Friday, May 18, 2018

Down on the Farm Mini Album with Authentique Paper

Good morning, Crafters! It is my turn on the Authentique Blog again. Today I have another mini album project to share. In case you haven't noticed...I LOVE to make mini albums! 
I have used the NEW Authentique Frontier Collection along with some of the Homestead Collection. I think these two collection pair together very well! 

I grew up in the country and my mom was a farmer's daughter, plus many of my extended family lived on farms. My dad's family owned fruit orchards and farms as well. I have not lived in farm country for over 30 years, but it's still in my soul and I miss it more and more as I age! I wanted to celebrate that with this sweet Down on the Farm mini album project.

This mini is 6 1/4" tall, 4 1/4" wide, with a 1 1/4" spine. I used a simple tie closure by adding a bit of canvas ticking to the album. I love the rustic feel of the denim cover with the canvas ticking and the burlap flower. So very country! 
The front focal point is a large, canvas flower. This flower measures 4" across! I used hot glue to add some tiny clothes pins and ephemera to the flower. (For the supply list, see the end of the post. I have some links there for you in case you need to shop!)
There are nine pages (18 sides) with lots of pockets, pull-outs, and flaps.
I have added some tags, tuck spots, and little booklets to the inside of this mini. You can see that the country feel is accented by the rustic papers. 
When I was making this right-hand page, I accidentally cut the paper too short. I had a little strip of the red, barnwood paper left over, so I placed it at the bottom of the page horizontally and added some tiny brads. It makes for a fun effect! (I kind of wish I had added another strip with brads to the top of the page, too!)
Since I had the tiny brads on the desk, I added a few to the cut-apart element on the pocket of this left-hand page.

If you want to see a walk-through of the whole album, check out the video below!

Thanks for looking!

As you probably noticed, the whole album is wrapped in denim fabric! I love how the denim looks with the red ticking canvas ribbon! (Alas, I have used up every last bit of that ticking canvas ribbon!)
I cannot love this denim fabric enough! I have another sheet left, plus some odds and ends. It may appear on a book again in the future!
I did NOT do a full tutorial for this mini, but I do have some tips and tricks for you. This mini is similar in style to other mini books on my blog. If you need some basic instructions, you can look around the blog or do a search on YouTube. 
To make this mini, you will need some chipboard, a sheet of denim canvas, cardstock, and your paper collections. I kept the embellishments to a minimum, preferring to use the paper cut-aparts and stickers.  
Because I used fabric to cover the mini, I needed to make sure it was constructed properly. To give your mini album stability, first wrap the chipboard with Kraft-Tex paper fabric or cardstock. I used black Kraft-Tex, which you can buy at most fabric and crafts stores. (I got a roll of it on Amazon for a good price. See the link in the supplies.) You need to really burnish the folds and joins well with your bone folder.

I then used a gel medium to attach the denim canvas to the book. Make sure to paint a layer of the gel medium onto the book surface AND onto the reverse side of the canvas. Wrap the canvas the same way as you wrap cardstock. 

Since the denim was a bit bulky, I had a little issue with my corners. I wish I had taken more time with them or added some metal corner covers. Alas, I did neither! So, my corners are not as nice as I would like. 

I used more gel medium to attach the decorative paper to the inside spine. You can see here I am using two large clothes pins to hold the paper until it dries.

I made an accordion tab hinge mechanism with three hinges. (There are lots of tutorials on my blog for how to do this.) 

For each of the page sets, I used black cardstock cut to 12" long by 8" wide. I scored down the center in each direction to make panels that are 6" x 4". I cut one section, as shown in the photo above.  
I folded the paper as shown. 

Each of the page sections has three pages. I added pockets, flaps, and so forth to each section. I folded my cardstock in a few different configurations, but each started out exactly the same.
Each of the page sections attaches to one of the hinges. You will have a total of 9 pages and 18 sides, plus the inside front and back covers. That is a lot of decorating fun! See the video above to get a peeky of all the inside pages!

Remember, each page panel is 6" x 4". You can add decorative paper or a photo to each page. 

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you like this country mini as much I as I do! 

Authentique Supplies Used:

Frontier 12x12 Paper Pad
Frontier Details Sticker Sheet
Frontier Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad
Homestead Authentic Life Cards
Homestead Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad
Spectrum Cardstock: Crocodile Smile

Additional Supplies: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Midnight, Natural
Chipboard: Grafix
Canvas: Canvas Corp Red Ticking Canvas Fringe, Dark Denim 12x12 Fabric Sheet
Flower: Canvas Corp Red Burlap Flower
Brads: unknown
Mini clothespins: Canvas Corp Natural
Bottle cap: Bottle Cap Company Black Flattened
Tags: Graphic 45 Regular Black
Kraft-Tex: Amazon
Ink: Ranger Distress Brushed Corduroy
Magnets: Basic Grey
Dies: My Favorite Things Fishtail Stax Jumbo, Graphic 45 Regular Tag and Gears
Punch: Stampin' Up 1 1/4" circle
Adhesive: ATG tape, Scor-tape, white glue, hot glue, foam tape, Liquitex matte gel medium

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next!

