Hybrid Chick Lynn here again, this time with an album made using various journal cards from Ramona Designs plus paper and envelopes from my stash. I absolutely love making albums, so when I saw these journal cards and calendar tags from Ramona, I knew they would be just perfect. Take a look at the goodies used:
I also used some old calendar cards and other journal cards which unfortunately are no longer in the shop 🙁 :
In addition to the above, or any other journal cards you may have, you will also need:
- Heavyweight cardstock to make the album;
- Small envelopes (I used small money envelopes, approximately 4¾” by 3″);
- Craft knife, scissors or trimmer to cut the cardstock;
- Paper to decorate the album;
- Embellishments for decoration;
- Distress ink and sponged to ink the sides of the paper and cardstock;
- Glue (I used PVA glue), double sided tape, etc., to make the album; and
- Binder clips or other fastener to hold the finished album together.
The first thing I did was seal the envelopes. I used 12 envelopes, one for each month, and then trimmed the top off each envelope. You can see from the comparison of the cut and uncut envelopes below that I really only took a sliver off the top of each envelope:
You only need to take a fraction of an inch off as the envelopes are to hold the journal cards. I then used distress ink on the sides of the envelopes to grunge them up and matted them with patterned paper (a retired set from Stampin’ Up!).
The inside pages of the album were made from plain heavyweight cardstock cut down to 4″ by 6″. I then printed the wood cards, adjusting the size in Photoshop so they were 3¾” by 5¾”. I adhered these to one side of the plain cardstock after sponging distress ink along the edges of both the calendar page and cardstock. The reverse of each page were also matted with the same Stampin’ Up! designer series paper as the envelopes. I’d been holding on to this paper waiting for something special to use it on as my Stampin’ Up! papers are very dear to my heart and I am always reluctant to use them 😉 . However, since I have half a shelf full of papers, I really do need to start using them!
I usually cut my paper ¼” smaller than the card I am adhering it to. So in this instance, the paper for the calendar album pages was cut down to 3¾” by 5¾” whereas the paper for the envelopes (which were 4 ¾” by 3″) measured 4½” by 2¾”. This gives a neat ⅛” border around the edge.
I punched holes using a hole punch on each album page, and then to attach the decorated envelopes to the pages, I used a round tab punch to punch shapes out of the patterned paper. The round tabs were sponged with distress ink and then one half of the tab was adhered to the back of each album page as you can see here:
Then I flipped it over and added glue:
The envelope was then adhered to the other half of the tag to form a hinge, leaving a small gap between the envelope and page to allow room for the pages to close properly:
The envelope actually forms a smaller page which just flips over the larger calendar page:
The round tab acts as a hinge fastening the envelope to the album page but for added strength, I adhered a second punched tab to the inside too:
I repeated this process with each of the twelve album pages, so each page had an envelope flap. Of course, you don’t have to use the same punch as I did. You could use any solid punched image or even hand cut some shapes. There are plenty of ideas around on the internet.
To make the album cover, I cut four pieces of heavyweight cardstock to 6½” by 4½”. I used two pieces for the front cover and two for the back, adhering the pieces together with PVA glue:
You can just about make out the glue in the above photograph as the two pieces were ready to be adhered back to back.
The covers were then matted with paper after being sponged with my ever faithful distress ink.
I printed the journal cards, reducing the size to fit the envelopes (approximately 3″ by 4″).
Finally, after punching two holes in the front and back covers, I then used binder rings to fasten the album together and added the journal tags to the album. I also die cut “2015” from a Sizzix die to add to the front cover.
And here are the completed inside pages (excuse the poor photographs, the lighting in my office is awful). You will also see where the ink has come off the calendar pages. I was given a colour laser printer and I have had problems getting this working properly. When printing solid blocks of colour, quite often the ink clumps up and then falls off if it the document/paper gets touched as you can see. Still, I reckon it all adds to the grungy/distressed look, right?!!!!
I was really pleased with how this turned out. It really only took an afternoon to make this as it is a very quick and easy way of making an album using journal cards and your stash. It just shows you really don’t need much at all and you probably already have everything you need!
Why not have a look in the shop and see if there is anything that takes your fancy as there are some truly scrumptious journal cards? You could make one of these albums in no time at all and I’d love to see your creations!
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