This is a step by step tutorial on how I made and decorated a an album using Stamperia’s “Dream” paper pack. The white and pink flowers, and gems, are from my September haul. You can find the supplies listed below with links to ASC Supplies’ Esty shop. The other supplies used in this particular project are from my personal supply stash or other ASC Supplies purchases. The finished album measures 7″ x 7 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. I am not a big book or album maker, but I really wanted to use this paper collection and make an album. This is my first EVER album and there is so much more that I wanted to do, but time just ran out. I will be adding more later; for now this is the base of the album. This tutorial is not as involved as some book tutorial because I am learning and I had to watch a lot of videos just to do what I did in this album. There are so many videos out there that one can watch to create pages within these types of albums, so I am not going to bore you with a really long post. Just go onto YouTube and type in “handmade album tutorials” if you’d like to find something that you might be interested in making.
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Supplies and tools from my craft room:ScissorsPaper CutterHot GlueArt Glitter GlueATG Adhesive GunBlack cardstockPink Flower StemsGreen leavesBlack ribbonBreakfast bar box Step One: First, I cut the breakfast bar box down so that the side of the box would be the spine and then I cut 7″ from the score line on each side. This was the base for the album. I’m big into recycling, so I opted for this method instead of using chipboard like I did in the previous post where I made the three compartment box.
Step Two: I took a piece of Cricut Candy Shop Cardstock, which comes in 24″ long sheets and cut it down to allow 1″ around the outside of the box cut out. I glued down the box, making sure the image side was down to the cardstock, scored around the edges, and then mitered the corners. Once that was done I then used book binding tape on all of the edges of the cardstock and starting with the ends folded them over the box.
Step Three: I cut a piece of black cardstock down to 7 1/8″ x 5″ and scored it on the long side every 1/2″. I applied adhesive tape to every other 1/2″ and adhered it to the 1/2″ section next to it to form a mountain. I did this two more times, making sure to leave a 1/2″ section on the left and right. This will be what holds the three pages in the album in place and is adhered to the spine piece of the book. Once I glued that in place I cut out two pieces of black cardstock measuring 7 1/8″ x 8″ and glued those to the left and right side of the open album.
Step Four: For the pages I cut out three pieces of black cardstock measuring 6 3/4″ x 7 1/4″ and glued each one to one of the tabs on the spine. I used book binding tape to adhere them.
Step Five: I added a 24″ long piece of black grosgrain ribbon to the outside of the album across the center. This will be used to secure the book closed. Then I adhered the mats to the front of the album over the ribbon. The measurements for the mats are as follows: Front and Back:Bottom: 6 7/8″ x 7 3/8″ (2)Top: 6 5/8″ x 7 1/8″ (2) Spine:Bottom: 3″ x 7 3/8″ (1)Top: 2 3/4″ x 7 1/8″ (1)
Step Six: I knew I wanted to do a waterfall in the album and I ended up doing two. I cut eight pieces of black cardstock to measure 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and then scored each one on the short side at 1/4″. Then I cut down eight pieces from the paper collection each measuring 4″ x 5″. I rounded the bottom corners of each of the black cardstock pieces as well as the design paper. I adhered a piece of design paper to each piece of black cardstock and then put aside to add to the pages later.
Step Seven: I cut three strips for pockets on three of the pages. Each strip was measured to fit over the design paper placed on the three pages with an extra 1/2″ all the way around so that I could score it at 1/2″ on three sides to folder over to make a pocket.
Step Eight: Now I wanted to start matting the front and back of the inside of the album and each of the three pages. I didn’t have enough left over from the paper collection since I used some of it on the box in my previous post, but that is ok. I improvised and cut the paper down into strips that I could piece together on some of the pages. I also added the three pockets I made and added some corner slots. I cut out and die cut, with a boarder die, two pieces for the front and back of the album as extra tuck spots and will be adding some 4″ x 6″ cards for photos to be added to later. I cut out some of the bigger images to use as photos mats and placed those inside the three pockets. I cut out the tags and bookmarks and randomly added those within the album.
For the waterfall pages I folded over the top of each piece of 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ matted black cardstock and glued down four to two of the pages in the book. I plan on going back and adding magnetic closures to these two pages to hold the waterfall down, but each one can hold a picture. In hindsight I probably should’ve matted both sides to make it possible to add more pictures.
Step Ten: The final step was to decorate the outside of the book, which I did the front and the side. For the side I cut the top of one of the bookmarks from the paper collection and matted it with black cardstock. I then glued that to the spine. For the front I cut out one of the labels from the collection and matted it with black cardstock. I used 1/8″ foam tape to mount that to the front of the book. I put two of the Darice® Pink & Crystal Rhinestones on the label; one on top and one on the bottom. I used some flowers from my September haul and from my stash to decorate the front cover. I used the same leaves and pink flower sprays I used on the box on the front of this album and used the pearl bling strips in the upper right hand corner.
I am definitely a novice when it comes to making albums, but I really want to learn how to make them. Keep watching my blog for more posts as I continue the journey of making these types of albums. Once I am finished with this one I will be giving it as a gift, so I want to make sure that everything inside is completely finished before I do that.
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