Here’s a tutorial I created at the beginning of January for the SavvynSassy blog. It was intended as a photo journal, but could easily be used for anything. 🙂
I wanted to share with you a little project I’ve been working on and give you all the directions to make your own if you want. (I drew inspiration from a large year-in-review album by Irma Gabbard in the latest issue of Scrapbooks, Etc.–just made it smaller and changed around a lot of things. )
chipboard album approx 4″x6″(made my own using my Bind-It-All)
patterned paper scrap (I used some old American Crafts pp)
Alpha stickers (American Crafts)
Number chipboard (Heidi Swapp)
Crop-a-dile or other good hole punch
Acrylic rectangle (I used a page from an ArtBar acrylic mini tag album, but you could probably make your own from packaging material, etc.)
Adhesives (I used glue dots, glue sticks, glossy accents)
Embroidery floss or thread and a needle
Ribbon (of course!)
Ricrac (of course!)
Label maker and tape
Step One: Create or purchase a 4×6 chipboard mini album with at least 31 pages.
Step 2: Create a Ribbon Flower
Simply loop and fold ribbons until you get the amount of “petals” you want. Then secure with a few stitches or a couple of staples through the center.
Step 3: Peel protective plastic off your acrylic and apply letter stickers to the front, being careful to avoid fingerprints on the back
Step 4: Punch holes through acrylic
Step 5: Line up acrylic holes and mark on the patterned paper where you want them
Step 6: Punch holes in patterned paper and stick brads through both layers
Step 7: Adhere patterned paper to chipboard cover (you may need to use glue dots on the corners)
Step 8: Apply chipboard letters to the project (you will probably need to use a wet adhesive such as diamond glaze or tacky glue)
Step 9: Make “A Photo Journal” label and apply
Step 10: Run stitches through the button and adhere to the ribbon flower
Step 11: Attach ribbon flower to project and add a rirac stem (I like glue dots for this)
Step 12: Tie a small bow and adhere to flower stem
And you’re done! Now you have a little book to add your photos to.
This project can easily be adapted for a brag book, a year-in-review album, or just about anything. Because a 4×6 photo will fill each page, the book goes together incredibly fast.