Flip Book Frenzy

As I mentioned in my last post, just like I became intrigued with pocket letters a few years ago, I’ve now become curious (er, youtube obsessed) about FlipBooks.  With pocket letters, I totally over extended myself, made a bazillion in a weekend, and then never wanted to make another one again.  So, this time, instead of committing to a dozen swaps in a day, I’ve invoked the 2 swap rule.  I can only sign up for 2 swaps at a time, and I can’t sign up for another until at least one is out the door.  Oh, and I actually have to make one to see if I actually like making them, or if I just like watching youtube videos of other people making them.

So, I made one.  Here’s my first flippy –

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Looks simple, right?  Of course, I have to make everything harder by not using the right tools.  I can’t even tell you how many times I tried to apply runner tape to get my frame to stick before I actually broke down and got out the glue.  I always make such a mess with glue -but it had to be done.  Once the frame was in place, it was all good.  Flip!

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As you can see, I made a pocket on the inside cover by chopping a photo overlay in half, and washi taping it to the edges.

Ah washi – you are pretty – but you are good for next to nothing functional.  In the description of the swap, it linked to a particular youtuber’s tutorials, and since her method of constructing a flip book seemed to be the least work intensive, I went with it, even though on the face of it I had reservations.  First,  you simply cut a 6 x 12 piece of cardstock, score it at four inches, and at 8 inches, and voila, three pages.  To secure the folds, that might crack, or simply be floppy, she reinforced the paper with washi tape.  So, so did I.  But that darn not sticky washi!  As soon as I recreased the fold, the washi turned up on the sides.  Finally, after smoothing it down for the 15th time, I ended up using decorative, sticky Scotch tape on top of the washi, and it was all good.  The other problem, beyond the not so sturdy washi, was that the folds don’t allow for increased bulk – you need gussets.  So, I ended up refolding one end of the booklet, and created one gusset on the lefthand side, kind of like a Hebrew book.  But, it was all an experiment, right – next time, I think I’m going to do a hinge system a la Katha Orta King, but I’ll get to that brilliant idea in a minute.

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So, the Life is always Better card is removable, and underneath is a pocket I made with a butterfly magnet, and some tickets.

Here is the whole thing open:

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The flippy uppy card is a Project Life frame from I think Heidi Swapp, and the little envelope that I made with the We R Memory Keepers punch board is filled with washi tape samples.  The inside cover of the left flap has a pocket for a mail tag, and a small clear pocket that has some kind of Studio Calico transparent embellishments that I would never use, not that I’m destashing my crap or anything, I just wasn’t sad to part with them.

On the back, I clipped a notecard and a crochet pattern, since my partner’s profile was all about crochet.  And that’s it.  So aside from adhesive problems, and gusset issues, it turned out pretty good, I think, and of course, lead me to more youtube videos, because it can be so much better.  More flips! More cards! More pockets!

And of course, Paper Phenomenon, Kathy Orta, came to mind.  Kathy is all about interative homes for your photos – and I’m reluctant to call them scrapbooks, because most of the time, they’re not books – they’re boxes, and purses, and houses, and cameras, and so many crazy paper things.  All of her books have flips, and pockets, and photo mats, and tags, and are really flipbooks on the grandest level.  I made one of Kathy’s interactive paperbag minibooks a few years back.  At that time, she still had tutorials and complete projects on youtube, and while she had  her kit club, she didn’t quite have the papercrafting industry that she does now.  Now, she has a monthly physical Kit Club which includes product for two full projects, along with the classroom for the projects, the digital kit club, each purchase being three previous Kit Clubs without the physical products, a yearly subscription classroom site, which doesn’t include written tutorials or the Kit Club projects (you have to buy those separately) but has all of the videos of her non Kit Club projects, and then she has PDF tutorials, that can be purchased with or without the accompanying video class.  Lots to choose from – and if you are into making scrapbook purses, cabinets, giant albums, etc, everything is well worth the price.  However, I, on the other hand, only wanted her Foto Folios, which are like matted flipbooks – so I went for the tutorial/video combo, although I could have gotten the yearly archive/classroom membership, which doesn’t have the PDF (written cutting instructions with measurements) because it would have only been $10 more and I’m probably not going to use her measurements anyway, because I want to go smaller, and not as complicated.  So, I felt that the one tutorial might have been a little pricey – but on the other hand, there are six versions of the folio, and each folio has it’s on videos, so I shouldn’t be complaining.  I’m not complaining – really, maybe I’m just thinking I should have spent the $10 extra bucks.  In any event, my next flip will have Kathy’s hinge system, which will allow for the gusset, and will have kinds of Kathy inspired flips and pockets.

So, that’s it – bring on the weekend! More papercrafting to come!

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