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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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Free Mini Album and Brag Books Paper scrapbook Template

Yes! 123-Easy Layout Change

I cut the mats for page TWO side ONE and while I was doing so changed the layout back to what I originally had in the Halloween Brag book as I liked the look and feel of that page. The second side now needs a revamped look. Changing the layout is as easy as 123!

Before I get to what I did for each side, lets recap.

Original Layout

The Halloween brag book page TWO side ONE : read what this page was like in the post or look at the photos below and you will get an idea of how the flaps open.

Step 1: Finalized Page TWO Side ONE Layout

Page TWO Side ONE had the following elements:

  • Belly band
  • Waterfall pages
  • Entire waterfall pages flipped to the left and there is a slotted page to hold tags.

The first step was to get all the pieces back together, everything I needed was already cut, only assigned to different pages.

I put them all back together so we have the same layout as the Halloween brag book for the wedding themed brag book.

Note: I flattened the slotted insert: the original insert was 0.250 of an inch thick and I was concerned that this brag book could not accommodate the bulk.

The tag I made may change and I used the method here to attach one of my files purchased from Silhouette Design Store. There are many other places to get images, I get from Creative Fabrica when they are free. Like this wedding set that was free and is now $15!

Page Two Side One is back on track all mattings cut and looks like the original.

Step 2: Remember Page TWO side TWO?

For a quick recap of what Page TWO side TWO was going to look like read the post here.

These are the photos below of what I was going to do: The two envelope pages are paired with the slotted page. This will change and I will show you what it changed to.

Finalized Page Two Side Two Layout

Already cut were:

  • The two envelopes.
  • The base page cut

Added:

  • 3 extra pieces of paper, a cut here , a fold there and Voila! 3 flaps to position as I choose!

Step 3: Layout the pieces:

  • The envelopes will flip open to the left,
  • There is a similarity to the Halloween Bragbook in that we have the pages that flip open but not quite in the same manner.
  • I also used a small flap that will go on top of the envelope. This was done to reduce the number of magnets. With this flap keeping the page closed, I need less magnets YEAH!!!

BTW, why are the matting not stuck down?

MAGNETS! or lack of magnets at this point. I am using magnets to hold my pages closed, but you can use ribbon or any other method.

My photo show the matting of the pages not yet stuckdown, as I need to make sure where to place the magnets before I finalize the pages.

Don’t worry, once I am finished showing all the pages with the matting, I will post the finalized pages…hope to keep the pages as they are and not have any last minute change of heart!

Extra

The basic steps 123 above are all you need to change any page in this 8×8 brag book: all inserts, flaps, pockets and envelopes can go on any page, in any order.

Photo below is the small flap positioned differently:

Layout: small flap and envelope 2
Small Flap layout 2

These are all the elements separate with matting for both sides.

  • Small Flap side one and two
  • Medium Flap side one and two
  • Large Flap side one and two
  • Envelopes side one and two

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I hope you enjoy making these pages.

Regards Carolyn

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Creating files Free Mini Album and Brag Books Paper scrapbook Template

Easy Brag Book Page

For the last page of the album, I wanted easy to cut pieces , simple layouts that had lots of space.

Easy Page layout

Easiest layout for 8x8 album about 40 inches long

This layout is about 40 inches long! it is actually the longest yet but super easy to cut. The pages that make up this layout are all very similar in size and could be simplified even more.

This easy of layouts is made up of:

One narrow flap

Two pages with fold lines on the right and left hand sides.

One insert that I am considering to add to one of these pages is a waterfall feature and maybe even a popup feature to give a “WOW” factor.

Two pages with score lines on one side. You can use both pages in just one size or like mine, have both sizes.

There are two pages that have no score lines for folding and can be used in just one size or in two sizes like the photo below.

Two small flaps

Easiest small flaps

Easy pockets for a page

For the next side of this page, I am using a simple set of pages that open like a folio or accordian. I will attach pockets to these pages so that they have a custom look and feel. With my pocket template files, it is easy for me to change the look and feel of any of my pages.

multiple envelopes
This is the envelope page flat on side two on page six

The page is folded up

open to left, pocket and blank page

Open to the left, there is a pocket on the left and a blank space to the right

The whole thing then opens to the right and there is a pocket attached to the base page.

I may use the shutter page on one of the blank pages and not on the back of the album cover: will think more about it.

I am so excited to move on to the next stage of gluing this down and adding the decorative paper.

Hope this made sense, and if you would like any of my files, let me know.

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Free Greeting Cards Mini Album and Brag Books Paper

Best Template Folio #5

This template folio is for the first side of page five. It is the same length as the other folios: about 30 inches when opened all the way, but has more flaps AND the flaps are also larger in size. Each folio in the wedding album, although they look very similar are unique when folded up and decorated. As I mentioned in my previous post, the pages can be customized even further by adding or removing flaps, pockets and inserts.

To get this free custom page folio for 8inch x 8 inch brag book, subscribe and let me know you want folio 5 side one.

