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.


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:


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!


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.


WOYWW 385 – long time, no see!

Happy WOYWW day!  Oh it has been so long!  I drastically underestimated the impact of

  • the move to a new house that needs a lot of work
  • the move to a new county and the impact on DDs SEN status
  • dealing with the ridiculous amount of stuff left by DS after he moved to California
  • getting my ridiculous amount of craft stuff organized

I haven’t managed WOYWW for AGES – every time I think maybe THIS week I can do it, SOMETHING comes up and I end up being tied up with contractors or needing to be away for the day and therefore unable to take part. And I won’t take part unless I KNOW I can at least return visits.

But I do actually have something on my desk this week and I am home awaiting a couple of deliveries and a pick up for return, and only have to pop out to collect a prescription at the pharmacy.  I may get a text from the plumber (almost all the downstairs radiators fail to heat up at all) but that is about it.  Seems a good week to take the plunge.

Remember this?



and my Gelli print version? It is a post or so back.


Well, I did wind up buying a stack of the kits from Lidl and in tidying up I came across some lovely tissue paper from our trip to the Bombay Sapphire distillery:


So I have been covering the bits of an elephant with the tissue paper


and misting the centre brace pieces with Glimmer Mist


The nice thing about tissue paper is that you don’t need to X-acto knife around the pieces, just scrub along the edges with an emery board or nail file.  And the emery board fits inside the tricky slots to make it super easy to remove the tissue paper from them.


It just needs some ink dusted on the edges and it can join the deer head.  I still have a rams head and a bull’s head (maybe a rhino too, the only one I am sure I didn’t buy is the bear!) but am not sure what other technique I might bring to it.  I did consider doodling on the white pieces but I’m not that good at it, to be honest.  And the mountain of scrapbooking paper I have on hand would make that an obvious choice, but maybe too obvious.  I might go for stamping with my Teesha/Zetti stamps but I’m just not sure how visible they will be once the piece is assembled.  Time will tell…

So have a wonderful WOYWW day and I will hope to manage a few visits before it all goes pear-shaped.

Pessimistic? Me? Nahhhh…..


Old idea revisited

A while back I was looking thru some of my saved links for iPhone stands – DH gave away the one from his desk and needed a new one. I was looking at this post but it was the overall photo that caught my eye more than the stands. It looked like wall art to me, so I made it as such. Original links is gone, but this idea is similar enough.

I used some 12 x 12 scrapbooking papers and some 6 x 6 pieces.  I started with double-sided sheets because I wanted to use the tutorial for making a two-colour/pattern unit, but in the end I liked them better one pattern.  But using the double-sided papers helps make the scoring and folding clearer.

1. Score in half (whatever the size of your paper) – so

at 6 inches on a 12 x 12 sheet
at 3 inches for a 6 x 6 sheet.


Fold and crease.  open up.


2. Flip over and score in fourths.

12 x 12 – at 3 inches, at 6 inches, and at 9 inches
6 x 6 – at 1 1/2 inches, at 3 inches, and at 4 1/2 inches


The pattern on the finished piece will follow these score lines – so the leaves on the paper will be seen up and down on the finished piece.

Fold  the sides in to meet in the middle.


3. Reinforce the middle fold, keeping the opening on the outside.


4. Fold the two sides in, on the diagonal, first one way


then the other, creating an X


5. This part is hard to show in still photos.  Basically you are going to rotate the piece so it is lengthwise.


and fold the V so the sides are together at the back.  Opening up the top layer on one side, push the other three layers inside.

11foldedpaperartDo the same on the other end. Not proper origami technique, but feel free to add a bit of adhesive inside to keep it all stuck together.


I think there is a video linked in the original post.  That might be more clear if you need to see the action. The point is, you will end up with the above, and when you flip it, this!


Now, I laid it all out on a spare piece of mat board, and once I liked the arrangement, I stuck the units down by running a bead of hot glue along the centre bar in the back and putting a blob in the tip and the tail.


Bet you are dying to know what it looks like….



The crisper your folds the sharper it will look! I put it in the frame, left off the glass, and it’s already hanging over the mantle.  Matched the new curtains and rug perfectly.

