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Topic: another mini scrapbook, all handmade this time (image heavy again!)  (Read 1990 times)
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« on: February 03, 2007 06:08:34 PM »

This is my favorite of all the mini-albums I've made!!  I got tired of buying the pre-made books, so I tried my hand at making my own.  And to save some time, I used patterned paper to make the pages, so that I only had to make mats for half of the pages (the white backside of the paper).  You can probably tell from the pictures how these are constructed, but just in case, here's a rough summary of how to make the book:

- Take 3 pieces of coordinating 12x12 paper, cut each one in half so that you have 6 pieces of 6x12.  Put aside one of each type (use for making the mats).  Fold the other 3 in half (doesn't really matter which way, but I put the patterned side out) and nest them.  If you like, you can trim them slightly so that they don't peek out from the cover.

- To make the cover, cut one piece of textured cardstock in half.  Again, you'll have two 6x12 pieces.  Fold both of these at about the 1" and 7" marks, so that the edges meet and you have a tri-fold.  In the front cover, you can cut out a "window", where you might put a photo or something.  Then nest the two short folds, and add the patterned paper.  Then bind the spine.  I did the binding in a very low-tech way!  I would have stapled them, but my stapler isn't long enough, so I just poked holes (4 of them, for 2 staples) where the staples would have gone, then manually added the staples.   Smiley  If you look very closely at the middle picture, you'll see that I added two small strips of paper across the middle to hide the staple prongs.

- Secure the 1" flap on the front with a few brads.  Add a ribbon closure by threading the ribbon through the flap area.  (I know, that's a little vague, but I'm sure you can figure it out!

- Then make the mats for the white pages (using the extra patterned paper), and adhere them.  Then add extra embellishments for the other pages if you like.

I hope that's clear enough.  I can try to work up a tutorial if anyone is interested.

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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2007 08:57:52 PM »

Very nice! Can I ask what you used to give your pages the distressed look?

« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2007 06:26:00 AM »

Thanks!  The papers themselves are already distressed-looking (the white marks).  They're from Basic Grey (http://www.basicgrey.com/.  Man, I love their papers!  Expensive, but so lovely.  I can't remember the name of this set of papers, maybe Sophia?  It's definitely an older one...

I added an extra bit of distress by inking around the edges (on the matted pages) with a garnet-colored ink.  If I had to do it over, I would have probably chosen a lighter shade, as I think it came out a little too dark.  Live and learn.   Wink
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2007 08:59:54 AM »

nice, nice, nice.

the papers are beautiful, and now you have sent me to feed my addiction...for papers i never use!!!  Cheesy


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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2007 10:37:56 AM »

Well, I don't think the inking is too dark! Beautiful, beautiful. And I do love those papers. I am going to try to figure out how to do a straight line of distressing like the papers have.

« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2007 11:36:07 AM »

Have you tried coarse sandpaper?  That would be the first thing I'd try.  (It also looks really cool when you sand the edges of photos, or the cardstock that is white inside.)  If that doesn't work (or is too tedious!), maybe just brush on some acrylic paint with a rough sponge or crumpled paper or something like that... 
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2007 02:33:48 AM »

beautiful work lady. gorgeous colours. i'm a fiend for basic grey aswell!

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