These little albums are fun and easy to make. They are also cute as a bug's ear. They fit perfectly in a purse, and would make a great gift filled with pictures for family or friends. The idea for this project is not mine. I saw a DIY scrap booking segment on HGTV a few years back. I don't really remember the segment, but I must of thought the project was worthy because I went to the website and downloaded the project sheet. During my studio (I use that term loosely!) move and purge, I came across the instructions. The original instructions definitely needed an update. I decided to do a remix tutorial. I hope remixing doesn't break any unwritten blog laws, or breach proper blog etiquette. I know that this idea is not mine. Really. I do.
Before I get started on the nitty-gritty of this project, I want to be perfectly clear: the idea in this tutorial is not mine. Did I already say that? The original idea belongs to Alanna George of Colorbok. She is much more clever than I am. I've simply: 1) Modified the design to make it easier to construct; 2) Updated the materials to reflect what is on the market today; and, 3) Created a new envelope design since the .pdf template will no longer download to my computer. That said, here we go...
DIY Mini-Handbag Albums: You Go Girl Style
1 sheet of 12x12 double-sided scrap booking card stock
1 Velcro sticky dot
embellishments of your choosing (I used paper I punched with a craft punch and foam sticky dots.)
photo mounting corners
cutting tool, ruler, and something to score paper with (I use a knitting needle. If you can't knit, you need to use these needles for something!!)
Cut a piece from your 12 x 12 card-stock that measures 11 1/2" x 3 5/8".
Measure over 2 1/2" on the short side of the paper and score using your scoring tool. (Ima Dork alert: Ignore the placement of my ruler. The measurementtruly is 2 1/2 ''.)
Fold paper on the score line. Accordion fold the remaining width of the paper. After four accordion folds, you will have a tab left over. The tab will "wrap" around the front of the album.
Open up the accordion folds. Place four photo mounting corners on a wallet size photo. Center photo on one of the album "pages". Press down at corners. Repeat with three more photos. The photos can also be directly adhered to the album "pages". I used photo corners so that the photos could be changed and updated without ruining the photos or the album.
Tah-dah. Album is done!
For band to keep album shut:
Cut a 3/4" x 6 1/4" strip of paper.
Wrap the strip around the album, but not too tight. (Refer to the next picture for a visual. I put the paper clip on so that I could take the picture without showing my poorly manicured finger friends. The paper clip is not necessary for construction of the album.)
Mark a spot where you want the ends to intersect.
At the mark, cut half-way through the band on the top side of one end and on the bottom side of the other end. Slide ends together at slits.
Another option is to simple glue the ends together, but I like how this looks.
Slide band around outside of the album. (Refer to photo below.)
Embellish if desired. (I used a circle that I punched out of paper and a foam sticky dot.)
For mini-envelope box to store album in:
Cut a rectangle that measures 5 3/4" x 7 1/4".
Measure in 1" on both of the long sides of the rectangle and score with a scoring tool. Measure down 2 1/2" from the top of the rectangle and score. Measure up 2 1/8" from the bottom of the rectangle and score. Cut out the rectangles that you created in the corners. Below is a diagram of the scoring (blue lines) and cutting (red rectangles) that needs to be done. There is also a picture of my project. It is hard to see the score lines on the project.
Measure out 1/4" from previous score lines and score again on all four sides. Trim the top corners of the side flaps of the envelope. Also trim one corner off the fold-over flap on top. Use the corner you cut off the top flap as a template to cut the corner off the other side. Again, I have a diagram that shows the scoring (red lines) and cutting (green triangles) that needs to be done. I also have a picture of my project with the cuts and score lines completed.
Fold on all scored lines.
Glue at side flaps. (I used sticky dots. I'm addicted to these things, but any kind of paper adhesive will do.)
Position the "fuzzy" side of the Velcro dot on the flap.
Place the "gripper" side of the Velcro dot on the "fuzzy" dot you just stuck down. Carefully fold top flap into position so that the "gripper" dot sticks in the right spot on the envelope. (Ima Dork alert: No picture. Sorry.)
Place album in envelope.
