Real Wedding | Molly & Ryan

Every year I have a bride who becomes a real life friend, this past season Molly and I bonded over design details and her perfect heirloom suite, reminiscent of the Tuscany and Provence. Three cheers to this lovely couple and their truly perfect wedding day. Photography by The Why We Love. Featured on Magnolia Rouge

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Invitation Suite Folio Tutorial

Bespoke invitations deserve an heirloom folio to keep them safe for a lifetime. By popular demand, Esther Clark Co. and I have created this tutorial to teach you how to create your own custom folio for your clients or personal use. This tutorial is a mish-mash of two different designs, the first one includes a tape spine, V-Dip pocket and triangle invite holders; the second design includes a flat top pocket with a ribbon tie invite holder and chipboard spine. (This tutorial has been adapted from our June 2017 insta-story.)

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Folio Instructions

5"x7" Folio

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materials

  1. Thick Chip Board (Dick Blick Art Materials)
  2. Thin Chip Board // Tag Board (Dick Blick Art Materials)
  3. Book Cloth (Dick Blick Art Materials - Cream and Linen pictured here)
  4. 1 1/2 yards of ribbon (raw silk & crepe de chine pictured here)
  5. PH Neutral Book Glue (Dick Blick Art Materials)
  6. Crappy Paint Brush for glue
  7. Packaging Tape // Fabric Spine Tape (Dick Blick Art Materials)
  8. Pencil
  9. Box Cutter // Exacto Knife // Rotary Knife
  10. Ruler 
  11. Craft Scissors
 
 

Layout and Cutting // chipboard

  1. Cover boards: Measure out and cut 2 (7.75 in. H   x   5.75 in. W) pieces on thicker chipboard // tag board.
  2. Inner panels: Measure out and cut 2 (7.25 in. + 1 cm H   x   5.25 in. + 2 cm W) pieces on thinner chip board // tag board.
  3. Inside Pocket: Measure out and cut 1 (3.25 in. H    x    5.25 in. + 2 cm W) piece on thinner chip board // tag board.
    • (Optional V-Dip Pocket: Measure from the center-top of your inside pocket, 1 in. down on the long side, mark it with a dot. Cut diagonally from the top corners on either side to that dot so when you’re done it looks like there’s v shape cut out of the top.)
    • (Optional Spine: See Image Above) 
  4. Triangle Holders (Optional):  From your thin chipboard // tag board, cut 4 "right triangles"  with the 2 short sides being 1" long (not pictured). 

 

Layout and Cutting // book cloth

Layout the book cloth (cloth side facing down) and measure around and cut a border for the following pieces:

  1. Inner Panels: Measure and cut around inner panels, 1/4 of an inch margin around all sides, for each of the inner panels, trim the corners (this can be done before or after glueing)
  2. Pocket: Measure and cut around your pocket, 1/2 of an inch margin around all sides
  3. Cover Boards: Measure and cut around your two connected cover boards, 3/4 of an inch margin around all sides, trim the corners (this can be done before or after glueing)
  4. Triangle Holders (Optional): Cut book cloth pieces for each of your triangles, leaving 3/8" margin around all sides (not pictured). 

 

Assemble the Cover Boards // spine

Tape Spine Version:

  1. Layout the two cover boards, so that they’re even and laying an inch apart.
  2. Take packaging tape or fabric tape and layout a long piece of tape to connect the two pieces, still leaving an inch apart between the two boards.
  3. Press down the tape in-between the two pieces and smooth out the edges.
  4. Pick up the connected boards, and flip it over and fold over the leftover ends of tape. Repeat this step on the other side, pressing down the tape in the middle so both sides of the tape are pressed together, creating a bind between the two boards. 

Chipboard Spine Version:

  1. You can also cut a piece of book cloth a few inches longer than the height of your cover and glue it in place of tape, this works especially well with a spine (see image below). 
 
 

Gluing

For all pieces, you don’t have to use a huge amount of glue, especially for the bigger pieces, you’ll want a relatively thin layer of glue so that the boards don’t curl as much. The cloth side of the book cloth should also be faced down through the entire process of gluing.

