Continuing on with Alpha Stamps May theme of “Language of Flowers” is a super simple to make ATC book. The ATCs makeup the pages of the book and are connected with jump rings. The cards accordion fold and are held together with ribbon. The first ATC in the book also serves as the cover.
This is a great project for a swap. Each swapper creates a set of ATCs and keeps one which they use as their cover. Then they receive cards from other swappers which become the other pages of the book.
In the picture below, you can see the placement of the jump rings circled in black. I started by punching the holes in the first ATC on the left. I then used the punched holes to mark the holes in the second card, insuring that the holes in both cards matchup when they are connected with the jump rings. I continued marking the holes in the next ATC using the holes already punched in the previous one.
The ribbon used to close the book is attached to the first ATC (that is the front cover). Attach the ribbon before adding the decorative paper etc. to the ATC. In the picture below, you’ll notice that the ribbon is shorter on the right side than on the left. When the book is closed by accordion folding the ATCs you will need extra ribbon to reach around the back of the book. I usually use more ribbon than I need and trim the excess after the bows are tied. I used two ribbons in this example as the ribbons were thin. If you have a larger ribbon you can use just one.
Note in the pictures below, how the ATCs are folded to close the book. A few things to consider when creating your book are:
- You need to use an even number of ATCs (this includes the front cover ATC).
- Stick to thinner embellishments for the inside ATCs but you can go crazy on the cover.
- You can have items that extend past the top and the bottom of the ATCs by not the sides.
In the pictures below, you can see the ribbon wrapped around one side and tied on the other side.
I also like to decorate the back of the last ATC so that it looks pretty when the book is closed.
Below are detailed pictures of the ATCs. The frames are from my Whimsical Frames Collage Sheet
Alpha Stamps Products Used for This Project