Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tuesday Tutorial: Wandering Snake Book

Hooray - the faces are all back with me, beautifully coloured in :) And so, as promised, here's a tutorial for putting together a 'wandering snake book'!

I'm hoping that those who took part in the project will find this useful as a possible way of displaying their images, but even if you didn't take part you may find a use for a little book such as this for something else - photos cropped small, your own stamped images, any other tiny keepsakes...

First, find a piece of cardstock that will give you a good contrast with the colourful faces. I've gone for black. (Actually, perhaps I should say that first you'll need to trim the excess cardstock from the images!)


The stamped images measure a little under 2x2", so I wanted each 'page' of my book to be 2x2", which would leave a narrow black border around the edge. With 16 images that meant I needed my cardstock to measure 8x8" to start with, so I began by trimming it to that size. You can make a book with 3x3" pages by starting with 12x12" cardstock if you prefer. (The basic rule is to start with a square, and each square page will have sides that measure 1/4 of the original square's sides.)


Next, score the cardstock at every 2" (or at every 3" for a larger book, or at the 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 points of any other size square). The Martha Stewart scoreboard is ideal for this, but you can measure and score the lines or if all else fails just fold the cardstock in half, open out, then bring each side in to meet the middle crease.


Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and score again, so now it's divided into 16 smaller squares.


Next, cut along some of the scored lines to create an 'M': cut from the bottom of the first vertical scored line, up 3 squares, leaving the top square still joined; cut from the top of the second vertical scored line, down 3 squares; cut from the bottom of the third vertical scored line, up 3 squares. (This is a lot clearer when you refer to the photo!)


Now we fold the book together. Starting at the bottom left corner, alternate mountain and valley folds (ie, fold one crease down then the next up - again, refer to the photo). When you reach a corner just keep folding alternately up then down till you reach the final square.




That's the basic book put together :) All that's left is to add the images. You have some choices here; if you like, you can arrange them so they look best with the book opened out, and just fold it together for storage. In that case, the arrangement would be something like this (though please note that I haven't stuck my faces down here so they've shifted slightly out of position):


If you prefer, you can arrange them so that as you turn the pages of the book the images are all the right way up - because of the way the original piece of cardstock 'goes round corners', once opened out the position of the images would be something like this:


(Though if you go for that plan it's better to stick in one face at a time as you work through the book, so you can make sure each is the right way up as you turn the pages.)

Another option, and the one I went for, is to use both front and back of the original cardstock. As I worked through the book I added a face to every other page, and will use the facing pages to add a few details - this could be the blog address and geographical location of each participant, or quotations, or anything you like!


Having stuck in the faces as I turned the pages of the book so that each one felt the right way up as I navigated the twists and turns of the folds, the layout looked like this:


Please note, though, that yours may vary slightly depending on exactly how you fold the book and how you turn the pages. I went with what felt logical to me but how you follow those turns may differ slightly. I've shown my layout for your reference but I'm not suggesting that you follow it exactly!

And here's how mine looks all folded together:


I'm having to hold mine closed here for the photo, as it does have a tendency to want to spring open! You can incorporate a ribbon into the design to tie it closed, or add a tie of some sort afterwards, or make a little box to keep it in which will keep it together - there are lots of options :)

As you can see from the photo above, I used two of my spare faces for a decoupage technique for the cover; I cut out just the hair from one of them and used foam pads to add it as a raised frame on top of the complete image.

How about a bonus tutorial for another possible little book?

The cardstock I had started with above was 12x12", so I had two trimmed off strips, one 4x12" and one 4x8". I cut the second down to 4x6" and then scored each strip every 2 inches along its length:


I overlapped the end panel of each strip and stuck them together:


This gave me a little book with 16 panels altogether (counting the front and back), each 2x4". By adding a face to the top half of each page I have the option to add details, quotations etc to the bottom half, or alternatively I can add a simple body to each by drawing it on or cutting out triangles of patterned paper to create dresses or - so many ideas!!


Do please ask if anything isn't clear enough!

And now that the first phase of the project is complete, phase 2 can begin :) I already have 11 names on my list (spots 16-26 below) but can take up to 15 (ie spot 30 below), so if you're interested in taking part please sign up on the Linky. All details can be found on my original post. I'll be in touch soon with everyone who's expressed an interest :)

22 comments:

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

Mel!!! I LOVE this!!! I have been waiting anxiously for this finished project and it certainly did not disappoint. Can't wait to get my pretty faces so I can put them all in a sweet little book. I thought I knew how I'd display them, but after seeing your awesome tutorial I just may have to copy that.

Thanks so much for organizing this project. It's just the coolest thing! xo

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

PS: Thanks a lot, I think I need one of those scoring tools now. I wonder if Santa would know what to look for...

Scribble Monster said...

Wow, they look amazing :)

Thank you for organising this and I can't wait to have a go at the book :)

Lynn said...

Hoping this comment works as been having problems again! Can't wait for my faces to arrive and thanks for putting up the tutorial and organising the whole thing!

Cheri said...

Seeing all those pretty faces together is sooooo cool! Now I'm anxious to get mine back so I can play with them!

Jimjams said...

I can't wait to put mine together this weekend - hoping for a one-to-one tutorial even though this one is super clear ... and possibly borrow that scoring board?!?!?

Denise said...

I'm so glad I've got the scoring board that you so kindly helped me with ages ago- can't wait to get my girlies and start playing.Fab tutorial Mel x

helena said...

fabulous, fabulous - all the faces, the snake book, teh really clear tutorial. Keen anaticipation for phase 2 now - I find colouring in so calming

The Mann Fam said...

Catching up with some blog reading. Last weekend My Mann and I were down in Hollywood walking the Walk of Fame. Thought of you. Yes it is hard to not want to take a picture of every one of those stars. The memories the names of actors, song artist, and characters all conjure up. xx

Feeling a little better each day. Yeah! Thanksgiving will be just fine!

Alison said...

Love how your book turned out Mel!
Alison xx

Jo.C said...

They look fantastic and so different. Brain isn't taking this in though it looks a great tutorial so I'll work through it properly when I get my faces - exciting!! Thanks for organising it - has been fun x

Ruth said...

Very sweet, a twist on a maze book. I'll pass on the next round, as December Daily is looming and I still have stuff I want to finish before the end of the year.

Amy said...

Quite sweet all round I would say! Thank you for the very clear instructions Mel :-)

ScrappinLita said...

Beautiful! Following your blog from my first Shimelle class (PPP). When do you sleep? :o)

The Creative Beast said...

WOW! Your book looks GREAT! I like the idea of using black cardstock to highlight the beauty of each colored face =-) I'm really looking forward to seeing my final faces arrive in my mailbox now!!

okay, I'm off to sign up for the second leg of this project ;)

The Creative Beast said...

OOOPS! I didn't realize I'm already on the list! I'm a nincompoop! =-P

FYI: I'm with ScrappinLita - when DO you SLEEP??!? ;)

Cheryl said...

Wow fab project Mel and fab book to display love it x

Ginger said...

Yea!!!! The faces together look awesome!! LOVE it! I will be joliprinting this post and now I know what I will buy with my 50% off coupon at Michaels ;)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I love how this looks all together. & since there is very little scissor use I think I could put together a book even! :) I can use a straight edge to cut out the faces. :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

Fantastic Mel! I love how it turned out, and I'm looking forward to participating in Round 2.
Rinda

Karen said...

Love this! And it looks like I got the last spot. Whew!

Beverly said...

Awesome tutorial, I am crafting tmw so may go ahead and score and cut my paper so I am ready when the faces arrive! Thanks for such a unique project, Mel :)