Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Secret Garden Mini

I have been itching to use this new Graphic 45 paper for weeks but I needed to make something I could do a little bit of every time I had a few minutes. So I decided to make a special birthday card for a friend that could hold a poem, notes or even some little photos. This fold is something I found in a book years ago but I like it as you can easily resize it to use any paper you want.

The book only needs two main pieces. I cut my main sheet to A4 so that I had some of the paper left to cut images from. The cover, shown on top here, can be cut to fit when you have folded the body of the book.

Lay your paper down so that the long sides are top and bottom and short sides left and right, and fold both sides toward centre leaving approximately a 1cm gap. In other words make a gatefold that doesn't quite meet.

Then fold the outsides in again so that you have something like the photo below. Be sure to use a bone folder and be careful your paper doesn't slip as you make these folds.

Open up the paper and fold in half the other way. Please don't be confused that the photo showing this below doesn't have that second fold in I already had you do. As long as you get all the folds it doesn't really matter what order you do them in.

Fold back to the gatefold position and make two cuts at that centre fold to the first fold only as shown below.

Open up your paper and fold it in half squishing the ends (technical term) together to open it as shown.

Push the folds together and fold like below. That is it for the main body of your mini book.

Create a wraparound cover by adding approx 1cm to the height and a left front that will cover the book and a right that overlaps only half way.

Glue in your folded piece centrally, and the rest is decoration.

I only had 12"x 12" sheets from this range so I chose suitable images to 'fussy cut' and adhere to various parts. Edges could be distressed and images could be highlighted with glitter.

I still have places to add personal wishes or a little photo for the recipient.

From the paper below I cut one of the elements to form a closure.

I glued half of it to the right hand side (when book front is facing you) of the back centre panel. NB it is not glued to the right hand panel at all. On the photo below the shortest panel is tucked under.

I had these gorgeous little pieces from Melissa Frances that I wanted to use.

I brought my closure tab around over my front cover and glued on the lock (ha ha just realised the lock is on upside down - hey ho!) trapping a doubled length of bakers twine, leaving a small loop sticking out to the left.

I wound the twine round the back (shown below)and to the front again feeding one end through the loop and tying in a bow. I glued the key and twine bow to the front as decoration. You could use any closure you wish. I have used a decorated band on others that slips on and off the book.

Hope that made sense and that you enjoyed seeing it.

Hope you are having a glittery week!


Rosemary x

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  1. I've got the secret garden pack - must give this a go with it, even though it's only 8 x 8. Thanks alot for the photo instructions :-)

  2. I am coveting the 8 x 8 myself. Trouble is that the papers are too nice to use!

    1. I've made one card with it so far! Hardly productive but the quality of the paper is stunning

  3. lovely as always! Thank you Rosemary.

  4. Thanks Suze! Well done Diane - well you have to go slowly as you don't want to waste any of it!