For this tunnel book project you will need some stiff cardstock for the
front and back covers, some patterned papers, cardstock for the sides
and your pictures and other imagery.
Decide on the dimensions of the project. I based mine on a regular 6 x 4 photo which I used as my background.
Gather together all of your pictures which will make up the layers of
your finished project and decide how many layers you're going to make.
For the first time it's advisable to stick to about 4 layers so as not
to make the project too complicated. Cut out the different images and
lay them out in front of you. Create a frame for the front to look
To make the sides, cut two pieces of cardstock the same height as your
finished project and to calculate the width, measure 1" for every layer
and 1/2" for the front frame. For my project I had 4 layers including
the background and the frame on the front, so I calculated 4-1/2". Score
at every 1/2" and fold accordion style.
Adhere all the layers to the sides starting with one side first. Start
with the background layer and work your way forward to the frame layer.
Carefully do the same with the other side.
To make the cover cut two pieces of stiff card (I used chipboard) about
1/4" larger all around than your finished inside layers. Cut also a
spine from the same card just 1/2" wide. This is wide enough for a book
with about 4 or 5 layers, but if you decide to make many more you'll
need to make the spine a little wider. Cover the front and back covers
but not the spine yet.
To cover the spine, take two strips of thin card or book binding tape
and cut to 3" wide. Center the spine down one of the strips and glue in
Also glue onto it either side the front and back covers leaving a gap of 1/8" in between.
Turn your tunnel book over and glue on the second strip. Using a bone folder or the
corner of a rounded ruler, gently locate the gaps and re-score folding
up the covers as you do it.
Glue the inside layers to the back cover. To keep the book closed, I made two holes to thread ribbon through.
Just a note to thank Jaine for this wonderful mini scrapbook! Wow! The
tunnel book idea came to our attention through a swap on our
Mini Books Yahoo! group.
We really have a lot of fun on that group. If you want to join us click
the above link or the one on the home page. Everybody is welcome! It's
all about making mini scrapbooks no matter your ability!
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