Authentique Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial

Authentique Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial and Matching Card

Hello, Friends!  How are you coming along with your Valentines?  If you need a fresh, fun idea for your Valentine party, I have a thought.  This Authentique Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of making an adorable album where you can store all your favorite Valentine photos.

Authentique Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial Sweetheart by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

This “from scratch” mini album measures 5′ x 6.5″  with a 2″ spine.  I’ve used fresh, fun papers from Authentique’s Sweetheart Collection Kit to make the album.   Authentique Spectrum Cardstock in Red Licorice and Tricycle Red is used for matting, photo mounts and on the spine.

The album has a contrasting spine and ribbon closure.  I’ve dressed up the spine with some sweet Valentine charms and ribbon.

Don’t you just love these fresh, modern images and patterns?  I wanted to create an interactive album that matched the playful feel of these delightful papers.

A fun waterfall cascade starts things out on the right foot, but keep on turning the pages!

You’ll find loads of flaps, fold-outs, flip up pages, pockets, mini file folders and tags inside.

Matching Sweetheart Valentine Gift Wallet

I was having so much fun playing with Sweetheart, that I went ahead and made a quick Valentine to match the mini album.

Here’s how to put the card together:

  • First, create a 4.25″ x 6″ top fold card base from off white cardstock.
  • Next, mat the heart paper from Sweetheart on both pink and red cardstock.
  • Now, paint a piece of corrugate paper with Picket Fence Distress paint.  Glue on top.
  • Then, die cut Tammy Tutterow Prim Hearts from scraps of paper in the collection. I also used a burlap heart my sweet daughter in law gave me for Christmas.  But you could easily substitute another die cut heart here.
  • Now the real fun begins.  Fussy cut the Cupid image and cover him in embossing ink.  Heat emboss with Shabby Ivory Embossing Powder.  Pop up on foam dots or waste chipboard.
  • Finally embellish with bow, flower, sticker and button.
A Peek Inside

There’s more fun on the inside of this cute Cupid Valentine!

I used scraps to create a little treat wallet.

Inside, I added an envelope die cut with Tammy Tutterow’s Window Mini Pocket Die. Ghiradelli makes mini chocolate treats that fit perfectly in the window.  After all, it’s Valentine’s Day and everyone needs a little chocolate treat!

Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

So, are you ready to get your craft on? Then grab a cuppa, notebook and pencil and join me for this Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial.  First we’ll take a tour of the entire album, so you can see how all the interactive elements work.  Next, I’ll guide you step by step so you can build your very own album base.  You’ll learn how to create the fun tab spine and pocket pages, too!  FInally, you’ll get to see all the elements in a photo gallery that will give all kinds of ideas for decorating and finishing your album.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!



13 thoughts on “Authentique Sweetheart Valentine Mini Album Tutorial

  1. Lisa Swarm

    Oh my goodness this is incredibly stunning! I totally love all the layers and eye catching colors!

  2. Helen

    Wow, Kathy! What a wonderful project. A project like this will definitely be on my “to do” list this year for the women in my family. I know they will have all sorts of things and journaling to add. tfs

  3. Suzy Q

    Awww Kathy! There you go again! Making something I just can’t resist to try …and all because you make it look sooo easy! And dog gone it …it is! Thanks so much for those tutorials! I can just watch you all day long … creating those masterpieces!!! This one just looks like it’s gonna be fun fun! Thanks again and big hugs to you!

  4. Sandy Artman

    Hi, Kathy,
    This is really fun! I am so grateful for your tutorial!. Since I’m a visual-kinesthetic learner, it really helps me if I follow along making a sample. You are so organized and clear, you make learning very easy. I have several projects right now where I can use the great ideas you presented for making pocket and flap pages. This came my way at the perfect moment. I’m on a time crunch and your ideas can save me a ton of time – so efficient!
    Blessings, my crafty friend!

  5. Sara Emily Barker

    Kathy, this is so incredibly fun and beautiful, too! You have really used those papers and embellishments to their fullest potential. I love the mini file folders that clip on- made from a sticker–how clever! You are a WEALTH of genius interactive ideas, and I delight in every one of them! I’m bookmarking this so I can finish watching your generous tutorial! I would love to try and make a similar album. How fun and truly inspiring, my friend! Hugs!

  6. soozyb2013

    Where do you find the time? A lovely creation as usual Kathy. Love your folios!! Always a pleasure.

  7. Sherry

    Really nice tutorial for scrapbooks. I’ve never attempted one, instructions always seem too daunting that’s why I like your folios. May be able to manage this one. And of course, very cute decorations.

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