Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tunnel Book Love

Oh, I do love tunnel books! Here are three versions of the same kind of construction. I did these for the fabulous folks at Alpha Stamps with a wee tutorial on how to change the 'scenery' around if you have a hankering to do so!

First off, if you've never made a tunnel book, there is a great tutorial Here at Kira Nichols
awesome site, Oops, I Craft My Pants.
Secondly, what I am going to show you is easy peasy and a fun way to change out what you have in your tunnel book. You can design one to change with the seasons, or make a little beach babes fashion show like the one I've done here.


After I constructed the bones of my book, I cut pieces of card stock into 4x4 squares.
I tried to slide the squares down through the top of my book, but they won't fit, so I trim off the excess and dry fit it again. I've learned that even though I'm measuring to fit, they don't always, so it's best to check. After I get the size right, I trim out most of the paper leaving about 1/4 inch 'frame'.

I use the first frame I cut as a template for the additional frames. How many you cut is up to you. The more layers you have, the more depth and dimension you get. This book has slots for eight frames.
After all the frames are cut out, it's time to play!
Since I want this to be beachy and tropical with a vintage feel, I'm using these collage sheets from
Alpha Stamps:
Bathing Costumes Collage Sheet
Boardwalk Fashions Collage Sheet
Beach and Shore Backdrops Collage Sheet

I cut out a lot of foliage, ladies in swimsuits and a couple in street clothes and played around until I got things in positions I liked and glued the individual pieces on their frames.
I colored the bottoms of each frame so they blend into the scene.

After that, it's a matter of playing around with the order they go in and what you want to be in the background, foreground and mid-ground.
I also used one of the frames to change the background from the ship/beach scene to beach parasols.
Here are ladies with the parasol background.

Supplies lists and a couple of shots of the other tunnel books......




Supplies for 'Shipwreck'
Ships and Waves Backdrops Collage Sheet
Mermaids #3 Collage Sheet
4x4 Die-Cut Chipboard Frame Set
Travel Sea Shells Grand Adhesions

Supplies for 'Waterbabies'
4x4 Die-Cut Chipboard Frame Set
Mermaids #3 Collage Sheet
Ships and Waves Backdrop Collage Sheet
Children at the Beach Collage Sheet
Dimensional Mini Seashells
Sand Dollar Ledger Scrapbook Paper

The parasols in the Beach Babes are from Graphic 45 's Birdsong Collection, 'Endless Spring'.
The paper used for the front of Beach Babes is Fresh.

Additional Supplies
Vintage Plastic Beads
Copic Markers


Unknown said...

Thank you, this is very cool! My brain doesn't work this way, so your tutorial is perfect, just turns the "switch" on.

Kristin said...

Gorgeous! How wonderful that you can change out the pages.

Linda K said...

Vunderful, vunderful! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Linda K said...

vunderful, vunderful! Thanks much for the tutorial.

Diana said...

How wonderful are these? Thank you for the beautiful inspirations.

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous!

blythephotos said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I can't wait to try it! Beautiful work! :D

Francine Cronos said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for your very inspirational tutorial.

Unknown said...

Thee are absolutely stunning! Thank you So much for sharing! Can't wait to get started!

Renee S said...

Awesome. This is new to me . . . a must try. Hmmmmm, wonder how I can incorporate fabrics and charms into this? Renee

Unknown said...

These are beautiful! I'm getting ready to make my first purchase from alpha stamps! I'm going to try the collage sheets :) so detailed I love it!

Anonymous said...

This is so gorgeous and cannot imagine ai can recreate this beach scene but am ordering it anyway. Thank you for the inspiration.

Unknown said...

I love those books ! I really love the mermaid and water babies theme ! Thank You for sharing !

Garance said...

J'adore : pos├ęsie et imaginaire sont au pouvoir : de l'art ! Merci du partage

Bronwyn said...

Wow I have never seen a tunnel book before and love the idea. These are so beauitufl, thank you for sharing. Bronwyn