Today I want to share a fun project featuring the Accordion Fancy Label Dies by Elizabeth Craft Design. These dies are so fun, and so easy, and so very versatile. You have many choices — from a two or three panel card to a mini-album with as many pages as you like. As a sample of this versatility, I made a 14-panel mini-album featuring the Twelve Days of Christmas papers by Graphic 45.
I had so much fun making this little mini-album. It was unbelievably easy. Some of the elements took a little time (primarily all of the fussy cutting), but it went together very quickly.
The first step was to cut apart the die set — Accordion Fancy Label by Elizabeth Craft Design. The set comes attached together with tabs in between. This isn’t a set that you can simply break apart — you need to cut it apart with wire cutters, etc. Once that was done, I selected black paper for my front and back covers, and twelve sheets of paper from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 6×6 patterns and solids pad. Because of all of the colors involved, I thought it best to keep the paper styles to a minimum, so I used three sheets each of four different color patterns. I even tried to keep the patterns somewhat consistent. With the paper selected, it was very simple to cut the individual pages on my Sizzix Big Shot.
It is important to decorate each page before beginning to assemble the book. To be certain that the book can be assembled properly, be sure to keep the short tabs (on the label) and the long tab on the panel to the right. For the front and back cover pages, I wanted to add a pop of color. I selected the beautiful plaid design in the Twelve Days of Christmas set, and cut a center label (the main die set has four sizes of nesting labels). I also wanted to add some color to the base, and I used a coordinating die set to accomplish this. The coordinating die set, Fancy Frame Edges, is also by Elizabeth Craft and provides a choice of three different frame styles to go around the outside of the window. You can see how I decorated my front and back panels below. Note that I put the border only on the one side of each cover — I’m having second thoughts about that and think I probably should have decorated both sides (when the mini-album is folded, the plain black side shows).
Each of the pages were easy to decorate — I simply cut a black label layer for each page, and fussy cut the appropriate elements from the Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 paper pack. I attached the fussy cut elements to the black label before attaching it to the appropriate page. I also added the words at the top and bottom — at the top “on the first day of Christmas”, and at the bottom “a partridge in a pear tree”. I used Scor-Tape to attach each of the elements. Here are more pictures of the decorated panels —
Once the pages were decorated, it was time to attach the pages. I started with pages 1 and 2. I added Scor-Tape to the two tabs on the label, and to the long tab on the side of the panel. I removed the liner from the long tab on the side of panel 1 and attached it to panel 2. Then I folded them together, forming a “valley” fold. When the two base panels were attached, I folded the center label of each up so that I could attach them (in a “mountain” fold). The two tabs from the center label of panel 1 attach to the center label of panel 2. It really is much easier than it sounds! You just keep up the process, alternating mountain and valley folds, until all fourteen panels are attached together. Be careful to alternate the folds so that the accordion is formed properly. On the last panel, simply cut off the two extra tabs on the center label and the long tab on the side of the panel. Very easy assembly! Please see the short video for additional information on decorating and assembling the panels.
I really couldn’t get a good photo of the entire assembled project (it is just too large), but hopefully you can see how cute this turned out from the snipped photos below.
There are so many different uses for this die set. It also coordinates with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Circle dies (they can be used together). The Accordion Oval dies are similar, but the size differs so they can’t be mixed with the other two sets. Each has a set of coordinating frames or borders. I think they are great for so many different projects.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Fancy Label dies and Fancy Frame Edges dies
die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot
cardstock — I used black cardstock and various sheets from the Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas 8×8 and 6×6 paper packs
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used both 1/4″ and 1/8″
ribbon and embellishment
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!