Designer Spotlight: Tammy Tutterow, Quick & Easy Waterfall Pages

Quick and Easy Waterfall Pages by Tammy Tutterow for Spellbinders Creative Arts

I love making mini books with lots of mini photos and interactive pages. One of my favorite types of interactive pages are pages that feature waterfalls. Waterfalls are layers of cascading pages that lift up to reveal a new page below it. They make it easy to add lots of photos or journaling to pages and add a bit of fun by being interactive.

Creating waterfalls is super easy with my new waterfall dies. There are two sets of two dies each. Each die has a fun decorative edge along the bottom and score lines along the top that make assembly quick and easy.

In the following photos, I will share how to create a waterfall using the new dies. I am showing you the assembly using cardstock, but you can create them using pattern paper also as shown in the finished page above.


Die cut as many pages as you would like. You can cut them all from one die or mix and match between the different waterfalls.


Crease along the score lines on each waterfall “page€.” The top score line is the match line. The second score line is the fold line that makes the “€œpages”€ turn.


Place adhesive in the top section (between the top edge and first fold) of the page that you intend to be your bottom page. (You can use any type of adhesive, tape is shown so that it is easier for you to see.) The waterfall of pages are built is from the bottom up.


Bend the page forward along the second fold line on the next page.


Match the folded edge (the second fold line) of the new page to the first score line on the previous page, covering the adhesive.


Place adhesive on the new top page in the space between the top edge and the first fold.


Bend the page forward along the second fold line on the next page. Match the folded edge (the second fold line) to the first fold line on the top page, covering the adhesive. Continue adding pages in this manner. You can add as many pages as you would like.


When you have added the last page (it will be the top page) fold the top of the page to the back along the first fold line.


Secure the top fold down onto the back of the waterfall.


The fold secured to the back give the front top edge a nice finished look.


The assembled waterfall will look like this.


To secure the waterfall to a page or card front, place adhesive on the back from the top edge to the last fold line.


When adhered to a page, the pages of the waterfall will lift up, revealing the page below it.


The real fun begins next when you get to add photos and embellishments to the pages.

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You can add brads or buttons along the top of the waterfall to anchor it to the page. To easily add brads, use your Tool ‘n One™ to pierce through the assembled waterfall and page. Add other die cuts, stickers, photos, or embellishments.

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My Shortie and Frayed Tabs dies make fun little tabs to extend off of the sides of the pages. Use them as tabs to lift and flip to the next page and as a journaling strip (pattern paper and stickers by Jillibean Soup). My Tab Set One and Tab Set Two also make fun page elements for the sides of the pages.

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I love that the note card die from my mini envelope dies makes a perfect little photo mat for my mini photos. I also used it for a journaling card in the previous photo.


I absolutely love how fun these book pages turn out! It is so fun to flip through the different pages and see what is hiding in the layers below. I love them for mini books, but they are great on full size scrapbook pages and even on cards!

There are so many possibilities too- wouldn’€™t these be fun pages for your Week In The Life albums? Or how about pages with your children’s yearly school photos? That is the next page on my to-do list! I will be sure to share when I get it done!


PS. The waterfalls just happen to be the right size to fit in my larger pocket Contour Steel Rule dies. Use them flat as a simple insert for the pockets or create waterfall inserts!

Spellbinders supplies:
S5-264 Waterfall Two
S5-263 Waterfall One
S4-626 Frayed Tabs
S4-627 Shortie Tabs
PL-100 Platinum™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 8.5″ Platform OR
PE-100 Platinum™ 6 Die Cutting and Embossing Machine – 6″ Platform

Tammy Tutterow

Tammy Tutterow is a lifelong artist and crafter. She grew up in a home full of arts and crafts supplies with very creative parents. She loves all types of crafts but her true crafting passion is in papercrafts, ribbonwork, and fabric crafts. She loves to combine elements of all three into her projects. Now that her hand lettering and illustrations are available in stamps, she is able to incorporate that into her craft projects as well!

Tammy grew up dreaming of becoming a children’s author and illustrator. She fell in love with drawing letters when she was about 10. Her mom gave her a catalog of transfer typefaces from the local art store. She loved drawing the letters and combining them with her doodles. Tammy rarely showed off her lettering or illustration until one day in 2015 when she shared a picture of a lettering bit on Instagram. The comments were so encouraging that she began to share more. Not long after she was invited by Spellbinders to turn her lettering pieces into stamps!


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