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Evaluating projects Evaluation of files/projects Mini Album and Brag Books Paper scrapbook

Too Big? Guilty Me!

Is my Brag Book page 3 and 4 now too big?

This will always a concern and issue for me as I love to have interactive pages that pop , twist and fold and that adds bulk to the brag book.

The paper clips are taking up some space but really and truly if I am being honest with myself, I am at page 4 side 1 and we are starting to look like a stuffed turkey.

And by “we” I mean my brag book.

Two Fixes For The Page Too Big Dilemma

  • One solution is to make my own cover with larger spacing between pages: The one I am using is one that is premade from Michaels.
  • Second solution is to remove some of the flaps, folds and slots and tags. (crying face here)

Recap of all the “Too Big” Pages

A quick recap will show that all the previous pages are almost the same size but the bulk is adding up and the book is becoming too big. (I admit it)

Below are a few of the pages in this wedding brag book if you need to review.

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Page 3 Side 2 is Too BIG

This page is a double tri fold shutter page that closes up and flips to the side to reveal more flaps that open and reveal a large area for a photo.

Let us look at it this page one stage of opening at a time.

The Big Double Tri Fold Shutter Page

This double tri fold shutter is 8 inches long when closed up and opens up to be 31.5 inches long. (That Is BIG) My template is based on a great Youtube video

The spaces are great for embellishments, small photo booth sided photos and the center is perfect for a 4×8 photo.

This is the big page sitting in the brag book

Too Big? Pages for Page 3b and 4a
My Brag book is looking too thick and I may need to make a custom cover!

This is a closer view of the page

Too Big? double fold pull out
closer look at page

Remember that the paper clips are there as I need to place my magnets.

This page had so many paper clips that it interfered with the opening and closing when I wanted to take the photos!

I stuck some of the matting down and I am pretty sure I made a mistake!!!

Will have to wait and see what happens when I attach the magnets.

One side Of This Page Opened Up.

Too Big? Double fold opening
one side of double fold page opened.

The Double Tri Fold Shutter Page Closed

When the double tri fold shutter page is closed up again, it all flips to the left and there is a space for a photo on the back and to the right are 2 flaps.

It was supposed to be 4 flaps: One flap opening left , one flap opening to the right, one opening up and one opening down…… but I have to admit that the bulk was way too much.

These two flaps open and there is space on the page for another large photo.

Now this page does not seem to be large but the double tri fold shutter makes it a little bulky.

Too Big? double fold page opens
Big Double tri fold shutter closed up and the entire page flips open to left
Too Big? Flaps open for a photo mat
Big page has room for a big photo

Page 4 Side 1

This page 4 is a folio and I did not use lots of pockets or slots for tag but left the pages with large photo mats.

To start with the photo below is the folio page all closed up

Too Big? Pages 4

Next Photo shows the folio opened one time to show the one and only pocket which I will re-cut a little smaller.

Too Big? Pages 4 open onec

Big page opened a second time

This Page is long like all the other folios in this brag book: around 30 inches.

Too Big? Pages 4 open twicw
Note the matting can be changed around

The matting can still be be changed around. I have not yet decided on what I like. ( Feel free to comment here)

Too Big? Pages 4 open third time
Big Folio opened onephotos

Back of pages

The back of the folio will hold 2 large photos. ( the flower paper)

In a wedding brag book you really do want space for all the large photos.

Too Big? Pages 4 back pages
You have 3 full sized pages with mats for photos on the back of this folio
Too Big? Pages 4 folding up
closing it up again

Well that is it for these two pages: Page 3 side 2 and Page 4 side 1. That leaves us with Page 4 side 2, Page 5 and 6 side 1 and 2 and the back cover.

I am almost 100% sure I will need to make my brag book cover and base pages to fit what I have made so far as I love all the pages and DON’T WANT TO DOWNSIZE MY BOOK!!!!

Got that out of my system!

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Evaluating projects Evaluation of files/projects

Evaluating files

Just got some cute animal and I was asked to evaluate the files. I love all of these cute critters and used cardstock as the medium to cut but I want to try cutting with HTV for baby onesies.

Take a look

Evaluating each individual File

Chipmunk

This cute little chipmunk cut out of cardstock it very easy to cut and assemble with large pieces and few small pieces.

1. Material required: 4 different colors

  • One sheet of Medium Brown Cardstock,
  • Scrap of Dark Brown Cardstock,
  • Scrap of Pink  Cardstock
  • Scrap of black Cardstock

2. Complexity of file:

Number of pieces 8 

Once the colours were chosen, the cutting and assembling was very fast. The images were easy to cut, there were no small intricate pieces that were difficult to cut.

