Well, did you get a chance to have a go at the seed packet album, and if so, how did you get on?
I had great fun decorating mine, and this is the kit I used:
I used the collection as I really like to be able to print the journal cards to use as inserts in an album.
Other products/tools used:
- Heavy weight paper. Mine was 160 gsm which I find is a good weight for printing the kit pages.
- PVA glue or similar
- Bone folder for making sharp creases on the card stock although a ruler could be used as well
- A flower punch to make the flowers, but you can also use templates and dies
- Ring clips to fasten the album together
- Hole punch for make holes for the ring clips
- Eyelets or reinforcement rings to strengthen around the holes in each page
- Ribbon and lace to decorate the ring clips and album
I used Photoshop CS6 to arrange my kit papers and embellishments before printing and then printed them into A4 sheets of paper. Here are all the pages after I printed them:
Then it was a case of cutting everything out:
I then cut each kit page to fit the album pages and then used distress ink on the edges of the album pages, the kit papers and the embellishments. This is the part where I always end up getting covered in ink, with usually more on me than on the album ;)! It was then just a case of covering each album page with paper and adding the journal pages.
However, whilst I made the album a couple of weeks ago, I did not make the cover at that time. So I started with that first and used some heavyweight card stock (a used cereal box in my case 😉 ). Now, as far as covers go, it really is a case of just sizing it to fit the pages. There is no hard and fast rule, so I made mine approximately ½” wider than the album pages on two sides. The fourth side, where the pages are attached, was kept level with the album. This meant that the there was ¼” between the pages and the top and bottom of the album, but ½” along the right hand side as you can see from this diagram:
Here is one of the covers ready for covering. The paper was cut half an inch wider than the cover on all sides:
Adhere the paper to the cover, making sure the paper is the wrong way round! Then trim each corner. Make sure you leave at least 1/8″ between the corner of the cover and the paper. Don’t forget to do this as I did because then you will end up with the cover showing through on the inside….. I am afraid this is a case of “do as I say” rather than “do as I do”!!!
Then, before you fold the edges in, hold the cover vertically and rock it slightly to get a firm crease in the paper. Fold each side of the paper in over the cover:
You can see from the above that on the other cover, I used a slightly different technique to cut out just part of each corner. Whichever method you use, you should end up with something that looks like this
As you can see, this photo was taken after I had put PVA glue on the inside but you can still see how the corners did show through when looking on the inside of the cover. If you do make this mistake (or “design feature” as I prefer to call it ;)), the trick then is to cut the inside page to exactly fit the cover:
(Almost) perfectly hiding the bare corners! If you allow 1/8″ between the corner of the album and the paper before you trim the paper, then you will not have this problem and the inside cover page can be cut ¼” smaller than the cover. So, for instance, if your cover is 6″ by 4″, then cut the inside page to 5¾” by 4¾”. That then gives a nice 1/8″ border around the page.
Repeat the process with the other cover and then punch holes in the covers for the ring clips to go through, and add eyelets. If you don’t have a crop-o-dile, then try using an ordinary office hole punch and adding reinforcement rings to the cover and pages to strengthen the holes. You can always try making these out of patterned paper to match the covers and pages too.
All you have to do then is mat and decorate the album pages and it is easier to do this before putting the album together. I trimmed the mats to ¼” smaller than the page I was covering, to allow the cardstock to show through with the 1/8″ border around each page. This is personal preference as you can cut the paper to whatever size you want to cover the pages. I wanted the cardstock to show in this album but I know in others, I have completely covered the pages with the patterned paper.
So here is a quick walk through my album once it was all put together:
You will have to excuse the upside down paper on the right hand page – I managed to put that page in the album the wrong way round and have only just noticed!
See how useful those journalling cards are?!!! All I did was add a punched tab (it’s a retired Stampin’ Up! tab punch) to make it easier to pull the card out of the pocket.
This first page opens up to show a double page (also upside down!!):
This is pages 2 and 3:
Page 2 is clearly upside down. Trust me not to realise the whole page was put in the album the wrong way round…..
And here you can see the journalling card:
Then pages 4 and 5:
Page 5 unfolds down to reveal 2 extra pockets:
I added more journalling card as well as a luggage tag here.
I love those journalling cards!
Then page 6, which actually opens up to show the inside pages here (the left hand side is where it is folded over from page 5):
The right hand side folds on to the top of the left hand page to reveal pages 6 and 7:
The left hand side then unfolds out (it’s the back of the pages shown above – the ones with the newspaper type text on the left and the brown and red striped paper on the right)
The pocket actually holds 2 journalling cards:
Then pages 8 and 9:
Page 8 actually opens up further:
Then pages 10 and 11:
Page 10 opens up both ways. When you pull to the right, you can see the middle part of the three section page:
The crease is where the page was folded up on the other side to make a pocket:
Page 11 unfolded:
But the left hand side of page 11 unfolds down as well (I love all these hidden pockets and pages!!!!):
Here are the reverse sides of the page (which are actually page 12):
And here is page 12 all folded up along with the inside of the back cover:
And here is the back cover. I left this plain as if you are writing in an album, it is a bit tricky to do so if you have lots of embellishments on the back cover!
Now for the front cover. As usual, I couldn’t resist making some flowers from the kit papers. I used a punch to make the small flowers. I just curled the petals with my bone folder and added several layers, adhering the layers together with PVA glue and finishing each flower with glitter glue in the middle:
The larger flower was also made using a larger flower punch, and put together as detailed in my article from last month (you can find this here):
To complete the album, I added lace and ribbon to the ring clips:
I really had fun making this, so if you make one too, please do post it in the gallery so we can see what you did!
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