I am so in love with my new Mini Tag Book die! It is itty-bitty and full of possibilities. I wanted to share a quick step-by-step tutorial with you today showing you how to assemble the die cut pieces.
You can die cut the book from a variety of materials including cardstock, pattern paper, wool felt, and some fabrics (fabric results vary with thin dies based on the fiber content.) For the purpose of simplicity in showing the assembly, I am using plain cream cardstock.
The die set includes three dies. This die with the pointed tip is the front and back covers of the book. Die cut two of these. The die cut will have a score line and two pin holes that will help you bind the book later.
The long rectangular die is the pages. The die cuts a double page, has a score line, and two pin holes for the binding. You can cut the pages from any material like cardstock, pattern paper, vellum, mulberry paper, wool felt, etc. I prefer to use thin copy/printer paper or thin pattern paper to help reduce bulk and leave more space for photos and embellishments. Die cut as many pages as you would like.
Note- some vellum will crack after being scored. Test your vellum first to see if it can withstand the scoring. I like to reinforce shorelines on vellum with decorative tissue or washi tape.
The third die in the set is the reinforcer for the hole at the tip of the tag shape. You will need two. I love cutting them from kraft cardstock because it looks like the reinforcers on a shipping tag. They are also super cute cut from thin canvas like Ranger’s Sticky Back Canvas. You will need to cut two for your book.
To assemble, start with the covers. Fold the cover pieces along the score line to create a tab. This is the binding of the book.
Place a thin line of glue along the binding section on one of the covers. You can use any type of adhesive, but I prefer liquid glue since it lets you move it around a bit before taking hold.
Adhere the second cover to the first matching up the binding sections to each other. The two pinholes should match up.
When adhered together, the cover pieces will form one long double tipped tag with the binding in the center.
Fold the pages in the center along the scored fold line.
Depending on the fiber or thread you plan to use for the binding, you may want to use a piercing tool to make the pin holes slightly larger.
Stack all of your pages together. Line up all the pin holes together.
Cut an 8″-12″ piece of thread, fiber, embroidery floss, bakers twine, etc. (I am using waxed book binding thread). Hold the pages with the pointed “mountain” side of the fold facing down. The side facing up is the “valley side”. On the valley side of the stack, thread one end of the thread through the left hole and the other end of the thread through the right hole.
The ends of the thread should end up on the back side of your stack of pages.
Thread the two ends of thread through the two holes in center of the assembled cover. Again, you are putting thread in on the valley side and coming out on the mountain side.
Flip the book over. Pull the thread tight and tie in a knot.
You can add a simple bow over the knot if you would like.
Adhere one end of a reinforcer to one of the holes on the tip of the cover.
When the adhesive is set, fold the reinforcer over the tip of the cover and adhere it down to the backside of the same hole in the cover.
One reinforcer will cover the same hole on both sides of a cover. Repeat the same process for the other cover.
Now the fun part, adding fun papers, trims, and embellishments! I love this little book for creating itty-bitty mini books of tiny photos snapped on my phone. It is a fun way to group together fun moments that are a little random that might not go together in a larger themed book or page. But don’t think it is limited to just featuring photos… tomorrow I will show you a needle book die cut from wool felt. I am still swooning a bit every time I look at it!
There are just so many things you can create with this cutie! It is truly an itty-bitty blank canvas! I hope you will love it as much as I do!
PS. Don’t have a die cutting machine but want to try it out with a smaller investment? Check out Spellbinders Prizm Die Cutting Machine! It is itty-bitty just like this die and super affordable! The Mini Tag Book Die fits in a Prizm!