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the May Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)
This month the collection is called Red, White, and Blue Mix. This is always one of my favorite mixes of the year! I LOVE red/white/blue and making patriotic cards and projects. Having my dad and all four brothers in the military, as well as assorted uncles, nephews, cousins, and at least one aunt, makes for lots of photos and memories!
I was really excited by the red poppy print ribbon in this assortment. I don't often use the printed ribbons, mostly because I tend to use really busy paper, but also, most printed ribbon is not printed on the back! However, this ribbon was just so pretty and interesting that I threw caution to the wind and used it!
The card is 6" x 5". I used a lot of retired stuff on this one - the paper and the epoxy words are older and not available any more. I have a bin of patriotic items that I keep adding to. I don't mind if things are older. It's still good stuff! 
To create the ribbon band, I put down TWO pieces of the Royal Blue Taffeta and then add the Red Poppy Print Satin on top. I needed a wider base, which I achieved with the two pieces of blue ribbon. That was using my noggin! I added a few loops of metallic string, which is no longer being carried in the store, but the Silver Metallic Baker's Twine is similar.

Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!


Gloria - YOU ARE HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Trims: Really Reasonable Ribbon May Ribbon Club (Royal Blue Taffeta, Red Poppy Print Satin); Silver Metallic Baker's Twine (similar)
Printed paper: Authentique Heroic 12x12 Seven PaperGlory 12x12 United Paper, Glory 12x12 Pride Paper
Cardstock: dark brown, natural
Dies: Cherry Lynn French Pastry Doily
Enamel dots: Eyelet Outlet
Epoxy words: Karen Foster
Metal star: Tim Holtz Adornments
Bingo tile: Tim Holtz
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Adhesive: white glue, hot glue, ATG tape, Scor-tape, foam tape

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Graduation Mini Album with Authentique Accolade

Good morning, Crafters! I am posting for Authentique Paper again. Today I have a mini album project to share. My daughter's college gradation is the end of this month, so I used the NEW Accolade Collection to create a fun 4x6 photo mini album for her to scrap all her graduation event photos. 

The Accolade Collection has a neutral color palette of cream, white, black, gray, and sepia, which means you can add any colors you wish. Since my daughter's school colors are gold and blue, I picked through my other Authentique collections looking for those colors. (See the supply list as the end of the post.)

The mini album is 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" x 1". This book is a "remake" of a mini I made in March using the Shamrock Collection (see that tutorial HERE.) Sometimes, I like to make a mini over again with new papers. Every now and again I make something that is just too good to make only once! 

This book has nine pages, suitable for 6" x 4" photos.
As you can see, the cover is really plain. (I may have stated a few times before that my daughter does not like covers with too much stuff glued to them. I am not at all sure she really IS my daughter with talk like that!) 
I used some very old Sizzix alpha dies to cut out the letters of her school, San Jose State University. The die set has the shadow dies also, so I used the Spectrum cardstock to cut out the letters in her school colors. The colors that matched the best were Old Glory and Mustard Seed. (I do confess that the color of blue her school uses is more a royal blue, but I had nothing, nada, zip, zilch in that exact color. I matched the blue the best I could!) 
The book closure is just a piece of elastic cord, which reminds me of the bands my daughter uses for her long hair. It's a perfect closure for her book! I added a few charms to dangle off the spine. 
I think my favorite paper in the Accolade Collection is the sheet of globes and pocket watches! I used it to cover the spine and back of the mini. 
I added a pocket to the inside front cover. Using the letter stickers from the Details Sticker sheet, I spelled out the name of the university on the bottom edge of the pocket. To further customize the mini, I used some markers to color the graduate's bouquet on page one.
I added some tags to the pocket. For most of the inside of the mini, including the tags, I used all 6x6 paper pads. I love the smaller prints for project measuring six inches or smaller. 
I used blue and gold papers from other collections for the back of the tags, but decorated with the Accolade stickers. 
The cut-aparts from the collection are perfect for decorating the pages. I only attached the ephemera cards at the top edge so my daughter can slip photos or memorabilia under the cards.
I added a pocket to page three to hold some tags and another of the cut-apart ephemera cards. 

