Monday, May 14, 2018

Flip Album Tutorial by Anne Redfern



Each month a member of the Design Team shares a tutorial and I would like to share with you my very first Flip Album.  I was lucky enough to attend Creativation this year and saw quite a few Flip Albums and that really inspired me.  There are many tutorials on YouTube for inspiration too.  This is my own take on the Flip Album and I am really pleased with the way it turned out.  I do hope you will enjoy my tutorial!

The finished album, it measures 6.1/4" x 4.1/2".

1) Cut two pieces of thick card or mountboard to 6.1/4" x 4.1/2" and one piece at 6.1/4" x 3/4"
2)  Apply binding tape to three sides of the larger pieces (see tip at the end for stockist).
3)  Join the centre strip, using tape again.  Leave a gap between the pieces to allow the album to open and close easily.  Run a ruler gently over the tape in the gaps.
4)  Choose your design paper (DP) to cover the inside and outside of the album.  I chose Prima (Engraver) that I have had in my stash forever! 


5) To cover the front of the album, cut two pieces of DP to 6" x 4.1/4" and one piece to 6" x 1/2", ink the edges with distress ink and apply to the outside of the album with your tape/glue of choice.


6)  For the inside of the album I cut DP, again to 6" x 4.1/4" and one piece to 6" x 1/2", again inking the edges before applying to the inside of the album.


7)  To make the flip element, cut 5 pieces of black card to 4" x 4.1/2" and score each one on the long side at 1/2".  


8)  Cut 10 pieces of DP to 3.3/4" x 3.3/4" and ink the edges with distress ink
9) Cut 5 pieces of DP to 3.3/4" x 3/8" if you wish to cover the flap on the inside strip, this is not necessary - I just like how neat it looks (see below).  You only need these on the underside of the flap as the top side will be glued to the album.


10)  Add the topper pieces to each side of the five flaps.  I rounded the edges of each of the mats and toppers, but this is just personal choice.


11)  Starting at the top, line up the first flip with the top of the inside cover. 
12)  Using the first flip as a guide, continue adding the flip pieces, butting each flip to the one above, until you have all five flip pieces in place.  You need to do this part carefully so that the flip elements are all lined up evenly.


13)  To make the envelope pocket for the left hand side of the album, cut a piece of black card (or colour of your choice) to 5" x 5.3/4".  Score on each long side at 1/4" and again at 1/2".  Score on one short side at 1/2".
14)  Trim the lower side of the pocket as shown above to reduce bulk when folded.
15)  For the envelope closure cut a piece of black card to 4.1/4" x 4".  Score at 1.1/4" and 1.1/2".


16)  Cut a mat from DP to 3.7/8" x 5"
17)  Cut a mat for the closure flap to 1" x  3.3/4".


18)  Fold the pocket along the score lines to form the envelope and add the DP topper.
19)  Fold the closure along the score lines and add the DP.
18)  Glue the top flap in place first, lining up with the top edge of the album cover.
20)  Fold the envelope part, score well and add this to the album, lining it up with the bottom of the album cover and also the closure top (to look like the picture below).
21)  If desired, add an envelope closure to each part, you could just as easily use magnets here or any other closure of your choice.  I simply cut two circles and added them to the closure and the pocket with my Crop-a-dile, later adding some string for the closure element.


A view of the assembled pocket.


22)  For the cover, I chose to decorate it with a beautiful frame - Doodle Frame Rectangle by one of our lovely Sponsors - Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  I used three parts of the frame, the two large shapes and the thin oval piece.


23)  I used four embossing Powders by Emerald Creek, three of them are from Seth Apter's new Baked Texture range (Rocky Road,  Ancient Amber and Vintage Beeswax) and one from Kim Evans' Classic range - Midnight Black).


24)  The larger frame was embossed with Midnight Black, the smaller topper frame was embossed with Rocky Road and the small oval was embossed with Ancient Amber. The contrasts between the smooth embossing powder and the chunkier one looks very effective.
25)  The butterfly is a Tim Holtz stamp, I simply stamped it in Ranger Black Archival ink and embossed the whole butterfly with Seth's Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  I just love the tone that the embossing powder gives to the butterfly, it looks so natural in real life.

My apologies for the length of my tutorial, I wanted to show and explain as many elements as possible.

Hints and Tips:
# Cut (and edge) all your elements before you start and then you can enjoy the assembly part.
# Be precise with your measuring and cutting, the flip elements will look neater that way.
# When you are assembling the album covers, run a ruler or bone folder gently down the joint pieces to ensure that they are flexible and there is plenty of room for covers to open and close - I was not very happy with my first effort so I re-did mine, it was worth the effort!
# The black tape I used was purchased from Clare Charvill, Ambassador for Graphic 45.  In the UK you can purchase it HERE.  Clare also shares a video on how to use the tape.  I am sure there must be something similar sold elsewhere, it saves painting all of the borders of your album (the tape can be painted over too).


A final view of the inside of the album.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit, I appreciate any comments you may wish to make.  If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.

We hope that you will join in our challenge this month, you can find all the details HERE.  One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Lindy's Stamp Gang.  Come play along!

