Monday 6 June 2022

Living Hinge Flip Flap Journal

     This has been made with the new Living Hinge die from John Next Door and his older Tag Card die set. Journals are very popular and so very useful, now with this die it's easy to make your own.
     The die is thicker and the 'cutting' edge is deeper so it will go through thicker materials, all you will need to do is work out the best 'sandwich' for your machine.
     The cover was made using an A4, 1mm thick piece of greyboard and two double sided 12x12 papers. The greyboard was coated with PVA glue, then placed on to the scrapbook paper and smoothed down with a clean brayer, this gives a good even pressure all over to stop any air bubbles appearing, repeat for the inside cover. If you use a directional pattern always double check this second cover is the same way up as the first.
     With the chosen outside facing up the die was fixed with tape across the middle of the sheet and run through the machine carefully. Each machine is slightly different so it's a case of gently trying until the correct 'sandwich' is found for a good clean pass, various layers of thin card can be added or removed to reach this, never force the die through.
      To get the even curve across the spine I gently bent it around a strong cardboard tube from the middle of a tin foil roll, this meant it had support as it curved and didn't buckle and fold. Once curved the cover was taken outside and sprayed with a couple of light coates of varnish, this will protect the paper and keep it clean.
     The inside was made using the Large Tag Card die set from May 2020. Each section was cut in a different colour, one that matched the colours in the cover pattern. Shapes to write on were cut in cream for the coloured pages and taupe for the cream page, all edged with Distress Ink and glued in place. For the small square tabs the offcuts from the cover papers were used to keep the continuity of colour and pattern.
     On the last page there is a small envelope to hold little trinkets like ticket stubs or labels, it's covered with another piece of the cover paper for decoration.
     Working out how to glue the pages in took a few minutes, I pegged it in place to see if the book would open correctly before making the final decision. I found that it was best to leave 1.5inches from the spine edge clear of glue, this left enough of the flip flap pages to glue down but also left a free moving area at the spine for the book to fully open without buckling the pages.
     I can honestly say that this was a joy to make and, like most crafters, I have a stash of papers I can now use to make journals for all manner of things. 
      This was made with 1mm greyboard, covered with two sheets of ds paper, it bent with gentle persuasion, I also tried a 1.25mm mount board that did not like to be bent. I think the composition of the board you are bending will make a difference so take a little time to experiment before you use your favourite papers.

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
Crafting Happiness - #124 Anything Goes
Get Creative - #112 At Least Two Patterned Papers
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - #2223 Anything Goes
Gem Of A Craft - #12 Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Lovers - #14 Anything Goes


  1. I saw your card on a challenge and I had to come by to say your card is just awesome!
    Love the patron and your colorchoice!

  2. Your journal is so stylish and colourful, I love it! Thank you for playing along with our ‘anything goes’ challenge at Crafty Calendar this month.

  3. What a delightful creation! You showcased it superbly! Thanks for playing along with us at PIP Challenges!!

  4. leuke creatie gemaakt
    bedankt voor het meedoen aan de challenge
    groetjes jolanda bongers
    DT mixed media lovers

  5. Wow! This is amazing! Thank you for joining us at Get Creative Challenges!

  6. Gorgeous flip album wwoowww...
    Hugs Epie

  7. Your album is a stunner- a bright and modern design, love the papers you've used too! Thank you for playing along with our ‘anything goes’ challenge at Crafty Calendar this month.

  8. Prachtige creatie heb je gemaakt! Zo fijn dat je meedoet met de Mixed Media Lovers!!
    Marlies, DT


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