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Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Prima Christmas in the Country Itty Bitty Book Tutorial Reneabouquets Christmas by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Prima Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday episode, I have a darling Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial to share with you.  Many of you expressed an interest in learning how I used the Amazing Paper Grace Scalloped Symphony Die to make the cute Baby Girl Brag Book last month.  Well, because I like y’all so much, I went ahead and put together a basic tutorial showing  you how to cut the pages, make the spine, and bind the album.

Prima Christmas in the Country Itty Bitty Book Tutorial Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Photo 01

This time I puled some of my favorite Christmas papers and dressed them up with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board.  These little books are so much fun to stuff into a Christmas stocking, give as a Secret Santa gift, or send to friends and family who live far away.  Each book measures about 4″ square with a 1/2″ spine.

TIP: wrap the spine with folded black twine.  Leave the ends long so you can tie a knot at the top of the spine.  Then trim the ends to make a fancy tassel for your book.  Add some sweet Christmas charms and flowers to finish the spine in style.

Basic Measurements and Materials

To make each album you will need 5 die cut Scalloped Symphony Note Card Bases.  Fold 3 in half to use as the pages.  Then cut one in half to use as the front and back covers.  Now find the center of the final panel.  Measure out 1/4″ from the center on each side and score a vertical line. Then cut 1/2″ from the scored lines on each side.  Fold along the score lines to form the spine.  Set the off cuts aside to be used as flap pages.

The binding mechanism for the album is a set of 3 cardstock hinges.  First, cut three 1″ x 3 5/8″  strips of black cardstock. Then score each strip in half to make 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ hinges.

Make a contrasting spine with a 2″ x 3 3/8″ piece of black cardstock.  Score 3/4″ flaps on each side.

You will need an 8 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ panel of buffalo check for the book cover.

Cut sixteen 3 5/8″ squares of patterned paper to line the pages of the album.

A Peek Inside

The tutorial will show you how to build a slash pocket inside the front cover.  The little flap page on the right is one of the cut off sides from the 5th Scalloped Symphony base pieces.  Simply score a 1/2″ flap on the right hand side of the flap.  Then adhere the flap behind the 3 5/8″ panel of patterned paper before you adhere it to the page.

Hidden pocket pages are easy to make!

  • First, cut 1″ x 3 5/8″ strips of black cardstock.  You will need 3 for each hidden pocket page.  Score in half as you did when we made the hinges for the pages.
  • Adhere these gussets on the sides and bottom of the patterned paper.  (On the back side, of course.)
  • Now you can cut 3 1/2″ x 7″ panels of buffalo check paper.  Score these in half, then crop the corners.
  • Tuck the pull out pages inside the hidden pockets.

Score 1/2″ hinges on the tops of 3×4 Journal cards.  Then adhere these hinges behind the patterned paper to make flap pages.

Now create a quick and easy pop up page.  First, cut an 8″ x 1″ strip of buffalo plaid paper.  Then score in half.  Next, fold the right hand side back toward the center score line.  Repeat on the left hand side.  Add just a bit of adhesive on the outside edges of this mechanism and adhere to sides of the page.  Then decorate with stickers and ephemera.

You’ll learn how all these pages and mechanisms work in the video tutorial below.

Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to put this sweet little book together, please enjoy the video tutorial.

The wonderful thing about this project is that you can adapt the base for any theme or season.  Add more pockets if you want to tuck in a series of gift cards.  Or leave more room for journaling and use it as a sort of mini diary.

I hope you have as much fun making this itty bitty book as I did!  Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




**Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to dig into your paper stash.  Many times the products used are no longer available for purchase.  Feel free to substitute another collection from your stash.  When products are available, I will provide links.  If a link is missing, it means I could not find the product in my usual online sources.  You can do a Google search to see if you can find it on your own.  Thanks for understanding!



Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card

Prima Christmas in the Country Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card

Hello, Friends!  Masculine Christmas cards….love ’em?  Hate ’em?  Struggle with ’em?  Well, this Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card post is filled with tips and ideas that will help you create a great card for all the fellas on your Christmas card list.  It’s made with Prima’s Christmas in the Country paper collection and accented with a wonderful Tibetan charm from my friend LouAnn over at ButterBee Scraps.

Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card: Making it Manly

This is a simple 5″ x 7″ kraft card base with a top fold.  Add lots of masculine elements like burlap, burlap string, buffalo plaid paper and a handsome stag image to the card design.

Copper is such a great metallic finish, and it works great for a vintage masculine vibe.  The lovely stag head and clock charms were originally silver tone.  Change that quick as a wink with embossing powder!  First,  tap the charms with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then cover with Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and heat.  It’s amazing how the detail of the charm comes through as the embossing powder melts.

TIP: When using a textured embossing powder, I find it takes longer to fully melt.  The embossing powder will go from grainy, to chunky, to thick and finally, as you continue to heat, it will thin out and allow the details to show.  Embossed metal is HOT!  Use tweezers!

First, emboss chipboard snowflakes with Seth Apter Blizzard Baked Texture.  Then emboss a second time with the Burnt Copper Leaves, just sprinkling it over the chips.  It’s a great look!

Majestic Stag Masculine Christmas Card: A Peek Inside

Don’t you just love this buffalo plaid pocket?  Tuck a little gift card/treat wallet inside.  And add a 3″ x 4″ journal card on the top to carry out the Christmas in the Country theme.

Guys like chocolate, too!  So tuck a tasty treat into the pocket along with a gift card for perfect gifting.

Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!