Saturday, June 20, 2009

Twelve Scallop Chipboard Book

There is just something about the dollar bins at many stores - so many irresistible items that you know you can use to make some great projects. There are spools of ribbon, stamps and small chipboard album sets that appear from time to time. It is easy to spend a lot of money in no time at all.

Back in February I found these albums and decided to try to make a .cut file to make it easier to cover them. Here is a LINK to the post. I know a lot of people were happy to use the file to speed up their album making. Several people asked if I could do files for other albums they found, but, without having the actual chipboard to work from, I didn't want to make files that "almost" worked.

Recently, I came across this version of the scalloped circle chipboard album - it is made by the same company but has twelve scallops instead of eight. The packaging is slightly different with a blue top instead of a black one.

Here you can see the difference between the two chipboard shapes. The book with eight scallops looks like a flower and the twelve scallop version is more of a circle.

Here is a photo of the finished eight scallop album that I made in February.

I made this file as an adjustable file so you can copy and paste and resize it to suit your other projects. I found that my chipboard book was just under six inches - five and 15/16 inches to be exact - so I made the original scalloped circle in the file that size. As you can see in the screen shot above, this file will be useful for many other projects since you can easily resize the shape and have graduated circles.

It took a while to work it all out, but once I got the file finished I was able to cut out all of these pages in less than five minutes.

I used some paper in muted shades for the first test cuts but I decided it was too "serious" looking for the flower shaped books.

I remembered that I had this pack of Debbie Mumm paper. I have always liked her designs - in fact, I have a stash of Debbie Mumm quilting fabric that is "too pretty to use"!.

This paper has bright designs and I thought it would be nice for a child's album.

Here are the five papers I chose for the album. The little bugs are so cute!

Since you need to have the Expression to cut these shapes at the proper size to cover the album pages, I used Plantin Schoolbook for the file. You can fit two shapes on a 12 x 12 page and there will be some paper left for mats and titles to coordinate for each album page.

For more information about how I put the album together you can look back at the post for the first album (here is that LINK again). I hope that many of you will be able to use this file - even if you don't have this chipboard album, scalloped circles are always useful!

Twelve Scallop Circle for Chipboard Album (A)


  1. thank you so much for sharing you cut file for these scallops.

  2. Thanks so much for this .cut file. I had purchased a couple of these and was planning to handcut, so you saved me lots of time! Thank you, thank you!!

  3. Thanks, Dianne!! I love this and purchase these all the time. I want to figure out how you made it adjustable. Still learning. I really enjoyed your class. Thanks for all your help. Joanne

  4. As usual, thank you Diane! I'm inspired! Happy Father's Day all! Pam, Tiburon

  5. Thanks Diane, You're the GREATEST! You are to wonderful to share your time and talent with everyone.

    Thanks for all you do, Sherry

  6. O GOODIE GOODIE.. WHen U did this the first time I broke my neck to go get me some of these.. I got both.. I still have not got to to make them But I cant wait.. THANK U THANK U!!!

  7. thanks Diane. I also went to Michaels when the chipboard albums were only 47 cents! I got different shapes and I can sure use your file.


  8. your the best! Thanks for your quick help, diane!

  9. Just picked up some of these books, too. Thanks for sharing your file.

  10. You are awesome as usual. Did I miss who made the muted paper that you decided against for the album? I'd like it possibly for a project I am working on.

    --Gracie from Imagine That, formerly Everything Cricut

  11. Hi Gracie,

    The paper I didn't use is made by Memory Stor. Costco was selling brown zippered accordion folder cases with 300 double-sided sheets for $29.99 (some were later available with an instant rebate for 19.99 and even 15.99 - a great deal!)

    The paper is very heavy paper or very light cardstock and there are lots of interesting designs - they just didn't seem to fit the style of the book.

  12. Thank you so much, Diane. You are always so great about getting back to your readers. I appreciate your letting me know where you got that paper, as well as the price!

    You are one fantastic individual.

    --Gracie from Imagine That, formerly Everything Cricut

  13. I have this book and this paper and tried to figure all this out and it did not work at all and I am in love with you!!! lol.... really, thank you so much
    one thing I am learning from you is that these projects take time. a lot of time.


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