19.7.11

Squash Book Tutorial

Squash Book Tutorial
Right now I am in the middle of Plants![ Daughters school theme this month is on various subtopics on plants!]When I saw a squash book at Loris blog I knew this was just right for a school project with numerous pictures.If you make one I assure you you will fall in love with it just like I did. My daughter loved it too!The squash book can be made to fit into your palm and open up to a large spread!
Squash Book Tutorial
We made this project to incorporate some pictures for the theme "Uses of plants"
Squash Book Tutorial
You can adapt it to use in a scrapbook or use it as a card you can embellish away!
Materials Required to make a squash book

  • 3 Squares of paper- of the same size
Size of the squares- Your folded squash book will be half the width of your square
Thickness of paper- as thin or as thick as you want!

  • Glue
  • Ribbon/Magnet or Velcro or anything else you can think of to hold your squash book folded
How to make a Squash Book
Fold the 3 squares in half vertically and horizontally and along one diagonal.Use the template picture below as a guide to the folds.[Its easy -don't get fooled by the terminology to think its difficult]
Squash book template
Align the squares as  shown.
Squash book template
The outer two squares should have their folds in the same way while the central square should have the folds in the opposite way while you lay them on top of each other.
Squash Book Template
Stick on both the end squares on top of the central square at the place they overlap.
Squash Book Tutorial
Fold as shown. If your folds are correct you wont have any problem to squash it otherwise you can rework your folds as I have shown in the steps below and still get a gorgeous Squash book!
Fold in the lower inner panel of your outer square towards the center  square as shown
Squash Book Folding 1
Fold in the upper inner panel of the outer square towards the central square like you did above
Squash Book Folding 2
Fold the other outer square in the same way and now you have a shape as shown
Squash Book Folding 3
Fold in the lower and upper central folds of your central square and your Squash book is ready!
Squash Book Folding 4
You can hold the squash book folded with a ribbon[like we did], magnet or a Velcro strip.The  lovely strawberry ribbon is from my blogger friend Romina - Thank You Romina!
Squash Book Tutorial
My little one was thrilled with her squash book and stuck all her plant pictures on the panels of the squash book which fitted easily into her school bag. You can stick on both sides of the squash book so there is room for lots of pictures! Make a special card or a scrapbook project with the squash book!Do try it !
Awaiting your comments on our little project.
Here are more ways to present a school project
Interactive School Project -using slider cards and pop up flaps
Neverending card- can fit in lots of pictures in this one
Diorama
Interactive Chart -with waterfall mechanisms and slider interactions
Sun,Earth and Moon

55 comments:

  1. Wao!
    Another fab tutorial from a lovely lady... You are such a darling to share all your skills and techniques with all of us here.. hats off to you...
    I will surely give it a try some day...

    Lots of love,
    priya

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  2. Wow lovely creative creation dear.

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  3. Very cool! What a fun idea, and doesn't seem too complicated for such great results! Thanks

    -rwk
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

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  4. Dr. Sonia, what a great teaching tool and a fun way to learn about plants. It's fantastic and another wonderful tutorial.

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  5. sonia very good work and clear witth ur tutorial

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  6. Dr. Sonia, what a great project. I can't wait to try one. I was thinking about a valentines card describing the ways I love my loved one with various stamps in action. It would be really cute. Thanks for a great project and tutorial.

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  7. now the list is becoming endless (of the things and activities that i plan to do with mishu inspired by ur blog).....:)))))
    love this...from where do u come up with such brilliant ideas?:)
    thanks for stopping by....it was a nice suggestion that i shuld plan the text before i blog....i'll try that..i just realised that this is something that i do when i do cooking/food preparation with mishu...i plan things before...even taking out raw materials and cutlery or crockery before he enters the kitchen...otherwise things go out of my control too.

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  8. Sonia you have explained that beautifuly and its so good of you to take the time to demo ,when i know you are such a busy girl.Im going to save it so i can try it out when i have time x ps forgot the important bit i love it .

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  9. This is so cute, thank you for the tutorial, will be giving it a try, I think I could use it in my classroom and maybe as one of the Hello Kitty gifts that I'm making for my nieces! I just love this idea!

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  10. A very fun profect to share! That ribbon is lovely! We have made a few of these but it has been awhile! Thank you for the beautiful reminder of how much fun they are! I'm sure Prisha's classmates enjoy seeing the crafty treasures she brings to share with them!

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  11. what a great idea!! hugs! Dina

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  12. oh lord !!looks like a lot of work !! a very compact project book for school !!love it !!

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  13. Fabulous project! And I love your tutorials. They are so helpful.

