Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mini Album Tutorial

This project was inspired by a swap I received from Trina Calloway.   I added the page insert and changed out the pocket inserts.  Hers was created as a gift card holder.
Black, White, Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Heavy Duty Foil
Sticky Strip Adhesive

Build a Brad or other large brad for decor on tab
Round Velcro spots
Corner Rounder Punch
Tab Punch
small hand punch to make hole for brad to fit in tab
1/2" Circle Punch
Wide Oval Punch
Big Shot, texture plate for foil technique

Cut from Black Cardstock:
(or whatever color cardstock you choose to use):
*base piece 4.25" x 8.25" - round 4 corners - score at 4" and 4.25"
*page insert 4" x 8.25" - round 4 corners - score at 4" and 4.25"
*left hand Side Horizontal pocket 2.75" high x 3 7/8" wide - round bottom left corner
*right hand Side Vertical pocket  2.75" high x 4.25" wide
*tab 1.25" x 3" - score at 1" and .75" from one end - round both corners on other end 

To Emboss Foil:
Using SU glue stick coat white cardstock evenly with a thin layer of glue.  Immediately lay Heavy Duty Foil over glue.  Smooth from the center out.  You can cut pieces to size, then run through Big Shot using any texture plate.  I ran whole sheets 5.5" x 8.5" through first, then cut my pieces.  Either way works.  The layer of cardstock helps keep the foil embossing from being flattened when handling it. 

Cut from Embossed Foil:
(You can substitute Designer paper for all these pieces.)
2 pieces for front and back of cover 3.75" x 4.25"
Right hand side Vertical pocket piece 2 5/8" x 4"
Tab piece 1 1/8" x 3"

Layer all but back piece on matching black cardstock pieces.

Designer Paper:
back DSP Left hand Side Horizontal pocket 2.5" high x 3.75" wide
Left hand Side Horizontal pocket front layer 2.5" h x 3 6/8" w
back DSP Right hand side Vertical pocket  2.5" x 4"

You can create your own designer paper by stamping on cardstock.  I used Circle Circus and the Extreme Dirtbiker stamp.  Inks used were Black, Basic Grey, Sahara Sand, and Cherry Cobbler on White cardstock.
On the left hand side layer the back DSP piece, the black pocket, - (See white lines on Vertical pocket to place tape for pockets. You must keep the top edge open!) then the pocket DSP layer.
On the right hand side layer the back DSP piece then the pocket with the foil over that.

Cut 4 DSP or cardstock for layering on page insert 3.75" x 3.75"

Adding page insert:
Apply Sticky Strip between score lines on page insert. (see picture of pieces)  Center on base layer over matching score lines.  It is just a bit shorter than base piece.  Center, and press down firmly to attach. 
Layer 4 DSP page layers and embellish as you wish.

Pocket pullouts:
Cut from white cardstock:
Left hand Side Horizontal pocket pullout 3.75" x 3.75" - round top 2 corners  - Attach tab to right hand edge
Right hand Side Vertical pocket 3"high x 3.25"wide Round right hand top and bottom corners - Attach tab to center point
2 Tab punches  - Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Attach tabs and place in pockets.

To finish outside of cover.  Attach tab with sticky strip.  Then attach back foil layer.

Add brad to tab:
I rolled my Build a Brads on the Black Stazon pad and set them in some packing Styrofoam to dry.
For the paper layer, I stamped one of the Circle Circus stamps in Cherry Cobbler on White cardstock.  Then punched out a center design with the 1/2" Circle Punch. 
Punch a hole centered in the tab for the brad.  Insert brad,  cover prongs with picky side of Velcro closure.  Attach soft side of closure to picky side.  Fold album shut.  Press tab closed so Velcro spots line up.

 Decorate front cover as you wish.  I used 2 Wide Oval punches behind the biker.

Happy Stamping!

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