Good morning and happy Saturday - welcome to the weekend! The wonderful Autumn of Sew Paper Paint has started a fab new blog devoted to mini albums. called the Mini Album Makers Challenge.
This has always been something that I've admired, but never attempted - far too much measuring, and certainly no room for my wonky sticking! But the more I've looked, the more I've wanted to have a go - so I did!
There is no way that I could have done this without the help of the lovely Gloria Stengel of Scraps of Life. Her blog is full of amazing inspiration, including the full tutorial of the book I've made. She was so helpful and generous with her time in pointing me in the right direction - thank you so much Gloria. The only problem is she's dragged me back into the world of designer paper - like I don't have enough to set up my own shop already!
I have taken far too many pictures, so no more words lol
This is the front, with Tim Holtz and Fizzy Lemon dies.
The back with more TH dies.
And this is the spine.
This is the inside.The papers are by Prima. I must admit the tab mechanism was the hardest thing for me to make, but having done it once I think it would be easier next time.
One of the pages. I just followed Gloria's instructions. I've put a tag inside the pocket.
This is a flap for a photograph.
This is a pocket that holds another photo mat.
Another pocket and large tag.
Ok no more photos lol.
What I've learned is
My old Fiskars trimmer is perfect for the scoring and I also used my old bone folder.
A good strong tape is essential - I've also used some wet glue in places.
And if/when I make another one I will make the outside match the inside! I'd already made the outside when I found my Prima pad and I just wanted to crack on.
All I need now are some photos. As anyone who knows me knows, I don't often have my photograph taken. My profile picture is at least 12 years old (and 3 stones lighter) But, I've decided that it's better to have some slightly naff older chunkier photos than none at all (don't hold your breath waiting for a new profile pic lol)
This was such fun to make, very calming once I'd got over the yikes I need to measure and cut straight stage.
A huge thanks again to Gloria, and thanks very much for looking x