Off to the PO today, finally, to mail off some more baby beanies and my ATCs. Had to stay in awaiting deliveries for DH, so didn’t manage it yesterday like I hoped.  DS and his GF are due on Sunday and I STILL haven’t finished my WOYWW visits.  I suck, I know.  But I will get to them.  Promise!


The pop up cube how-to

This is a multi-step process and I hope it will be clear.  Let’s begin with an annotated template that will act as an overview of the steps. This is the BACK SIDE (inside).


1. Print and score the template as shown. It will need to be on decent but not super heavy-weight cardstock, although see my note later for a method to use thinner paper.

This is what it will look like


2.  I use two interlocked loom bands as the mechanism.  It’s not as springy as a slightly larger rubber band, maybe about  an 1 1/2, twisted into a figure 8 would be, but it works well enough and it’s what I have.

You can see where the rubber band goes.  it fits into the valley behind the mountain folds – this is the front/outside you see.


The two sides get stuck together, encasing the rubber band. Then the flaps get stuck to the flat inside.  Now you are looking at the back/inside of the cube.



You can cut just the hourglass section again, and reinforce it on the inside it the rubber band looks like it is tearing the cardstock. This will let you use scrapbooking paper rather than cardstock.



3.  Looking at the annotated template, you will stick the tabs to the triangles.



Be aware that at this point, the cube will do it’s best to self-destruct.




Do this in pairs – the two top


and then the two bottom


4. Collapse the sides so you have a flat piece.  You are likely to think an extra hand would be useful about now.  Do one side


then the other.  The last tab gets tucked inside and stuck.



Once you release the tension, the cube will pop up!


This is the paper-weight version and it pops beautifully.

Hopefully that will help.  You can print or otherwise decorate the outside before you begin, or cut squares and add them to a plain cardstock base.

Have fun with it.


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.


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.

Let me show you the finished  book first.  4hungarianmapfold

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.


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.


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.  


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


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


Flip it over.  It should look like this:


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


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


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


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


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


then fold in the side to meet the point.


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


and push on that middle fold to push it inward


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


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



and yet they collapse fine.



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…


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!





Book folding with templates

Check out THIS POST for a full alphabet for making your own templates. Also see the menu item at the top for links to ALL the book folding posts.

NOTE:  If you ask for a template PLEASE give a font suggestions or style.  Otherwise you may just get one I like…. 

I was sending this to someone and I figured I might as well post it. I’m not an expert, but it might give you the courage to try it.  I promise it is way easier than you think it is!

The only potential  problem was with the adding lines.  It should be stupidly simple but I don’t think it is in Photoshop/PSE.  I tried to find a B&W fill pattern of stripes that would do the same thing in PSE as I do in Intaglio but I just could not find one. Marta, the YouTub-er from yesterday, has a video for creating the stripes but there has to be a better way.  I’ll keep looking.

All I have to do in my program is type a word in whatever font I want then click to fill. Is that an option in WordArt for example?  Or Paint Shop Pro maybe? Here is an example:


The lines look weirdly wavy in the lower dpi but you’ll see they aren’t when printed

Here is the process:

1. Print the thing you want to re-create as book art. Fold over a ledge and stick it to a piece of scored and folded cardstock.  The thickness needs to be thinner than the book you are using to fold.


so trim it if you need to, and as you fold more pages and the book gets thinner, trim again. Can you see it lying along the top edge of the book?


2. Grab a bone folder or a teaspoon or something you can use to get a nice crease.  A nice crease is the key. In the video, she just folds.  Sorry, I’m not that good.  I use a strip of a placemat (thin is the key) to fold the page over.


3. Look at your word or image.  Identify the areas where there is just a single fold needed (there is one line, one top of the line, one bottom of the line) and where there are multiple lines along the same column. Can you see what in the simple heart outline what I mean?


It may help you to mark those areas.  Or maybe begin with a simple solid shape, like the freebie heart Instructable from yesterday.

4. EACH LINE will need a page – and by page I mean sheet or leaf, not page as in page count of the book!  Make sure you have enough leaves/sheets.  You can count lines for a simple shape, but if you want to do an open letter you need to count both the lines that are single fold + (the double lines x 2). So let’s say in the heart there are 10 single folds on either side and in the middle there are 30 lines,  that would be 10+30+30+10 = 80 leaves (assuming pages numbered on every page, at least a 160 page book)

I would ALWAYS suggest overestimating the pages you need.

