There’s nothing better than to have a new baby collection be released. I always seem to find a need for baby cards or mini albums, nature just brings these little bundles of joy at a steady rate. Today I’m sharing my latest with you. This mini construction is three pieces of medium weight chipboard front and back measuring 8″ x 6″ with a 2 1/2″ spine. Inside there are eight pages which measure 7 1/2″ x 5 3/4″. Today’s video will show you a walk through of each page, with ideas, hints and tips from me as we go through the pages. I didn’t do a step by step video because it takes a lot of air time for me to be able to share the construction. But, I do have a video series called Tutorial Triple Flip that will show basic construction, how to do the outside covers, the spine and hinges and how to adhere the pages to the hinges. As I go through the video I’ll share ideas on how to add flip ups and outs to the basic construction.
I’ve used Graphic 45’s Precious Memories collection in all three paper pad sizes, 12×12″ – 8×8″ -6×6″. I used a Little B die set to frame the focal point from the collection with a blue glitter heavy cardstock. Since the store no longer carries Little B dies you could use any die set of your choice that has graduated sizes so that you’ll have a sizeable width to emphasize the frame. I also cut a few glitter butterflies from the blue glitter to pop over the ones on the paper. After I looked at it a bit I decided to go back and add a butterfly to each page to carry the theme throughout the mini. I’ve finished the front off with some pearls, Glossy Accents and Stickles.
I tried to carry the color theme in each two page spread. I also started out making this mini for a girl but as I progressed things changed and I opted to make it unisex so it would work for either a boy or girl. I’ve done a lot of fussy cutting to form pockets or accents on each page.
To enhance my pages I pulled out a collection of dies like Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Scalloped Borders One shown above. Using these dies (I used two nestled together on these pockets) just gives it such a finished look. In the new collections of Graphic 45 they include templates on both the 12×12″ and 8×8″ on the inside front and back covers. The file folders shown in the pockets are from one of the templates. They hold a set of 3 photo mats but have ample room to include numerous loose photos as well.
Belly bands are just such a fun addition to any mini album page. Here I took strips of peach and blue from the 6×6″ solids and patterns pad and added a piece of flat lace and a strip of blue tiny heart paper. I fussy cut and matted the little girls dress and boys outfit along with one of the little sentiment blocks from the paper to finish dressing up the belly bands, tucking mats behind.
Here I’ve used JustRite Stampers Vintage Labels Eight to cut the frame (which is the negative space left by the mat) on the right hand side. Inside I used the mat on the right and Spellbinders Nestabilities Divine Eloquence die on the left for the mat. This is one of my all time favorites. I’ll list all the dies I used for mats in the Supply List directly following this post. If any of the dies aren’t available in the store anymore you can always substitute any of your favorites to create similar mats.
This mini is filled with lots of little fussy cut pieces. Don’t let the idea of keeping a mat a mat or a sentiment a sentiment from the collections. You can always cut them up, cut them out or put bits and pieces together to form a new piece, that’s the fun of creating your unique individual project. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge throughout this book. Using cream colored cardstock for the page backs or the mats tied them nicely with the collection by inking the edges with the Rusty Hinge. I also used the Store’s new double side adhesive, Angel Craft Tape in both sizes.
I hope you’ll join me on the video, there are so many additional photos that space didn’t allow me to share with you here. As I said above too I’ll share my tips and tricks and ideas of how to do a mini like mine with you. Supplies are directly below and be sure and stop by my blog as well to say hi.
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Supplies from the Store:
4501090: Graphic 45 Precious Memories 12×12″ Paper Pad
4501092: Graphic 45 Precious Memories 8×8″ Paper Pad
4501091: Graphic 45 Precious Memories 6×6″ Patterns and Solids Pad
JB-02087: JustRite Dies Vintage Labels Eight
S5-218: Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence Card Creator Die
S5-182: Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders One
ACT1412: Angel Craft Tape 1/2″
ACT1414: Angel Craft Tape 1/4″
TIM27157: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge
658300: Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit
Supplies from my Stash: Spellbinders Rounded Squares and Superellipse dies; Little B Labels dies; EK Success Butterfly punches; Grahpix medium weight chipboard; cream cardstock; American Crafts Blue Glitter heavy cardstock; Glossy Accents; Bling; Roses and Pearl strip from SaCrafters; Jillibean Soup Polaroid Frames: EK Success Eyelet Border punch; Diamond Stickles