Today is February 28th.  A special date for me as I remember my Mama and Daddy and their anniversary day.  I no longer have my parents as they are both in heaven now but every year on February 28th, I think of them and am so grateful that on this day in 1933, they were married.  My parents lived a hard but loving life, marrying at a young age during the Great Depression.  My Mother was 16 and my Father was 24.  Together they raised 7 children of which I’m the youngest that were born over a 20 year span.  My Father passed away in 1988 but my Mother remained faithfully married to him until the day she died in 2011.  She celebrated her wedding anniversary every year even without him.  So, I think it’s rather appropriate on this their anniversary day that I will share with you my mini fold out LOVE album that I created from a letter size office file folder.

Yesterday, I shared the tutorial on how to make this album.  You can find that post >HERE<.  The papers I used for the album are so beautiful, especially the one on the front,  that I felt it didn’t need much embellishing but decided to add the beautiful rose from my stash along with a couple of other flowers.  I used glue to attach these to the cover so they would not come off in the future.  I have found that glue dots do not hold up well in extreme temperatures like we have in Texas.  I know this because one summer my central air unit went out and it took 2 weeks for repair and the temps were well over 100 degrees.  And in my craft room anything that had been stuck on with a glue dot, fell off during that two weeks.  On the tab to the right, I attached a die cut I had in my stash that said “Love”.  Which is the title for this album. Oh, yes, the 6×6 designer paper collection that I used for this album was the Carta Bella “Beautiful Moments.”

And now for a peek inside my album…

This is the first section you see when you open it up.  Each inside page has a pocket for tags, journal notes and photos.  I used assorted flowers from my stash and some pretty die cuts to decorate the pages. Plus I cut journaling blocks and words from the 6×6 designer  paper pad that I used for this album.

I added a couple of stick pins to the flowers on the first page and also a chipboard vine for greenery.  I tucked a bit of pink tulle in with the flowers with some sticky tape.

When you open up the album more, you see the other two pockets inside the album.  I added a key and a heart locket for embellishment on these next two pockets.

The tag was a pre-cut die cut that I had in my stash but it really went well with this designer paper collection.  The butterfly also came from my stash.  I tied the key on with some button twine and then tied a bow.

For the heart locket, I used another die cut from my stash and added two pretty yellow pearls on each side.  The locket is actually tied to one of the tags and just hangs there in place.

The back of the album has been embellished too.  I made a little booklet out of some the designer papers and it is held closed with a pink paper clip.  The two sections on the left fold back into the album and the section on the right is the outside back cover of the album.

As shown in the first photo, the album folds up and is tied into a loose bow with the pink seam binding ribbon.

Thank you for looking at my album and I hope you have a wonderful day, on this day that I rejoice that my parents were wed.

If you have any questions about some of the embellishments or supplies I used, please feel free to ask in a comment and I will reply to you via email and in the comments as long as you have a valid email attached.

Make it a good one and embrace the love in your life,

The mini fold-out album below was created for The Stamping Shack using one of their digital images.  The tutorial is for another mini fold-out album that I made.  Both are made using this technique. ~ Sandy


First, gather your supplies:

  • Letter size, manila office file folder.  I got mine from my office and we  probably purchased the folders at Walmart or Office Max.
  • 6×6 Paper Pad.  For the “Why We Are Friends” album, I used Carta Bella’s “Paris Girl” and for the one in these instructions, I used Carta Bella’s “Beautiful Moments.”
  • Adhesives – ATG Gun or Tape Runner & Sticky Tape such as Red Tape, Sookwang or Scor-Tape
  • Distress Ink, use a color to compliment your papers
  • Assorted Ribbons and Tulle.   I also used a bit of Washi Tape
  • Favorite Digital Image, optional
  • Coloring Medium to color the image, I used my Copic Markers.
  • Assorted Flowers.  I used small Bazzill paper flowers and two large print flowers from my stash that I tore apart to make several different flowers.
  • Embellishments.  Brads, charms (butterfly), corsage stick pins, rhinestones, word stickers (Authentique) etc.

 Tools:

  • Trimmer
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors
  • Foam Inker
  • Die Cutter and Dies (Optional)
  • Ruler
  • Corner Rounder (For the Tags)
  • Hole Punch  (For the Tags) 
  • Circle Punch (For Cutting Notches in the Pockets)


Step 1:  Open up the folder.  Trim the sides of the folder to cut away any notches and to square it up.  If you want the tab square (I left it rounded in the album above, but squared it for the second album I’m making in these photos) trim it with your scissors.

