Hello all! Lora here with a special two-part post on making your own awesome fold-out books with one of my favorite things on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts site...
Arch Top House Silhouettes!
I love this little chipboard piece of joy.
There are so many wonderful things you can make with this. My favorite is, of course, fold-out books.
Yay, fold-out books!
get a lot of questions about how to make them, so in the first
installment of this blog post, I am going to show you how fun and simple
the actual construction of the book is and the reasons I build them the
way I do.
The Arch Top House Silhouettes come in a set of three,
but I generally like making books with five to seven panels, so getting
two, three or even four sets is a good idea...you can a make at least a
couple different length books and have some options.
Here are a couple of examples......
A three panel:
began with five of the Arch Top House Silhouettes panels. (I previously
thought I'd do a seven panel book but changed my mind, hence the
picture of seven pieces)
you notice in the two completed books above, there is a bit of symmetry
going on with the paper choices. I tend to like my books with odd
number panels which allows for a central panel that can either be a
feature or can blend in with the rest of the book, depending on the
I usually choose to make the center panel a different
color the rest of the book. The outside panels are usually the same
color (they can be different patterns but they 'read' the same color)
and the next two in are usually the same color way as each other and so
on. I think this creates a harmonious base or commonality that you can
then create a bit of chaos on and everything still feels like it fits
together. (More on this as we go further into composing the layout)
the papers are cut out, I carefully lay out my plain panels on a grid,
making sure the bottom edge of each one lines up with the other and that
there is a space of about 1/4 inch between panels. This space allows
you to fold the book easily and gives you some leeway for layering and
stacking components and ephemera. If you are using very thick elements
on every panel consider spacing the panels further apart.
Now turn the book over and do the same thing again,
making sure you get the tape to stick to the other piece as it goes
between the panels. I sometimes use a little ruler to press it down into
the sticky bit of the other tape.
Double hinging tape makes the
book strong and keeps the paper you will put on the panels from peeling
off the book with rough handling.
After the taping is
done, I glue on my papers. I use a scoring tool that I lightly scrape
across the top of the panel to evenly distribute the glue and then wipe
the excess away with a paper towel. I have used any flat object to get
glue to adhere...pencils, ruler edges...just make sure it is smooth or
you will tear your paper! A brayer also works really well.
I let the panels dry and give everything a quick sanding. You don't have to
do this, but I prefer to as I like the way the edges look and it takes
away any excess paper from over cutting. Just make sure you don't sand
I ink up the edges of my book panels...