Hi! It’s Julie here! Today I’m going to share with you how to make a cute little chipboard mini album. There super fun to make and make a very special gift. I made mine for my niece Rebecca and gave it to her at her last Extreme Cheer Competition of the year! It was a big hit!
So, let me start with the supplies I used…
- A chipboard album… mine was a megaphone shape, by Creative Imaginations
- Scissors, a cutting blade for the tiny pieces
- Glue, I used the Pioneer Extra Strong Embellishment Glue Stick and 527 Multi Purpose Cement
- Some acrylic paint for the edges
- Distress ink, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot
- A little bit of sand paper or a Sanding Block
- Any embellishments you want to add, like ribbons, buttons, flowers etc!
- A printer and some nice paper I used Pixma Pixma Photo Paper by Canon in Matte
- Photo Editing Software, I used Photo Shop Elements
- And of course a Fabulous Digi Kit or 2..I used lots of little bits from a few kits which were, Little Dude, Funky Glitter Alpha, and Saying I love you Alpha, all by Sarah J. Rebellious by, Jana M, Red Passion by, Jule Designs, The Sharpie Alpha by, Tamra B and The Bobby Pins by, Mira Designs. These are all available at The Digichick Shop!
Here’s a pic of my stuff all laid out:
So, lets put this all together…
1. The first thing you will want to do is design your pages on your Photo Editing Software. I like to scan the chipboard page and extract it in PS so I can place things just how I want them. If you don’t want to do that you can just measure your chipboard pieces and open a new file in PS that is the size you need.
2. Once you get all you pages designed you will need to print them out. The best way to do this is to open a new file in PS that is 8.5 x 11 (or whatever size paper your using) Flatten and drag your cute little pages onto this file, then you can print out a few at once. Like this:
3. I like to paint the edges of my chipboard. I used black for this one:
4. While your paint is drying cut out all your pages. Lay them on the book and trim any edges for a nice perfect fit.
5. I also like to sand and ink the edges of my digi pages, it gives it a really nice finished look. Like this…
6. Now you can glue your digi pages to you album I use the extra strong glue stick for the pages and make sure you get them all stuck down real good especially the edges. You can sand around the edges now too if you please.
7. Now comes the really fun part… Bling it up! Add your ribbons, buttons, flowers, gems, glitter! Anything that strikes your fancy!
Here are all my pages…
8. When its done I also like to spay it with a Clear Acrylic Sealer to protect it!
9. Stand back and admire your adorable Mini Album!
Here’s a few examples of other mini albums from The Digichick Gallery:
There’s lots more inspiration in The Digichick Gallery!
Other Articles by juliemomof4:
- Hybrid Wall Canvas - July 27th, 2010
- Mini Tag Album... and Give-away! - May 22nd, 2010
- Make a Bouquet of Flowers for Mom - April 27th, 2010
- Easter Eggs Decor - March 22nd, 2010
- Recycle Challenge! - March 6th, 2010