Funny story about those little tags...they are Graphic 45 ATC size tags. 
When I was working on kits for the class I taught last Saturday, I was pulling some tags and these two were stuck together. Like, really stuck...two tags are using the same grommet! I tossed them onto the desk thinking I'd try to pry them apart later.
Well, I decided to just use them as is! I covered the fronts with paper and... 
also covered the backs! The tags swivel around the grommet, so they are a fun addition to my mini!
You can see that adding the pops of blue and gold work perfectly with the muted colors of Accolade! There are so many great images to choose from in this collection. (I also think this image looks a lot like my daughter!)
Pages 6 and 7.
The vintage feel of this mini is just adorable. I used markers to add some color to some of the images, making them really stand out! 
Here is a peek at the rest of the pages. This is pages 10 and 11.
Pages 12 and 13.
Pages 14 and 15. 
Pages 16 and 17. 
Pages 18 and the inside back cover. There are 20 sides ready for photos and memorabilia! 
Thanks for joining me today! I hope you are inspired to make a similar project for your favorite graduate!

Authentique Supplies Used:

Accolade 12x12 Paper
Accolade Details Cardstock Stickers
Accolade Bundle 6x6 Paper Pad
Spectrum Series Cardstock: Old Glory, Mustard Seed
Other 6x6 Paper Pads: DameSaucyDapper, Beginnings, Heroic, Homestead, Original

Additional Supplies: 
Cardstock: WorldWin Midnight
Black ATC tags: Graphic 45
Black elastic cord: Amazon
Charms: various
Ink: Ranger Distress Black Soot
Markers: Bix Mark It Deep Blue Sea, Moonstone Yellow
Dies: Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate, Sizzix Upper Case Shadowbox
Jewelry findings: Tim Holtz
Number stickers: unknown
Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Blick Essentials glue, Scor-tape, ATG tape

Monday, April 30, 2018

Mini Album Makers May Challenge

The Mini Album Makers Challenge will feature a monthly challenge, with each Design Team Member posting a link to a mini album tutorial, tip, or trick on the 1st of each month.  Then, one team member will post a full tutorial on the 14th of each month! In addition, there will be guest makers each month! The team will pick our FAVORITE project to be the next GUEST MAKER!

Before we get into the May Challenge I have some good news and some bad news. Let's do the GOOD NEWS first and pick a winner for.....this box of goodies!!!
I offered this box of goodies to one lucky Reader last roll....

I have been following you for years and am always amazed at your creative talent! Your G45 projects were always my favorite : ) Thank you for the wondeful Tutorial.

Erin, use the Contact Form on the right to contact me so that I can mail out your prize! Congratulations!!! 

Now, for the BAD NEWS...This will be my LAST post as part of the Mini Album Makers team. I am going to step down and give my spot to some other lucky maker! Autumn will be replacing me soon, so watch for an announcement about that! I will still play along when I make a mini, but I need to free up some time for some family things this spring and summer, so I need to step away. I want to thank Autumn for everything! This has been a WONDERFUL team of EXCELLENT makers! Thank you also, to YOU, my faithful Readers! I will still be making, just on my own schedule. {grin}

Click HERE for the May Challenge! You will have all month to make a NEW project and enter the challenge for a chance to win a prize. (See prize details at the end of the post.) Wi
nners will be posted on the 7th of each month on the Mini Album Makers Blog.

For my project this month, I created something that I have been planning to make for the last few years! Yes, I know...that's how things go with me!
I have been wanting to create an envelope and tag mini from the Graphic 45 Policy Envelopes ever since they first came out! See, back "in the day," G45 had a policy envelope mini album that I loved, but they retired it! I still have a few of them in my hoard, and I wanted to try to make something that also included the newer policy envelopes! And this is the mini that was born! 
This mini is approximately 4 1/4" x 9 1/2" x 1 1/2". I combined the old policy envelope album with the newer policy envelopes and a few other number 10 envelopes.
I used up some of my G45 French Country papers and elements. I still have a lot of this collection left over from when I was on the team. They also came out with this collection as a Deluxe Collector's Edition a year or so ago, so you can find it online. 
I created the spine using Graphic 45 Washi Tape! Ok, so, I am NOT a washi tape fan. Not in the least bit. However, I have loads of it, naturally! {I mean, all the cool kids were buying it...} That said, the G45 washi is the BEST of the bunch, in my opinion! I use it for binding stuff and holding stuff together when I need some flexible tape. It works great! And I cannot seem to use it all up! I think it multiplies when I am not looking!

Let's get started on the tutorial.
I had some pieces of one of the old G45 policy envelope albums (the black envelopes on the left), plus one complete album still in the bag. Lots of pages to use! I used the envelope with the large flap and two of the other envelope pages for my mini. I used six of the G45 printed large policy envelops in red and black. I added two kraft envelops with the string tie closures. That is ELEVEN envelopes! 
Set the policy album page with the larger flap and attached string closure aside for now. This envelope will actually be the LAST PAGE of the mini.

