Today I have a fun baby album to share with you. It is a cute “binder book” by Maya Road featuring papers by Graphic 45, the Precious Memories collection, dies by Marianne Designs and held together by Angel Craft Podge. A very quick and very simple project!
So I started with a plain chipboard album from Maya Road. I love the idea of a binder with chipboard pages. It is the perfect thing to hold up to lots of use as a Grandma’s brag book. To get ready for the paper, I painted around the edges of the album and each of the pages with some Tim Holtz Distress paint in Antique Linen. Antique Linen was the best match with the paper I intended to use and I just so convenient to use. I like the dabber top distress paints for use on chipboard, etc. because they release plenty of paint to cover the surface, but not so much that you have to wait a long time for it to dry.
My next step was to measure the album and the pages, and cut the Graphic 45 paper. The Graphic 45 paper that I used was from the Precious Memories collection. The floral pattern that I featured is called “Baby’s Breath”. You’ll need at least six sheets for an album like this. It was very easy to measure and cut all of the pieces needed to cover the album and pages — everything is pretty much square or rectangle. Two of the corners on each page need to be rounded in order to match the album.
Attaching the paper to the chipboard was super easy. I used the Angel Craft Podge for this. What a terrific product! It has a nice thin consistency which makes it easy to use; the built-in brush works well to add the podge to the paper; and best of all it is low odor so the product doesn’t drive you out of the house. It was so easy, and the podge dried quickly so I could continue my project with hardly any down-time.
I wanted to use some cardstock frames and some little chipboard shapes to decorate the inside pages, but didn’t want to permanently attach the at this time. Little Scarlett Claire isn’t born yet so there aren’t any photos. My personal preference is to create an album around the pictures rather than to create an album and force the pictures to fit. I prepared four “temporary” pages so that you can see what I have in mind. (Temporary just means that I attached the elements using removable double-stick tape.) Here are pictures of the sample pages —
My last task was to decorate the binder. First I added the lace at each side of the spine to hide the paper joins. I cut the lace long enough that it would wrap around to the inside and fix a similar problem there. The lace was attached using the Angel Craft Podge (outside first, then when it was dry I stretched the lace to the inside). I added the ribbon first, and then the doily. The ribbon is just tied in place, although the heart-shaped trinket pin also helps to keep it in shape; the doily was attached with Angel Craft Podge. I cut the word “baby” using a Marianne Designs die and a sheet of paper from the Precious Memories 6×6 paper pack. I attached the word to the doily using the podge. The smaller flowers were attached with Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive, and the larger stem was attached using Angel Craft 1/4″ adhesive. Here is another view of the finished binder —
Be sure to watch the short video for additional information on how I assembled the mini-album. I also have a tip for creating custom colors of ribbon using your ink pads (how cool is that??).
Next time you do a project with chipboard, etc. I highly recommend that you try the Angel Craft Podge. It worked really well for me, and I’m sure you would have a great experience with it too.
Supplies available from Cut @ Home:
Graphic 45 Precious Memories cardstock (12 x 12 and 6×6) (SKU 4501093 and 4501091)
Graphic 45 Precious Memories Tags and Pockets (SKU 4501096)
Angel Craft Podge Semi-Gloss (SKU ACP6SG)
Angel Craft Tape 1/4″ (SKU ACT-1414)
Sizzix Big Shot (SKU 657900)
Marianne Designs Dies: Lacey Oval and Flower (SKU CR1204); Lace Square and Flower (SKU CR 1203); Lace Circle and Flower (SKU CR 1201)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Antique Linen (SKU TIM19497)
Supplies from my stash: Marianne Designs dies Lace Rectangle and Flower (SKU CF 1202); Scotch quick-dry adhesive; assorted cardstock; May Arts 1-1/2″ sheer white ribbon; Maya Road heart trinket pin; Maya Road chipboard binder; assorted embellishments
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!