A few weeks ago I was asked how I made the cover to last year's December Daily album, so today I thought I'd show you how I did it.
First, gather a few supplies.
Next, cut your patterned paper or cardstock that you are using for the front side to size. I add 1" on all four sides. So here, I trimmed it down to 7" x 9". If your paper has a pattern and you want it to run in a certain direction (or to be centered), take that into account now.
Now you are going to trim the corners off at a 45 degree angle. I used the 45 degree line on my cutting mat + cut with an exacto knife, but you could also use a triangle or manually measure in 2" from each corner, make a line and cut it off in your paper trimmer. This step is probably the trickiest part. And it's better to cut off a little less than too much because then you'll be exposing your chipboard corners after you fold the edges in.
If you are comfortable using an exacto knife, my preferred way to cut the corners is more of a freehand diamond shape. That way you know your corners will be covered and the overlap is nice. :)
The next step is to score the paper with a bone folder along the edge of the chipboard, joining the points of the four corners of your chipboard cover. If your paper is thin enough, you probably don't need to score it at all.
The last step is to cut a piece of paper (I used a piece of solid cardstock that matched the patterned paper front) for the inside of the cover. I typically cut it 1/8" smaller than the chipboard - or here, 4 7/8" x 6 7/8". Again, bigger is better. You can always trim it down more if you want to see more of the front cover paper on the inside. Here's a closeup shot of one of the corners. See, nice and tight.
Next week I will share this years December Daily cover.