Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Meander Book on a Tuesday

I've got a week's holiday, Brian has gone off to Nijmegan to take part in the 96th four day march with other members of the RAF Norfolk & Suffolk Wing.  He left on Friday from Bury St Edmunds, arriving in Holland on Saturday morning.  Hopefully the weather is going to be kind as they are doing a fair bit of walking for the four days - 25 miles a day if you want to know!  Day one is done, his day started at 4am this morning with kick off at 4.30am. It has been raining!

I'm figuring that during the day I can get some crafting done, this as yet hasn't happened until today!  So, scoring board, trimmer and scissors in gear, I have been wanting to make one of these meander books for ages and today is the day that I have gotten down to doing something crafty.  I'll show how to make it as I go along as I have the 'instructions' scrawled on a piece of paper from when I found one made on Splitcoaststampers.

Ready, here we go....

All you need is:
One piece of 12x12" patterned paper/cardstock
For the cover, two pieces of 3.25 x 3.25" cardstock for the front and back, and one 2x3" which will be the spine
Papers etc to decorate (cut to 3x3" or just use your scraps)

First, using your scoreboard (ruler or whatever you use) score at 3", 6" and 9"

Turn your paper by 90 degrees and score again at 3", 6" and 9".

Now you are going to cut your paper as follows, I used my trimmer for this part.

At the 3" score mark cut up from 3" to the top

Next: from the bottom at the 6" score mark, cut up to the 9" score mark

Finally, at the 9" score mark,  cut from the 3" score mark up to the top.

Now to start folding:

Start folding accordian style, I gave the edges a good crease as I went along. 

When you get to the end turn and fold under the next side and then continue to fold. 

 Again, when you get to the end, fold  under and continue until you are all done.

You then have to get it the 'right' way up (although I guess it is up to you what way you do this bit).  I have mine this way and then punched some of the tops to create some pockets for tags.

I stuck down my pockets and pages and then decorated them using some of the Everyday Enchantment papers (get them before the go again!), trimmed down to 3" x 3"

To finish off, I made the cover using the two pieces of 3.25 x 3.25" cardstock and the 2x3" I used for the spine. As I wasn't quite sure how thick the spine would be once I had all the papers inside, I just measured it up once I had done and scored it so that it had a nice crease.

Let me know if you have a go at making one too :)  They're also called maze books if you want to go check the web for more.

Happy crafting :)

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