Circle Flip Up Book

by Stacey Carter

Create this quick album to highlight an event or person.


  • Circle cutting system( or cutting mat, hobby blade, and salad plate)

  • 4 pieces of cardstock for base of project

  • Bone Folder

  • Sticky Strip™ or other strong adhesive

  • SNAIL Adhesive

  • Scissors

  • Patterned Paper

  • Ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Cut four circles out of cardstock. Your finished project will be 1/4 of the circle's original size.

  2. To use a salad plate, place cutting mat on table. Put cardstock on cutting mat. Place plate on top of cardstock. Press down on your hobby blade all around the plate.

  3. Step 2

    Fold circle in half vertically using your bone folder.

  4. Step 3

    Fold circle in half horizontally using bone folder.

  5. Step 4

    Cut on fold line up to center point.

  6. Step 5

    Half inch down from fold line cut from right edge of circle to the middle fold line. This makes a flap on the lower right side.

  7. Step 6

    Cut at least 45 degree angle cuts on both sides of the flap.

  8. You should now have 4 circles that look like this.

  9. Step 7

    Fold up the bottom left section.

  10. Step 8

    With your bone folder fold the flap down in half. This will make a mountain fold.

  11. This is what your circles now look like.

  12. Step 9

    Decorate your circles.
    It is important that you decorate this project before assembly and not place any decorations on your fold line.

    Use any paper or accessories you desire. Here, the pieces from the circle that I cut off were used as a template for the scrapbook paper. I cut it in half when I put it on the mountain folded section.

  13. Step 10

    Place Sticky Strip™ on flap close to the inner edge. This must be a permanent adhesive or they will fall apart.

  14. Step 11

    Slide the lower left hand section over the flap. The flap will be on the bottom.

  15. Step 12

    You now have 4 panels. You will attach the 1st panel to the 2nd one, the 2nd one to the 3rd one and the 3rd one to the 4th one. The 1st one is the front of your book. The 4th one is the back of the book.

    Place snail (or other adhesive) all around the edge of the panel and 2 stripes in the center. Line them up on the bottom corner and edge. Then smooth them together.

  16. Step 13

    Cut 24 inches of ribbon. Center the ribbon around the book. Tape the ribbon to the front and the back panels (not the spine).

  17. Step 14

    Decorate the front and back of the book as desired.

  18. Here is the book open. You can tie it open so it sits nicely on a table.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Circle Flip Up 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.

Super cool & clever!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!
avonlea  |  Sat Dec 13, 2008 at 10:18 AM
I tired this before the tutorial was posted and I saw your picture in the gallery. I did it slightly differently with out all the cutting and got a similar result. I love this for Christmas tags/tree decorations!
Ginny  |  Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 1:59 PM
This is awesome! I've made 3 so far. They take only a few minutes to assemble and then as much time as you want to embellish. I've now went ahead and created a pattern in Cricut Design Studio to cut them as a scalloped circle and the flap to glue them together. In minature I think you could make them into flowers by adding 2 more units for a total of 6.
Lalia  |  Sat Dec 20, 2008 at 9:35 AM
wow, I threw one together out of scrap card to work my way though it, and it was so simple. I'm going to have a bit of fun with this. Thank you.
Laura  |  Sat Dec 27, 2008 at 2:44 PM
This is such a great project! The incredibly creative projects that are posted in these tutorials never ceases to amaze me!
Amy Miller  |  Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 3:45 PM
I've been searching and searching for your tutorial and now I stumbled upon it. Thanks. I had seen your creation in a gallery but couldn't remember which website - a retiree's ROM!!! (that means no instant recall but same day service)
neenie40  |  Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 8:51 AM
I am looking forward to making one of these! Your directions are so straight forward! Thank you so much for showing us how to put this together!
Laurie  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 11:18 AM
i LOVE this!
shan  |  Tue Apr 14, 2009 at 2:48 PM
Love it! Can't wait to make one of these. thanks for sharing.
loalle  |  Mon Jul 20, 2009 at 9:44 PM
Hi! I loved your book! I decided to create this using my Sure Cuts A Lot software for my Cricut Diecut machine...I did one circle, cut out the section and then scanned it into my computer to make a cuttable file for the Cricut. If anyone is interested in the files please email me. I have the scut files that are available for download.

**You have to have a Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot software in order to cut the files**

[email protected]
Danielle  |  Sat Oct 3, 2009 at 6:46 PM
My class did this for a project once,except with "rooms" that were square or rectangle.The method was pretty much the same,except that our class cut both folded parts diagonally.We made four rooms.A fun activity for kids to make for either projects,albums,etc
Yuki  |  Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 12:36 AM
Hi Stacey...i made this Circle Flip Flop Album for my Sister's B'day a few weeks back! I loved the way it turned out... & she was also very happy to recieve it! Thank u for yr lovely Instructions !! It was a great HELP !!
Know this one isn't anyway near to what u made..!! Thanks for sharing....once again! Hugs.Riti
Riti  |  Mon Apr 5, 2010 at 9:04 AM
looks great! i haven't made one yet, but i think i will. can you send links for this website?
rey  |  Tue Aug 17, 2010 at 8:54 PM
Hello Stacey, I'd like to use your tutorial for a challenge by a scrapbookstore in the Netherlands. It would be great if you could give your permission.

Marjolijn van Elsberg.
marjolijn  |  Wed Jan 11, 2012 at 5:10 AM

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