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Authentique Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial & Video Tour

Authentique Beginnings Baby Book with Eileen Hull Travel Journal Die by Sizzix

Hello, Friends!  I love Mondays!  You wake up to a brand new week with brand new opportunities to learn and create.  This Monday, I’m especially excited because I’m sharing a project made with a brand new release from Authentique Paper.  This Beginnings Baby Book is so very sweet, I can’t wait to share it with you.

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See?  I told you it was sweet! When I first saw these darling papers, I nearly swooned. They are just perfect for use in a baby book!  I often think about a project for days (or even weeks) before I dig in and create, but this idea came to me in a snap.  Why not pair up these pretty pretty papers with my Eileen Hull Travel Journal die?  So I did!

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I framed this precious focal image with some Petaloo Flowers, luscious Buttercup Satin Ribbon, and some fussy cut elements from the 12×12 Collection kit. The baby book measures a generous 4.25″ wide x 8.75″ tall.  That means there’s lots and lots of room for goodies inside!

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A vintage style brad and elastic loop form the closure.  Crochet lace adds a lovely vintage feel to the design.  Don’t you love these patterns?  Yum!

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Beads. flowers and novelty buttons add fun details to the spine.

Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial on Snapguide

Travel Journal style minis are trending right now.  They are really fun to make…one could almost say addictive!  In case you’ve never put one of these together before, I prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial to walk you through the cover assembly.  You’ll also learn how to put the signature pages together.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Authentique Beginnings Baby Book by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Beginnings Baby Book: Pockets and Tags

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Now that you’ve seen how the baby book is assembled, it’s time to look at some details.  One of the things that makes these travel journals so addictive is the opportunity you have for adding all kinds of interactive elements.  And you know how I feel about interactive elements in a project!

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Pockets and tags go together like babies and cuddles!  I created this large 4″ x 6″ tag with Authentique Spectrum paper in Bubblegum Pink and Antique Lace.  It was my first opportunity to play with the Spectrum line, and I have to say, I’m hooked!  It’s super sturdy, has a very slight sheen and makes really crisp folds.

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To make this tag, first I rounded the bottom corners of a rectangular piece of paper.  Then I used a corner chomper to shape the top edge.  Add some ribbon, a posy and pretty designer papers, and you have a tag in no time flat!

The pocket is decorated with a Details Sticker and some little banner flags cut from scraps.

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Here’s another sweet little pocket filled with journal cards from the cut apart page.  I also turned a Detail Sticker into a file folder by matting it on designer paper and folding.

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Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 10Don’t you just love these images?  Be still my heart!

Beginnings Baby Book: The Waterfall Feature

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 11Waterfall features are such a great way to include a lot of photos in a small space.  Here’s how I made this one.

  1. First, cut eight 4.25″ x 4.75″  rectangles from Spectrum Bubblegum 1&2 papers.
  2. Next, punch a scalloped edge along the bottom of each rectangle.
  3. Then, score each rectangle at 1/2″ on the long side.
  4. Now, burnish the score line to form a flap.
  5. Add adhesive to the back side of the flap.  JUST the flap!
  6. Next, line the flap up with the top of your paper and press in place.
  7. Line the top edge of the next rectangle up with the bottom edge of the flap above it.  Press in place.
  8. Repeat until you’ve used all the rectangles.
  9. Finally, add an image from the Details Sticker Sheet or the 6×6 bundle cut apart page to the top rectangle.
Beginnings Baby Book: The Belly Band

This image from the cut apart page is perfect for use as a belly band!  Because it is 12″ long, it will span the page nicely. My thought here was that it would be the perfect tuck spot for a copy of baby’s birth certificate, birth announcement or baptism certificate.  Of course, photos will fit here , too.
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Beginnings Baby Book: Flips, Flaps and Fold Outs

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To create these two cutie pie flaps, just score a 7″ long piece of paper in half, add a punched border and tuck beneath the elastic binding.  Decorate one of the labels that you cut while making the journal covers.  Add a little sticker from the Details Sticker sheet.  Easy peasy!  Using a variety of paper sizes and shapes makes the book much more fun!

 

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Here’s a peek at another decorated signature page.  Each signature has 4 sheets of acid free text paper in it.  These blank pages can be used for more photos, journaling or as a place for baby’s first visitors to add a special word of greeting.

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These little flip books are so easy to make!  Cut 6×6 papers in half, score in half, then add decorative corners.  Glue onto the page, add a sticker, and BAM!  Instant flip book!

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 16Here’s another fun way to add a flap: Score a journal card to fit the size of the inner page.  Glue just the edge down and fold.  Isn’t it sweet?

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 17If you glue just the edge of an image to a fold out page, a photo can still be inserted behind it.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 18This fold out page opens up to a little side pocket and tuck spot.

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Another example of a flap and some flip pages.

Beginnings Baby Book YouTube Video Tour

Because this Beginnings Baby Book is so interactive, I decided to make a YouTube video tour of it.  I also share a lot of tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

I know it’s true that everybody loves a baby…and I sure am in love with Authentique Beginnings! Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to break out your scissors, glue and pretty papers and get your craft on.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial

Graphic 45 Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial with Step Out Photos for RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m fulfilling a promise in today’s post.  A few weeks ago, I share this Wander Mini Album here on the blog, and many of you asked me to do a step out tutorial for the mini album base.  Well, today I’m sharing this sweet little Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial with step out photos and some tips I learned along the way while designing the album base.  Although I used a different paper collection, the steps for building the base are the same, and you can use them to create loads of these tiny but mighty albums in any theme you choose.  You can add more pages, or fewer pages; it’s really up to you.  To refresh your memory, here’s a photo of the Wander mini album cover.  You can find this post HERE on my blog.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 01For this Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial, I chose to work with the cheerful and bright papers in the Graphic 45 Mother Goose Collection, pairing them up with gorgeous ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Here’s a look at the finished album cover:

Mother Goose Mini Album TutorialThe finished album measures 4.25″ x 5.75″ .  The covers are made with corrugated cardboard (waste packaging!) and the interior pages are made with 4″ x 5.5″ white card bases that I found in my stash.  You can build this album with any size card base, of course.  Just cut your covers so that they are 1/4″ larger than your base pages.

