Friday, May 1, 2015

How to Make a Fat Page Tutorial 05/01/2015

How to Make A Fat Page Tutorial

Supplies Needed:
Chipboard- Recollections or cardboard from Cereal box
white card stock- Georgia Pacific
paper trimmer- Fiskars
ATG runner, Score Tape, Glue Dots
Scissors for material and scissors for paper
Designer Paper- Recollections, American Crafts, K & Company, Prima
Ribbon- Really Reasonable Ribbon and Celebrate It, and Hobby Lobby 
Green Pom Pom trim- Really Reasonable Ribbon
Washi Tape- Queen & Co. and Recollections
Material- cotton blend prints- from Walmart
Burlap- from Walmart
Lace- Prima, and Really Reasonable Ribbon
Prima Enamel Dots
Petaloo- red flower, Recollections- orange flower
Wild Orchid Crafts- mulberry leaves
Wood butterflies, and green gem trim- Recollections
Pearl trim- Hobby Lobby
(Tear drop pearls, orange and red sunflower pearls, clear gems colored with Copics Y17, purple pearls, metal flourish corners)- from Miriam's Craft Supplies
Iridescent Glitter- Recollections
blue ribbon rose- homemade
Felt flower made by a friend
1 1/4" Gold button- from a friend
Copics or other coloring media
Digis- Robyn's Fetish- "Spring Boy," "Chicky Chick," "Christie Angel," "Loretta Angel"


A fat page must be 4 x 4 inches when finished.

It is just like making a card front except there is no inside where you would put a sentiment.

It usually has a "thick" or "heavier" base so the embellishments do not make the page bend.
You can use chipboard, cardboard, or 2 pieces of card stock glued together for the base to make it thicker and sturdier.

It usually has an image on it, like rubber stamps, digis, ect...

It contains a lot of embellishments, that is where the idea of "FAT" comes into play.

I am going to show you different ways to make different background for your fat page. We will use, material, ribbon, Washi Tape, and designer paper today. You could even use mixed media if you like.

Gather together your supplies and set up your work station.

The first 4 steps will be used for all the fat pages.

Cut 2 pieces of white card stock at 4" x 4".

Cut one piece of Chipboard or cardboard from a cereal box at 4" x 4," or 2 more pieces of card stock adhered together to make your inside base for strength. I am using chipboard by Recollections.

Take one of the card stock pieces and put adhesive on it.  I used the ATG runner and added 6 stripes of adhesive in one direction and then the sides of the opposite direction. You need it to be a strong hold to the chipboard. 

Turn the adhesive side of the card stock ove and line up one corner and one side, being careful that it is lined up on all 4 sides as you lay the card stock on your chipboard.   Set this aside for now.  This is the bottom of your fat page,

Material Background Fat Page:

Using the second piece of card stock as a pattern, place it on your material. Cut around it leaving at least 1/2" overhang on all 4 sides. 

Place Score Tape on the card stock right against the edge on all 4 sides and 3 strips down the inside as shown.

Remove the paper covering from the Score Tape and lay the card stock on the back of your material, making sure that it is centered, as shown.

Cut the corners off of the material as shown so that when you adhere the material to the card stock you have a neat fold.  

Now turn the card stock over onto the back and place Score Tape on the four edges of the card stock. I added another strip of Score Tape on the other side of these so the material would lay down better. I must apologize I did not get a photo of that. 

Fold the material over and rub it into place making sure that you have a neat fold on 2 of the sides opposite to each other. 

Note: You will need to add a glue dot or some other adhesive in the corners if the material does not have enough score tape to cling to. The top corners on mine needed extra adhesive as you can see. 

Fold over the other sides pressing them into place, making sure you have neat folds and corners.

This is how it should look at this point. 

Note: If you are going to add lace or ribbon or some other trim add it now.

Place Score Tape on the Chipboard side of your base you had set aside.  

Remove the tape's backing and line the material square up with the chipboard square.  Press into place. 

Note: All of the gluing can be done with a hot glue gun. My fingers were too sensitive to heat to use mine right now.  It does make a stronger hold for heavier embellishments.

