Grab some Paper and design your own Mini Album
The most fun album ever. Grab the paper, score, fold and tape them to the pages. These precut chipboard albums are the cutest way, ever, to present memories and unfold your life. As presents, they are memories in themselves; the gift of time and love. They are sort of addictive; once you start, the process keeps presenting new ideas for the next page. This album is many colors blended together, with facing pages bleeding designs and colors into each other and the pages that follow. Most of this album was foiled. I used the laminator from MyBinding.com and foils from Colorfoils.com. They are heat transfer foils. Be careful not to confuse them with the cold transfer foils that are applied with adhesives. This techniques uses laser ( not inkjet ) toner, as the foil sticks to the plastic in it.
Instead of doing my own designs, I bought one design and used most of them from a website that offered free designs for acknowledgement. The nice person who did most of the designs that are foiled is Annelies Belemans on the website: http://a-pattern-a-day.tumblr.com. I truly appreciate the wonderful designs that translated so well into foiling backgrounds. They added so much to my project.
The chipboard album was from Michaels; very easy to work with. On some pages, I couldn’t get the little hole punch through the pages and resorted to my Zutter Bind It All. The holes patterns differ, so I added colors under the holes and loved the character it added. The spiral wire coils were 1.25″, which I stretch around a tube to 2″. It was easy to work with and I simply cut and bent the end with basic wire cutter and pliers.
The most wonderful website for folding patterns, for gaining real estate on the page, is Faithful Designs by Christy, on Youtube.com. I watched it over and over. She did it so well, I didn’t attempt to duplicate her video. She has several mini albums. The basic ideas are in each version and tend to repeat themselves.
I used Kraft envelopes of varying sizes from the Kraft sampler from Paper-Papers and they were great to work with. Strong, they were strong, and held up to cutting and taping and constant use and reuse. I cut them, bended them, foiled them and they became the basis for holding the tags and in some cases the background pages. By the time I got all the tags and envelopes onto the pages, it was so thick I divided it into two albums and used the Zutter Covers for the smaller one, presented next time. Today is the bigger pages with the cover that came with the album. The rest of the paper is the shiny, wonderful paper from Paper-Papers.com and I will list the colors with the photographs with those pages. Luckily, the foils and the papers were a pretty close match and they drifted into each other very nicely.
The great animal print paper on the covers is from Recollections at Michaels and the copper tape is from Crafter’s Companion.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Seems like a lot of work when you first start, but you will be so sad when it is done and you will start thinking about your next album. So many ideas, so little time.