You may have already worked out from my previous posts that I love making albums. Whilst the simple albums with just a pocket or two are quick and easy to make, there are times when I want to make a more detailed album. So here is an example of an album I made after watching a YouTube video. The video is by Angelwings14100 and her videos can be found at:
This is a relatively straightforward tutorial to follow but I would recommend you have some album making experience rather than attempt this if you are a complete beginner. Nevertheless, you should be able to make this album whatever experience you have, just go slow and steady 😛 .
The kit I used to make the album was “Laughter is the Best Medicine” by Kimeric Kreations:
It makes a great album as it has gorgeous papers, really neat journal cards and great word art 🙂
As well as a digital kit (or you can use whatever paper, journal cards and embellishments you may have in your stash 🙂 ), you will also need the following:
- Card stock. I used 12″ by 12″ card stock but you could make this album using A4 (8.3″ by 11.7″ or 210 mm by 297 mm) or letter size card stock (8.5″ by 11″ or 216 mm by 279 mm);
- Double sided tape. I used the red sticky tape to adhere the card stock together but the ordinary white tape to adhere the paper to the card stock. You can also use wet glue if you prefer;
- Paper to print the paper from the kit. I used a heavyweight paper, 160 gsm, but I am not sure what this is in US measurements;
- Plain card for printing any journal cards and embellishments;
- A paper trimmer (I used the Stampin’ Up! trimmer) or you could use a craft knife and cutting board;
- Bone folder to burnish the edges of the card stock;
- Scissors; and
- Ink pads and sponges or blending tool to ink the edges of the card stock and paper, etc.
Once you have everything to hand, just follow the video and instructions.
Here are the papers, journal cards and embellishments ready to be cut out:
I inked the edges of the card stock, etc. to give more definition. Whilst I do have a blending tool, I just find a sponge more convenient. All I did for this was use a baby sponge and cut it into four quarters. Then I just inked it up and sponged it lightly down the sides of the card stock.
As you can see, you don’t need to put masses of ink on the sponge:
This is how the card stock looked when inked up. I do like to add a bit of grunge to my albums 😉 .
I don’t intend to bore you with the complete step by step details of how I made this album as everything is pretty much covered in the two videos. So without further ado, here is my completed album:
This is the inside of the album with the right side still closed:
And this is with both sides open:
The left side fully opened:
The flap on the left side (this is the other side of the smiley face and green background pictured above):
The small flap on the far left side opened up (being British, I was itching to change the American spelling of “humor to humour”!!!! 😉 ):
The middle of the album:
As you can see, there is a matching flap to join the two sides of the middle together:
Here are the centre flaps fully open:
The whole of the centre then unfolds to reveal a pocket with tag on the left plus two flaps each with a pocket underneath:
Here is a close up:
This is the reverse side of the middle:
With the first flap lifted up, you can see the file folder tags in the pocket:
When you lift the second flap, it reveals another pocket with tags plus more journaling space:
Then there are further flaps on the right hand side of the album (i.e. the inside back cover):
These lift up to reveal space for journaling or putting photographs, etc.:
Then this also lifts up with more journaling space underneath:
This is the perfect album for keeping a record of a trip, holiday, special event as there is so much space and loads of pockets and tags. I should warn you though, it does take a while to put together. I reckon it must have taken me 3 full days to make this, but the time taken is definitely worth it.
So, if you like making albums or fancy a challenge, why not make one yourself and then post a photo in the gallery? I for one would love to see what you make of this tutorial from Angelwings 14100 🙂 .
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