Good morning, everyone!!! I am so excited about this next tutorial…actually, I’m going to be doing a series of tutorials…a mini album series! I had such fun making the card caddy last week, I just had to do another creative project with you 🙂
I have decided to do this series with no design even started :O I know…sounds shocking, but I want to show you the creative process I go through when making a project…from start to end. AND…when I start, I never know where I am going to end up. How is that for suspense? I think it will be alot of fun discovering what this mini album is going to look like together, don’t you?
So…where to start? I start with the basics…the pages and binding, so that is what we will be constructing together this week 🙂 I thought about creating a not-so-mini album measuring 11″ x 11″, but found a boat load of 6″ x 9″ envelopes in one of my drawers so opted to use them to create the pages instead.
I played around with the envelops for a little bit until I came up with two different page styles that I decided to alternate throughout the album. DISCLAIMER…I have no idea if these page styles have been created by anyone else. I did NOT go searching through the plethora of videos on YouTube to find a page style; however, I can’t guarantee that you haven’t seen the page styles I came up with, either. It is always possible that I designed the same page style that someone else out there has in the history of scrapbooking 😉
For the binding, I opted to use Kathy (Orta) King’s hidden hinge binding system…but with a twist 😉 I make a slight modification to it so that your pages will lay flat when the album is open. Nope…it is not Kathy’s Hidden Hinge Plus binding system. I do go over how to make the mini album binding in my tutorial; however, you can also find Kathy’s video on this binding method HERE.
Now, the amount of pictures that I would have to take to clearly show you how to put together the base of this mini album would be quite staggering, so I opted to record a video and chat at ya instead 🙂 Don’t worry…I’ll still include a list of materials and dimensions for you here, too 🙂
- 15 – 6″ x 9″ envelopes
- 2 – 12″ x 12″ solid cardstock (to match envelop color)
- 1 – 12″ x 12″ colored cardstock for binding (to contrast envelop color)
- 11 – 8-½” x 11″ solid cardstock (to match binding color)
- 2 – 6″ x 7″ pieces of muslin fabric
- ink pad (for distresses edges of pages, if desired)
- glue (I use Fabri-tac)
- paper trimmer
- score board
- bone folder
- corner rounder
- 1-½” circle punch
As I mentioned above, it is waaaay easier to show you how to construct the pages and binding for this mini album using a video. AND…to make your life super easy, I’ve embedded it right here for your viewing pleasure…just keep scrolling to find all the measurements that I give in the video 🙂
- made from 6″ x 11″ cardstock
- score at ¾” from each end and in ½” intervals between
Pages 1, 3 and 5:
- require 3 envelopes each
- score 1 envelop 6″ from open end, and trim flap and a sliver off the bottom
Pages 2, 4 and 6:
- require 2 envelopes each
- score 1 envelop 6″ from open end, trim a sliver off the bottom, and cut a 45º angle from bottom corner at 1-5/8″ (as measured on score board)
- 3 @ 5-½” x 8-½” (score @ 4-¼”)
- 15 @ 5-½” x 8″
- 3 @ 5-¼” x 8″
- 3 @ 5-½” x 5-¾”
Well…I hope you enjoyed the tutorial this week and are as excited as me to be creating a mini album together. Thanks a bunch for popping by 🙂 Cheers!