Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pop-ups, Layouts and Page Protectors! (Oh my!)

{January 7, 2010}

by Karen Burniston

Happy New Year! I'm Karen Burniston, a Sizzix Licensed Artist and the designer of the pop-up dies. Today's tutorial will illustrate how easy it is to incorporate the pop-up dies into your scrapbook layouts and still be able to operate them in your page protectors.

The pop-up dies will work marvelously on scrapbook layouts by simply adding a card to your layout. This gives the pop-up die a place to store flat and then, when the card is opened, ta da! It pops up! Adding cards to layouts is also a great way to create more space for photos and journaling.

Let's look at a layout using a pop-up die and then I'll show you, step-by-step, how to alter the page protector.

If you're like me, you took a bunch of Christmas photos recently. Now that we've survived the holidays, it's a great time to get started scrapbooking those photos, while the memories are still fresh and the Christmas scrapbooking products are still in the stores!

On this layout, I created a card using a sheet of decorative-edged patterned paper, added sequins to the decorative edges, and then glued the card near the top of my layout. A magnet keeps the card closed and another magnet, hidden under the right border, keeps the card open.

Once the card is opened, the Pop-Up Sleigh with coordinating Sizzlits Santa Set pop up, creating the perfect scene for a layout dedicated to Christmas Eve!

Sizzix Dies Used:
656270 Bigz Die - Sleigh, 3D
656266 Sizzlits 3-Die Set - Santa
656265 Sizzlits 3-Die Set - Christmas Ornaments & Phrase
656151 Textured Impressions Embossing Folders - Medallions, Frame & Damask
655448 Sizzlits Alphabet Set - Go Go Boots
655112 Sizzlits Decorative Strip Alphabet - Naturally Serif
654985 Originals Die - Circles #2

Other Products Used:
Patterned Papers - Little Yellow Bicycle, Bo Bunny
Chipboard Reindeer and Elements - Little Yellow Bicycle
Sequins - Doodlebug
Magnets - Basic Grey
Stickles - Ranger
General items - ribbon, brads, charm, cardstock, letter rub-ons, cording

Now let's look at how to alter a page protector so the layout can be operated in an album. First, slide the finished layout into your preferred brand of page protector (any brand, any style).

Next, you'll want to mark the edges of your card. I prefer using a paper piercer for this step, being careful to only pierce the page protector itself, not my layout. For a square or rectangular card, lightly pierce the four corners of the card. For a decorative-shaped card like this one, I'll need to do a little more work. I've marked the photo below with yellow dash lines to show how I'll go around the contours of the card, lightly piercing guide holes to show me the shape and location of the card. The fold, or hinge, side of the card (in my case, the right edge) does not need to be marked.

After marking the contours of the card, it's time to remove my layout from the page protector and slide a cutting mat inside the page protector. For straight cards (and the top edge of my card) you should use a ruler to cut a nice straight line. For curvy lines, it may be easier to switch to a pair of detail scissors and carefully cut along the pierce lines.

Remember, you don't want to cut all four sides of the card; leave the hinged side connected. You'll end up with the same shaped "card" cut into the top of your page protector as shown below.

Now it's time to put the layout back in the page protector. The card on the layout will line up perfectly with the card in the page protector, allowing it to open. To keep my page protector card from flapping around, I like to use a small stapler to attach it to the edge of the card in an inconspicuous location.

And there you have it! One custom page protector to fit my pop-up layout. This layout can go right into my album, completely protected, and still be opened easily!

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