Crafty Secrets July Linky Party: Travel Mini with fold out flaps tutorial
Hello, friends! It’s time for the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party! This month, we are celebrating summer with projects that feature the beach, travel, picnics, vacation and outdoor fun. Each member of the design team has prepared a tutorial to inspire you. Once you create your own NEW project featuring Crafty Secrets products, you can link up to the BLOG. Each participant will receive a $6 voucher to the online store, and one lucky participant will win a $50 shopping spree! We’ll be visiting your blogs to leave you a comment and see what you have shared. Sound like fun? I think so, too!
This month, we have a really special treat! My good friend, Gloria Stengel, is joining us as Guest Designer! We’re so thrilled to have her with us, and know you will be inspired by her beautiful work. You will find the links to Gloria’s project and those of the rest of the team at the bottom of this post.
Travel Mini with Fold Out Flaps Tutorial
Seems like everyone takes at least one trip, big or small, during the summertime. And what better way to preserve the memory than with a vacation travel mini? And that’s what I have to share with you today. Loads of pictures, and a tutorial that shows you how to add fold out pages to your album by using an envelope. Lots of photos to follow, so go grab your beverage of choice, a tasty snack and we’ll get this party started!
I printed a load of papers and images from Creating with Vintage Typography (CD 3) and used bits and pieces from Adventure and Travel Scraps, Travel Creative Scraps, Summertime Vintage Images Booklet, and Journey digital art stamps (which aren’t yet uploaded to the store, but will be soon). I also used strips of the Cotton Blend Vintage Travel Ribbon and Turquoise and Brown Ombre Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I matted everything with cyan cardstock and inked all the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink or Vintage Photo Distress Paint.
I painted the edges of my chipboard with Distress paint and left it to dry. While that was going on, I die cut a bunch of tags from black,light blue and kraft cardstock using the Luggage and Tags Die from Heartfelt Creations. I cut my cardstock to measure 3 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ and my designer papers to 3″ 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ inches. I “smooshed” my ink pad onto my non-stick craft sheet and then sprayed the inky area with a mister bottle.
Once the ink beads up, you can drag your cut papers through the ink to age and distress them. I also squeezed out a small puddle of Vintage Photo Distress Paint onto the craft sheet and then tapped the open end of the cap into the paint and tapped it onto my designer paper to add circles like the one seen in the photo on the right.
Next, I dry brushed the paint along the edges of the papers. I spritzed and flicked water droplets onto the inked and painted surfaces, using a clean paper towel to tap up excess water. This makes the paper look deliciously old and worn. I love the way it looks! Once you finish with this step, you can begin the fun part: layering images, adding ephemera that you’ve printed from the CD and adding the fold out pockets. Here’s a look at the completed cover.
I used burlap and crocheted lace from RRR, digital stamps from Crafty Secrets , tags, jute string and lots of distressing to create the cover. This part is so much fun! Here’s a look at the first two pages inside the album.
The little banners are printed out from the Typography CD, and the binoculars are from the Journey DAS. I love how big I was able to make these. All the papers used are from the Typography CD. The next set of pages has room for a photo and a pocket full of journaling tags.
You cut out the holes and put your fingers through them to make legs. It was hard to get a really good picture of this: holding the camera with one hand while sticking the fingers of my left hand through the leg openings was tricky! But you can really have a lot of fun with this cute tag!
Both these pages fold out to reveal inner pocket pages. Here’s what’s inside the fold out on the left.
I used a 3″ x 5 3/4″ envelope to make this fold out page. I covered the envelope front and back with my designer papers. added a pocket by gluing only the sides and bottom and then punched my holes to match the holes in the album. Here’s a photo of how the page was added.
Turn the envelope face down, open the flap and glue the opened envelope flap to your chipboard base, then cover your page with your designer papers. Easy peasy!
All these images are digital stamps from the Journey DAS. I just printed them out, colored with Spectrum Noir pens and then used them to decorate my pages. The finishing touch was to bind my album with brass “O” rings and then tie on a bunch of yummy ribbons.
And that, as they say, is that! Thanks for following along with me ! If you have any questions about any of the steps. please ask me! I’m always happy to help. Be sure to link up your project to the Crafty Secrets BLOG before midnight PT, Sunday July 15th. Now, go visit the rest of the team’s blogs, and be sure to leave our Guest Designer, Gloria Stengel, some special love:
Can’t wait to see what you bring to the Crafty Secrets July Linky Party! Summer parties make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!