What can you make with a toilet paper tube? A Mini Album!
Good Monday morning, friends! I have been working all weekend on the design for this fun up-cycled toilet paper tube mini album. I’m so excited to share it with you:
Ta-da! This fun little mini measures just 4 1/4″ x 2 1/2″. the base is made from up-cycled toilet paper tubes. When I told my husband to start saving our used toilet paper tubes, he gave me a really funny look. (But he saved them, which is a testament to his faith in me, despite my often unusual requests!) I don’t have a tutorial written for this particular album, but if you do an internet search, you will find dozens of different ideas.
Creating with Vintage Patterns to the rescue!
I knew I wanted to create a really fun, vintage recipe album so I pulled out my Crafty Secrets “Creating With Vintage Patterns” CD. This CD is loaded with the most gorgeous vintage papers that you can print right off your home printer! I used a natural manila cardstock to print my papers…and I printed a different pattern on each side, creating my own double sided papers. How cool is that? I cut the papers into 4 1/8″ x 2 1/4″ rectangles, inked the edges with Vintage Photo Ink, inked the edges of the flattened (and ironed) toilet paper tubes and just went to town.
I used vintage 5×7 cards and printed a recipe on each card, folded them in half, added decorative paper and a pull tab, then loaded the recipes into the pockets. Each pocket contains the recipe for one course of a home cooked meal.
Isn’t that FUN? The images are cut from Crafty Secrets Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps and from the new digital Kitchen Time Vintage Printable Sheet. The Domestic Goddess Creative Scraps are on sale at a greatly reduced price, and the Printable Sheet is a digital download…just print it off your computer and use over and over again! How cool is that? Here’s a closeup of each page in this fun little up-cycled toilet paper tube mini album.
I love this sweet blue printed paper from the CD. It brings back memories of wallpaper from my childhood. This pocket contains my recipe for Pesto, so you can dip your crusty bread into it as you eat this yummy meal.
The final pocket contains a blank tag, so you can write your own greeting and tuck it in. It will also hold a gift card. I was thinking this would be a really fun gift for a kitchen-themed bridal shower, or for someone who is moving into their first apartment.
The binding uses one of the border prints found on the CD. I love the way all these patterns work together so well. I was able to use a nice variety of papers, and they all played nicely together because that is how the CD is designed.
So, here’s the big question: are you saving your old toilet paper rolls? Do you plan to save them now? I can think of a dozen different themes that I could follow for future albums! And whatever theme I choose, I’m pretty sure Crafty Secrets has a CD, digital images, stamps or Creative Scraps that would fit the bill.
That’s all for me today, folks! Be sure to check out the amazing sales on the Crafty Secrets online store. (You know what my favorite thing about digital downloads is? Instant gratification…no waiting for the mail carrier to deliver your goodies. You can be playing with them in an instant!) Do you think you will make your own up-cycled toilet paper tube mini album?
Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to help. As always, your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time,