SVG file opened in Silhouette Studio as a grouped file

Needs to be ungrouped so that the individual colours can be cut. The head , face etc are separate, just layered on top of each other. Elements like eyes and nose are grouped and need to be ungrouped

Or

If SVG Separated files is used:

Note that the face is still grouped together and needs to be ungrouped

When the SVG is opened in Cricut Design Space

The file needs to be ungrouped the entire face is group so hit ungroup twice for all the pieces to be separated.

The ungrouped SVG needs the coloured pieces to be ungrouped once.

3.Time to cut and assemble:

15 minutes

4. Cost under

$1.00

My Cut File

Crab

The little red crab is just so cute!  Cut out of Cardstock

1.  Material required: 5 different colors

  • One sheet of Red Cardstock,
  • Scrap of Dark Red Cardstock
  • Scrap of Medium Red Cardstock
  • Scrap of Black Cardstock,
  • Scrap of White Cardstock

2. Complexity of file:

Number of pieces 7 

SVG file opened in Silhouette Studio as a grouped file

Eyes and mouth need to be further  ungrouped so that the individual colours can be cut.

Or

If SVG Separated files is used in Silhouette :

Note that the face is still grouped together and needs to be ungrouped

When the SVG is opened in Cricut Design Space

The file needs to be ungrouped, so hit ungroup twice for all the pieces to be separated.

The ungrouped SVG needs the colored pieces to be ungrouped once

3.Time to cut and assemble:

Total time to cut and glue was under 10 minutes

4. Cost

Under $1.00

My Cut File

Giraffe Face

Super Easy cut out of Cardstock

1.  Material required: 3 different colors

  • One sheet of  yellow Cardstock,
  • One sheet of brown Cardstock
  • Scrap of Black Cardstock,

2. Complexity of file: number of pieces 6 

SVG file opened in Silhouette Studio as a grouped file

Eyes and mouth need to be further so that the individual colors can be cut.

Or

If SVG Separated files is used in Silhouette :

Note that the face is still grouped together and needs to be ungrouped

When the SVG is opened in Cricut Design Space

The file needs to be ungrouped twice for all the pieces to be separated.

The ungrouped SVG needs the coloured pieces to be ungrouped once

3.Time to cut and assemble:

Total time to cut and glue was under 10 minutes as the pieces were large with very few small pieces.

4. Cost

Under $1.00

 My Cut File

Pig

This cute angry pig is cut out of cardstock

1. Material required: 4 different colors

  • One sheet of dark pink Cardstock,
  • Scrap of light pink Cardstock,
  • Scrap of white Cardstock
  • Scrap of black Cardstock

2. Complexity of file: number of pieces 12

Once the colors were chosen, the cutting was fast. The assembly took a little bit of time to place the small pieces.

SVG file opened in Silhouette Studio as a grouped file

Needs to be ungrouped so that the individual colors can be cut. Each color is grouped together.

Or

If SVG Separated files is used:

Note that the face is still grouped together and needs to be ungrouped

When the grouped SVG is opened in Cricut Design Space

The file needs to be ungrouped the entire face is group so hit ungroup twice for all the pieces to be separated.

The ungrouped SVG needs the coloured pieces to be ungrouped once

3.Time to cut and assemble:

10 minutes

4. Cost

under $1.00

My Cut File

Reindeer

This Reindeer is cut out of cardstock

1. Material required: 8 different colors

  • One sheet of dark Brown Cardstock
  • One sheet of Medium Brown Cardstock,
  • One sheet of light Brown Cardstock
  • One sheet of dark Beige Cardstock
  • One sheet of tan Cardstock
  • Scrap of red Cardstock
  • Scrap of black Cardstock

2. Complexity of file: number of pieces  22

Once the colours were chosen, the cutting was fast for each piece but changing paper and mats added to the overall time.. The assembly took sometime with the amount of pieces to layer.

SVG file opened in Silhouette Studio as a grouped file

Needs to be ungrouped so that the individual colors can be cut. Each color is grouped together.

Or

If SVG Separated files is used:

Note that the similar colors are still grouped together and needs to be ungrouped

 

When the grouped SVG is opened in Cricut Design Space

The file needs to be ungrouped the entire face is group so hit ungroup twice for all the pieces to be separated.

The ungrouped SVG needs the colored pieces to be ungrouped once

3.Time to cut and assemble:

20 minutes

4. Cost

under $2.00

My Cut File

All of the images were a good size except the reindeer.  I feel with the multiple layers it should’ve been bigger and may even have had a few too many different colours for mats. I think that one may have had 10 mats. I will check again but it was a lot.