Step 2:  Fold the bottom section of your folder up to form the pockets, use your bone folder.  Mine is folded up to about 2 inches from the top.

Step 3:  Fold and score the folder into a “Z” shape as shown below.  On the left is the front cover.  The original fold of the folder is the center of your album where it folds into itself (marked with the arrow),  the tabbed section of the folder folds to the  inside with the tab facing out  to the right when the album is folded.
Step 4:  Make sure that your folds are in the right place so that the album folds up as shown below.  You can see that the tabbed section is folded to the inside with the tab pointing out to the right.  You also want each section to be about the same width when folded.
Step 5:   Use a Distress Ink color that coordinates with your papers  and a Foam Inker to ink all edges inside and outside that will be exposed or not covered by paper.
Step 6:    Cut all the papers that will be used to cover the outside sections of your album.  BE SURE TO MEASURE YOUR SECTIONS WITH A RULER before cutting as your dimensions may be a bit different than mine.  For this album, I cut mine 6 inches tall x 4 inches wide.  At this point, only attach the front section of the album and set aside the papers for the other sections to use later.
Step 7:   After inking all exposed edges and attaching the front cover paper, fold the album back up and put a pencil X mark on the back panel.  This is were you will add the ribbon closure piece before covering this section with paper.  For now, just mark the back panel.
 
Step 8:  Now you are ready to cover the inside pages and pockets.  If you want to fold back the corner on your first pocket, you will need to measure the inside section, the fold over section and the pocket section.  Mine measures 4 inches wide x 6 inches  tall for the inside (brown dots), 4 inches wide x 3.25 inches tall for the fold over flap and 4 inches wide x 4 5/16 inches tall for the pocket.  Attach all of those papers with your tape runner or ATG gun.  Use strong adhesive to attach the flap down such as Scor-Tape  or you can use a brad but be sure to insert it BEFORE you attach the inside flap over paper.

Step 9:   Measure and cut all papers for the rest of your pockets.  Since the inside of the pocket will not show, you only need to cut papers to cover the top, exposed sections.  Mine measured 4 inches wide x 2.5 inches tall.  The outer sections of the pockets measured 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall.  Attach all the inside papers with tape runner or ATG gun.


Step 10:   If desired, use a small circle punch to punch a notch in one or more of the other pockets as shown below.


This is how the inside of your album should look after all the papers have been attached to the pages and pockets.

Step 11:  Lay out the papers you cut earlier for the outside of your album (the front cover piece should already be attached).  Decide where you would like each different paper but IMPORTANT! Before you attach the rest of the papers down, you need to attach your ribbon for the closure.  See the next step.

Step 12: You will need to cut a piece of ribbon about 36 inches long.  I like to use the Hug Snug Seam Binding ribbon as it is easy to tie into a bow and untie.  Lay out the ribbon over the section that is marked with the X.  Put some adhesive (tape runner) under the ribbon and attach it to the X’d section.  Then go ahead and attach the paper with tape runner for that section OVER the ribbon.  The ribbon will only be attached in this ONE section.  Attach the other papers to the other uncovered sections using tape runner or an ATG gun. For these sections, make sure the ribbon is not attached but just lies over the papered sections.  Again, the ribbon should only be attached to the ONE section that you marked with an “X” and should run UNDER the paper of that one section only.

Step 13:  Open up the inside of your album to expose the inside of the pockets.  Use a very sticky tape to secure the sections of the pockets.  You can use red tape, Sookwang or Scor-Tape.  Use a narrow tape and attach it to each side of each fold.  Peel the backing off and fold the pockets back up and press down to affix the tape to the album pages.
Step 14:   If you want to also cover your tab with paper, cut a small piece of paper that will cover the front and back of the tab, score down the middle and attach it to the tab with tape runner or ATG gun.
 

Step 15:   Use your corner rounder and hole punch to make tags for your pockets out of scrap pieces of paper from the paper pad.  Decorate your pages, pockets and cover as you desire using flowers, brads, rhinestones, ribbons and other embellishments.

When you fold up your album, you should be able to wrap the closure ribbon around to the front over the tab on the right and tie it in a loose bow.  Do not tie it in a knot as you want to be able to untie and tie it as needed.

I’m still adding embellishments and tags to the mini fold out album shown above.  Almost got it all done last night but still a few little details to do, so I’ll take a photo of the finished album cover and pages this afternoon and will share it in a separate post.

Have a super crafty day!

