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Tunnel Base Pages: Mini Album Construction Part 2

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Tunnel Base Pages: Welcome to Part 2 of the Mini Album Workshop.

In this tutorial, I will be creating the tunnel base pages and the first page of the album. Normally, I would use magnets as closures for the pages but as the finished album will be auctioned, and I do not know who the recipient will be, I will make page closures that do not require magnets for safety reasons.

Editors Note: Musical Nostalgia Mini Album

As Lynda mentions, this album will be used as part of an auction. This will be raising money for the Renal Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. There will be more on this at the end of Lynda’s project.

You will need:

Making Tunnel Pages for the Mini Album

The tunnel pages will attach to the hinges in the album once they are completed. In this album project, there are four tunnel pages required.

Start by cutting eight pieces of the black card to 8¼” x 5¾”. Score ½” on one edge of each of the pieces along the long edge, crease well. Next, mitre the corners to give a neat finish.

Glue one hinged edge to the un-scored edge of another to create a tunnel effect. Repeat for the other 3 pages, and then your pages are ready to form your tunnel bases.

Creating the first tunnel page

All the score lines in this album will be at ½” and ⅝” unless otherwise stated. The ⅛” extra score line will allow for pictures, mementos, ephemera or anything else you would like to place in the finished album.

Note of caution! Always score, fold and burnish your card before you measure your pages otherwise they will be the wrong size!

Take another piece of black card and score at ½” and then at ⅝”. Fold and burnish both score lines. Place the card on the left hand side of the base page and measure across and down and cut. Mitre the corners of your page to make a neat edge, then, using either tape or glue, or both, stick it down firmly and make sure it opens and closes freely.

Next, mark the centre of your base card, then score a piece of card at ½” and ⅝”, fold and burnish. Lay this piece at the top of the base card and mark where the centre point is, cut the card and repeat for the bottom and stick down firmly.

To make the closure, firstly measure 2 strips of card 5½” in length and score each piece at ½” only. Fold and burnish and glue one to the top piece of card and one to the bottom. The closures should overlap to allow for the final closure to be placed on them. To make this, take 2 small pieces of card and glue down on the right hand and left hand side to make a small tunnel effect, this can then be slipped onto one of the long strips and moved into the centre to create a full closure.

Decorating your Tunnel pages

Now comes the fun part, decorating your page! When measuring the papers, I find it easier to place a sheet of white paper underneath so that I can see the edges of the black card easily. Once you have cut your papers, I use Antique Linen distress ink around all the edges to cover the white edges. You could use an inkpad of your choice to fit the paper you have selected.

When you have covered all your pages, take a piece of black card and score at ½” along one side and the bottom, place on your page and measure where the other edge comes to, mark this and score ½” further along and burnish. Mitre the corners in order to allow for a neat edge. This will create the pocket that will hold the booklet.

The booklet is then created by folding a piece of black card to whatever size you would like and covering with the gorgeous papers.

Take care everyone and see you next week for Part 3

Lynda xx

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