There are lots of different hybrid albums you can make, and I love the complex ones with lots of pockets. tags, pull down and expandable bits and bobs, but sometimes, you really only just want something quick and simple that you can make in an afternoon. This album is ideal for that! It really is a case of printing off some papers , cutting them down to size, binding and them embellishing. Just what you need to fill in a few hours on a rainy afternoon, and we have been promised plenty of rain here over the next few days 😉 !
So what do you need? Well, these are the kits I started off with:
There are such gorgeous papers in this kit and I used these for the pages for the album and for the flowers. I then wanted to add some contrasting pages, and look what I found in the shop:
You could use these for almost anything and they really add a vintage touch to any scrapbook page or project.
Other items I used were:
- Plain paper or card stock for printing;
- Sheet of acetate for clear album page;
- PVA or other glue/adhesive;
- Flower punches and/or dies and die cutting machine or flower templates;
- Bind-it-all or other binding machine, ring/wire binders or binder clips;
- Brads, lace, ribbon, jewels, etc. for embellishments; and
- Scissors, bone folder, pokey tool.
The first thing to do is select your papers and print them off. I used A4 card stock and printed two sheets on one piece of each card stock. I also printed some of the tags and journal cards to add to the album:
Since I printed two papers on each sheet of A4, all I had to do was cut the card stock in half to create the album pages. the pages are approximately 8¼” by 6″. Of course, you can make the album any size you wish, it is just a matter of cutting the printed card stock to size.
I actually used thicker card stock for the album cover so it had more weight and was firmer than the inside pages.
Then I punched holes down one side of each page:
It was then a case of putting them together into the album. I used my office binding machine but you can use a Bind-It-All, a Cinch, or even just punch two or three holes down the side of each page and use binder rings.
Before I show you the album, take a look at how I made the rosettes on the album cover:
I actually used my Tim Holtz rosette die to save time but before I bought this, I used to make all my own rosettes. All you need is a sheet of patterned paper roughly 12″ by 2″. Score this down the long side at every ¼” and then fold into a concertina. You can see one already folded on the above photo.
Then add glue to one of the short ends:
And gently adhere the two ends together:
Then you need to gently push the this in the middle as follows:
Can you see how it is being pushed in on itself to flatten out:
Please excuse the blurry photo and my fat fingers!
So when you have it completely flat:
Adhere it to a small square or circle of paper/card at the back:
And then you can add another punched circle or other shape, or a brad, jewel or pearl to the front of the rosette:
I also punched out several other flowers from printed kit papers to make 3D flowers with (which I will cover in a later article 😉 ) and I adhered all the flowers and rosettes to the front cover of the album. This is how the completed album looked:
And the inside pages:
The different shaped pages make a lovely contrast and the one above was taken straight from the kit.
The tags are really handy for slotting into pockets – this pocket was made using paper cut into a bracket shape with the end folded over:
More ephemera pages:
The small spotted paper above was made from one of the kit tags.
I love this paper!
This next photo isn’t too clear but you can just about make our the acrylic sheet I inserted here:
This pocket was just card stock folded over down three sides and adhered to the page:
Here is a close up of the completed cover:
As you can see, I added ribbons down the side to brighten it up!
And here is the completed album in full. I added a strip of patterned paper down the right hand side and used an edge punch to get the heart effect, adding lace to finish it off:
Why not give this a go yourself next time you feel like making something hybrid? It would make a great scrap album, memory book or gift and is so easy and straightforward to make.
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