The mini fold-out album below was created for The Stamping Shack using one of their digital images.  The tutorial is for another mini fold-out album that I made.  Both are made using this technique. ~ Sandy


First, gather your supplies:

  • Letter size, manila office file folder.  I got mine from my office and we  probably purchased the folders at Walmart or Office Max.
  • 6×6 Paper Pad.  For the “Why We Are Friends” album, I used Carta Bella’s “Paris Girl” and for the one in these instructions, I used Carta Bella’s “Beautiful Moments.”
  • Adhesives – ATG Gun or Tape Runner & Sticky Tape such as Red Tape, Sookwang or Scor-Tape
  • Distress Ink, use a color to compliment your papers
  • Assorted Ribbons and Tulle.   I also used a bit of Washi Tape
  • Favorite Digital Image, optional
  • Coloring Medium to color the image, I used my Copic Markers.
  • Assorted Flowers.  I used small Bazzill paper flowers and two large print flowers from my stash that I tore apart to make several different flowers.
  • Embellishments.  Brads, charms (butterfly), corsage stick pins, rhinestones, word stickers (Authentique) etc.

 Tools:

  • Trimmer
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors
  • Foam Inker
  • Die Cutter and Dies (Optional)
  • Ruler
  • Corner Rounder (For the Tags)
  • Hole Punch  (For the Tags) 
  • Circle Punch (For Cutting Notches in the Pockets)


Step 1:  Open up the folder.  Trim the sides of the folder to cut away any notches and to square it up.  If you want the tab square (I left it rounded in the album above, but squared it for the second album I’m making in these photos) trim it with your scissors.

Step 2:  Fold the bottom section of your folder up to form the pockets, use your bone folder.  Mine is folded up to about 2 inches from the top.

Step 3:  Fold and score the folder into a “Z” shape as shown below.  On the left is the front cover.  The original fold of the folder is the center of your album where it folds into itself (marked with the arrow),  the tabbed section of the folder folds to the  inside with the tab facing out  to the right when the album is folded.
Step 4:  Make sure that your folds are in the right place so that the album folds up as shown below.  You can see that the tabbed section is folded to the inside with the tab pointing out to the right.  You also want each section to be about the same width when folded.
Step 5:   Use a Distress Ink color that coordinates with your papers  and a Foam Inker to ink all edges inside and outside that will be exposed or not covered by paper.
Step 6:    Cut all the papers that will be used to cover the outside sections of your album.  BE SURE TO MEASURE YOUR SECTIONS WITH A RULER before cutting as your dimensions may be a bit different than mine.  For this album, I cut mine 6 inches tall x 4 inches wide.  At this point, only attach the front section of the album and set aside the papers for the other sections to use later.
Step 7:   After inking all exposed edges and attaching the front cover paper, fold the album back up and put a pencil X mark on the back panel.  This is were you will add the ribbon closure piece before covering this section with paper.  For now, just mark the back panel.
 
Step 8:  Now you are ready to cover the inside pages and pockets.  If you want to fold back the corner on your first pocket, you will need to measure the inside section, the fold over section and the pocket section.  Mine measures 4 inches wide x 6 inches  tall for the inside (brown dots), 4 inches wide x 3.25 inches tall for the fold over flap and 4 inches wide x 4 5/16 inches tall for the pocket.  Attach all of those papers with your tape runner or ATG gun.  Use strong adhesive to attach the flap down such as Scor-Tape  or you can use a brad but be sure to insert it BEFORE you attach the inside flap over paper.

Step 9:   Measure and cut all papers for the rest of your pockets.  Since the inside of the pocket will not show, you only need to cut papers to cover the top, exposed sections.  Mine measured 4 inches wide x 2.5 inches tall.  The outer sections of the pockets measured 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall.  Attach all the inside papers with tape runner or ATG gun.


Step 10:   If desired, use a small circle punch to punch a notch in one or more of the other pockets as shown below.


This is how the inside of your album should look after all the papers have been attached to the pages and pockets.

Step 11:  Lay out the papers you cut earlier for the outside of your album (the front cover piece should already be attached).  Decide where you would like each different paper but IMPORTANT! Before you attach the rest of the papers down, you need to attach your ribbon for the closure.  See the next step.

