Monday, 18 June 2007

A simple ATC holder

These are my instructions for making an accordion ATC holder specially for the ladies of the Oriental Stamp Artists group - but anyone can use them :o)

What you will need:
1 sheet of paper - at least 11 3/4 inches long. You can use A4 size paper (11 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches) or 12 x 12 inch scrapbook papers (there are some lovely double sided scrapbook papers around)
2 pieces of cardstock - 4 1/4 x 3 inches
Ribbon or fibre approximately 17 inches long
Your choice of glue/double sided tape/sticky tape/scissors/trimmer/etc


Cut two 4 inch wide strips of paper from the sheet.

Make pencil marks every 2 3/4 inches along the length of the two strips. Fold along these lines to form 2 accordions.

Each of the accordions will have a small lip at one end. Glue the lip of one to the unlipped edge of the other. This makes one long accordion.

Take one of the pieces of cardstock and stick one end of the accordian to it to form a cover. Repeat with the other side. (You may want to cut a piece of paper 4 x 1 1/2 inches, fold it in half lengthways and stick it to the unlipped edge at the end of the accordion. This forms another lipped edge so that it can be stuck to the second cover and means an extra page to store ATCs in. Otherwise just stick the last page of the accordion to the second cover.)

Using the ribbon/fibre attach it with glue or sticky tape to the middle of one of the covers with a tail of 4 1/2 inches overhanging one edge. To hold the book closed wrap the long end of the ribbon/fibre around the book and tie the two tails with a bow. (The sticky tape used to attach the ribbon can be covered by decoration afterwards.)

One accordion style ATC holder.