Sunday, 4 May 2014

Li'l Bit Country Mini Album

This little mini is made from envelopes and cardstock, with a chipboard cover.  I used the Close to My Heart "Jubilee" paper collection.  I love the bright colors and will use the album for an assortment of photos I've taken over the years of country fairs, parades, agricultural shows and other fun summer events that take place on the Prairies during summer.  I colored the letters on the cover with alcohol markers to match the paper.  The closure is magnetic and accented with a strawberry button.  A chipboard prize ribbon decorates the spine. This album is sprinkled with for 'em!
Lots of foldouts and interactive elements in this mini album.  I wanted it to be really fun and busy like a country fair.  Inside the front cover is tri-fold photo folder that tucks behind a chipboard-mounted image from the design paper.  Each page has a large pullout nearly 6" x 6" in size and accented by a cute metal button from the accents collection.  This album is very similar in construction to the other envelope mini albums I've shown, but a change in paper and the addition of some different interactive elements makes it a whole different color of horse.
This page opens to allow a spot for two photos and journaling.
The left side of this page has a large fold-out with a magnetic closure, the right has a tiered pocket which also folds out. 
With the page fully open, you can see there's room for a whole parade of pictures plus two removable mats and journaling space.  The pocket on the left is fussy cut from the design paper; the centre mat is held in tucked behind two chipboard strawberries.
The left page has a belly band that holds a moveable mat in place and a stopper to keep it from slipping down.  The right side is a gatefold page with a chipboard magnetized closure made from design paper mounted on chipboard and fussy cut.
Lots of real estate here too. 
The chicken is a placeholder for the mat, and on the right the page flips up to reveal...

another pocket and journaling spot as well as a 6" x 6" photo space.
This is one of my fave pages--fun and interactive.  The right side has a simple pocket with a movable photo mat.  On the left the page flips down and is held in place by a decorated photo turn.

The flip-down portion opens up gatefold style to give lots more room. 

This middle page is a smaller pocket page just for fun.  Perfect for journaling on the card inside.  The right side has a trifold 3" x 3" photo area with a magnetic button closure.


This page has matching flip-up portions and I may run a photo title across both flip-ups inside. 

The doilies are fussy cut and open to form a pocket on each page, with a moveable photo mat behind each.
This is just another flip-out page opposite a pocket page, but I hid a chicken behind the door, just for fun.


To complete the book, I made a "denim" pocket complete with rivets to hold event tickets , then inside the back cover a chipboard rooster and "best home cookin' " button holds in place a moveable mat.
And that's it for this busy mini!  I had loads of fun making this one, and I'm looking forward to collecting all the photos I have in mind for it and putting them in.  I may be a city gal, but I'm also a Li'l Bit Country...
Thanks for poppin' in y'all.  (okay, that might be getting to be a bit much--sorry!)  Come back again for my next creative side trip. You'll have fun--I promise.   
And by the way, nearly everything I used to make this fun little album you can get from Close To My Heart except for the magnets and the chipboard to make the covers.  Oh and the chickens too.  Sorry 'bout that.  You'll have to locate your own chickens.  Now get on out there and glue something! 


  1. You are amazing. I love all your projects. God bless you.

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    1. Thank you Geneva! Keep on visiting. :)

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    1. Thanks for asking Priyanka. I'm glad you like the album that much! Unfortunately this album isn't for sale. I made it a few years ago and gave it to a friend as a gift. If you look through some of my other posts there are detailed instructions on how to make an album, and you can tailor make your own with papers and embellishments you love. Have fun!