Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Squish Squash

Welcome to another great Wednesday. When we're out and about at the different scrapbook and rubberstamp conventions, we're often asked "how did you do that?". This is one of those projects that people have asked, and today I'm here to answer. The squash book that hangs in our booth uses stamps from several of our dogs, such as, birthday and balloons and labrador love. You can see the original post here. Hopefully this more detailed tutorial will be helpful.

What you'll need:
* 3 sheets of paper 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
* 4 squares of paper 4" x 4"
* Scrap Happy Glue, or other very strong adhesive
* One and Only Tape, or other double sided adhesive
* Ribbon
* Stamps and other embellishments for decoration

You will always start off with an odd number of squares to ensure you have a front and back. Each square will be the same size.
Starting off with one of your squares, score on the half fold, turn 1/4 turn and score on the 1/2 fold again.

Flip your paper over and score diagnally (using any score line) from corner to corner. Stop...do not score both corners. You will have score lines like the ones in the picture shown.
fold on the score line in half, open and turn, fold in half again. Flip your paper over and fold in the other direction diagnally. Push the diagnal corners in. You should have something that looks like this.

Do this with remaining squares. You should have 3 sections. Now is the time for really sticky glue. Let me interupt the program for this great product announcement. Scrap Happy glue has only been on the market for a short while. It has been the best glue for just about anything. Paper to paper it's stuck almost instantly. The spout doesn't clog and it comes out in a very fine line. You don't need a lot...just a little dab will do ya. Like making your own glue dots, use this glue to get it done. Just drop a few dots down on wax paper and let them dry. Use as you would your glue dots. OK...I'll stop chattering on about it. Now...back to our program.

Once you have your 3 sections, you'll lay two out with the open corners facing opposite each other. I've used bright colored squares to show how this is done. Using your glue, lay one on top of the other gluing them together.

Once you have 2 done, do the same with the last square...facing the open end opposite the last square placed. At this point, if you wanted to make your squash book longer, you can keep adding squares using the same directions. Remember, odd number of squares will give you a front and a back.
These are great as very cool cards, a fun and different scrapbook, or just because and fun to make. As you can see, it's very easy to decorate. Each section is 4 1/4" sq. I've used 4" squares to start down the middle. This is part of the new fruit medley set. Check back later today for the finished project. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

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