It’s brand new Hybrid Chick Dorothy here and I cannot tell you how excited I am to be a part of the team. I’ve been a long time newsletter subscriber so to actually be here is such an honour! Today I’m bringing you my very first project and I hope you enjoy! I’m showing you how to make a cute mini album using coin envelopes and a gorgeous digital kit.
Here are the supplies I used:
First I used this gorgeous kit from Paper Garden Projects called Sweet Anemone:
– Coin Envelopes (these come in different sizes, choose your favourite size) We call these Dinner Money envelopes here in the UK…lol.
– Thin chipboard (or use an empty cereal box) for covers
– Glue of choice (use something that will hold well. I used bookbinding glue for the covers and for the pages a quick dry tacky glue from a very fine nozzle but you could use scor tape )
– Thin white cardstock (or use colour of choice)
– Circle punch
– Eyelets (I used 3/16” size eyelets but you could use smaller if you like)
– Ribbon or Lace for binding.
– Other crafty embellishments like glitter, sequins, gems, metals, lace, etc.
The most important first step is to measure your coin envelopes as this will determine all the other sizes of coverings. When you measure the length, make sure you DO NOT include the flap of the envelope. This will give you an idea on the size you need to make the covers, white cardstock mat and the patterned paper. Here are my measurements:
– Coin Envelopes (x 5)- mine are 2.5” x 4” (Yours may measure a different size.)
– Chipboard Covers (x2) – 2.75” x 4 1/8” (Add ¼” to both numbers in your envelope size. This is to give a 1/8” overlap of the covers on just 3 sides (top, bottom and right sides as we want the envelope pages to be flush with covers on the left hand side only.
– White cardstock Mats for Covers (x 2) – 2 ½” x 3 7/8” (this is ¼” smaller on both measurements than covers)
– Pattered Paper for Covers (x 2) – 2 ¼” x 3 5/8” (this is ¼” smaller on both measurements than white mats for covers)
– White Cardstock Mats (x 10) – 2.25” x 3.75” (this is ¼” smaller on both measurements than coin envelope)
– Pattered Papers (x 10)- 2” x 3.5” (this is ¼” smaller on both measurements than white cardstock mats)
– Tags (x 5) – Mine are 2 ¼” x 3 ½”
If you are using different size envelopes, just remember that you want a 1/8” border on all your matted layers. That means decreasing your measurements by ¼” for each layer (except for the covers which are just 1/8” smaller on the longest side.)
I opened my graphics program of choice (Photoshop, but you can use any one that you like such as GIMP, PSE, PSP, etc) I opened up the papers that I wanted to use from the Sweet Anemone kit then I also opened a new image sized 2” x 3.5” (since this is the size I wanted for the patterns) I resized each paper to 3.5” and added each to the new image as a new layer. I did this to scale the paper to the size of the mini album because this is a relatively small album.
Once I had a new image for each of the papers (at 2” x 3.5”) I added them to a new A4 (or US Letter sized) image in the graphics program to get ready to print. I did this to save as much ink by only printing exactly what I needed. I also added some the elements of the kit resized down and a paper for mats on the tags.
I arranged all graphics on the A4 images, I saved them and printed them out on good quality paper. Now it’s time to get out your paper trimmer and/or scissors and cut everything out. You also need to cut out the 10 white card mats at 2.25” x 3.75” and your tags out of white cardstock.
I have 5 pages in my album plus the front and back covers. This makes a total of 14 sides that need covering. It’s time to get gluing. I did my covers first by adding the chipboard to white card then cutting it out leaving about a 1” border. I cut off the corners leaving about 1/8” card over the corner, folding in and glued. I also added the pattered paper for the front, back and inside covers.
I cut off the flaps to my 5 coin envelopes and used a circle punch to create a tab area to easily remove the tags. I glued my patterned paper tiles to the white card mats then glued those onto the fronts and backs of the envelopes.
Time to punch the holes in the covers and envelopes, I used my Cropadile Big Bite to punch the holes and set the eyelets. I measured in ¾” from top and bottom and made a small mark. Since my eyelets are the larger 3/16” I used the larger hole punch. I was able to do a few envelopes at a time. Then I set the eyelets in the covers and envelopes.
I used a white grosgrain ribbon to lace my pages together, threading through the eyelets.
I cut my mats to the tags and punched little flowers out of the extra paper. I also added a little gem. When I glued on my flowers, I only glued the top half so that the bottom of the flowers could slide over the edge of the envelope.
Now all you have to do is embellish your album. I used some of the digital kit elements on the covers and pages as stickers also leaving part of them unglued so photos can be slid behind them.
This little mini only took just over an hour to make so it’s a quick easy project for a gift or even to carry in your own purse to show off those photos! Thanks for joining me today and I hope you will give this project a try!