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Other folio pages

  • Folio wedding album page 3
  • Folio wedding album page 4

Template For Folio 5

Folio 5 flaps closed
template is 30 inches long, flaps closed

If you are following my brag book from the beginning, you know that all of these custom designed pages are taken from my Halloween brag book (6.5 inch x 8.5 inch ) and will be used in an 8 inch x 8 inch wedding album. (see links below to Halloween pages.)

Are all the Brag Book pages looking alike to you?

Without the decorative paper, they all do look the same. As each page gets more personalized with inserts and tags they take on a personality of their own. I try to keep images themed to each page but in the case of the wedding album, I may not make the pages very different, The pocket of this template is made with a flourish from snapdragon snippets

Although I am using my images from Silhouette Design Store for these pages, there are many other places to get free designs. One that I use a lot for both fonts and designs is Creative Fabrica. my affiliate link if you decide to use, is here.

To see how I did this cutout pocket and do it yourself check out my post.

template folio 5 the pocket cut

Below are some links for you to browse , you will see that finished, each page has a different look and feel.

Template Folio 5 open all Flaps!

I truly think it is a beautiful thing to see a folio expand like this: from an 8 inch x 8 ince page to 30 inches long!

template Folio 5 with all flaps open

WOW! I love brag books!

Template accordion Page Side 2

For side 2, the template I am using has less bulk but delivers on space. Previously in my brag book, I used an accordion page but it was shorter , The accordion layout for page 5 side 2 is full sized.

Template accordion in position

template accordion page on page 5 side 2

All folded up, This layout still takes up less space as you can see in comparison to other pages underneath.

Template page top view

If you view from the top, this template unfolds like a fan and is made up of different sided pages.

template accordion page standing up
Template top view

When stretched out full length, this page is still almost 30 inches long, and both sides can hold photos if left as is or can hold other inserts like slotted page with tags, pockets, waterfall inserts etc. Note that if you add inserts to the pages, the bulk does increase.

template accordion page laid out flat
now that is long!

There are 4 pages (8 if you count both sides) that are ideal for photos, The 2 shorter strips can be sure for a sentiment or journaling. I am thinking that photobooth strip may fit very nicely here.

As I move on to page 6, I am maynot follow my Halloween page 6 so keep following my blog to get your hands on my extra special interactive custom pages!

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Folio Page 4 :Best Brag Book

The folio for page 4 side 2 is now all glued together, In this post I will walk you through exactly how this folio opens and mention any changes I made or options for layout.

Recap of Folio

Side 2 of page four is complete: a little final gluing down to be done, but I am OK with that! If you are just getting here and want to see the other pages and templates take a look here:

Use this Folio

  1. The folios can be used in many ways. Side 2 of page 4 can be a stand-alone folio, and so can page 4 side 1.
  2. A lovely mini photo album to give as gifts.
  3. Add your own photos and give as a very elaborate greeting card or
  4. attach as to a page in a brag book: like we are doing here.

This is what it looks like all closed up. You could put a photo here on the cover if you wanted… maybe put a photo mat on top then the photo.

Pages of this Folio

  • Cover for page 4 side 2. The folio is all folded up in the photo below and has a magnetic closure.
  • Next, open it up . The tag “the Witch Night Party ” is a magnetic closure.
  • The large piece front page can also hold a photo if needed folds
  • The cover opens to the left.

Opened Folio up once

  • there is a pocket on the left.I welded on the skull and candles to the pocket. If you would like to try this my post on how to weld items is here.
  • On the right is a flap with a cat tab attached. The cutout pieces are from the scrapbook paper and can be used as spaces to hold notes or small photos.

Opened up twice

The left piece opens and there is a half page with a cutout candelabra, this page could be matted and used for photos or any of the flaps in this insert can be eliminated.

The central panel is a cutout Halloween scene, small tags can be slipped into the cut sections and the oval-shaped moon can be used for a photo… It is not glued down yet (notice the paperclip?) Both candelabra and Halloween scene are cut files from the Silhouette Design store

Let’s open The Folio for the third time

  • The half page on the far left is matted and can be used for photos.
  • Next to this is a page with a flap that has a cat tab attached, this pulls down .
  • For the rest of the pages on the right, the view has not really changed much.

Fully opened Folio: all flaps open

Middle Flap opened

Ok, we are getting to the end of all the flaps and folds…here it is all opened up.

NOTE: it is NOT upside down, it was not 100% glued down and at the very last minute, I changed where i wanted the flaps to be on this last folio page. The template digital files are flexible that way, Changed how the flaps are attached, the number of pages, pockets…each time can be a different look and feel using the same cut files.

My layout when I cut the cardstock was arranged differently, see the post here

Things to note

  • The middle page flips up and the gold “Halloween” cut out file is from Silhouette Design Store.
  • The pocket with skulls (GOLD) can be a flap that folds down instead.
  • The flap on the top has a narrow pocket to hold items.
  • On the right, there are slots for tags that can hold photos…I need to cut the large tags for this.
  • The bottom flap got cut off in the photo…it has a magnetic belly band to hold items.

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Have fun

Carolyn