Viola! You're done. Thing of beauty. Joy forever.
This project has reminded me of how much fun it can be to craft with paper. I do find it amusing that I couldn't resist the paper that looked like Amy Butler fabric. I also recognize that I MUST NOT START STASHING PAPER!!!!!
I like this project. The end result is super cute. I hope you like it, too. Many thanks to Marie, my blog friend that inspired me to remix this project.
Oh. One more thing. These little albums (without the mini-box envelope) also fit perfectly in Heather Bailey's gift boxes. I won't remix her tutorial. I know where to draw the line. Heather's is perfect just the way it is...
Do you want to know where Papa bear hangs out while Goldilocks (me) is sleeping? He is in my back yard eating apples off a tree that is less than 10 feet from my house. How do I know? Well, everytime he visits he leaves me a present. No, it isn't a jar of huckleberry honey with a bow tied fancy around the neck. It's a more natural present. It's a gift from within. Oh, do I have to spell it out?!? It's POOP! Big poop. Icky poop. If you must see it, you can click here (View this photo). Go ahead. I'll wait. Don't be mad at me. I told you it was icky.
I have been stalking trying to sneak a peek at Mr. Bear. I really, really want to see him. Mr. Handsome and the triplets saw him on the hill behind our house a few evenings back. On a different evening, Paige and Hailey had to stop on their way home from dance and let Mr. Bear cross the road. I get up in the black of night and peek out the window every time I hear a rustle in the bush or an apple fall from the tree. I've seen lots of deer, but no bear. It's so unfair! He's been to the tree at least five times because he's left his special present on five different occasions. He's very tricky!
I don't think I will get to see him this year. We have lots of signs like this up by our house.
The responsible thing for me to do would be to go out and pick the fruit from our tree. I think I will do that this sunny afternoon. Even though I've never seen Mr. Bear, I don't want him to get into trouble because he is used to humans. For now I will have to be content with his presents, not his presence. LOL! That was a joke. Did you get it?
I can see why Mr. Bear likes our apples. Apples are yummy. We don't eat the apples off of our tree because they are full of worms and don't quite get ripe enough for eating. We do eat the apples from my parents' tree, though. My mom and dad gave us a large quantity of Macintosh apples. Aren't they pretty?
I think Macs are the best baking apples ever. I have made a couple of not-so-pretty-but-very-tasty pies, a large pot full of applesuace, and a batch of applesauce cookies. Next up is caramel apples. YUM! To make up for that nasty picture of bear doo, I will share my applesauce cookie recipe with you.
Cream margarine and sugar. Add thin, hot applesauce and soda. Mix in dry ingredients. Stir in raisins and vanilla. Plop cookie-sized lumps on to greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool on rack.
This is a family recipe. It is a good one. To thin and heat the applesauce, use 3/4 cup applesauce and 1/4 cup water. Heat for one minute in the microwave and then add soda. You will see science in action when you add the soda. I love that part.
Editor's Note: I am trying to get that poop link to work. Sorry to have published so many times. Cas
Another Editor's Note: Duh!!! I think I have finally figured it out. I was trying to link using Flikr, but I didn't want the icky picture to show up in my photostream. For some reason, a picture of poop seemed out of context in all the handmade goodness. I finally figured out how to link to the photo in typepad. Seems obvious now. Oh, well.
The most creative thing I've done all week is paint my toenails blue. I did it a couple of days ago. I'm noticing from the picture that I already have a chip on my big toe. From the top of my towering 5'2" frame, I can not see this chip. They look alot better from my vantage point. Oh, well. You'll notice that I've only photographed one of my feet. My other big toe had a mean ingrown toenail. I attacked it with a wee bit of aggression. The result is a toe that looks like it was pedicured by a lawn mower blade. I don't want such a graphic image to be burned into your retina for life, so I won't show you. By the way, do you like my sandal tan?
I think the reason for my inability to create, besides that fact that I have been crazy busy with life, is that I have been distracted by the beauty that comes with summer. Look at this lovely little girl that is growing in my flower bed.