    Kelly
    http://kellyscraftylife.blogspot.com

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  14. hey sonia this is amaizing. your tutorials are gr8. congrates

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  15. What an awesome, creative book!! I love it! Your projects are always so clever and absolutely fabulous! And thank you so much for the easy-to-follow instructions. I tried to make one of these once and it was so hard to follow the directions. I am going to try it again with your instructions :D

    Lisa
    http://indymermaid.blogspot.com

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  16. Dear Friends Thank You so much for encouraging me with your comments even for such a simple project. I am so touched by the support.

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  17. WOW!!! terrific tutorial:) I've never tried one since it looked very complicated but your tutorials is very easy to follow! Thank you for always visiting! Thank you so much for passing the BFF award and thinking about me:)
    Hugs

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  18. What a great book and teaching tool! I bet you two had a lot of fun doing this. My daughter is a kindergarten teacher, I am going to make one of these to show her. I can think of lots of ways she could use this in her classes. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. Hugs, Pam at http://craftycards4u2.blogspot.com/

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  19. It may be simple project for you, but for me, who can do more than fold a piece of paper and make it into a card, this is fabulous!! should give it a try...
    Super cute!!

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  20. OMG!!! this is so so creative.... at the recent crafters meet at Gurgaon, all of us unanimously thought that being a doctor and still finding time to do all this super creative stuff with tutorials, u r one hell of a girl, Doc!!!

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  21. wow another great creation from u i relly like the way u put so much thought and effort to help make your daugthers projects they are so unique.love the squash book and the helpful tutorial .i am sure my daughter could be exicted to do one like this.

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  22. You have no limits...so many nice ideeas, over and over again.Congratulations for all your work!

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  23. Your project looks great, and I love your tutorials!!! You are a wonderful teacher! :)
    Amy
    redheadedcrafter.blogspot.com

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  24. Thank You Dear Friends.This is a easy project and quick to make after you make one!

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  25. its really nice one..i love to make card in this technique .. its easy to make even for childern. it looks cuttyy..

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  26. OMG, had a g8 time seeing your stuff..loved every bit of it and it was fun too...r u really a doctor..? u should be a crafter.
    hugs
    Shoma
    http://artbugindia.blogspot.com

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  27. Thanks for sharing the steps to make this wonderful book. My daughter when younger wanted to be a botanist. That changed. She is now a sophomore in college studying Art Animation.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    http://CreatedbySunshineHoneyBee.blogspot.com

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  28. Wow Sonia I never seen such a cool book!! I love all the plant pics what a totally cool idea. Thanks for all the instructions will have to try this! Have a great week :)

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  29. Hello, I could say the same thing to you about having a crafty family...so glad that Prisha was thrilled with this creation!!!
    :O)
    Jessica
    p.s. I will be back to try this out!

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  30. Found your blog through a friend's. I love that you are a physician with a love for crafting! I'd love to get to India one day to see your country ...the closest I've been is Thailand which is still a good ways from you! Maybe someday...
    I'm from Atlanta, Georgia and sending you greetings from here. Like your accordion album or Squash book...they are so much fun, aren't they? I had a good time looking around your blog. I don't usually leave my blog address in my comments but since you asked...here's mine:
    www.expressionavenue.blogspot.com
    and I'd be delighted if you'd stop by! I am following you now so can keep up with you! :)
    Susan

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  31. Where do you get all that patience from? So creative, love the front and look at the inside! Great project!

    xxx Monica

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  32. What a fantastic idea!! I wish my guys where younger and I could use this for one of their projects. Such so clever!! TFS!!

    Laurie

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  33. WOW! This is so FABULOUS! You create the most amazing projects. Fantastic job! ~Shen

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  34. Hi This is lovely a great tutorial, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely comment. I'm now a follower of your blog so will be back to see more of your beautiful work hugs maxine x

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  35. Wow super creative! And I love all the diagrams, they make it much easier to understands. This is an adorable project.

    One of my cats is having a food allergy problem, but other than that doing fine. Thanks for asking.

    I hope all is well with you.

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  36. wow very creative and amazing patience

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  37. really interesting shape. like it!

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  38. Super kool...thnx for tutorial.. !! And congrats for CraftyJC!

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  39. I love these I have made so many of these. Everyone should make at least one in their life time.

    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  40. Yes Diana I agree with you. It is so easy once you get the hang of it!

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  41. I love your squash book. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  42. Hi Sonia,
    Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment.
    You have a lovely blog, with so many wonderful papercrafts. I will be back again!!
    Deanne
    Sydney Australia
    xx

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  43. Thank You So much dear friends for taking the time to encourage us!

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  44. Great Idea Dr. Sonia. You have a rocking blog.......

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  45. This is awesome!! Loved how simply it can be made!! :)

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  46. total hit at her school I am guessing!?! Awesome creation!

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  47. Shalini Thank You for the compliments
    Kishley yes the squash book is quite simple to make
    ET yes my daughter was quite proud of her squash book

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  48. What a cool idea! Love it!

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  49. This is so precious!
    I love that your little girl creates with you.
    Crafty best wishes,
    Sonia

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