I wanted to show you one using 2 pieces of material. See how the material ravels a little.

Place a piece of ribbon or other trim over the seam using a strong adhesive.  Fold it over and glue to the back before gluing the chipboard base to it.

Here are the 2 material covered Fat Pages Ready to decorate.

Washi Tape Background Fat Page:

Decide on the Washi Tape colors and prints you wish to use.  Have your card stock cut at 4" x 4".

See how I am holding the roll of Washi Tape in my hand.  This way you can control how much you tear off.
Start by laying your first strip of Washi Tape right along the edge of the card stock on one side. I like to leave a little extra on both sides. Then lay the next strip of Washi Tape right next to it.  Keep placing the Washi Tape on the card stock right next to the strip before until you have covered the entire card stock.

Note: If you find that you have a narrow strip left, use the thinnest Washi Tape you have.  Once it is on you can fold it over to the back.

Turn over the Washi tape covered fat page and fold over the overhanging tape.

This is how your page should look.

This shows both pages I covered with Washi Tape.

Note: This is how you can keep track of the Washi Tape you have and who it is by.

Ribbon Background Fat Page:

Cut your card stock at 4" x 4".  Gather your ribbon choices and cut them about 5" long.  Place them in the order you think you would like them on your fat page.  Cut a couple of extra pieces in case you find you need a different width or color.

Use a strong adhesive to cover the card stock. I used my ATG runner and placed strips of it right next to each other until it was completely covered.

Lay the ribbon on your fat page card stock starting at the one side.  Keep adding ribbon placing it right against the piece before it until it is covered. You will need the overhang on both sides. 

This is how it should look once the ribbon is adhered to the front.  See the purple butterfly organza. It is over hanging on the side as well.  I will show you what to do.

Turn over your fat pages.  If there are not any overlapping or overhanging ribbon, then you can just fold the ribbons over.

I have an overlapping ribbon on my one page and an overhanging ribbon on the other page. Look at the left one on the bottom.  There are 2 ribbons overlapping.  I had to do that to make the ribbons fit on this on.  Adhere down the one that is under the other ribbon.  Then place extra adhesive on top of it for the other ribbon to adhere to. 
Now see the other one with the purple butterfly organza ribbon.  I will show you a close up of it.

Fold over the ribbon on the side of the fat page first.  Make sure it is adhered firmly. Then place some adhesive in the corners where the overhanging ends will go. You may have to fold it in a slant to get a square corner if your ribbon is very thick. I folded over the one end hoping you can see what I did.

This is how your ribbon fat pages should look.

Designer Card Stock Fat Pages.

Decide on your papers you want to use together.  Cut them to the sizes you want that will equal 4" once placed on your fat page.  I chose to use 3 different ones on mine.

Using the ATG runner, adhere the designer papers to the white card stock according to how you like the papers.
This is a great way to use up scraps of papers you like.  See the hole in my paper.  I made sure it is in a place where it will be covered up.

It is time to color and cut out your digis.  I am using Robyn's Fetish digis "Spring Boy," "Chicky Chick," "Christie Angel," and "Loretta Angel."  You can find them in the Robyn's Fetish digital store here

I colored the digis with Copics.

Place any ribbon, lace or trims, or burlap that you might be using on your fat page.  Then adhere the digital image to your fat page.  Now glue the fat page front to the base.  You are now ready to decorate your fat pages with whatever embellishments you like.  The chunkier the better. 

These are the decorated designer paper fat pages on the left and the decorated ribbon fat pages on the right. 

These are the decorated Washi Tape fat pages on the left and the decorated material fat pages on the right.

Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you enjoyed the different ways to make the background for Fat pages.  These are a lot of fun to make. They are also fun to collect.  I hope you will give them a try. Until next time, Happy Crafting. 



Robyns Fetish Digital Store-

Really Reasonable Ribbon-

Miriam's crafting Supplies-

More about Fat Pages:

1 comment:

KT Fit Kitty said...

Cool! I always wondered what a fat page was! You made some lovely ones!