Yep, I finally got 'er done. I have had it ready for awhile, but it takes A LOT of typing, about 20 pictures AND a video for the final product to finally get it all up. So, let's get started. First is the video to show you what you will be making ...
And now for the tutorial ...
You need a sheet of 12 X 12 CS in the color of your choosing (mine is elegant eggplant), a sheet of coordinating DSP (I chose the Bride Specialty Paper), and a piece of 4 X 6 CS to match the other one. Cut the CARD STOCK sheet in half, so you have 2 pieces of 6 X 12.
Laying your CS with the long edge on top, score BOTH at 2, 4, 8, and 10. Then turning the CS, and using your cutting blade, place your CS at the 2 inch mark and cut all the way from your 2" score line to your 10" score line. Flip the CS and do the same on the other side. You will need to to this for both pieces. If you want a bigger center panel, cut at the 1.5" mark instead.
You can see in my picture how the CS is going to look, after the slices are made. Then, you need to make mountain and valley folds in the CS on your score lines, again, both pieces.
Then, you flip the middle panels folds, so they are going the opposite way of the other two. This is what will make your pages. Now, you will line them up as pictured above, both reflecting the other. Now it is time to glue them o the base 4 X 6 piece.
I put my glue on the back 2" wide panel, and glue this to the base. Glue the other side on as well.
This is how it should look when you have it glued together. I havge already started adding pieces of DSP to the smaller sections. These pieces measured 1 7/8 X 1 7/8.
Lay a length of sticky strip accross the back of the BASE ONLY. Using a matching ribbon, cut a 30" piece and attach it to the back. You can be done here and start adding your pictures, DSP and embellishments. If you do so, your album with have a look like THIS ONE HERE.
I decided to take it a step farther, so it would be a little sturdier. I also wanted the final product to look more like a book. Read on, if you want to have a cover on the front, like it showed in the video.
I cut 2 pieces of 4 X 6 CS, and matted them with more CS and DSP. I only matted the outside edges, so that the center would look cleaner. The mat sizes were 3 15/16 X 5 7/8 for the CS and 3 7/8 X 5 1/4 for the DSP. You then need to add them to the front of the album. You put glue on the whole end panel and the center one on the next panel. You will be gluing it against the end where my hand is.
The first picture above, shows what the book should look like after you add the front covers. I created my front panel next, and glued it only to the left side. To see the final product and the inside, check back to the video!