New mini-album ‘Kiss Hinge’ binding system tutorial

I wanted to share with you a new binding system I created for mini-albums, I’m calling it the ‘Kiss Hinge’.

I wanted to make something that was easy to cut on the Silhouette Cameo (it can also be cut by hand) and also very easy to assemble.

So pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea and take a look, I think you will agree it’s a very easy tutorial!

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

I have made a short video tutorial, with a written one below. Update! I now have a downloadable and printable version here PDF Version.

Firstly you need to open up your Silhouette Studio software, then switch on your grids and guides, I made my grid in 1cm squares.
Insert some guides for the height of the hinge, the width of the ‘lips’ and the width of the base, as in the picture below.(you can click on all the pictures to make them bigger)

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

Then create 2 perforated lines along the inner guides, these will be your score/fold lines

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

Then create a rectangle around the outer guide lines to form one hinge section

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

Then duplicate the hinge section, we will create 2 end sections by adjusting one of the hinges by deleting one of the perforated lines

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

Then drag the rectangle side to replace the perforated line using the guide.

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

Now duplicate the end section so you have 2, and duplicate the hinge you created according to the number of pages required in your mini-album.

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

You can now cut this on your cutting machine and I will show you how to assemble it below.

First score/fold along all the perforated lines with a bone folder or other tool

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

Then glue one of the end sections to your hinge spine with the ‘lip’ on the inside.

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

Add the remaining hinge sections, aligning them with the top and bottom of the spine making sure they are tightly pressed up against each other ‘kissing’ ;) to create a straight binding.

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

Add the second end section with the ‘lip’ on the inside.

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

You can now attach the spine with hinge system to your mini-album cover

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, please feel free to leave a comment below :)

xxjo

 

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One response to “New mini-album ‘Kiss Hinge’ binding system tutorial

  1. DebraK in Florida

    This would also be great with Tyvek taped on the spine before the hinges are attached. I’m going to try your idea. I have been looking for the best and cleanest album binding and I might have finally found it! Thanks so much!

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