I’m all for making life simple, and this is such an easy album to make. Whilst you can make this album using card stock and any paper you may have in your stash, that actually involves measuring everything out and making sure you cut the paper to exactly right size. With this hybrid album, there is no measuring, it is a straightforward case of printing and then just cutting out the embellishments and decorating the album!
- 2 sheets of A4 or letter size card stock for the album and tags
- 1 sheet of card stock or heavy weight paper for the embellishments
- PVA glue (Elmer’s glue)
- Double sided tape
- Bone folder
- Craft knife and metal ruler (or a trimmer)
- Ribbon, twine, lace for tags
- Punches/dies for making flower on front of album
- Edge punch
- Tag die or punch (but you can easily cut tags by hand)
- Skeleton leaf
- Distress inks
- Shimmer mist
The first thing to do is create a new document in Photoshop or PSE the same size as your card stock. I created an A4 document, then added the guidelines at 25%, 50% and 75% along the horizontal and at 50% along the vertical.
This is the printing guide:
You basically insert the digital papers (and resize as necessary) into each of the eight segments in the document. I actually wanted my front and back covers to be in the same paper, but you could just as easily have them in different papers. This is how it looked like before printing:
I then duplicated this but with different papers for the second sheet of card stock as this sheet was for the tags. I printed the embellishments on a sheet of heavyweight paper. This is how it all looked after printing:
To make the album, fold the card stock in half lengthwise and use a bone folder to get a sharp crease.
Open up the card stock and fold it half width ways, making sure the folds are crisp. Turn the card over and fold into quarters width ways:
This is how it should look:
Cut out the red line as shown in the cutting/folding guide here:
Make sure you only cut along the two middle segments:
Fold the card in half lengthways:
Hold the card on either side and gently pushing in so that the middle folds are pushed out:
Hopefully you will be able to see from the photos exactly what I mean.
As you can see, you eventually end up with a “+” shape:
My front and back covers (the red paper) are in the bottom left hand corner here:
Fold the covers around the other pages:
Can you see the gaps at the top? These are the top of the pockets in between the pages. There are also two side gaps which form side pockets (one is where the blue paper is, and other is on the back where the brown circle paper is.)
Glue the long inside edge (from top to bottom) between the front and back covers:
This is because if you put a tag in the pockets, glueing the inside helps prevent the tag from slipping into the next page’s pocket!
You can clearly see here the two top pockets:
You can ink the edges of the album with distress ink at this point if you want (I love my distress inks!). I actually did mine later, but only because I forgot to do it here 😉
I then created pockets at the bottom of each page in the album using four of the segments from the second sheet of card stock. I trimmed either edge using a Fiskars edge punch and folded each one in half:
I put a thin line of glue down either side of each pocket:
Then I carefully fitted each one to the bottom of each page and made sure they were firmly adhered. It is actually easier to try fitting them before adding the glue, just in case you need to trim the pockets slightly.
I forgot to take a photo of this stage (sorry!) so this is the completed version after I added the embellishments (these were all from the kit and printed out on the heavyweight paper):
You can see the tags sticking out from the pockets here. I used a Sizzix die to make mine, but you can easily create a tag from a basic rectangle shape if you don’t have a tag die. This was also the reason I split the second sheet of cardstock into eight segments – no measuring is needed for the tags then as you know each tag has to be no bigger than one of the segments!
I love all the little tickets and cards in this kit – they are perfect for a hybrid album!
Did you see the little button and twine I added above? I just adhered that to the pocket using PVA glue. there’s another button on the previous page too (a black one this time though)
I added two little flowers from the kit here too, and using pearls for the flower centres.
The kit flower had a pearl in the centre anyway, so adding a real pearl embellishment finished it off nicely:
And here’s the back cover:
The white ribbon was adhered across the front and back covers using the double sided tape so I could tie the album at the side:
I made the flower on the front using printed papers from the kit and a Stampin’ Up! flower punch. I used four punched flowers, cutting some of them down and curling them around to fit, and then after adhering them together, sprayed them with Cosmic Shimmer Mist:
Gorgeous (and modest too, lol!) !!! I love making things like that 😉 However, I have to confess that I had to print the paper for the flowers separately as when I was making the tags, the card slipped when I put the die and plates into my Big Shpt and I ended up chopping off the tops of the tags (it’s a gift you know, being able to do something like that!!!). Anyhow, I had to use all eight segments from the second sheet of card stock to make the tags so had nothing left for the flower without printing more!
Why not give it a go and come back and post in the gallery at The Digichick? I”d love to see your take on this!
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016