Friday, January 7, 2011

Jacob's Ladder Flip Flap Mini Album Tutorial

I remember having something like this when I was young & thought it would be a fun project to share for those of us that love Mini Albums.
Jacob's Ladder Mini Album - When you open a page it creates a waterfall like affect to the album causing the pages to tumble open - really cute.
Just a note......due to the style of this mini album there is not a lot of room for bulky embellishments - otherwise the pages may not tumble properly.

Tutorial :
(Courtesy of Jaine Drake- Thanks for sharing Jaine)


10 pieces of book board or chipboard cut to 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" (You can use more as long as you have an even number and longer ribbons.)
2 Sheets of patterned scrapbook paper to cover the book board
3 pieces of ribbon cut to 45 inches each. Either Organza or thin ribbon is best.

Cover the board pieces with the patterned scrapbook paper on one side only. Decorate all the patterned sides with images but remember the ribbons will obscure parts of the pictures, which is why it's best to use organza or a thin ribbon.

Make two equal piles with your finished squares, making sure all the pictures are the right way up. Turn one pile over, keeping the pictures in the same orientation.

Take all the squares in the pile you've turned over and mark three lines at 1/2, 1-3/4 and 3 inches top to bottom.

Take the first marked square and run a little glue or double sided tape down the lines. Lay the ribbons as shown in the picture, with the two outside ribbons running out from the top, and the center ribbon running down from the bottom.

Take square number 2 which is unmarked and spread glue all over the undecorated side. Glue it down on top of the marked square.

Reverse the direction of the ribbons so the top two ribbons come down to the bottom and the bottom ribbon lies up to the top and making sure the ribbons are lying flat.

Take square number 3 which is marked and place (without glue) face down on top of the other two. Again put a little glue or tape down the lines and reversing the directions of the ribbons, lay them on top.

Taking another unmarked square, spread it with glue and lay down on top of the previous square. Bring the ribbons over once more, reversing their direction.

Continue in this way repeating from step number 4 through to the last unmarked square which is glued on top. Trim off the excess ribbon.

Your Jacob's Ladder may be a little stiff at first, but the more you play with it the better it will get.

I hope you find some time to give this project a try.

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