the one that offers the most useable space, I think.  That is the one I will explain.  You can make the other version by just switching the bump and point folds. I trust you can identify a bump and a point….

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1. Begin by folding the piece in half, two bumps together.

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then fold the other two bumps together, keeping the mountain folds on the same side

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2. With the mountain fold on the inside, fold in half, matching the points.

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Matching the mountain folds of the point-to-point fold, collapse the unit. You will end up with this:

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3.  Fold in the sides, keeping the top of the fold as level as you can, leaving just a smidge of a gap in the middle

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and fold the reverse side to match.

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4.  This is the tricky reverse-the-fold bit.  

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Unfold each fold, and reverse the centre fold so the bump is inside.

5. Done.

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The trick with paper that has an actual directions, that needs to be seen right side up, is to orient the paper correctly to begin with.

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Make sure the single point to point fold goes top to bottom

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It only looks wrong – the flat (unscored) areas are the “pages” where the unit is stuck inside the book base.

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I am going to add the PDF of the shaped areas, without the poem, as it is more useful and no one really expressed any interest in having the with-text version.

boybookblanksYou can easily create the sized text blocks and print them then stick the cut out bits over the test and print again.

Have fun!  You know, I have a set of rectangular brackets as well –  I wonder….

 

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Construction of the Map Fold Books

This post has the potential to be excessively long.  I am going to break it up into a couple of posts to keep that from happening.  Also, I am off out very soon.

So without further ado, here is the basic construction.

1. The book base is constructed of three folded sections.  The measurements for the one I will show are

two 4 x 8 inch pieces of cardstock, scored and folded in half

one 12 x 4 inch piece, scored at 4 inches, 8 inches, and 8 1/2 to 8 3/4 inches.  This will create a fold over flap so the thickness of the book  will determine the size.  This should help:

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2. Stack the pieces and carefully punch five evenly spaced holes thru the centre folds

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and sew together with a 5-hole pamphlet stitch.  This is the image I go back to over and over again when I forget!

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That is the basis for all of the books.  The inserts for THIS one begin with not a square, like normal, not a circle, like my previous variation, but with a large bracket, cut with the Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities, Grand Labels One.

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To add the pages, stick one side of the folded unit to the left (or right) page.

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Add adhesive to the other side – I usually don’t cover the whole face bit focus on the centre line and the straight bits on the sides

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Fold over the next page, making sure the corners are lined up, and press to stick.

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Ta dah!

You can close the book with a simple ribbon or cord tie, like I did the previous sample

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or add a two-button wrap, or any other closure you fancy.

In the next post I will talk about folding the pages from the label – there are a few tricks to it, especially with directional paper – and share show I added the text.  I should be able to share that as a PDF so you can print and cut, rather than taking the time it took ME to set it all up.  Here’s a sneaky peek:

The file looks like this:

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I do also have a sheet with the shapes, but blank, so you can add your own text.  The print looks like this:

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and the page looks like this!

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I’ll interject here that I know not everyone is going to have these big labels.  So if you want to see the printable file for a circle page or a square page, comment and let me know.  It’s a bit of effort but I think I can do it when I return if there is interest.  I may even go ahead and do What is a Girl? (also by Alan Beck) as well as I do have one of each!

 


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Hungarian Map Fold Book

So the bookmaking group I am on (pretty darn nearly the only thing that ever drives me to log in to Facebook) had a challenge for a Turkish Map Fold book.  You may recall I reposted quite an old PDF of instructions that had disappeared from the net. I’ve always like this fold, and had a bit of a play with it.  The book was cute enough, but I had to make another one so I could improve the construction.  As this is going to be VERY photo intense I’ll just show you the bare bones – a three-folds pamphlet with a flap.

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The Turkish map folds are stuck two together and then stuck between each section. I’ll do another post about the construction but today I want to explain the HUNGARIAN map fold, a variation on this one, and my circular variation on that.

