I love the Mintay Berrylicious paper collection and I couldn’t wait to use it on this project. I’ve had the Stamperia Mixed Media Mini Album and really wanted to use it, but I just couldn’t figure out what to do with the four super thick (1/8″ thick) signatures inside the book. I also couldn’t figure out how I wanted to cover the outside of the book. After months of agonizing and finding Stamperia’s FaceBook group, I figured out what I should do with the book. This is the third tutorial of my February ASC Craft Supplies design team projects.
ASC Supply List for this written tutorial project:
Supplies and tools from my craft room:
ScissorsPaint BrushTweezersPaper CutterTag DiesBorder DiesArt SpongeHot GlueArt Glitter GluePVA GlueModge PodgeGlossy AccentsGold SticklesCraftsmart Blush Romance Paper CollectionTim Holtz Texture PasteTim Holtz Mini FrameTim Holtz – Idea-ology Collection – Big ChatVarious colors of Acrylic paint – Blue and PinkPink and Red Sead BeedsBlue and Pink Seam Binding from My Scrap Cabin ShopGold LeavesGold Adhesive Diamond MeshLace BowsPink Tissue PaperWRMK Corner Rounder 1/4″ sideGold Glitter Pen
Step One: I fussy cut out images on the inside of the cover of the Mintay 12″ x 12″ Berrylicious paper pad. Once I had them cut out I wanted to give some of the images dimension so I applied Glossy Accents to the jars, bottles, and the camera. I applied Gold Stickles to the centers of the flowers on several of the images as well. I let these dry overnight before using them in the project.
Step Two: I took some pink tissue paper from my supplies and waded it up into a tight ball. Then I carefully opened it and used Modge Podge to apply it to the outside of the album. I was careful not to “uncrinkle” the paper because I wanted to add some dimension to the outside and give it that leathery look and feel. Mission accomplished, it turned out exactly the way I was hoping it would. I cut off about 1/4″ around the outside when I was done and glued it down on the inside of the book, making sure to fold it over all of the edges of the album. I didn’t cover the inside because I knew I would be using the paper pad to do that. Once I had the book covered I took the small Tim Holtz frame and cover that as well. I let both of these dry overnight.
Step Three: When the cover and frame were dry I used an art sponge and dabbed the light pink and blue paint on the outside of both. I chose the images that I wanted to use inside the frame and glued them to the back.
Step Four: I glued a piece of the blue seam binding around the entire outside of the album making sure to leave enough that I could tie a bow when I was finished. I just used Art Glitter Glue to adhere the seam binding because I knew I would be covering it with paper. Next, I cut out panels from the 12″ x 12″ Mintay paper pad and used the Tim Holtz distress tool to go around all of the edges of each piece. Then I rounded the corners with the WRMK corner rounder 1/4″ side. Once that was done I used the Art Glitter Glue to adhere each piece to the album. I’m not giving the measurements for each piece because you can decide how much of a border you want and then cut them down to the appropriate size. The album does measure approximately 3.7″ x 5.3″ x 1.6″ so keep that in mind when cutting your pieces.
Step Five: Next, I adhered the frame with the image to the right side front panel and let that dry. I waited until the very end to decorate the outside because the inside of the album is rather tight and I didn’t want to mess up anything that I would be using, like flowers, to decorate the outside.
Step Six: I didn’t get a photo of this next step, but I painted just the edges of the four inside signatures and let those dry before decorating the inside of the album. Once those were dry I first cut the paper with the image that I knew I wanted to use for the inside front and back of the album. I cut the inside piece to just fit that panel and then cut the back piece to go across all three panels. I used the PVA Glue because it is great for bookbinding and I wanted to make sure the paper stayed put within the scored parts. I used a bone folder to make sure the paper was good and adhered to each inside panel. I let this dry overnight and then moved on to applying the texture paste and beads to the outside of the album.
Step Seven: I applied some texture paste along the ridge on the second panel that closes the album and sprinkled the blush microbeads onto the paste. In order to make sure the beads stayed in place I gently tapped them down into it. Next, I took some pink and red seed beads and randomly glued them into the texture paste. I let this dry overnight before doing any more decorating. The jury is still out on texture paste and microbeads, but I can’t say that I’m terribly disappointed with how it turned out. Once everything was dry I then applied a few images to that panel just to give it some dimension and interest.
Step Eight: Now that everything was dry I could concentrate on decorating all of the panels and the inside signatures. There really isn’t a lot of direction here, I just cut down pieces from the paper collection that I wanted to use on the inside and glued them into place. I made some pockets and envelope to glue down as well. The following images are of the decorated inside of the album including the signatures. I apologize for the unevenness in lighting, but this book is literally so tight it was hard to sit it open to take the pictures. I cut down the 12″ x 12″ piece in the paper collection that had twelve images with frames on the back of each image and cut them down to make journaling cards, which I put in the front inside pocket and the envelope on one of the signatures. Three of the signatures I simply decorated by adding some of the fussy cut images and I really love how they turned out.
Step Nine: For the tags I used a nesting tag die that I have in my stash and cut out four images from the paper collection that I wanted to use on each tag. Then I cut out four tags from the Craftsmart Blush Romance Paper Collection. I then glued down the images and chose four words from the Tim Holtz – Idea-ology Collection – Big Chat for the sentiments on each tag. I glued down some lace bows and some of the tiny fussy cut images to the center of each bow. I created some hole enforcers for the top of each tag and then ran some of the pink and blue seam binding through each tag. I had to take the pearls off the center of each bow because having them on four tags would not allow me to close the book. I outlined each word with a gold glitter pen.
Step Ten: When I was satisfied with how the inside looked the final step was to decorate the outside. The following images are for reference and inspiration for how I decorated the outside.
You can check out my YouTube channel for an in-depth look at the finished album.
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