Thursday, 1 January 2015

CCT anything goes!


It's another anything goes week at Cute Card Thursday, we guessed you might be busy doing other things and getting sorted for 2015 .. .. I am determined to make a dent in the stash, (didn't I say that last year?) and I think I've found a way of doing that thanks to hours of 'study' looking at YouTube videos!  I made a couple of mini albums for Christmas gifts, the first was for my granddaughter Lauren and I forgot to take pictures, this is the second and I think better made with more room on the spines .. .. but more of that later.  I've used up some of my Classic K&Co 12x12 double sided paper along with odds end ends of lace and ribbon etc.  So here's a peek inside:

This is the first couple of pages, I think so, but forgot to number them in the pictures before giving the album away!  As you can see, lots of little tags in pockets for adding photos and journalling. I've inked the edges of everything with a soft brown chalk ink, the colours aren't right in my pictures but I had to do the auto edit thingy so you could see the pinks better.  Next page:

The die cuts are created with Marianne Design dies, the borders cut with a Martha Stewart punch and the tiny flowers are waste from other punched and die cut pieces that I've collected in a bit jar .. .. using it up here!

This is the middle of the album and I'm not totally sure about my die cut circle cut in half holding the journal tags, fingers crossed it doesn't all fall out!

Towards the back now, and more tags, flowers and pearls.

The last pages .. .. so what do you think?

And this is what it looks like on the outside .. .. in hindsight I would have put the ribbon tie under the ribbon down the side, but I was making things up as I went along!

They were fun to make, and quite easy once I got the hang of it. This second version has the spines spaced further apart which makes adding embellishments and leaves room for sticking out bits to fit between the pages. My base album is made in one piece with just an extra layer on the outside of the spine for reinforcement, I think you can make that out in the picture above.  I allowed a quarter inch between the page spines, and each page spine is half an inch and doubled up with red line tape for extra strength.  I started with a piece of 12 x 6 double sided paper then along the 12" side scored at three and five eights of an inch (sorry can't figure out how to type the fractions), then at half inch further on twice, leave a quarter inch for the gusset between the page then score again at half inch on twice repeating until you have 4 lots of half inches with a quarter inch between. Score and stick the half inches together with a strong tape to give strength as you will be attaching your pages to them.

Using double sided paper/card means you only stick one piece to each spine, if you want a bigger album then there are lots of  videos showing the spines made separately with different amounts left between then fixed to a thick album back spine.  Or using a plain card stock for the covers, spine and pages then adding patterned papers over, that way you don't need double sided.  One of my favourite videos is this one for a much bigger album but oh isn't it pretty!

Please let me know if you have a go and leave me a link if you post your project so I can come take a look.

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