Cut four inserts for your pocket pages at 3 1/4" X 3 1/4" from cardstock and eight patterned paper pieces at 3 1/8" X 3 1/8" to line them. I made some tabs with reinforcers to decorate them as shown below. If you are using normal pages then the patterned paper to line them will be 3 3/8" X 3 3/8" and you will need eight pieces.
Have fun decorating the pages and inserts, I also added patterned paper to the gaps between each page as I didn't like the plain card showing, and used the new Mini Motivations stamp set by Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous for the inside as this was intended to be a 21st birthday card for our younger daughter. I used a magnet to fasten the front of the mini but ended up adding ribbon too as the magnet proved to be too weak to keep the book closed - a design feature from a disaster!
You can see my mini closed below alongside a planner I made a few months back. The overall finished size of that was 6 1/4" X 8 1/2" X 2 1/4".
This also had pocket pages but this time opening on the inner edge rather than the top. The finished size for these was 5 7/8" X 7 3/4" and as I was using 12 X 12 papers I cut two pieces of 5 7/8" X 8" and scored a 1/4" flap on the top of one and the bottom of the other to fasten the two halves of the pocket together.
The hinges for this (not so) mini were 7 1/2" high by 6" scored at every 1/2" along the 6" length to hold three pages each side as I felt I needed a bit more depth between the pages of this one.
The pocket inserts for this one were 5 1/4" X 7 1/4" and the papers I used for this are from Kaisercraft and Lawn Fawn, with stamps from Hero Arts and dies from both Impression Obsession and Hero Arts and the cutest brightly coloured paper clips from Sainsbury.
For the cover of the planner I had to join two sheets of 12 X 12 paper together which is something to think about when deciding on the size of mini you want to make. For the following three minis I used brown paper to wrap the cover pieces, it works really well as it is cheap, strong and went well with the Kraft card pages I used.
This first one, which you have all probably seen in the Studio or at an event, is a favourite and was a workshop sample last Autumn made from the fabulous Rossibelle collection from Prima. The finished size was 6" X 6" X 2" with the hinges 5 1/2" X 6" scored at 1/2" intervals to hold three pocket pages, and the pocket pages a finished size of 5 3/4" X 5 3/4" with 5" X 5" inserts.
These final two gatefold minis are unfinished, both (partially) decorated with Frank Garcia collections for Prima. The square version is the same size as the mini above with Love Clippings, and the second 6"X 4" version with Wild & Free. The hinge size for this one was 3 1/2" X 6" again scored at 1/2" giving three pocket pages with those at 3 3/4" X 5 3/4" finished size and inserts at 3" X 5" . I have varied the tabs on all the inserts but the key thing is to remember to allow enough space between the open edge of the pocket pages and the sides of the mini to accommodate them.
As you will have gathered none of this is rocket science, you just need to think through how you want your finished mini to look and adjust your measurement to suit. Any questions just email me, hope you enjoy making a hidden hinge mini of your own, I'd love to see what you come up with.
Meantime, I have earned an afternoon
playing working with my new Distress Oxide ink pads, back with the March Studio schedule later this week with more brand new workshops.