NOTE:  If you have a really FAT book, fold to both the LINES and the white “line” between for a nice FAT word!

5. Starting at the very first line to the left, slip the template under the first page you will fold.  I tend to leave a couple of pages blank at the beginning, or if the book is very fat and the line count minimal you may want to go to the middle of the book and then count forward to where you will begin.

In the video she marks the top edge, to denote the fold-to line.  She scores the top edge with a razor blade to make a mark she can see. I can’t sit comfortably and see that mark.    I’m lazy so I just cut a strip of card and use the edge to show me the fold-to mark.  And I shift it to the front as I move to the next page.


6.  Fold the top corner of the book like so:


from the top edge of the page to the top of the first line.


Crease well!

Now fold the bottom corner from the BOTTOM of the same line to the edge of the page like so:


In the end, your fold should look like this:


Mark the line with a pencil dot and repeat the process with the next line.  Here you can see the first two lines folded, and hopefully imagine how it will build to create the 3D heart.


7.  When you come to a double line section, alternate top fold, bottom fold like so:



Make sure to mark each line section!

I am working on the JACK pattern from above.  I didn’t have a hardback book to hand and really wanted to try out the pattern to make sure I was on the right track, but here is how it has progressed:


Once the whole word is done, the word should be more obvious, like the video samples. So much fun!

I am keen to try the open heart and a couple of other patterns I’ve made, a couple that I know are going to be challenging.  And if you fancy having a go but making the lined word is holding you back, drop me a comment.  Seriously, it takes me seconds to do and I will do a pattern for you.  I’m betting there won’t be so many takers I can’t keep up LOL! I’ll have to be a font I own.  So say the word or name and the font you want, but also the  “feel” you want and leave it to me to pick an alternative if it isn’t one I own.

Hoping to finish this one today, and I have five more beanies and a few more ATCs to complete, but I won’t make you wait too long for a pattern I promise.

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Book art – book heart

Funny how things happen.  This morning I was looking at my blog stats and saw an old post had been pinned.  I was curious so I went to the pinboard, and saw quite a few really cool looking folded book art.  Which made me curious, so I Googled that.  There are a few places that have tutorials you can buy, but I found this free sample pattern on Instructables.  I thought it looked easy and was quite cute, so I looked thru the books I had earmarked for the Charity shop.  No hardbacks, but I did have one quality paperback, heavier pages, sturdy cover, that I thought would work.

It did.


The heart is a little on the thin side, so I added some points before and after.  They sort of look a bit like wings. That also allowed me to have the same text along the top edge – good title for a project like this!



I did something that I am not sure is right, technically, but if I listed some of the words on show  when I folded all the pages one way you will see why I instead went to the middle and folded towards the covers! They weren’t very lovely, trust me.

I also added a ribbon around the middle section.  and the clamps might turn into something that can be more decorative, maybe a little bag-charm style hanging beaded thingie.

I also thought that this could make a cute wedding gift.  What if you added photos of the bride on one side and the groom on the other?  I have some ideas so I may play around with this a bit more.



I have seen some free tutorials for creating a pattern using Photoshop (maybe PSE too, not looked at it that closely) to create words, which I am interested in too.

As diverting as it has been I still have work to do, and that laundry isn’t going to wash itself…

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Stuffed Spiky

I’ve had an influx of last-minute entries for the memory book I am doing (for DDs youth group leader) so I have to abandon the cupboard cleaning for the day.  But the pages are really more of the same, and I can’t share any with the kids on them, so I will instead share another little Mr Spiky – I edited the blank template to add the logo of the scheme, to accompany the book.  I thought the plain card version might be a bit flimsy so I’ve stuffed him full of toy stuffing and added a little felt covered circle to finish off at the bottom.


He sits quite comfortably on the desk – you may recall orange is my least favourite colour, but what can ya do?


Better get crackin’ – I’m due to hand it over either tomorrow or Thursday! If any MORE comes in I’ll be in a flap till it’s safely in the hands of the team.


