Well, Father’s Day is only 2 weeks away and in case you have been wondering what to make for your favourite Dad this year, why don’t you try this adorable mini brag book? Take a look as Virginia updates an old classic template with her own contemporary style. Love it!
Here is Virginia with her tutorial:
Create a cute mini-brag book with a simple cut and fold technique. You only need one 12 x 12 sheet of paper to make the actual booklet. The technique is very easy and you don’t need special binding tools or staples to keep the booklet together. My example here is a little tribute for upcoming Father’s day.
Step 1 – Score your 12 x 12 paper at 3, 6, 9, and 12-inch vertical intervals and then score at 6 inches across the page. Fold and crease on the scored lines and open up back to its 12 x 12 size. This pre-folding makes it easier to shape the booklet later.
Step 2 – Fold the paper in half. Starting at the folded edge cut along the centered scored line to the next 3-inch point.
Step 3 – Open up the paper and fold over in half and you will see a diamond shaped opening in the middle.
Step 4 – While folding, squeeze and push into the middle to form the pages. The page you are holding in your right hand is flipped around and becomes the cover of the booklet. Crease and shape the other pages to form the booklet.
Step 5 – Yuck! Notice the cover page is not even and square? Don’t worry—this will happen with all the layers of folding. On the cover page, trim the excess edges that are uneven.
Step 6 – Cut a coordinating 5 x 6 inch piece of paper. Fold in half and slip over the open edge. Glue down and you have covered up your crooked edges. Repeat same trimming technique for page 3 of your booklet (you can use any size of trim; in my example I wanted a 1 inch trimmed edge so I used a 2 x 6 inch piece).
Step 7 – Glue the bottom of the pages together so that these pages can be pockets to hold extra tags, photos, gift cards, etc..
Step 8 – You’ve just completed the booklet! Have fun decorating adding your personal photos and messages.
Best Dad by Virginia Nebel
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