The Happy Alphabet

Happy alphabet

This is a little different than previous alphabets if you use it in the regular cut and fold styles – inverted or embossed (with or without a 180 base). So I thought I’d do a post about it for you to reference to and also be able to comment on for help.



If you use it in the Combination cut and fold style then you can jump straight in, no alterations or spacer pages needed and use the Combination cut and fold number of pages chart which you’ll find on page 5 of the alphabet file.


However if you would like to make it in a regular cut and fold style then some letters need to overlap so the words flow without a big space between them. This is because of the slightly italic style of the font. If you don’t follow these instructions, it will end up like this…



Gaps between F and a & l and y due to the italic styling of the font.



So to combat the problem we can overlap the measurements of the neighbouring letters.

All Capitals EXCEPT A,L,Q and Z, need the last five sets of measurements of the letter overlapping with the next letters’ first 5 sets of measurements. (10 numbered pages)

We do this by marking up all of the first letter then before marking up your next letter go back 5 sheets (10 numbered pages). This is where you start marking up your second letter. Then depending on the rest of your letters you would either overlap again with the last 5 sheets and first 5 sheets, or add a couple of spacer pages.

There is a Number of pages chart which highlights which letters need to be overlapped and whether they need to be overlapped at the beginning or the end, or both (lowercase f has both ends overlapped) You will find it on page 5.

E.G. For the word Wood….

Add up number of pages for the letters first

    W           o             o            d

198 pg + 96 pg + 96 pg + 138 pg = 528 pages

         -10         +4           +4               = – 2 pages

                                                          = 526 pages


overlapping or spacer pages.


(I’m leaving 2 sheets/4 numbered pages between. If you like to leave more then use that number instead).

-10 for the overlap between W and o

+8 spacer pages for between oo and od.

528 pages – 2 pages = 526 pages needed for the pattern.


Marking up

Once you’ve worked out your start page so it’s central in your book, mark up all of W. (If you need help with finding your start page there’s a post and calculator to help you here) Then, go back 5 sheets (the page with 189’s measurements for the W) and start marking up the o. For 5 sheets you have measurements of both the W and o on the same pages.

After marking the first o, skip the next 2 sheets (4 numbered pages) or however many you’d like to leave between your letters.

Then mark up the second o, skip the next 2 sheets, mark up the d. The d would only overlap at the end if there was another letter after it. e.g. If it was Woody then the last 5 of the d and first 5 of the y would overlap.

  • If you have two letters which are both marked as needing overlapped marks, like the end of the d and beginning of y, still only overlap 5 sheets, don’t double to 10 otherwise the measurements may not fit together and can merge into each other depending on the two letters being used.

  • If a letter that doesn’t need overlap is next to one that does then it still gets overlapped with that letter.

e.g. lay

l is overlapped at the end.

a doesn’t need any overlapping itself.

y is overlapped at the beginning.

so the end of l would overlap with the beginning of a.

the end of a would overlap with the beginning of y.


If you need any help leave a reply below and I’ll help check your workings.

Happy Folding
Jo x

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