I’ve been making pocket letters for a year or more and as fun as they can be, I’ve been on the hunt for something new. Enter flip books. Basically they are hybrid child of a pocket letter, and pen pal or snail mail – the ultimate crafty happy mail!
Now, I’m not going to lie – these take more work than sending some regular snail mail or your average pocket letter. The three examples I have to share with you below took me about 3 hours each to make.
So my advice is to try it for yourself before committing to too many swaps. But, on the flip side, flip books are an awesome ‘Goldilocks type’ project. Not to easy so more of a challenge than making embellishments (see post here!) but not too hard like committing to a full scale project.
Flip 1 – The Melissa
Inspired by The Happy Place Collection by Dear Lizzy
This flip book will always have a special place in my heart – because it’s actually signed by Dear Lizzy herself!
Ok – so the explanation since I don’t usually spend my day hanging out with scrapbooking legends – the Dear Lizzy Happy Place collection launched in Australia a couple of weeks back, and as any Aussie crafter knows, if you don’t snatch it up, it’s gone for good. So I grabbed everything I could get my hands on at Spotlight – and because I couldn’t decide what to make, I went with the Goldilocks answer and started to make a flipbook. It will actually be a reply swap (sometimes I’m super organised!) where the recipient had nominated orange and teal as her favourite colours. Then it was announced the Dear Lizzy was touring with Becky Higgins as part of Spotlight’s national craft month celebrations. I’ve never attended a make and take or anything alone those lines but I took the plunge and this seemed like the perfect chance to make my flipbook extra special.
Lizzy was absolutely lovely, and not only did she graciously sign the flipbook and my PL card, she liked it so much she took a picture of it herself! So that was pretty cool. Here’s hoping Melissa has as much fun opening it, as I have had making it.
- Acetate project life cards are an easy and quick way to create pockets for ephemera – just staple in place!
- Try different orientations – this one is designed to flip vertically which is a nice change in comparison to the two flip books below which predominately flip horizontally
- Make your own embellishments so you can add in coordinating goodies – I have a post about the ephemera and flair I made here
Flip 2 – The Alexis
Inspired by Heidi Swapp Minc Documented Project Life cards
This is a bright and cheerful flipbook, the basis of which was inspired by the Heidi Swapp Minc Documented 3×4 and 4×6 themed project life cards. I ran them through my minc using the teal, silver and holographic foils and the flip book developed a life of its own from there.
- Layering project life cards is an excellent way to add interest and create layers of information to discover. Washi tape is the easiest and cutest way to adhere them.
- We R Memory Keepers waterfall style pockets make the perfect peek a boo pockets for crafty goodies. Attach them using staples, double sided tape, or glossy accents
- Handmade envelopes (I love my We R Memory Keepers punch board but there are lots of diy templates online) are another great way to stash mail tags or die cuts for your recipient to find
Flip 3 – The Stacy
Inspired by My Minds Eye – On Trend 2
This is a collection I bought on a whim during an Easter sale. It’s not my usual go-to colours or designs but the gold accents are beautiful and the double sided 6×6 pad was a joy to work with. Once again having an actual collection (or part thereof – I had the 6×6 papers, the rub-ons, ephemera back and chipboard sheet) makes coordination easy.
- Using a collection is a great way to speed up the process – since everything already goes together you can move quickly between background papers, decorative elements and goodies
- Try mixing up your ‘flips’ by creating doors – so two smaller pieces of card that both flip outwards
- Find creative ways to attach items – shaped paperclips hold things in place, and double as a goody for your recipient to use!