Flip book

by Lisa Somerville

Create a flip book.


  • Three 8" x 3 3/4" pieces of cardstock
  • Four 4" squares of cardstock or patterned paper or a combination of both for covers
  • Ten 3 1/2" x 1 3/4" pieces of patterned paper
  • Four pieces of 3 3/4" x 3 1/2" pieces of cardstock or patterned paper
  • Scoring tool
  • Bind It All™, or other binding machine
  • BIA Coil 1/2" coil was used here, although the 3/4" would work
  • Adhesive
  • Bone folder
  • Two 4" square Chipboard Covers


  1. Step 1

    Score the 8" x 3 3/4" pieces of cardstock at 2" and 6".

  2. Step 2

    Adhere the 4" square pieces of patterned paper to the front and back of the 4" chipboard squares – set aside.

    If desired, sand the edges with a sanding block and add ink with a sponge dauber.

  3. Step 3

    Adhere patterned paper pieces to the scored pages:

    Inside view of page one.

  4. Back view of page one.

  5. Step 4

    Inside view page two.

  6. Backside view of page two.

  7. Step 5

    Inside view page three.

  8. Backside view of page three.

  9. Step 6

    Set the Bind It All to “C” (cover) and punch the front and back covers.

  10. Step 7

    Set the Bind It All to “D” (inner pages) and punch inner pages as shown (it may help to refer to the photos above as to where the patterned paper was placed).

    Fold in one of the 2” flaps on page 1 – insert into Bind It All and punch.

  11. Fold in the 2” flap on page 2 (that does NOT have patterned paper on both sides) – insert into Bind It All and punch.

  12. Step 8

    Now the pages will be attached together as follows:

    Lay pages 1 and 2 down – front view up. Adhere tape to the right 2” panel on page 1 and adhere it to the left 2” panel on page 2 (making sure to line it up with the punches from the Bind It All)

  13. Step 9

    Lay page 2 down so that you are working on the back of the 4” panel, add tape and adhere it to the back 4” back panel of page 3 (making sure to line it up with the punches from the Bind It All)

  14. This is a view of all pages when taped together.

  15. Step 10

    Now you are ready to add the coil to the book

    To get ready to coil the book, assemble in order from left to right:

    Back cover, front cover, and pages (note the 2” panels from page 3 are on the top). Slide in the double OWire binding.

    Adjust the micro variable knob to the size wire you are using, place the book into the wire closing channel, bring down the handle and release.

  16. Step 11

    Decorate the front to finish your book.

  17. Book opened.


Your Turn

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

Great pictures but I am one of these 'show me' people. For some reason, the video keeps flashing 'private'. What's up?
paper canuck  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 4:17 AM
I'm getting the same message and I am the same. Need to see what someone else does!!
Bec Miller  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 4:37 AM
me again.... Yeah! the video now works. thanks.
paper canuck  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 4:38 AM
You make this look soooooooo easy...I have never binded a book before! Great job!
Susanne  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 5:51 AM
Loved your work. Question for you...I'm looking at the Zutter Bind-it-all on Amazon.com and see that there are 2 different one's, but they look the same. One says it's Zutter Bind-it-all Version 2.0 for scrapbooking the other just calls it the Zutter Bind-it-all Version 2.

Can you tell me what the difference is between the two. Thank you so much for any help you can give me.
Shirley Conner  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 7:30 AM
Hi Shirley - the Pink 2.0 version has upgraded features. See their video for more details
Lisa Somerville  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM
Just checked and there is a thread here on SCS too about the Blue vs. Pink
Lisa Somerville  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 8:02 AM
Nice job on the video! Feel free to do more tutorials for the Zutter - I have it and I like it alot - but I don't always have ideas for it. Thanks
Lisa  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 8:27 AM
Love your book Lisa! Will have to try one!
Pam  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 8:50 AM
Fabulous project! Great video and picture tutorial!
stampersuzz  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 9:59 AM
Merci beaucoup c'est magnifique! Nadine
lamanuelle  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 4:33 PM
FYI the dimensions given on the tutorial for the Four pieces of cardstock or patterned paper should read:
Four pieces of 3-3/4" x 3-1/2"
NOT 3-3/4" x 1/2"
I had all my pieces cut out per the written tutorial and only after watching the video did I figure out that the printed tutorial dimensions were incorrect for those pieces. I guess I'll use those thin strips that match my patterened paper on some cards.
Amy Bagley  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 7:03 PM
Thanks for catching that Amy. The dimension must have gotten omitted when the transfer of directions was posted. I've asked that they edit the directions. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Lisa Somerville  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 7:14 PM
Great tutorial! I'm a visual learner also. I've been wanting a Zutter Bind It All, now it's on the top of my wish list. I love this cute, little scrapbook! Thanks!!
Jenny Naus  |  Wed May 4, 2011 at 8:31 PM
Lisa, Thank you so very much for the input on the Zutter.

Still lovin your work!
Shirley Conner  |  Thu May 5, 2011 at 8:13 AM
Increible trabajo y muy bien el video super explicativo como tutorial. Enhorabuena. Besitos.
Mercedes González  |  Fri May 6, 2011 at 3:27 AM
Just wish I had the Bind-It-All. I never have any of the items used on the tutorials! :(
gotthebug818  |  Fri May 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM
In place of the BIA, you can use Binder Rings, available at your local Office Supply Store.
Lisa Somerville  |  Fri May 6, 2011 at 4:16 PM
Watched the video, printed out the pdf and went merrily on my way till I got to the attaching this to that part - went back to the video and now it all makes sense. I am absolutely delighted with the results. Will decorate the front and post it. You made me get my bind it all out of the package for the very first time >^..^<
cat  |  Sat May 7, 2011 at 9:49 AM
So happy to hear you took your BIA out to create the Flip Book! Looking foward to seeing yours!
Lisa Somerville  |  Sat May 7, 2011 at 9:51 AM

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