16 November 2022

Sparkle and Shine with Eileen Hull Designs - Triangle Accordion Bound Book

Hi everyone and welcome. This month is a busy one for the Eileen Hull Designs teams; the 3rd Annual Comfort and Joy Event has been running in the Eileen Hull Fan Club as a big thank you to the group. With exclusive tutorials and inspiration for using Eileen's Sizzix Dies and Embossing Folders in the run up to the festive season it's not to late to join in the fun!!!

And the fun doesn't stop there; throughout November Eileen's teams are continuing to share some Sparkle & Shine project inspiration with more glam and festive makes to get your creative juices flowing!!! My tutorial for this month shows you how to create this Triangle Accordion Bound Book using Eileen's Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - 'Geometric Box'. It is a perfect stocking filler present that can be filled by the lucky recipient with memories, photos, ephemera and journaling.

As you follow the tutorial below you'll find all the essential measurements have been given in both Imperial and Metric sizing.

So let's get started, beginning with creating the covers which are cut from Eileen's Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - 'Geometric Box'. Use matboard, cardboard or other stiff board to cut two each of the large triangle box side pieces, two of the large triangle border pieces and one of the star shapes.

Now have fun decorating all of these elements on one side only with your paints, inks, stencils, stamps, decorative papers and more. For that all important touch of sparkle and shine Sizzix Luster Wax, Metallic Flakes, Metallic Foil Sheets, Glitter and Embossing Powders are all fantastic options. My triangles feature PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints, Stencils and Stamps with a hint of Gold Luster Wax and some clear glitter on the star.

To make the book pages you are going to need to cut 14 triangle pages from a strip(s) of paper 4"/10.2cm wide - I used 100lb/220gsm heavyweight cartridge paper from an A2 size pad but since you are cutting individual triangles you could easily use smaller sheets or scrapbook paper etc. To match the covers your triangles need to be 3"/7.6cm wide at the bottom, with the point on the other side in the centre (so 1 1/2" / 3.8cm in).

The accordion binding is made from a strip of card 2 1/2" /6.5cm wide by 11"/28cm long. For this I used Sizzix Cardstock in a colour to match the star on the front cover and I would recommend a coloured cardstock for this if you want to make it a feature of your book. Fold mountain and valley folds at 3/8"/1cm wide as shown below. Add glue to the underside of each mountain fold and stick these sections together.

Glue the single sided end of the accordion strip to the reverse side of the front cover on the right hand side. Then take the first page and glue it to the back side of the first of the double thickness mountain fold strips, taking care to line it up with the cover as shown below.

Continue to glue each page onto the back side of each double thickness mountain fold pieces, lining them up with the cover and existing pages as you go.

When you get to the last page you will find you are sticking it onto the back side of the last double thickness mountain folds with the single thickness part of the strip left loose. Glue that bit onto the back of that final page (so this one has binding on both sides).

Return to the front cover and glue the remaining page onto the back of the cover, hiding that single thickness strip from the binding.

To finish the pages glue the back page onto the back cover, again hiding the single thickness strip.

Stick the decorative triangle borders onto the front and back covers and finally add the star to the front page, and you're done!

And having created one it was easy to make more in different colourways;

Thank you for joining me today and make sure to check out all the fantastic projects and tutorials from the rest of Eileen's team members - links to their posts can be found on Eileen's blog throughout the month.

For now thanks for visiting,
Jenny xxx
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