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More book folding templates

UPDATED: I’ve re-added the PDF to include the number zero.  Critical for 10th 20th, 50th, etc and really it should have been there from the beginning.  Sorry about that.

So I am going to add these as well.  Hopefully they will prove helpful.  I’ve done some basic shapes, and numbers, and the ordinal abbreviations (st, nd, rd, th) in what I hope is a good size.  I thought they would work for Anniversary gifts, or birthdays.

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The lines may not look right, depending on the resolution of your monitor, but I would say print a single page first before writing them off. For example, on MY screen it looks like the two hands holding are darker, like maybe it is showing them overlapping, in the shot above, but in reality…

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I had to rotate the 5’s, because the thin line did not show up as lines to fold.  I may do another font that works better, but all the rest of the letters look so good for this one, I wanted to add it. I would say probably all but the solid heart is at least an intermediate level project.  Although, maybe they aren’t any more challenging than a name…

You can grab the multi-page PDF here.

A word about A4 v US letter – if the bottom of the page is cut off for US letter printers, please let me know.  I suspect this might be the case for the alphabet pages from yesterday, I just don’t know.


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Folded book stuff – will this work?

I have to dash off to cardio rehab shortly but I have been mulling over a way I might make the folded book templates available to all in a simple way, a way that people can customize to fit any name.

A follower, Nancy, asked for 4 or so names and hinted she would probably be wanting more.  We chatted about how I could provide her with an alphabet, but as she didn’t have Photoshop or the like, it seemed an impossible task.  But then when another commenter asked for an alphabet, I thought again and thought this might actually work!

The best I can do is add it and let you tell me if it does!

So I did two versions, one is a more plain (dare I say boyish?) font and one a bit more scripty but not overly feminine.  The fonts are Abril

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and Habano ST A-F_Habano

As you can see, the PDF has all the individual letter of the alphabet.  My thought is that you can print the sheets with the letters you need, then either tape them securely into the word to create your own book folding template OR you can simply fold each letter in sequence. What do you think?  Workable or not?

Here are the PDFs.  If it does work and there is a specific font you would like, comment and I will see if I have it or can get it.  I can amass a collection of these then people don’t need to wait for me to have time to create a custom name for them.  I can also do things like hearts, stars, etc if there is interest.

Here is the plan font Abril

Here is the more scripty font Habano ST


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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).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

 

 

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Do this in pairs – the two top

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and then the two bottom

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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

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

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

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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.