Monday, 2 June 2014

Skylark Gatefold Mini Album

Hello All and Welcome Spring/Summer!

Here in the 'Peg it's been HOT!  30-32 degrees C kinda hot.  I'm loving it but had to retreat to my basement scrap room for some scrap therapy and cooling down.  I made this mini album in the last couple days because the heat has reminded me that summer is coming and I will need someplace to put some fun summer pictures.  Plus I had the Close To My Heart "Skylark" paper collection staring at me which is a guarantee that I will soon make something with it.  I hope you enjoy it, and if you want to know how to make one I have posted detailed instructions for a similar style album in a previous post called, strangely enough, "Gatefold Mini Album Instructions".  I hope you like this little book and it inspires you to get out there and glue one up yourself. 

The cover is a wrapped one using patterned paper.  The closure is magnetic, and made with duct tape, eyelets, ribbon lacing and an antique wooden button accented with a chipboard flower from the Skylark Complements collection. 
The Gatefold cover opens in the middle and the inside of the two halves are decorated with large cards from the Picture My Life Skylark collection.  The double pocket forming the first page on the left holds 3-4 PML cards.
Pages have either (or both) a smaller fold-out portion which can mat a 3" x 3" or slightly larger photo, or a larger fold-up portion which mats 4" x 6" photos.  I used some Washi tape from my stash to add a little pizzaz to my plain cardstock pages without interfering with photo matting.

The corners of the larger fold-up pages are rounded to prevent snagging. 

I used the Skylark Complements as functional accents.  They hold PML cards and photos as well as coordinating perfectly with the paper collection.
The colors and images in this paper collection are soft but not wimpy, and have a little vintage vibe which I love. 
This album measures 6" x 9" x 2 1/4" but holds a whopping 18-20 photos of the 3" x 3" size, and nearly 50 standard 4" x 6" size photos. 

The smaller fold-out pages have decorative corners made with my Fiskars corner punch. 
The back page is another double-pocket page, just because I couldn't help myself.  I love pockets but wanted this album to close smoothly and hold a maximum amount of photos, so I kept the page construction simple and streamlined. 
I love how this album turned out and it was super quick to make because of the simple pages.  I'm looking forward to preserving my 2014 summer memories in it.  And I hear rumors that summer is, indeed, on its way to Winterpeg! 
Happy scrappin' everyone!  Don't forget that summer heat is a GOOD excuse to head for your scrap rooms and escape weeding and mowing.  See ya next time!


  1. Adorable. Love how you incorporated the Picture My Life elements in the album. Another way to utilize that collection.

    1. Thanks for stopping by to visit and for your kind words. Hope you'll visit again!