Today my project is a mini-album featuring papers from Mother Goose by Graphic 45. This paper is so fun, and makes a perfect baby mini-album. The colors are very vibrant, and in the 8×8 paper pad there are journaling cards, borders, stamps of various sizes, and other depictions of Mother Goose characters. There are also chipboard stickers and stamps, etc. in the collection if you’re interested.
If you have the right tools and inspiration, mini-albums are actually pretty quick and easy. It is best to start with a good die set to cut your pages. For this project, I chose Creative Book Pages Two by Spellbinders. I like the detail around the cut and embossed edges, and the size is perfect for a small album. The largest sheets are 6”x6”, with a little extra along the side for binding. The next largest die is 5”x5” and would also make a good mini-album. Of course you could also choose to layer the two together.
Next, it is important to have a good theme or inspiration for the mini-album. The Mother Goose paper is just too fun, and I knew that it would be perfect for a mini-album. I looked at the colors in the various papers, and decided that black and white would be the best colors to use for the pages of my mini-album. At this early point I wasn’t sure quite how to put them together, so I cut a few plain black and white pages with both the 6”x6” and the 5”x5” dies. Then I chose a couple of patterned papers and used the 5”x5” dies to cut them. I also cut out some 3”x4” squares from the patterned paper in the Mother Goose pack, as well as some of the journaling cards and other elements. After trying a few lay-outs with these pieces (at this point they can just be scrap papers), I was able to decide to make my pages white on the front and black on the back. Then I tried a few of the patterned papers on top, and decided to use the black and white diamond 5”x5” squares. Please see the short video for a description of how I “plan” a mini-album.
Once you’ve made the key decisions, it is just a matter of cutting out the pieces you’ll need for the album. I use 110lb. cardstock for my pages. This is heavier cardstock, but not quite heavy enough to be used alone for a mini-album page. It is perfect, though, when you tape two of them back to back. I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to do this. Scor-Tape always gives a good strong bond, and you don’t have to worry about the pages coming apart. I punched two holes in each page, and used my Crop-a-Dile to place a white eyelet at the top of each page, and a black eyelet at the bottom. I also attached the patterned paper on the interior pages and the borders on the covers with Scor-Tape.
Once the pages were built, I laid out the scrapbook and began decorating. The hardest part was choosing which of the cute elements to use. There are just so many . . . . and because they represent nursery rhymes they are appropriate for either a boy or a girl. I tried to keep either the colors or the theme consistent with facing pages – but there really are no rules on this. Just do something that you like. I also used Scor-Tape to attach these pieces, although you might want to use removable double-stick tape until you decide which pictures to use (that may affect placement, etc.). Pictures of the front and back covers and some of the interior pages are below.
The final step is to add the book rings and the ribbon. To add the ribbon, I cut 3-4” pieces and tied them to the book rings. If you just use a single knot, it will be easy to untie them if you ever need to pull the book apart or add pages, etc. You don’t want to fully cover the ring, or you won’t be able to turn the pages, etc. Just cover it about half. With the wider ribbon I used (the white is about 1-1/2″ wide, and the black about 1″ wide) it only took 5 pieces of white and 4 pieces of black for each ring. That gave pretty full coverage of the rings from the front view, but still kept enough of the ring open to allow the book pages to be turned.
Graphic 45 Mother Goose 8×8 paper pad
Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 Patterns & Solids paper pad
110 lb. cardstock – black and white
Patterned paper – I used Black and White Diamonds by Canvas Corp.
Die cutting machine – I used Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Spellbinders Grand dies Creative Book Pages Two (other sets that work well for mini-albums are Creative Book Pages by Spellbinders and Nesting Rounded Squares by Lifestyle Crafts)
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
Black and white eyelets
Crop-a-Dile by We R Memory Keepers
2 book rings
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!