Tutorial | TONIC Base Creator Die Set | Sandpaper Road

Walk with me through my latest mini-album project! I purchased the Base Creator Die Set by Tonic and I couldn’t wait to use it!

The paper I chose to use for this project is the “Plum in Chocolate” paper collection by Craft O’Clock. I absolutely LOVE this collection with its dark, decadent colors. I also used the “Basic Papers #4” Collection, also by Craft O’Clock

I created a spine for my mini-album using Tonic’s Keepsake Book Maker Simple Spines Die Set, which coordinates with the Base Creator Die Set. I love using the spine die because you can customize the number of hinges just by die cutting additional pieces and adhering them together.

To create the outside cover, I used the second-largest “flap” die in the set and cut the front and back. I positioned the die on the paper so the edge with the “flap” would have LOTS of extra paper hanging off. That way, I could trim it to fit later.

Using my score board, I scored an additional line on the “flap” side of the cover piece. This line needs to be scored between the “flap” and the dotted line, just next to the dotted line. Fold on the score line.

I adhered the front cover to the spine and trimmed off the excess paper. Then, I adhered the back cover to the spine and trimmed off the excess paper.

You might find it helpful to watch my video tutorial for this project. You can watch it HERE:

For the pages, I chose one die size smaller than the cover size. Also, make sure you are using the “flap” die and not the “inside” die. You can use the “inside” die later on when you are decorating the pages.

For each page, cut two flap pieces. Place a piece of Scor Tape on the flap of each piece, but DO NOT remove the release paper yet. After the tape is in place, adhere the two page pieces together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive glue and let dry. I only use a thin line of glue around the outside edges and it holds just fine.

To fit the pages on the hinges, use a pick tool or tweezers to reach in and pull the release paper off ONE of the flaps. Fit the page over the hinge and press. When the page is secure, reach in and pull off the other piece of release tape and press.

Decorate the album pages as desired (this is the fun part)! 


Memory Book Base Creator Die Set by Tonic;

Keepsake Book Maker Simple Spines Die Set by Tonic;

Plum in Chocolate Paper Collection by Craft O’Clock (8″ x 8″) 20,3 cm x 20,3 cm;

Coordinating Junk Journal Extras to Cut Set;

Decorative Cards;

Chipboard Die Cuts;

Flowers 25;

Leaves 13;

Basic Paper Set #4 by Craft O’Clock;

Catch a Moment Quotes III;

Scor-Pal Scoring Board;

Scor Tape 1/2”;

Scor Tape 1/4”;

Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive by Tonic;

Tim Holtz 5” Mini Snips by Tonic;

Tim Holtz 9” Shears by Tonic;

[Washi tape, glitter, ribbon/fibers, decorative paper clips and metal embellishments from my craft stash].

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This project was created as part of the Craft O’Clock Creative Team.

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