I hope this doodle that I finished a couple of weeks ago will remind me of her when summer days are gone (Ewww... I'm going to banish that thought and live in the now!). We are having a warm, beautiful summer in Montana. I know that fall is just around the corner, but I'm not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. I love summer!
Speaking of summer (and other seasons)... My mom always reminds me that there is a season for everything. I sometimes express apprehensions about my girls growing up and taking on the world. Mom gently reminds me that when the season for them to do something arrives, I will be ready. Well, my oldest daughter, Hailey, got her driver's lisence last Friday. Guess what? I was ready. I felt a teeny-weeny bit sad that a chapter in her life had closed, but a new chapter has started. She is ready, and so am I. We are both feeling a sense of freedom. I've put her safety, and that of her passengers, in the hands of the Lord. It's all good.
Enjoying summer days,
P.S. Clear back on July 24, Gemma at the Dancin' Puffin gave me a lovely blog award. I have neglected to mention it or thank her. My apologies. I am flattered. Gemma lives in the United Kingdom. She cooks, knits, stitches fun things, and has the cutest chicks and chickens with the best names ever. There's Lavender Leigh, Petunia Paisley, Jimmy...what am I telling you all this for? Go check it out!
Editor's Note: License? lisence? liscence? Do you have a word that you habitually spell wrong? I have several. License is one of them! One of my children pointed out that I spelled it incorrectly. Oh, the shame...LOL!
Here are a few more bits and pieces of my work room redo. The blue drawers are a find from Michael's. Not real attractive when I found them, but hey, they were only five bucks apiece. Could I really go wrong? After I removed the hardware (the little handles were screwed on with the cutest, little, teeny, tiny screws), I slapped on a couple coats of cream acrylic paint, a couple coats of blue paint, let it dry, did a little sanding, and sprayed on a seal coat. Done. In one evening, I had little drawers that were functional and fun! This is actually two sets of drawers stacked up.
Next I have a picture of the valance I mentioned in my last post. As you can see from the picture, my craft room is in the basement. My sewing machine is right under the window. Shelves of love are right beside the window. Some day my middle daughter will claim this as her bedroom, but for now it is mine. I'm not sure where I will go when she is ready to move down. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it! By the way, it is really hard to photograph a window.
About a year ago, we finally did a major remodel of our home after seven years of planning and saving! I am just now getting to the decorating projects that need to be done. I agonize over every decision because it seems so permanent. I want to be in LOVE with things that are going to be around a long time. It takes me quite a while to find just the right thing when there has to be LOVE. Anyhoo, I seem to be finding the LOVE lately. As a result, a lot of my current projects seem to be home dec related. I typically sew bags, clothes, book covers and other fun stuff. I am enjoying the change, but I might need to do a 'just for fun' project pretty soon.
Here is another one of my recent projects. Did I mention that it is hard to photograph a window? These are the curtains I made for the girls' bedroom. Four of my girls share a giant room. As part of the remodel, we took out a wall between two existing rooms to make a large room for the triplets. Paige, my middle daughter who is eventually going to steal my room, is sharing in with the triplets for now.
Finally, some lamps. These lamp bases are from Target. I fell in love with them. Remember, that's how I know when something is right for the house...LOVE (giggle). I purchased inexpensive shades. A little fabric, some spray adhesive, and viola!...custom lamp shades.
We are trying to get ready to go on a Spring Break getaway. We will be visiting my parents. It's hard to pack for the girls. In our neck of the woods, we are still wearing sweaters and long pants. We need to take shorts and flip-flops. I couldn't find many summer clothes from last year that still fit the girls. I've already made one trip to Old Navy, but I think I will have to go again. Thankfully, Old Navy has summer clothes for sale. That's lucky considering we won't be wearing summer clothes here for a couple of months. I am not a clothes shopper. This is a trying experience for me. On the bright side, the girls should be outfitted for summer when it gets here. Yay!!
Four of my five daughters have a birthday the week we get back. I am trying to prepare for this, as well. It feels busy like Christmas season around here. Easter fun, vacation plans, birthday excitement...Yeehaw! I hope to post one more time before we go, but if not, Happy Easter, friends.