Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Meander Book by Alan Scott

I thought I would do something a little different this week. The project was inspired by visiting a new crafting friends blog The Male Crafter. He was making a Meander Book and I was interested in all about what this book was. This project also allowed me to dip into the scrap paper bin we all have.

It also means that we can re-visit all our stamping goodies to stamp up pages. The main imagery I have used are Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamp Sets. I have also dipped into my stamp collection and used a LOT of older Tim Holtz Stamp sets. I took the key/lock and screw head from a Kanban Stamp Set called Keys.


2 Manilla FoldersCardboard stock
Selection of Coloured Ribbon
White Stamping Paper
Sharp Tipped Scissors
Craft Knife
Double Sided Tape (as narrow as you can get)
Round Edge Punch
Adirondack Dye Ink Pad Pitch Black
Craft Mat
Good Clear Strong Glue
House Hold Pegs
Paper from your Paper Stash
Pencil and Rubber
1 inch circle punch
Manilla Tags  

Lets make a Meander Book
Take 2 manilla folders (go for the cheapest you can find), then with a
pencil and ruler, mark out as in picture 2.

With your trimmer, carefully cut out the pencil marks and then where needed, score (the dotted lines indicate where to score). Make as many strips as your booklet will need. Remember when folded, 2 sections will give you one page.

As you can see here, I have 4 sections. The centre sections will be secured together to form a single page. The outer sections will be used to make the pages that have the top section open, so that you can insert a tag. Mark a 'cut-out' with pencil, so that you
know what page is what. This is how the end sections will look when you have
joined them with the other cut out section.


I have constructed 2 of 4 strips. All l have to do is combine them together to give me one long strip. The second picture shows the completed strip.


Turn onto the back, so that the opened pages are on their sides. This will then help with gluing the opened pages together. These will be flat and not opened.

This is how your finished phase 1 will look.


To make your cover, place the insides onto a piece of card stock and then
allow an edge and mark round.

Make 2 covers 1 Front 1 for the back.


To make the gusset, take some card stock, mark out the length and then double the centre of your width of the constructed insert, to give you the width of the side.
Then allow at least 1 inch for each side flap. Here you can see how the centre of the constructed pages, has been doubled to give the centre section of the gusset.

From your paper stash select papers to cover the card stock. Do this with a good strong wet glue ,as it will give you time to move and make sure one edge is level. The
second picture shows the front and back, as well as the reverse side,
covered with paper and then trimmed to size.


Now then, lets take stock of what we have - a centre set of pages with opening for tags, front and back sections and a gusset.

Using double sided tape on the front of the inside pages section this is then secured onto the inside of one of the cardboard front page. The second picture is how it will look after the double sided tape has been trimmed and the corners from that page punched out using the corner punch. Make sure that the side part is level. Also make sure that the space allowed when cutting out the cardboard, is equal.


Allowed margin all around the three sides. Top/front, side and bottom.

Make a template from card stock and then delve into your paper stash bin,
so that you can cover each page.


Take the tags and then trim down to size. You want them to be about half an inch taller than the page that has the opened top. Again, use a corner punch and then secure a
piece of ribbon into place with the wet glue. A house hold peg will secure the ribbon
into place until its ready to be used.


To secure the gusset into place, place wet glue on the inside of the side that will face the front page and then turn, so that the side is face down. Then take the constructed booklet and place into the gusset. Make sure firstly, that the front side is pushed up to the glued side. You can do this by placing the facing page face down. Take an acrylic block and just push up against it. Then open up the booklet so that it's not flat but as if it was filled with lots of goodies. We are doing this, so that we can secure the inside back of the gusset to the back of our booklet. Turn around, face down and you will have to do a little manipulation to make sure that the back is secured against the gusset. Sorry I have no photos of this part, as the camera decided to go home and not play! I will however next time I do a project like this, make sure there are photos to show what I mean. However any problems of questions, please email me and I will get back to you a.s.a.p with the answer. 

Use the papers and the stamps that you have and just embellish
the booklet how you want to.



  1. lovely, I think I might be tempted to have a bash at one of these. X

  2. Wow Alan! Fabulous creation and I think i might have to have a go at creating one too.
    Fliss x


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