This is a step by step tutorial on how I decorated the Graphic 45 Matchbook box with Stamperia’s Lilac Flowers paper collection. You can find the supplies listed below with links to ASC Supplies’ Esty shop. I’ll be using this same paper collection to decorate the Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album as well. That will be my next design team project for the month of August.
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ASC Supply List for this written tutorial project:Darice® 4-in White Pearl Bling Sticker Strips: 2 pc
Graphic 45 Matchbook Box—Ivory (Currently out of stock, but keep checking back for when it is in stock)
Graphic 45 Rose Bouquet Collection – French Lilac & Purple Royalty
Stamperia Lilac Flowers Paper Pack
Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album—Ivory
Pearl Foil Mirror Board – 12×12 – American Crafts
Supplies and tools from my craft room:
ATG Adhesive Gun
Scalloped Oval Dies
Premium Cardstock – Purple
Tim Holtz Big Chat words
Step One: I used the same paper collection I used for the matchbook box for this album and cut out all of the pieces that I needed first. The cutting measurements are as follows:
(2) 4” x 4 7/8” Outside Album Covers (Large Mat)
(2) 3 ¾” x 4 ½”, Outside Album Covers (Small Mat)
(1) 3/4” x 1 ¾”, Spine
(1) 2” x 4 7/8”, Spine
(2) 3 ¾” x 4 ¾”, Inside Covers
(2) 2” x 4 ½”, Inside Cover Banners
Tri Fold Cards
(4) 2 ¾” x 12” Tri Fold Cards
(4) 2 ¾” Tri Fold Cards Strips
(4) 3” x 3 ¾”, Tri Fold Page Mats
Top Fold Cards
(4) 3 ¼” x 8 ½” Top Fold Cards
(4) 4 ¼” Top Fold Cards Strips
(4) 5” x 3 ½”, Photo Cards
(4) 3″ x 4″ Postcard Images
(4) 2 3/8” x 2 ¾” Tag Mats
Side Pocket Mats
(8) 3” x 3 ¾”, Side Pocket Mats (Small Mat)
(8) 3 ¼” x 4”, Side Pocket Mats (Large Mat)
Signature Page Covers
(8) 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” Signature Page Covers
(8) 3 3/8” x 1 3/8” Pocket Covers
Step Two: First I took the small side pocket mats and adhered them to the larger mats. I set these aside to add to the book later.
Step Three: I went ahead and scored the strips cut for the top fold and tri fold cards. I scored the top fold card at 4 1/4″ and the tri fold card at 4″ and 8″. I folded them and burnished them and then moved on to adding the strips for each set of cards.
Step Four: Next I took the strips for the tri fold and top fold cards and adhered them to each card.
Step Five: For the top fold cards I took the 3 1/2″ x 5″ photo cards scored each at 2 1/2″ on the long side, folded them in half, and rounded the corners. Then I slipped one into each of the strips on the top fold cards.
Step Six: I took the mats for the tags rounded the corners and adhered each mat to a tag. Then I cut 4 pieces of 12″ ivory seam binding and added a strip to each tag.
Step Seven: Now that all of the pieces are cut out, it’s time to add everything to book. I added the inside cover mats and then adhered a banner to each mat. I cut out two images with a scalloped oval die and two mats for the images using the next size up of the small scalloped oval dies. I glued the image to the mat and then glued each image on each banner.
Step Eight: There are four signatures in the book and each signature has four pages. I glued the 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” Signature Page Covers to the front signature page and the last signature page.
Step Nine: The rest of the pages were pretty simple. I added the mats to each of the pocket pages and then adhered a word from the Tim Holtz Big Chat words to a piece of left over paper to each of the fronts of the pocket pages. I placed four post cards in four of the pockets and four tags in the other four pockets. On the pages that the tri fold cards are adhered to I glued down the mat and then glued the tri fold card in the center of the mat. On the remaining four pages I simply glued the top fold cards in place.
Step Ten: Once I was satisfied with how the inside looked it was time to decorate the outside of the book. I glued down a strip of the satin ribbon about 3/4″ of the way on the front and back cover. Then I put the first and second mats down over the ribbon. For the front of the book I cut out an image from one of the left over postcards in the paper collection, added 1/8″ foam tape and added it to the cover. The spine was a little tricky because you have to cut out a square so that the spine piece fits over the metal book end piece. I created a template for the spine using a scrap piece of paper. I cut a 1½” x 25⁄8” rectangle, placed the template in the center of the rectangle piece of paper ½” from the top, traced the design and then cut it out. For the label I cut one ¾” x 1¾” piece from from the paper collection and slid that piece into the slot of the metal piece.
I have made books from scratch before, but having a book that is already made helped to make this project much shorter with regards to time. Cutting out all of the pieces for the book is time consuming, but once you start adding the pieces to the book and then see the finished product it is well worth it. Plus, I love how this book fits inside the already decorated matchbook box.
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