Saturday, 31 May 2014

Step by Step Part 1 How to make the mini album from a project life kit

I have been asked to share step by step how I put this mini album together. I made it from  Studio Calico project life kit in a box, but you could make it from any 3x4 and 6x4 cards and any small box.
You will need:
A project life kit in a box (approximately 30 cards 6x4 & 3x4)
A few sheets of 12 x 12 paper to compliment
Matching embellishments of various kinds e.g. flair, enamel dots, sequins, stickers, veneer
Attacher die from Studio Calico and a sheet of card or Basic Grey Attach me stickers
Wide Washi tape
Tim Holtz large binder rings
Recycled Cellophane Glassine bags from embellishments
4x4 page protectors from We R Memory keepers or a larger page protector to cut up
Sewing Machine
Corner rounder punch
1" circle punch

1. Prepare the box for the mini album, by cutting out the top and bottom of the inside tray and the left hand edge, so it lies flat on the table but closes back into a box shape, using the magnetic closure.
Bind any raw cut edges with the wide Washi tape and then add the Tim Holtz binder rings to the spine. You can add a blob of silicone glue under the binder to make it extra secure. Tape over the brads on the outside of the album with Washi tape. This will be covered with the outer paper decoration anyway.
2. Cover the outside of the album with your chosen scrapbook paper, I went for the pink wood grain. Wrap the paper around the box like a parcel and then reinforce the creases with a bone folder. I used red double sided tape to stick the outer cover in place (extra strong.)
3. Set out your project life kit on a table and group into colour families, I put the cards with numbers on together, the reds and navy together and the yellows together.
4. Select your opening page card, I chose the Yes No Maybe card. 
Slide it inside a 4x4 page protector and stitch a row of machine stitches to create a 3x4 pocket for it. This leaves a narrow pocket you can fill with sequins and stitch across the top to hold them in. The top of the card pocket should remain open so the card can be accessed later for journaling. Add embellishments as required.
5. A 4x6 card with embellishments. Punch holes with a hole punch.
6. The next few pages are 3x4 cards on their side, punched with one hole each.

Cover any reference to year or months with stickers.
6. Another 4x6 card next, again cover any reference to date or year with stickers.
7. Take the pink wood grain card and run it through a wood grain embossing folder using the Cuttlebug, to add texture. Stick it onto a glassine bag and fill with some confetti. (I used the circles from my attacher die cuts.) Embellish.

8. Stitch an envelope from two 6x4 pieces of scrapbook paper, leaving the right hand edge open. Punch a thumb hole using a circle punch half on the paper. Add a couple of 3x4 cards inside. 
9. Select two 3x4 cards. Fold under a narrow strip on the left long edge of one card and tape this over the right hand edge of another to form a hinge. 

The card now fold out into a double card. Add two attacher die cuts for hinges and stitch or stick in place. Embellish. ( added a couple of mini photo's in this)
10. Make a 6x4 card from scrapbook paper and round the two outer corners. On the back, select and stitch a 3x4 card on two sides to make a pocket, where you can tuck things in. Add an extra 3x4 card in the pocket for journaling.
Punch holes to add it to the album. Embellish. 
Next page is a plain 6x4 card.
11. Line up a vertical 3x4 card over a horizontal 3x4 card and stick together. Add an attacher hinge to the vertical card so it all lines up in the album. 
I used one of the watercolour cards for this and painted it.
12. The next page is a plain 6x4 card embellished with veneer.
 For this page I added one of the die cut outlines left over from my attacher die to a plain Kraft brown card from the kit to add some interest.
The next page is a large shipping tag with attacher die cuts stitched on it. I added the wood slice to this tag through the hole with twine. I stamped on this later.
As you can see from the picture above, I actually moved the pages around in the album when I came to fill it, as it suited my photo's.
Join me again tomorrow for more pages! I hope you enjoy making yours! TFLx


Anne said...

Thank-you for finding a way to USE these fabulous boxes we collect monthly!

Would you be able to use 12 x 12 paper for the inside vs. the washi tape for the "raw edges" you mentioned? I was also wondering if you could share a - BEFORE & AFTER - photo of the Tim Holtz binder mechanism? I presume your using the Crop-A-Dile for punching your holes?

Love your ideas and the fact your a fabulous sharer of information...

Sandra said...

I'm in awe of this album and so pleased you've shared your tutorial

Julie Muller said...

I just love this, think I'll have to invest in a project life kit to make my own mini book!

jill said...

Thank you so much for sharing you mini album . it's a really beauty,