Mother Goose Mini Album TutorialHere’s a view of both covers.  Now, before we get started, I’m warning you: this is a looong and photo heavy post.  So go grab yourself a cuppa and a snack so that you have some sustenance to keep you going!

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Building the Base of your Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial aFrom your stack of cards, select two bases.  On the first card, cut the right hand side to measure 2.75″.  For the second, trim the left hand side to measure 2.75″

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial bLine up the cards as seen in this photo with the cut sides facing one another.  Add a bead of glue to the top, bottom and inside edge of the cut sides.  Leave the outer edge unglued, as this will form a pocket for photo mounts.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 03Glue the two pages together, forming a pocket.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 04Use a punch to create a thumb hole for your pocket as shown in this photo.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 05Select another card base, glue the edges as shown in this photo. Glue the pages together.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 06Open the newly create page.  Select another card base and lay it inside the page, fold down as shown in this photo.  Make a pencil mark about 1/4″  in from the left hand side.  Trim the folded card on this line.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 07With the card fold on the bottom, measure down 1.75″ from the top and trim away only the TOP layer of the card at this mark.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 08This will form a pocket page when glued into the album base.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 09Use your circle punch to create thumb holes on both the top and bottom layer.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 10Don’t glue this page in yet; just hold it in place with a clip, otherwise it will be a pain to line panel in the back.  Now you will  have a full page on the left and a double pocket page on the right, as seen in this photo.  Use this same procedure for creating additional pocket pages.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 11Select another card base, and add glue to only the top, right and bottom edges, leaving an opening along the cut edge.  Seal the edges together. Use your circle punch to create a thumb hole on the right hand page.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 12Select another card base, and open it.  Join the cut edge to the preceding page using flip flop fasteners.  I sealed the top and bottom first, then spaced them out evenly, using 5 on each page.

Mother Goose Mini album tutorialRepeat this process with another card to create a fold out page. You will want to trim about 1/4″ off the panel that is on the far right, so that the pages will fold in neatly.  I used an accordion fold here.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 15Select another card base and score the right hand side at 1.75″.  Crease.  Do not glue this page together until AFTER you have lined it.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 16Punch a thumb hole. This will form a side pocket on the finished book.  Glue the left hand page to back of the preceding  fold out page. Glue another card base behind , leaving an opening for a pocket.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 17The next page is a double pocket page, and you will need 3 card bases to complete it.  Create the pockets as you did before.  ONCE YOU HAVE LINED THE BACK PANEL, you will glue the taller pocket on the bottom and sides, but leave the shorter pocket unglued so that it can flip down.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 18The final page is a fold down page and will use 2 card bases.  Cut a folded card base to measure 37/8 inches wide.  Open the card so that the fold is in the middle and secure to the bottom of the right hand page, using flip-flop fasteners as shown in this photo.  This will be a fold down page in the finished album.  Fold the page up, and glue the left hand page to the back of the preceding page, leaving an opening for a photo mount page.

Fold your album up so that it looks like a little book.  Mark the front cover as the front cover. You will NOT decorate this page; it will be glued to the corrugate cover.  Mark the back page as the back page.  This page will not be decorated, but will be glued to the back of the corrugate cover.

This completes the base for the album.  Now on to the cover.

Create a Cover: Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial Cover

Cut two pieces of corrugated cardboard (waste packaging) to measure 4.25″ x 5.75″.  Paint the edges, front and back, with Picket Fence Distress Paint and sponge with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

I created the cover by cutting a 4.25″ x 5.75″ piece of yellow canvas ticking.  I topped this with a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of paper from the Mother Goose Collection and stitched them together on my sewing machine.  You could also use Scor-Tape, but I love the finished look of machine stitching.  The flip side of the cover is lined with more paper from the 8×8 pad.  Even though you are gluing your mini album base to the inside cover, you will want your edges to be finished with paper.   Go ahead and line the back cover as well.

I glued down a small white doily to the cover, then attached my ribbon closure with Scor-Tape.  Then you can layer on your design.  But you have to get that ribbon down first, or you will not be able to close the book.

A Really Important Detail in this Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial

I find it is easiest to decorate all the inside pages before attaching the base to the covers.  So do this.  Once you’ve lined your base pages, you can glue in your pockets and add tags and such.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial Cover B

To create my finished binding, I used the blue stars paper and cut a strip that was about 4″ wide x 5.5″ tall.  I glued this to the mini album base front cover, wrapping around to the back cover. You don’t have to do this step, but it does create a nice, finished look.

Once the interior is done, center the front and back covers with the mini album base and glue them down.  I use binder clips to help hold everything in place.

Photos of the Completed Mother Goose Mini Album

Now, I’m just going to show you the photos of the completed album, as this post is soooo long.

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I hope you’ll follow this tutorial and make something totally fabby with it.  If you do, I sure would love for you to share it with me on my Kathy by Design Facebook page!  I love seeing what you make!

Thanks for hanging in there with me for this long tutorial!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

 

 

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