How to make a micro booklet with g45's time to celebrate

Cut 3 pieces of cardstock of 9,8 x 10,2 cm (3 7/8 x 4”) and 1 of 6,4 x 7 cm (2½ x 2¾”).

Take the first of the three large pieces and score at 6,4 cm (2½") on the 9,8 cm (3 7/8”) side and at 7 cm (2¾") on the 10,2 cm (4”) side.

Cut away the smallest piece between the score lines.

Fold on the score lines.

Repeat for the other two large pieces.

You now have what will be the front cover piece plus three pocket pages. Turn the three page pieces over so you’re looking at their backs.

Mat the backs excepting the last page – which we will do later. Mat the inside front cover piece as well. Tip: You don’t need to mat the entire surface, a mat of 4 cm (1 5/8”) wide will do.

Turn your pages back over again so their fronts are facing you.

Take the first pocket page piece and fold its left flap closed. Now apply wet glue to both of its sides and along the fold, as shown.

Align the right edge of the inside front cover piece with the folded edge of the flap, and attach the flap to the inside front cover, creating a pocket, as shown.

Adhere page 2 to the back of page 1, in the same manner.

Adhere page 3 to the back of page 2, in the same manner.

All of your pages are now attached, as is the front cover piece.

For the spine, cut a piece of cardstock of 7 x 2,3 cm (2¾ x 7/8”). Score at 1 cm (3/8”) and 1,3 cm (½”) on the 2,3 cm (7/8”) side.

Fold on the score lines.

Apply double-sided tape to the insides of the flaps. Make sure NOT to cover the score lines.

Remove one of the tape backings. Fold your spine over the folded edges of your pages and attach the first flap of your spine, as shown.

Remove the tape-backing from the second flap and attach it to the other side of your booklet.

Your booklet now has a cute little spine. As you can see, you can play with different colors of cardstock for some added interest.

Mat the back cover, on top of the spine piece.

Mat the front cover.

Mat the right page. Again, your mat does not have to cover the entire surface since the second pocket will close over it. A height of 4 cm (1 5/8") is sufficient.

Apply wet glue to both side edges of the bottom flap, as shown.

Close the bottom pocket and gently press until the glue sets.

Mat both pockets. Make sure any decoration is flat, otherwise your booklet won't close. In my case I simply worked with different strips of design paper, and stamped the area above the bottom pocket.

Repeat for the other pages. You can use a different stamp for each page. I used Graphic 45's Time to Celebrate stamp set, which of course works perfectly with the paper collection.

You can either mat first, then add a decorative strip (left page), or paper-piece two different strips of design paper together (right page). For this page I also fussy-cut two balloons (right page).

Create eight small tags - you can use a tag punch, or cut them yourself. My measurements were 2,5 x 4,5 cm (1 x 1¾”). Taper the top corners and ink around the edges.

Tuck the tags into the pockets of all of your pages.

You can leave the tags blank, for some journalling, congratulations and well-wishes, or you can stamp some sentiments on one or more of the tags. You can even glue tiny pictures to them!

Your booklet is now practically done, except for the front cover (see Step 32).

Last but not least, decorate the front cover. You can go all out here and be as bulky as you like :-) I also used some Glossy Accents to highlight a detail (the birthday cake).

Congratulations, your Micro Birthday Booklet is done!


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