TUTORIAL: Squash Book

Prepared by Lori Tisdale (May 2009)
All images copyright Stampin’ Up! 1990-2009

Images 1, 2, 3 – finished product, closed and open



Image 4 – what you need

Chipboard or cardboard: 2 count, 4” x 4”
Decorative card stock: 2 count, 4” x 4” (to decorate cardboard on front and back)
Background card stock: 3 count, 7 ½” x 7 ½”
Various colors cardstock:
– 4 count, 3 ¾” x 3 ¾”
– Extra 3 count, 3 ¾” x 3 ¾”, cut into diagonals
Ribbon or hemp twine: approx 18”
Adhesive of choice
Stamps/ink for embellishment

Image 5 – Run adhesive along middle of one side of cardboard

Images 6, 7 and 8 – Adhere decorative cardstock to two cardboard pieces (for front and back covers)



Images 9 and 10 – Crease large cardstock pieces (sized 7 ½” x 7 ½”). Overlap large cardstock pieces

Crease cardstock down the middle, turn the cardstock and crease down the middle again. From corner to corner, crease again.

In the image below I’ve overlapped the 3 cardstock sheets to show you where to crease and where to overlap. These layers are not adhered yet. When you adhere them you want the corner of cardstock to fit just snuggly inside the crease lines on the matching cardstock – but it’s important that they do not run over the crease lines. Remember, you want to fold this up like a book.


Image 11 – Adhere. When you adhere them you want the corner of cardstock to fit just snuggly inside the crease lines on the matching cardstock – but it’s important that they do not run over the crease lines. Remember, you want to fold this up like a book.

Images 12 and 13 – Fold cardstock along crease lines.


Image 14 – Adhere coordinating cardstock across the middle of the squash book, and at the top and bottom if you desire. Tip: prep your layout first without adhesive. Then go back and adhere according to your layout.

Image 15 – fold up cardstock into book size. Using your bone folder, make a deep crease along all 4 sides of folded cardstock.



Image 16 – Adhere decorated cardstock to front and back of folded cardstock. Make sure to line up cover (with ribbon already inserted) correctly so that book opens nicely once untied.

Image 17 – Embellish inside book and adhere pictures where desired.

Now, go have fun! And come back and leave links if you post your finished product on your blog!

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