Select two Graphic 45 Staples square tags; I've used Celebrate and Cheers. Cut a 4.5" square of black cardstock and round the corners to match the tag.
Position the cardstock over the Celebrate tag and mark the cardstock where it covers the hole.
Use a 1/2" hole punch to cut away the paper that overlaps the tag's hole.
Glue the cardstock to the back of the Celebrate tag. This will be the front cover of the mini.
Cut two rectangles 8.25" x 4.5" Score both at at 4.25". I have Used G45's Kraft Reflections paper for this step. You could use design paper or cardstock instead.
Round the corners. Fold the paper along the score line and round the inner corners also.
Put the two rectangles together & sew the two sheets together. If you do not have a sewing machine, sew by hand or staple the sheets together. My stapler which is a standard size, has a 4.25" reach.
Now we'll attach the front tag, Celebrate, to the pages. Place the back side of the tag firmly against the stitched pages. Use a rule to line up the tag evenly with the pages at the bottom.
Place washi tape where the two pieces meet and burnish. Be sure to keep the two pieces tightly butted against each other when applying the washi tape.
Fold the pages over the tag and cut away the excess washi tape.
Trace the Cheers tag onto a piece of design paper. Cut out the traced tag and use a 1/2" hole punch to punch the hole.
The traced tag will be the back cover of the mini. Attach it to the back of the mini with washi tape, the same way as we did the front cover.
On the Cheers tag, use a scrap of black cardstock to cove the word Cheers.
Now adhere the Cheers tag inside the mini to the back side of the design paper cover.
Now let's bind the outside. Place a piece of washi tape along the edge of the front cover.
Fold it around to the back cover and press firmly in place being careful to have any air bubbles.
Trim away the excess tape from the top and bottom.
Open the mini to the center and place a 3 7/8" piece of washi tape over the stitched seam.
Now you area ready to embellish. Cut 4 1/8" x 4 1/4" pieces of design paper to decorate each page. Then use tags, stickers, chipboard, fussy cut elements, paper strips, etc. to decorate each page.
Decorate a Graphic 45 Staples square policy envelope to hold you mini!
MIni with policy envelope. Loop some ribbon through the holes in the front and back tags.
Cover and back of policy envelope. Tip: Paint or use a marker to color over the design on any images that are hanging off the edge of your envelope.
Inside front cover and page 1.
Pages 2 and 3.
Pages 4 and 5.
Pages 6 and 7.
Pages 8 and inside back cover. Note the left page has a fold out element.
Page 8 with the fold out opened.
I currently design for Graphic 45, Creative Embellishments, Petaloo, & Flying Unicorn. Tutorials on my blog: bit.ly/1Sem2J0. Follow me on Pinterest: bit.ly/1HhWvOxThanks so much!
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