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Accordion Fold Swatch Book

Who said books have to have corners? This cute accordion fold book is the shape of my favorite curvy flower. The great thing about a cutting machine like Scanncut is that you don’t have to settle for traditional shapes and the great thing about being a crafter is that you can think of new ways to do practical things. Case in point. I made this swatch book to record the colors of my Tim Holtz Distress Inks collection. I do love projects that are both cute and functional.

The shape for the book was created in Scanncut Canvas. It’s a pretty simple technique that uses both the subtract and weld function. If you want to learn how it’s done and make one of your own, read on.  Or — simply download the cut file below.  The final shape measures 19.79 x 2.5 inches, so you will need a 24 inch cutting mat.

Flower Accordion Book Scanncut FCM File

Begin by Opening Scanncut Canvas (https://scanncutcanvas.brother.com) and start a new project. Save the project by clicking the “Overwrite this project” icon. Alternatively, click “S” on your keyboard (the keyboard shortcut for Save).  Open the Basic Shapes panel and drag the 4 petal daisy to the work surface. For this step, we can keep the default size as 3.94 x 3.94.


Drag the circle from the Basic shapes panel. Open the properties panel. Resize to .5 inches. Use the color picker to change to color to the color of your choice (The color assigned in Scanncut Canvas is used for reference purposes only. It is not used by the Scanncut).

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Drag your mouse across the objects on the work surface to highlight the objects. Click Edit > Center align to align vertically. Click Edit > Middle Align to align horizontally.

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The circle is now perfectly centered inside the daisy shape. Keep the flower highlighted and click Edit once again. In the Process Overlap area, click the last icon. This is the subtract feature. It will take the two layers (the daisy and the circle) and make it one. Instead of recognizing the center circle as another object, it “subtracts” it.

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Note that the circle is no longer green. Rather, it is hollow. Open the properties panel and resize the flower to 2.5 inches. Use to color picker to set the reference color, and set the line type to “Cutting Line”. Close Properties by clicking the “X”.

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With the flower highlighted, click the “d” on your keyboard 8 times. This will give us 9 flowers. Click the “Project” tab and select 12 x 24 to tell the system that we will be using the 12 x 24 cutting mat. This is necessary due to the size of the book.

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Select all of the flowers and click Edit > Align Center. This will line up the flowers neatly.

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Drag a flower down to the bottom of the work surface one a a time. Overlap the flowers slightly. Use the shift key as you drag to keep the objects lined up.

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Continue to drag and overlap the flowers until they are all overlapped. Click Edit > Align Center to line up the daisy shapes just in case. Now it’s time to weld the shapes together. Click the first icon in the Process Overlap section to weld the shapes together.

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Here are the final results. This example measures 19.29 x 2.5 inches. At this point, you can resize is as you wish.

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Download the file to your Scanncut and cut it out. For my example, I used some Strathmore 18 x 24 artist paper cut to 12 x 24 inches. I didn’t find a need to score the fold lines. Sometimes accordion fold books tend to not line up perfectly. I was thrilled that this didn’t happen. They folded and lined up neatly. The weight of paper that I used to make the accordion folds was perfect for my project.

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Now that you know the Subtract and Weld functions, think of all the great possibilities for future projects. Learn – Create – Share!


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