There is a great post here with the basic fold. That is for a square piece.  And don’t be fooled by the video that may pop up – it’s for the Turkish fold, not the Hungarian one. Although to be fair it is only one additional diagonal that differentiates the two, and by sticking the units so one piece is flat, mine really ends up being more Turkish than Hungarian LOL! But orienting the text is easier with the additional diagonal, I think.

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I would say e.e. cummings is my favourite poet and this one of my favourite poems. This is what the it looks like opened.

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but without the inserts. Unlike the Turkish one from yesterday, this one has only ONE insert between each section. The inserts are heavier weight than the graph paper so two would have made the book VERY thick.

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I’ll be showing you folding specifically for the placement of the text as well as folding a “diagonal” on a circle the only thing you need to know that the original linked page doesn’t cover.

1. I printed the text across the middle of pink graph paper.  

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Fold the circle in half bottom to top, across the text.  Use the lines of text to make sure the fold is straight across

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2. Open and fold, again with the text on the outside, in half side to side.  

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Flip it over.  It should look like this:

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3. Fold the diagonals by matching the fold lines.  This is the only tricky fold.

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4. Fold the second diagonal by matching the top and bottom fold lines of the first diagonal

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5. Collapse the piece.  It should want to collapse, if you’ve done the folds right.

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Note the orientation of the text.  You want the flat area to be the text area. Once collapsed it will look like this:

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6. Mark each unit at the same point – can you see the tiny dots?

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then fold in the side to meet the point.

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7. This sounds tricky but it isn’t.  REVERSE the folds so those triangle on the top switch to being INSIDE the unit.  Open them

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and push on that middle fold to push it inward

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Re-crease the folds.  It will change from the left image to the right one.

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And THAT is the circular Hungarian Map Fold. These inserts are just smaller units than the cardstock ones and the fit inside perfectly.  I didn’t go to any extraordinary lengths to get the units in exact proportion, I just made sure the marking and fold-in sides were similar, and that was good enough for them to nest nicely. I did stick them only in the very centre, which I think would help accommodate slight variations

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and yet they collapse fine.

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I experimented with a number of circle sizes and they all seem to nest nicely.

It would make a nice card too, just one fold.

I think it’s just a pretty little book.  I also think the flat areas that hold the text could easily hold photos and you could add journaling or other text to the smaller folded areas by the print/cut/stick method, or hand write it if yo prefer the circles open up relatively flat.  Well, dang.  Now I have to make  a photo one too.  Argh.  Maybe I’ll photo that for a step-by step for the construction…

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And I can do the straight Turkish fold on a circle and see if it really is the same (minus the extra diagonal) and if it matters.

Jeez.  I am so out of practice for these tutorial sorts of posts.  I’ll try to be more concise for the next one,  just need to get my groove back.

And finish those last few ATCs before Wednesday!

 

 

 


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Turkish Map Fold PDF

This came up on UKScrappers, and the member looking for it mentioned that “the best” instructions” were linked to a site to download the PDF that no longer existed.  I was able to search for it using the WayBack Machine (which I think I’ve mentioned before – it takes snapshots of internet sites and keeps them available even when the site disappears) and was lucky enough to find the PDF still available for download!

I added the link on UKS, but it occurred to me that people might search for it, find the UKS link, then not be able to download it as only members can see the links and download them.  So rather than have a whole host of people joining UKS just to be able to download the link, but never intending to actually become part of the community, I thought it would make more sense to repost it here.  The note in the file indicates so long as the  info file is included it can be shared freely so that is what I am doing.

So if you are searching for this link, it is dead and gone,  do NOT click on it! Click here instead to download the PDF.

Just adding this link as well – I like the little animation at the top !

Here is an image so you know what it’s all about! If you click the image you will go to the site the image came from.

Sorry to my WOYWW visitors if this one shows up first but, hey, you may appreciate the download as well!