One Sheet ATC Book

by Dina Kowal

Make a fun mini album using a single sheet of cardstock.

Supplies

  • Light or medium weight cardstock (colored or patterned)
  • White cardstock or watercolor paper
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Double sided tape
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Trim colored cardstock to 7 1/2" x 11". This will be the base of the book.

  2. Step 2

    Score down the center of the cardstock from the short side at 3 3/4".

  3. Score along the long side at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", and 8 1/4".

  4. Step 3

    Align the long center score line along the cutting line of the paper trimmer.

  5. Cut from the first to third intersecting score lines, creating an opening in the center as shown.

  6. Step 4

    Crease along all score lines with a bone folder.

    HINT:
    Fold lengthwise first. Open the card flat, then fold in half the other way to create a mountain fold. Fold up on outer score lines to create valley folds.

  7. Step 5

    To create the form of the book, fold the base in half so that the cut line is on the fold and facing up. Push the end sections toward the center, causing the middle section to open out into a diamond.

  8. Step 6

    Flatten the center sections and fold both of them over to the right. Fold the left panel over to create the cover of the book – it can be folded to the front or the back.

  9. Step 7

    Once the book is formed, open it up and add double sided tape horizontally on one side (along the edge and the center score) and vertically on the other (on the edges, and on both sides of each score line). A permanent tape runner would work well for this step as well.

  10. Fold as before, taking care to fold and adhere the outside panels together first before putting the center panels together.

    NOTE:
    Pages may need to be worked or flattened down to conform to the book shape. With thicker card, the inner pages edges may not line up exactly and can be trimmed.

  11. Step 8

    To cut trading card sized panels (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") to decorate the pages, begin with a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock. Cut a 3 1/2" x 11" strip from one side, and cut it into four 2 1/2" wide pieces.

  12. The remaining section is 5" wide. Cut it into two sections, each 2 1/2" x 11". Cut these strips into 3 1/2" pieces. One sheet should yield 10 pieces.

  13. Step 9

    Decorate the pages as desired, using photos, stamped images, or inspirational sentiments.

  14. Complete the project.

Video!

Variations

  1. To make a larger album, use any size cardstock. Score at the center, and divide the width in 4 to determine the position of the intersecting score lines. Assemble in the same way as shown above, adjusting the size of the layering panels.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for One Sheet ATC Book. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Dina,
Just beautiful! I love this idea...will have to try it!:)
Kathy H  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 5:26 AM
Wonderful project! And to think I've used this booklet construction technique for my little ones for years, but never translated it to scrapping! Thanks for the nudge! =)
Elizabeth  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 6:00 AM
I love this idea and would love to try it out. the colors you used were beautiful.
I also love the stamp set you used. Can you tell me the name of that stamp set please? thank you for such a great video.
Fran MacDonald  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 6:53 AM
Wonderful idea. Also, I would love to see more of how the beautiful flower pages were made; watercoloring, background etc. Thanks for the great tutorial!
dottie  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 6:53 AM
I just "watched" the tutorial (versus reading it) and found the instructions for the watercolor flowers in there. Wonderful. I should have checked that out before commenting.
dottie  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 7:06 AM
Fran, the set is CL577 Maya from Impression Obsession.

Dottie - I shared a little of my process in the video! If you'd like to see more I did video the whole process and I can share that soon.
dina  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 7:16 AM
Thanks Dina. I learn so much from these tutorials. I especially like the watercoloring ones as I am trying to learn how to do this. The flowers in this one are really beautiful so I would love to see your upcoming tutorial on them. I will be watching for it!
Dottie  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 7:24 AM
Oops - I just checked again - looks like I didn't video myself coloring all the flowers, just one. :( My process was the same, though, as I showed in the video here.
dina  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 7:35 AM
OMGOSH!!! Dina this is gorgeous!
Sandee Shanabrough  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 8:24 AM
This is too cute! I can't wait to start one!! Thank you!
Tiffany  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 8:39 AM
What a beautiful idea and a great tutorial. I didn't realise
just how lovely ATC's can be!
Bridget Keenor  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 9:11 AM
I DO like this Dina! It's BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE the blues too! Thank you for the tutorial!!! smile
Becky Green  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 9:42 AM
Just loved the book and design. Ordered the stamp set it's clear stamp Maya cl577. You can call them on 877 259-0905 or www.iostamps.com. Thank you, Dina.
Barbara Brachfeld  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 9:49 AM
Oh, you're right on the code! It's printed wrong on the actual set.
dina  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 9:58 AM
This is gorgeous, Dina!
lacyquilter  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 10:55 AM
Thanks for a great tutorial. Anxious to try this project.
Marie0112  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 10:57 AM
This was so much fun! Thanks Dina.
muscrat  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 12:24 PM
What a lovely idea and you make it look so easy will give it a go thank you
Lee Gysberts  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 2:32 PM
Looking forward to trying this. Lovely demonstration.
Mary McCulloch  |  Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 5:22 PM
Dina! How much fun is this little project?!! Absolutely LOVE this and will give it a try (as soon as I clean up my stampin' space from my holiday projects LOL!)! Am meeting some very special friends for lunch in a week or so and would love to surprise each one of them with this little book decorated individually for each of their personalities! Thanks so much for another wonderful inspiration!!
Joanne  |  Thu Jan 8, 2015 at 5:49 AM

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