Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mini Album Tutorial by Nancy Wethington - September Simplicity

Hi Everyone. Nancy here with a simple mini from things I found in Nancyland.  First, I found this:

I love the old K&Co. papers and this collection from Brenda Walton is one of my faves.  The clipboard is also from my stash. I have no idea where that came from.  Here's a similar one you may want to try:

(found here: Funkie Junkie)

After measuring the clipboard, I wanted to use cardstock that was 8 x 8".  Scored and folded in half would allow the cardstock to be a perfect size for the clipboard.

1.  Cut 4 pieces of cardstock 8" X 8".
2.  Score on one 8" side at 4". Fold in half and set aside.

 3.  Create hinges: Cut 3 pieces of cardstock 8" tall X 1" wide. On the 1" side, score at 1/2".

4.  Apply score tape to each of the 1/2" sides but not over the fold.

5.  Working with one taped side at a time, apply one side of the score taped hinge to one side of the folded paper, matching folded edge of the hinge to folded edge of the cardstock.

6.  With the leftover 1/2" taped hinge, apply a second cardstock page to the hinge, matching the folded edge of the hinge to folded edge of the cardstock.

7.  Continue to do this until all folded papers are attached to each hinge. You've created a simple booklet.  Round the corners of each page at the top of the booklet.

You could keep your booklet just as it is, but I love pockets. So let's do a bit more.

8.  Cut 14 pieces of cardstock 3.75" x 1". Score each on the 1" side at 1/2". These will become additional hinges.

9.  Apply score tape to each 1/2" side without covering the score line. Miter the corners of each end of these hinges. (The corners are mitered to make anything pulled in and out of the pocket run smoothly.)

10.  Add one hinge to each side of the pages of the booklet - one on each end with the folded edge of the hinge facing out.

11.  Remove the tape and fold up the page prior to the score taped hinge.

12.  Repeat until all pages are hinged together on the side, creating 8 pockets.

Now to decorate and add to the clipboard.
First, I stain the chipboard with TH Black Soot Stain. For those places hard to get to, I add stain to the craft mat and paint it on.

Next, choose your favorite paper and cut a bit less (about 1/4") than the chipboard. Round the corners, ink the white core edges and apply to the chipboard with wet glue.

Do the same with the front cover of your booklet/pocket book.

Add embellishments to the front of the pocket mini.  Create dimension by using Crafty Foam Tape (or similar), heavy chipboard and layering.


Here are a few things I did to the front of the clipboard pocket mini.  Add heavy chipboard to layer papers and embellishments.

Add inserts to each pocket.

Add Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts (Victorian Corners IIstained with TH Black Soot and use as staggered pocket insert pulls.

I also added Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to the front of the album.  These are the newest embossed keys and locks from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Because they're cut by a laser, there's *soot* on the top of each.  Take it away without harming the embossed design with a piece of tape.  Dab the tape on and off the top of the laser cut.  The embossed design will show thru beautifully.

More Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts corners.  These are art deco corners with Sparkle & Sprinkle Sandstone Embossing Powder.

Thanks for sticking with me on my first tutorial for Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.  Hope you enjoyed it.  See you next month, Nancy Wethington

You have just over two weeks left to play along in our September challenge.  We can't wait to see what you come up with!  One lucky winner will receive this amazing collection of stamps and stencils from our sponsor Seth Apter.