I love lighthouses! I love them so much that I have planned vacations around an itinerary of seeing as many lighthouses as possible. In both 2008 and 2009, we vacationed on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and this book is a sweet reminder of the lovely days we had on the islands.
My photos in the collage above were taken near the boat ramp which is across the point from where I live on Lake Belton, Texas. The lake is about 12 feet lower than it’s typical level due to the drought we have been having for the last few years, and that has revealed this nice sandy beach beside the boat ramp!
I created my book using kits from two of the designers at The Digichick: Kimeric Kreations and Etc. by Danyale. I used the map paper from Kimeric Kreations BON VOYAGE ADD ON
and Kimeric Kreations ON THE WATERFRONT
I also used papers and elements from Etc. by Danyale SUGAR SAND BEACH
I think these kits were easy to combine, and I love the results that I got. I created all of the artwork for my book on 4″ x 6″ canvases in Photo Shop Elements 10, so that I could have them printed at my favorite neighborhood photo printer! My nook takes 11 prints, but on 9 canvases, since 2 of them were duplicated at the printer to create the short flaps for the book.
The only other supplies that I used for my book were cardstock in two colors (tan and steel gray), and adhesive to put it together (I used my ATG gun, and some Scor-tape, but use what you are comfortable with, keeping in mind the adhesive must be strong!)
The frame and mat in the photos was created by me in Paint Shop Pro X2. After I created the first lighthouse page, I saved it as a *.psd and then flipped it to create a facing page. (If you use a directional paper – like the map – be sure to flip that layer back so it will read correctly) Font for text is Times New Roman.
DIMENSIONS AND DIRECTIONS: COVER
Left flap – 7 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (tan cs), score at 6 1/2″ and 7″
Center – 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (tan cs), score at 1/2″ from each end
Right flap – 7 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (tan cs), score at 1/2″ and 1″
The scores lines create tabs which allow you to adhere the pieces together, and also the spine for the outside cover of the book. I recommend that you build all of your units with the tan cs before beginning to attach your artwork.
INSIDE UNITS: 3 SECTIONS
Unit 1 & 2 – 10 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (tan cs), score at 3 1/4″ from one end and 1/2″ from the other end.
Unit 3 – 7 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (tan cs), score at 1/2″ from each end.
Unti 4 & 5 – 10 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (tan cs), score at 3 1/4″ from one end and 1/2″ from the other end (just like unit 1 & 2, but this piece will be flipped when adhering to create completed inside section)
All 1/2″ flaps are used to attach the pieces together. An additional two pieces are used surrounding unit 3 to make the flaps.
Flaps: 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (tan cs), score at 3 1/4″ and adhere over 1/2″ in the middle. Repeat for second flap. Each of these flaps should cover half of the page it is attached to!
Each photo gets a mat, cut from the steel gray cardstock, 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″. The starfish and sand dollar photos are cut into pieces that measure 2 3/4″ x 4″ (there will be slivers of the photo left over), and these are then matted on steel gray cardstock, 3″ x 4 1/4″.
Here are some mock-ups that I created to show how the photos are added to the inside units. (Units 1 & 2 are back to back on the left end, unit 3 is in the center, and unit 4 & 5 are back to back on the right end).
Here is one additional photo which I took to give you a “bird’s eye view” of the book construction.
I hope you will be inspired to create your own version of this flap book! They are fun and a great size for handling! I’m now inspired to add all the other lighthouses that I have visited (about 60 I think) to the canvas that I created. If you need to ask a question, you can leave it as a comment on the blog, or send me a message at The Digichick – my USER ID is poki04!
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- Christmas Card keeper - December 2013 - December 20th, 2013