    For the cover boards:

    1. Place a thin layer of glue on one whole side of the panel. Flip over the board to secure onto the book cloth. Flip the whole thing over (cloth side will be facing up), and use a bone folder to run over and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.
    2. Flip it back over (cloth side facing down), and then place a thin layered line of glue on the chip board at the top and bottom margins. Fold over the cloth to secure onto the chip board. Let dry.
    3. Repeat for the left and right sides. Let dry.
    4. For both versions, you’ll then want to measure and cut a piece of book cloth that’ll be a few centimeters lower than the inner panels once you glue them down, and wide enough so that it’s not visible from the middle of the book. Place a thin layer of glue on the middle portion (top to bottom) of the two main boards. Place cloth facing up and secure, using the bone folder again as needed. This piece will hide the "inside spine" once your panels are put in place. 
     
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    For the inner panels:

    1. Place a thin layer of glue on one whole side of the panel. Flip over the board to secure onto the book cloth. Flip the whole thing over (cloth side will be facing up), and use a bone folder to run over and smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.
    2. Flip it back over (cloth side facing down), and then place a thin layered line of glue on the chip board at the top and bottom. Fold over the cloth to secure onto the chip board. Let dry.
    3. Repeat for the left and right sides. Let dry. 
     
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    For the pocket:

    • For the Flat-top pocket version, glue the top margin of your pocket book cloth down a 1/4", smooth. Set aside.
    • For the V-top pocket version: You’ll want to make about a ¼ inch cut from the center top of the book cloth, so that the top parts of the book cloth can fold over to glue onto the chip board. Glue the top flaps of the book cloth to the chip board. Let dry. Set aside. 

    Once dry, glue your pocket to one of your inner panels. Paint glue on the left/right/bottom margins only, then wrap them around the back of your inner panel. Set aside.

     
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    Glueing the Enclosures

    For the "triangle enclosure version" on the 2nd inner panel (not pictured):

    1. Glue each of your triangle book cloth pieces to your triangle board pieces, leaving the margins unglued
    2. Glue and fold over the long/diagonal edge of each piece, trim the extra book cloth that protrudes beyond the margins. 
    3. Once dry, paint a thin strip of glue on the margins of your covered triangles.
    4. Place the triangle pieces in the corners of your 2nd folio panel and fold the margins underneath the panel. You may need to flip the panel over and secure each piece with extra glue. (It is important to limit the "bulk" you are creating in this step, the more fabric and glue you leave underneath the panel, the harder it will be to secure the finished panel to the cover piece.)
    5. Make sure to test each triangle holder when they have almost dried to make sure you can fit your invite corners comfortably inside them. You may need to take a thin bone folder and gently stretch out the space underneath the triangle. 

    For the "ribbon invite holder version" on the 2nd inner panel:

    1. Cut your ribbon so that it can wrap around the panel and tie in a bow.
    2. Glue it to the back of the panel, centered, with the raw ends hanging out from either side.

    For the ribbon to enclose the entire folio (both versions):

    1. Take a piece of ribbon and cut two even pieces, so that it will stick out of the book quite a ways if you close it, and have 2-3 inches of it glued onto the inside of the book.
    2. Layout the two pieces evenly on both sides (inside the cover). Glue the ribbon down. Let dry.
     
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    assemble it all

    1. After all your ribbon has dried, take the two inner panels, and place a good amount of glue on the back of both pieces. Spray adhesive is NOT recommended for this step.
    2. Place them both, cloth side up on the inside of the cover on either side of the spine.
    3. Hold down for a few seconds, and if need be, grab a couple of heavy books to sit on top and hold pressure while the glue dries. We believe that Martha Stewart's Encyclopedias are perfectly suited for this endeavor ;)

    And viola! You have a 5x7 folio! For larger invites, you can scale each individual piece to suite your desired folio size. 

     
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    Ryan and Alyssa Photography

     

    Questions, Comments?

    Post a snap of the folios you create, leave a note below!

    A huge thanks to Shelby Anderson for compiling & editing the copy for this tutorial and to Esther Clark for being our assembly model!

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