... I have been doing some crafting! The Saturday after Thanksgiving, for 'Small Business Saturday', I went to my local scrapbooking store (Altered Angel) to show my support and look for some bargains. One thing I had to have (and they were on sale) were the papers from Graphic 45's 'Twelve Days of Christmas' collection. Have you seen them? They are gorgeous!
Anyway, as soon as I finished the mini album I was working on then ... you'll see it this weekend in full, but I posted a sneak peak HERE a week or two ago ... I got right to work on a new mini album. It is basically a modified manilla file folder album. Here is the front cover ...
The pages are made from file folders, but the covers were cut using my Cricut Expression and the Elegant Edges cartridge. This cartridge had MANY different frames, mats and yes, book covers! For this cover I used the <swirl1-s> cut using the 'book' feature. This was a little wider than I needed, so I trimmed about 1 1/2 inches off of the left hand edge. I added a felt rose and leaf, and added some Diamond and Platinum Stickles to bring a little bling to the cover.
This is a view of the right hand edge, with a nylon seam binding ribbon for tying it closed.
This is a view of the opened book. If you will look at the page on the right, you will see the red card stock ... I used that to cover the ribbon and hold it in place. After I made the Cricut cuts (on both front and back inside covers) I cut a slit in the card stock, pulled the ribbon through and glued it down with the card stock ... it is surprisingly secure! The glue I used was Beacon 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue.
Above is the page that is the inside front cover. The pocket is formed by the file folders, trimmed with an EK Success 'Arch Scallop' edger punch. Inside the pocket are two photo mounts with room for photos and/or journaling. The frame for the 'rose' picture at the top is kind of unique ... I used a round, metal edged grungy prim tag from the Kraft Outlet. I was on their design team a while back, and still enjoy using their products. I simply added some Glossy Accents around the metal part of the tag and added a light gold glitter on top of the Glossy Accents. I'm sorry I can't remember the brand of the glitter, but it came in a small box of 3 small apothecary jars with different glitters. After the glitter dried, I punched the rose image using the Epiphany Round 25 tool and bubble cap, and adhered it to the tag. It looks very cool up close!
The photo above shows the first pages ... a small flap page, plus a tag that fits inside a pocket between pages one and two.Plenty of room for photos and journaling!
Pages two and three above show a small pocket with a fussy cut Christmas rose image, touched up of course with some Platinum Stickles ... my favorite color! Inside the pocket there are two journaling tags with more Epiphany bubble caps (round 25 and square 25) and pictures cut from the Graphic 45 papers. There is a heart with the Epiphany round 25 punch and bubble cap in the top right hand corner of page three.
Pages four and five plus a flap in the middle. The pocket on page four has two more photo mats. You can see the tag sticking out at the top, in the pocket between pages five and six.
Pages six and seven ... very simple and plenty of room for photos or ephemera.
Pages eight and nine ... a pocket with more mats on the left, another flap page, and another big tag coming out of the top. I used a gift stamp and paper pieced the gift at the bottom center (on the green ribbon) of the left hand page.
Pages ten and eleven, with photo mount tags sticking out of the pocket on the last page.
- Patterned Paper - Graphic 45 'Twelve Days of Christmas' Collection
- Card Stock - Bazzill Basics
- Manilla File Folders - Dollar Tree
- Seam Binding Ribbon - Hug Snug (via eBay)
- Epiphany Bubble Caps - Round 25, Square 25 and Heart 25
- Glitter - Misc.
- Stickles 'Platinum' and 'Diamond' - Ranger Inks
- Felt - Hobby Lobby
- Tags - Kraft Outlet
- Brown Ink - Stampabilities
- Adhesives: Beacon 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue, Scor-Tape 1/8"
- Cricut Expression and Elegant Edges cartridge
- Scissors - Fiskars
- Paper Trimmer - Martha Stewart / EK Success
- Scoring Board - Martha Stewart / EK Success
- Ruler - CThru Ruler Company
- Stamp - Gift Box - Fiskars
Thank you for visiting me today, I have enjoyed it! Blessings,