The necklace display/mock dress form template

I just had to work it out.  Tricky, and not perfect, but so long as you smooth the curves when cutting, I think it will work well enough.  They can be cut from 2 sheets of card then overlapped in the centre to make a bigger form.  There is also a single form, sized to fit on a single sheet of card – that is the size I used for the one I made here:


The PDF is three pages – left and right of the two-sheet version and the full one-sheet smaller version.  Sorry for the dodgy lines, it was really tricky to get them smooth.    But like I said, just smooth the curves when cutting – there seems to be a little dip in the centre of the neck, for example, where I stitched the two halves together for the full-sheet version.

The photos show a fatter version I played with so anything you see that makes you go Hummm? is probably down to that. The PDF version works the same as this first attempt.

Just cut out the two halves, if doing the BIG version


Score the lines at neck and armpit.  I find it best to sort of pinch-walk along the crease to create the shape


And once you overlap you will have the full front, like so


Punch the little dots and thread thru some ribbon/string/twine and depending on how tight you pull that you can get a slightly different look


I used some washi tape and this version has text on the body, which I decided wasn’t a great idea.

I’m still hunting for a template that someone else (who is better at this than I am) already did but not finding it.  But then DH has been sorting out some back-up issues and talking about replacing my hard drive (shudder) so my Google hunting time hasn’t been all that much. Still, this will do in a pinch and I’ll add a better one if I find it.

Oh and you can obviously increase the size with a photocopy for an even bigger version although the 2-part one is, I think, an OK size if you want to use it for an actual necklace display at a craft fair.  In which case I would refer you back to the original link for how she covers hers with sticky-backed felt or fun foam, for example.

Happy Sunday…



So sidetracked….

On WOYWW day I saw the coolest dress form, altered in a spectacular way, by Bella.  I urge you to go see hers cause mine is a very poor imitation.  OK, well not really an imitation except in the sense that it is also a dress form, sort of.  I just loved hers but of course I had not full size dress form, and no place to put one even if I did make it.  But it got me wondering if it would be possible to create a 3D dress form out of cardstock.

Funnily enough, the other day, while hunting for something completely unrelated (possibly loom band stuff, I can’t quite recall how I got there, and by there I mean a Pinterest board) I had seen a cardboard necklace display that now leapt into my mind as a possible solution. I had to hunt for it, and never did find the Pinterest board, but the photo here looks just like what I remember.  Problem is, there wasn’t then, nor now, an actual template.  DOH! The first step was to grab my curvy ruler and draw one out.  I could see the shape well enough to get close.


The proportions aren’t quite the same for mine but they are close enough.  Mine is made of a sheet of quite stiff A4 card, but what you see above is actually my attempt to create half of the form on an A4 sheet so I could make a bigger one at some point, and figure out how to alter it so it can lay flush against the wall.

I was really in to it, and my camera batteries were dead, and DH had unplugged the charger so he could plug-in the back-up disk so I could only sneak a few shots before the darn thing died totally. But here it is.  No sense of perspective, really, but the box=pleat skirt is folded from two 6 x 12 strips of scrapbooking paper, to give you and idea.


The wings were cut on the Cricut in black then lined with a soft green glitter adhesive sheet – I thought the colour went well with the green from the London A to Z pages that I decoupaged over the form. The little house reminded me of olde-worlde London terrace blocks but are actually one of my Zetti stamps – the one where I split the stamp, removing the eyes that were originally part of it.

Th gears are tin foil, adhered to cardboard and alcohol inked.  It’s an X-cut set.  The stand is an old candlestick. Poor thing, she is very flat-chested, but making 3D paper boobies was completely beyond me.

You can see the back is laced and the skirt is attached to the inside core of a roll of glue dots.  I always save them, so handy.


Overall I am happy with it – for what it is.  Considering I made it from stuff I had kicking around, I think it is looking good so far.  I feel like it needs something else – a quote or some text, maybe, or an actual necklace or maybe flowers??  Not sure, but that seems to be a trend – I am riddled with indecision lately, never sure which way to go with things.  I might just shuttle it aside for now and look over to it for a bit and see if I get inspired.  Maybe tidy up my office AGAIN – that always reveals stuff that is hidden or buried and often I get an idea when I unearth it.  Well see.

I’ve had a go and taking my drawn template and making it digital, but am struggling to make those curvy lines look smooth.  but if I get it to the point I think it’s OK, I’ll add it.  I might just add the hand drawn one, warts and all, or re-draw it cleaner.  Or maybe just keep looking. surely there must be a template put there for download….