  Anne  xxx

40 comments:

  1. What a fabulous tutorial Anne. You've documented everything so well walking us through each step of the way.
    What a treat to see, love those papers against the black edges, it frame it all perfectly showcasing those saved papers which everyone can now see.
    The embossed frame adds opulence reminding me of black lacquer, a touch of oriental. The Butterfly sits beautifully within. Thank you for sharing Anne, this inspiring creation, it will hold lots of loveliness within and be charming to flip through.
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx

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    1. Tracey, thank you so much for your lovely comment! xx

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  2. Fabulous step by steps Anne and a beautiful piece. I adore the flip pages and the gorgeous vintage paper. The black frames everything so well. Your cover is beautiful and the butterfly really dies take centre stage. Absolutely gorgeous. Tracy ❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you Tracy, I have been hoarding those beautiful papers for years and I love that they are all so visible on the album! xx

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  3. This is gorgeous Anne ...... great step by steps too xx

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    1. Thank you for your visit and lovely comment Linda! xx

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  4. this is simply stunning Anne, love the Engraver papers which I too have in my stash. The frame is just gorgeous with that beautiful butterfly as it's centrepiece. You are a great enabler and I feel a flip album addiction coming on,hugs kath xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Kath. Ha, ha, now you know how I feel when I see all your gorgeous creations!! xx

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  5. Anne, this is a fabulous tutorial for a GORGEOUS flip album, you make it look do-able, which, of. Purse entices me to try my hand at it! I love the way you’ve finished the frame, really super project. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Ann, I don't mind admitting, I thought it would be daunting but once all the pieces are cut out, it really isn't difficult to put together at all - I will definitely be making more! xx

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  6. The look of this book is sensational. I love how you contrasted the different Baked Textures on the frame. And thanks for the detailed tutorial. That must have taken a lot of time to write out and it is appreciated!

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    1. Seth, thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it. As a team we do these tutorials each month to encourage new (and not so new)to try out new techniques.

      I think Rocky Road might just be my new favourite Baked Texture! xx

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  7. Anne, you did such an amazing job... This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! Thank you so much for sharing how you created this, my friend!!

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    1. Aw, thank you my friend, you are very kind! xxx

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  8. Wow, Anne, this is spectacular!! Your tutorial is wonderful - I'm bookmarking this for future reference!! The frame looks amazing and I am in love with the butterfly!! The inside is fabulous!! Love, love this!!

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa, I hope you get the chance to make one! xxx

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  9. What a wonderful design Anne! love the black with the papers you used - love this flip book - and thanks for sharing all your steps! Julia xx

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    1. Thanks so much Julia, I appreciate you taking the time to comment! xxx

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  10. Wow, Anne - that's so fantastic. Love the papers and the smart black matting which really makes each page look so smart. And it's a great tutorial too - so clear and with such clear photo detailing - thanks for sharing your journey.
    Alison x

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    1. Thanks so much Alison, glad you enjoyed the tutorial! xx

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  11. Great tutorial Anne and love the finished journal. The front cover is very stylish, the inner pages, just love them. Have a great crafty week, Angela xXx

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  12. Thanks sooo much for an awesome tutorial here for this gorgeous album. This is definitely one. thaty I´m going to give a try, as it´s just what my granddaughter has been asking for a little while ago, so thanks sooo much. And it also looks gorgeous too.

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  13. Thank you so much Maryann, I hope you will share yours with us here! xx

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  14. Anne...this mini album is beyond fantastic!! My goodness!! All of the details and flip ups and ... well ... I could go on and on! Fabulous tutorial. Absolutely stunning mini album.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Candy, I really appreciate it! xx

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  15. OH Anne xx This is just so fantastic!! I love your flip album and it is so wonderfully put together with amazing details inside and out xx
    I shall definitely be referring to the tutorial in the future xxx very inspirational
    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

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    1. Aw thanks so much Annie, I really hope you will get the chance to make one! xxx

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  16. Anne, this is absolutely gorgeous and you make it look so easy to make! Just love the black in the back! I only wish I could do this! who knows maybe one day I will try your instructions out!
    Bravo on a beautiful mini make- truly a beauty indeed!
    hugs,Jackie xx

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    1. Thanks so much Jackie - please do have a try, it is much easier than it looks once you cut all the pieces! xxx

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  17. Such details, and such meticulous attention to each one! TFS the tutorial, and how good of you to show all the pictures (which make the writing easier to 'get' for some of us!) This looks just beautiful, as all your projects do. I love the ornate frame encasing that very natural butterfly. The beeswax really did keep the colors very true to nature. This looks magnificent in that wonderful textural ornate frame too. Love all the vintage papers you used on this one as well. As always, such fun to see what you've created for me to enjoy on this visit! TFS & Hugs too.

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  18. Thank you so much for your kind words Mary, I really appreciate it! xxx

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  19. Another genius work of art and geometry, Annie! You leave me in awe with how your creative mind works and how impeccably your fingers bring your imaginings to life!! Hugs, Darnell

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  20. Darnell, my dear friend, thank you for your (always) uplifting comment! Hugs and hearts xxxx

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  21. Anne, this is an all time new favorite for me from your skilled and talented hands! I love the idea of a flip element and your beautiful paper choices! That butterfly on the front is absolutely jaw dropping! Well done on another Redanne masterpiece! Thank you for this excellent tutorial; tucking that away for future reference! Hugs!

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    1. Aw, thank you for your very kind words Sara, I really do appreciate it! Hugs, Anne xxx

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  22. This is absolutely delightful Anne! Really beautiful and such wonderful instructions too! Thankyou xx

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel! Hugs, Anne xx

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