Step 12: You will need to cut a piece of ribbon about 36 inches long.  I like to use the Hug Snug Seam Binding ribbon as it is easy to tie into a bow and untie.  Lay out the ribbon over the section that is marked with the X.  Put some adhesive (tape runner) under the ribbon and attach it to the X’d section.  Then go ahead and attach the paper with tape runner for that section OVER the ribbon.  The ribbon will only be attached in this ONE section.  Attach the other papers to the other uncovered sections using tape runner or an ATG gun. For these sections, make sure the ribbon is not attached but just lies over the papered sections.  Again, the ribbon should only be attached to the ONE section that you marked with an “X” and should run UNDER the paper of that one section only.

Step 13:  Open up the inside of your album to expose the inside of the pockets.  Use a very sticky tape to secure the sections of the pockets.  You can use red tape, Sookwang or Scor-Tape.  Use a narrow tape and attach it to each side of each fold.  Peel the backing off and fold the pockets back up and press down to affix the tape to the album pages.
Step 14:   If you want to also cover your tab with paper, cut a small piece of paper that will cover the front and back of the tab, score down the middle and attach it to the tab with tape runner or ATG gun.
 

Step 15:   Use your corner rounder and hole punch to make tags for your pockets out of scrap pieces of paper from the paper pad.  Decorate your pages, pockets and cover as you desire using flowers, brads, rhinestones, ribbons and other embellishments.

When you fold up your album, you should be able to wrap the closure ribbon around to the front over the tab on the right and tie it in a loose bow.  Do not tie it in a knot as you want to be able to untie and tie it as needed.

I’m still adding embellishments and tags to the mini fold out album shown above.  Almost got it all done last night but still a few little details to do, so I’ll take a photo of the finished album cover and pages this afternoon and will share it in a separate post.

Have a super crafty day!

I thought I’d share a quick sneak peek of some of the cards I’ve been working on this week!  Four of these are for challenges that go live on Friday, March 1st.  That means I’ll have FOUR separate posts on that day.  So be sure to scroll down to see them all when you visit on Friday.  And then, there will be two of these that go live on Monday, March 4th.  I know I said last week that I was going to finish my second mini fold out album and post it this week and I still intend to do that.  I just need to get back upstairs and work on it and take the photos and I hope to get it done and posted tomorrow.  

Along with making these cards for their deadlines, it’s been quite hectic here at home.  I’ve found myself in the role of nurse Sandy.  On Friday, my daughter had her gall bladder removed.  Since her husband works weekends and afternoons/nights,  I’ve been taking care of her.  She’s been nauseated, sick and such which is common after something like that.  And then on Sunday night my hubby came down with the stomach flu! Ack!!  I’ve been running up and down the stairs between them.  Ice water for this one, Ginger ale for that one, chicken soup, applesauce, Gatorade.  It’s a wonder I kept it all straight.  Daughter is doing much better now and I think hubby is on his way to recovery as well.  It will be 48 hours for him at midnight tonight which is the duration reported by others that have fallen to this nasty illness.  I’m just hoping I don’t get it!!  But because I got tired of going up the stairs from the office, today,  I forwarded the phones and stayed close to hubby by crafting in my crafty room and finishing up these cards.

Tomorrow will be a better and hopefully more normal day.  Now, I must go work on that mini album…

Happy Crafting and Stay Well!

 

Hello Crafty Friends! It’s Wednesday!  And it’s Wednesday afternoon!  Whoo Hoo! Which means it’s that  much closer to the weekend!  So, since today is Wednesday I thought I’d share this mini fold out album I’ve been working on.  Got it finished last night and then started on a second one!  The second one isn’t totally finished just yet but I did take photos of it as I assembled it for a photo tutorial that will be posted over on The Stamping Shack blog.  Now,  The Stamping Shack is in the UK .  Their time is 6 hours ahead of us, so the tutorial post will go live at 12 midnight over in the UK for tomorrow which means it will go live at 6:00 p.m. TODAY here in the US (Central Time).  So if you want to see how I made this, click >HERE< after 6:00 p.m. Thursday 2/20/13 and go to The Stamping Shack blog. If you click over before 6:00 p.m. it will not be posted yet.  “Patience Grasshopper.”

Okay, it is also Wow! Wednesday over on Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks blog!  I haven’t had anything ready on a Wednesday for several weeks now, so I’m pretty excited that I’ve got this to share today!  Every Wednesday, Cat gives away a blog candy to one person randomly selected from those who link up a crafty creation to her blog and those who hop around leaving comments on the blogs of those who link up.  So be sure to go visit Cat’s blog, leave a comment and visit the other blogs too!

Happy Crafting!  Oh yes, I will be posting photos of the second mini fold out album and the tutorial photos next week here on my blog.

Happy Crafting,