Brag Book 101: building a page

I really wanted to start building my pages, it was so exciting to see the beautiful projects on YouTube! Well, I needed to decide what my base page would look like. I decided to go with the “sleeve” page…this is made to two pieces of paper glued on the short ends and the long open ends are attached to the spine, or open for a tag to be inserted. This type of construction seemed sturdier to me; I could be mistaken.

Once I chose the type of page, the next consideration was the hinge method for the binding. Well did you know that the hidden hinge method is copyrighted/ patented?

I did my version of a bookbinding hinge that looks similar but the spacing and score lines differ, there is a bit more gluing of individual pieces together in this hinge, an example is what I used for my tunnel cards.

Now, what will I include on each page? With so many ideas running through my head, I sometimes feel paralyzed and sit back to watch people craft on Youtube as it really is entertaining! Eventually, I decide “I can do this!”  and start my page.

These pages are going to be Halloween themed and I am creating them in no particular order.

First the digital files

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Note that Light blue is just the digital color, I will use cardstock from Recollections Ravenshead Manor collection

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When I cut these files with the Silhouette Cameo, I noticed a few adjustments needed to be made.

On side one:

  1. the gate was too big
  2. the pocket under the gate was too large

One side two:

  1. the flap with the pocket would not close because the envelope with the zombie’s hands was too big!
  2. I redid the layout so that the zombie envelope is now on the outside, it also flips open. I added a flap to the inside and may add more see photos below

I have not stuck anything down as I am going to place magnets and cut the matting then glue it all together.

Side one the gate


This is the gate, I will have a mat at the back, the pink is just for visibility


Open the gate



This is the pocket when the gate is open. I will have a tombstone tag for the insert I think.


Side two:

This is the large envelope shown open here.


This flips over to the left. Space for photos.


large envelope with Zombie hands

Again the page flips there is a pocket to the right and a pocket to the left. The pocket with zombie hands is on a flap that opens for large photo mats…..see next photo.



It took a bit of time to mat the page and there are a few places that still need. When matting I placed my magnets first but found they were very thick so went and got some thinner ones but alas, they are not holding very well…next page I will try a different brand.

I am not going to attach to my binding until all the pages are complete because I want to make sure that I am absolutely finished adding flips and flops to my page.

So here is the first page:

Side one with the gate, now with the matting. I did not get a chance to go looking for cute doorknobs so these are small brads. This was one place my magnets did not hold. EEKS!


When the gate opens there is a pocket with zombie hands and a tag. the flat space behind the tag can hold a photo and the tag can be shorter.



This is to show the space for a photo mat that I have not yet completed but each page will have one in the side pocket.



Side Two:

A hinged page pulls to left for photo mat space.

one the other side of the zombie’s hands is an envelope


this opens to reveal another envelope no matting yet and the page opposite has another large envelope with more zombie hands


this zombie envelope is on a page that flips up


That is the end of the first page…..

I use the tombstone and zombie hands from the Silhouette design store and the paper is Recollections  Halloween Ravenshead Manor collection


On Behalf Of Not So Clever People


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