Saturday, 29 March 2014
Sunday, 23 March 2014
6 @ 5-3/4" x 6-3/4" wide
Patterned paper for decorating your book. Cutting directions are included in the section "Decorate and finish your book" below.
Scor-Tape or other double-sided tape. 1/4" or 1/2".
Build your album:
Centre one of the hinge systems over the inside surface of each of the two spine pieces, leaving equal margins on top and bottom and centering it side to side. Once the hinge piece is centered, stick it down and burnish well to make sure it's not going to move. The flaps will extend out onto the front and back covers and help to hold the covers to the hinge system.
4. Add the pages:
Repeat with each page and each hinge. You will now have two sets of hinges, one on each spine and with three pages attached to each. Each page is now ready for its insert.
7. Flap inside right cover:
Note: If you plan to use eyelets set into your cover for your closure system, now is the time to do that, before you decorate the inside of your book. The directions for this follow:
Note: Make sure your eyelets are long enough to go through both the cover of the book and the chipboard buttons you are using before making the hole in your book.
Outside Back Cover - 6-3/8 x 6-1/8
Outside Spine - 2 @ 1-5/8 x 6-1/8
To finish your book, add embellishments and cut photo mats and tags as desired to add to pockets and to tuck behind the embellishments. If using chipboard embellishments to put mats and tags behind, attach only the outside edges away from where you want your tags to be put, so that you can slip them behind the chipboard piece.
Saturday, 22 March 2014
I have a couple of Gatefold Mini albums to share with you. These were fun to make and are a perfect gift for a bridal shower, baby shower or birthday. Make them ahead of time with whatever paper collection best suits your theme, then take pictures at the event and add them to the album. Then present the completed book as a gift to the bride, new mom or birthday girl. Hope these pictures inspire you to get out there and glue something!
Since there were twelve records, I used stamps and Staz-on ink to stamp the name of a month on each of them. I also added stamped images of feathers. With paint markers I hand wrote a quote about nature or birds on each side of the records. A few coats of Mod Podge over the whole lot and the records were done. I chose to use minimal embellishment on the sleeves themselves, as they were a beautifully aged brown paper. I just used distress ink and stamped on images of grass and ferns.
A record in each sleeve, and there you have it: a calendar/book of sorts. This was a fun and easy project, though it did take a while for all that fussy cutting. I love birds and vintage images so this gave me a chance to put it all together into an unusual creation.
Saturday, 15 March 2014
Makin' A Mini (thanks to dawnsinspirations.com)Just made this little album. It's a wallet-style mini album, perfect to use as a gift or brag book and it really looks like a wallet. It even has a hidden magnetic closure. I've used the Ariana Paper Collection from Close To My Heart for this one, and I love the look.
Here's the album as you open it:
It opens out to hold 13 (count 'em!) pictures and still has room for journaling. All that in a little 4" x 7" wallet you can carry in your purse. Impressed yet? I think you'd better make one. Here's how:
Wallet-Style Brag Book
6 3/4" for back of wallet(#2)
(piece #3). A "quieter" complementary pattern works
well here since this will fold up to form the bottom of the
front of your wallet.
the same size for the back areas of the two arms.
Round the two outside corners of the pieces you've
chosen for the end pieces.
corners. Fold on score line and crease well. Note: This
piece is attached to the inside of #3 and forms a double
page that opens upwards, so choose your pattern
pieces patterned paper for end pieces of arms, each 3 3/4"
x 5 1/2".
or patterned paper at 3 3/4" x 4 1/2". These two pieces
are slightly shorter because they just need to fit inside your
pockets to line them and fit better if they don't go right to
the end of the inside of the pockets. When adhering don't
use tape runner for the portion inside the pockets, just
stick the exposed part of the paper down. It will stay put.
the small pockets (#4 and #5).
Belly Band: Cut a 1 1/4" x 6 3/4" strip of paper and using liquid glue adhere just the ends over the middle of piece #2. Ink edges. You can slip photos or tags behind the band.
Pocket: Cut 1 1/2" x 6 3/4" piece patterned paper or cardstock. You can edge the paper with a scallop punch or leave it plain. Ink the edges if desired. Using a thin bead of liquid glue, adhere only the ends and bottom edge of the paper to the bottom of piece #1. This forms a pocket for tags or photos.
Add flat embellishments, tags, journaling and photos as desired. Keep in mind that if it gets too bulky your wallet won't stay closed and the seams will tear more easily.
Voila! You now have a gorgeous brag book ready to gift or to flash around.
Thanks for dropping in. I'll have something else to share with you next week. Hint: It involves acrylic paint, ink, paper and a little something unexpected.
Now get on out there and glue something!