You will notice that that other black envelopes are a little bit longer than the standard number 10 or policy envelopes. We need to trim off the binding strip area, making the envelopes 9" long. (Do NOT trim the envelope with the larger flap!) 
Once you trim your two black envelopes, glue the bottoms closed. 
Decide which order you wish to place your envelopes. I have mine stacked in the order I used them in the mini. Remember, the envelope with the large flap will be the LAST PAGE. You can remove the string closure and set it aside for another project.  
To bind your envelopes together, you need ten (10) pieces of cardstock cut to 4" x 1 1/8" scored at 1/2" and 5/8" on the long side. These pieces will become our hinges. 
Attach a policy envelope to each side of the hinge, making sure that you have a 1/8" space between each envelope. I started with a black envelope, and then added one of the printed red envelopes to the right-hand side of the hinge.  
Flip the second envelop over (the red envelope shown above). Add another hinge to the back of the envelope. Attach the black polka dot envelope next. Flip the black polka dot envelope over and add another hinge. Continue to attach each envelope and hinge until you have all of the envelopes attached. 
Add the black policy envelop with the large flap. This is your last page and the back cover. You can see the binding strip here. Don't worry, we will be covering that with washi tape.  
This is the front of the album. The large flap from the LAST envelope folds around to act as a closure! You may discard the string that is attached. We won't be needing it. We will use hook and loop tape (or strong magnets) as our closure. If you plan to use magnets, add them now. 
Your spine will show a stack of envelopes and hinges. Each hinge gives a 1/8" gutter between the envelope pages. But, it looks messy!  
Here you can see what the album looks like with the spine all "colorful: and messy. 
I trimmed a piece of coordinating paper to 4 1/8" x 3 1/2" and glued it over the spine to cover the hinges. I did not really like it all that much, which is when I decided to go for the washi tape! 
I used the widest of the G45 washi tapes. 
I simply covered that messy spine with a few layers of washi. It looks nice and gives the spine a bit more stability. Win-win! I covered the washi tape with a layer of matte gel medium and allowed it to dry.
I decided to decorate the envelopes with G45 French Country papers. You need to cut the paper to approximately 4" x 8 7/8". I say "approximately" because envelopes have a tiny bit of variation in size and they are not always straight! I edged all the paper with black ink.

Each envelope holds a G45 Large Tag, however you have to cut 1/2" off the bottom edge. I trimmed my tags, and the rounded the corners. I used kraft, ivory, and black tags. G45 now also has the tag dies

The solid paper I used to cover my tags is from the Safari Adventure 12x12 Patterns and Solids Pad. I know right?! Who would think that it would match!? But, the solids of the Safari paper match perfectly with French Country prints! Cut the paper to 3 3/4" x 7 3/8" and round the four corners. I cut 22 pieces of paper for my tags. 
I also went back and added the thin, gold and black washi tape to the hinges because I did not care for the look of the black hinges. I am not sure I love the washi any better, but what is done is done!

If you wish to see all the inside pages and the tags, please see the "show off" video below.

You can decorate your book with more layers and embellishments than I did. But, by keeping the tags simple, there is plenty of space for photos and journaling.
I used some hook and loop tape to keep the cover flap closed. The decor for the cover is some fussy cut images from the French Country paper, plus a few items from the chipboard and banners. 

I love that you can used pre-made items, but change them up and make them work for you! 

Below is a full list of the Design Team, with links to their blogs! Make sure to visit them and give them some bloggy love!

Our Prize Sponsor this month is....

One lucky maker will receive....


Our challenge follows a few simple rules:
Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals, and book arts. Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would. Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due. No back links allowed (this means your project must be first seen on social media between May 1st and May 31st, 2018).  Combine with any other challenges as applicable. No limit on entries. Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries. Please become a follower. That's it - have fun! Click HERE to enter your project!

Graphic 45 products used:
French Country 12x12 paper, 8x8 paper, stickers, chipboard, banners
Safari Adventure 12x12 Patterns and Solids pad
Large Red Policy Envelopes
Large Black Policy Envelopes
Black Large Tag
Ivory Large Tag
Kraft Large Tag
Washi Tape Set
Red ATC Alpha Banner
Black Policy Envelope Album (retired)

Other supplies:
Cardstock: WorldWin black, natural

Kraft policy envelopes: CutCardStock
Magnets: Basic Grey
Hook and loop tape: Velcro
Ink: Ranger Distress Black Soot, Salty Ocean
Dies: My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax; various doilies
Tools: corner punch, score board, bone folder
Adhesive: Scor-tape, ATG tape, white glue, foam adhesive, gel medium