Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Couple Of Mini Albums And A Tutorial

Hi Everyone,  Today I have 2 fun Mini Albums to share with you and a little tutorial on the box that I made for the Grahpic 45 Tag Album below.  Here's my 1st mini album with the box.

For the mini album box I used the Flowers & Birds On Board along with the Heart Top Picket Fence which I painted with Americana "Butter" paint.  It looks white in this photo but irf it's a soft yellow to match the G45 French Country Paper line that I used for this project.

I wrapped the Heart Fence around the box and adhered with some score tape on each fence post for a firm hold.

Here's a photo of the opening on the side with a G45 Ornate Metal Label Holder.

I used some velcro patchs on the inside of the flap and on the outside of the side panel of the box.

                                           Flowers & Birds On Board (IDS0026)

                                            Heart Top Picket Fence (IDB0005)

Other Products Used:
Graphic 45 "French Country" Paper Collection
Tim Holtz Chain
Prima Keys
Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Label Holder

And for my 2nd project I made a Vertical TP Mini Album.  I was inspired by a friend, Lisa Gregory and found a tutorial on YouTube by Ginger at My Sister's Scrapper.  It was so fun to make and is a great baby shower gift for a scrapping buddy of mine.

For the cover I used the Oval Frames (IDF0002) which I gessoed and then painted with Delta-Ceramcoat "Oyster White" for a little contrast with the white paper I used for the cover of the mini.

And here's a photo of the top with the "New Baby" chipboard

Here's a photo of the inside of the album where I used the TP rolls for the pockets with a binding method by Laura Denison.

I used the Tinies Mini Frames (IDT0012) for the tags with the baby's newborn photos.  I painted them with the Oyster White paint and then painted a little Liquid Pearls "Petal Pink" over that for a pretty touch of pink.

                                                     New Baby (IDW0016)

                                                   Brackets On Oval (IDT0012)

Other Products Used:
Graphic 45 "Little Darlings" Paper Collection

BOX TUTORIAL for the G45 Tag Album project.

1) First you need to figure out how big you want your box for your mini album to be.  I made my a few inches wider and taller than the mini for a good fit with a little room.  Measure the length, width, & height you want your box to be.

2) Make sure to add 1/2" in height of your box to make allowance for any embellies you might have on the cover of your mini album.  My box is 5" wide x 10" long x 2 3/4" high.  So my measurements were  as follows:  Bottom (5 1/4 x 10), Top Width is 1/8 larger than bottom as is (5 3/8), and the Length is same as the bottom (10) and the small side panels are 2 1/4" x 5 1/4".  The Closure panel for mine is 1 1/4" x 10, but you can adjust that to how ever long you want the closure to hang over the side panel.

I used a medium-weight chipboard for the cover.  After you cut all your chipboard to the sizes you want lay them down & distress (if you want) all sides of each panel.

Then adhere with some Duct Tape or Card Stock as I did in this photo

I then adhered the corners with some more tuct tape to complete the box.

After my box was put together I covered each panel with my cardstock using score tape that really adhered well to the duct tape.

After adhering all the card stock adhere some velcro where you wish on the closure panel & the side panel of your box.  And that's it, it's a very simple, quick, and fun box to make.  I learned from Tewtami on YouTube who has a video about boxes.

Thanks for letting me share my work with you today and I hope you enjoy and try some of these fun projects.  Don't forget to leave a comment on our blog for a chance to win some awesome chipboard!!!

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  1. Oh wow this is amazing I so love both projects!! You did a wonderful job Karen hugs Amy

  2. Both are amazing. Thanks for the great pictures and instructions.

  3. Wonderful projects! I love boxes and now I have some directions on getting started on making some. Thank you for showing this!!

  4. Awesome albums and box; great tutorial ! TP Roll album... so amazing! Love how you did those frames ... so much fun inspiration !!

  5. Fabulous projects- thanks for sharing!

  6. Awesome project. I'll for sure do this. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I absolutely love it.. I get so much inspiration from watching your stunning creations...TFS. Hugs Lene

  8. It is beautiful, as always you amaze me, thanks for the tutorial, i am gonna try to make myself a box.....thank you :)

  9. Awesome projects. Love the chipboard designs. They would be awsome to work with. Thanks for the chance to win some.

  10. My chicken and country loving friends are all going to want one!
    I love the label holder idea.