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Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial

Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  I’m honored to be guest designing at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts!  I love to work with these gorgeous chippies, and I’ll be featured on the GSL Blog each Wednesday this month.  It’s graduation time once again, so I thought I’d kick things off with a little Graduation Mini Album Tutorial that I made with Authentique’s Accomplished collection and some wonderful chipboard accents from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 01Supply List for 6″ x 6″ Graduation Mini Album Tutorial

Accomplished  Graduation Mini Album Tutorial

This tutorial will focus on the construction of the mini album base and on the treatment of the chipboard.  You can build this base for any occasion or theme.  You can use these photos as guides to help you decorate your mini.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorialby Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 02

Begin by cutting  2 strips of kraft cardstock to measure 6″ tall x 12″ long.  You will need 3 of these strips.  Lay the long strips side by side, overlapping on the 6″ side and glue or tape them together by overlapping the edges 1/4.  Keep the edges straight .

Once the glue has dried, score at 6.  Fold and crease.  Score again 5.75″ from the first score line.  Score and crease.  Score again 5.75″ from that crease. Score one final time 6″ from that crease.  Trim  the excess and set aside to use inside the album.

Accordion fold, and then glue the 2 5.75″ sections together along the sides and bottom to form a pocket.  Now you will have a mini album with 3 pages and one large pocket in the center.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 03Paint all the chipboard black.  While the silhouette of the graduate and the Hats Off sentiment are still wet, sprinkle with Marcasite Embossing Enamel and heat emboss.  Tap the edges with Picket Fence Distress Ink.

If you plan to add a ribbon closure to your mini album, do so before you decorate the cover.  Just run a strip of Scor-tape around the center of the album from front to back.  Peel off the backing and add your ribbon, being sure to leave enough overhang to create a bow.

Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial: Creating the Inner pages

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 04Create the pocket page this way:

  • Line the album base with the paper of your choice.  Shape the corners with a Crop-a-Dile if desired.
  • Cut a 3.5″ tall x 5″ wide piece of designer paper.  Score 1/2″ in on sides and bottom.  Bevel the edges.  Fold in.  Use a circle punch to cut a thumbhole.  Glue the flaps onto the mini album base.
  • Cut three 4″ wide x 4.5″ tall rectangles from kraft cardstock.  Shape the edges with a Crop-a-dile.  Punch a hole in the top.  Add a small O ring, ribbon and tassel to create a tag mini in the pocket.
  • Top this page with the key that you’ve painted black.  Lightly sand the edges to add a little distressing.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 05

  • Use the Tammy Tutterow Waterfall 2 die to create a 3 page waterfall feature on the right hand page.  Top the cover with the painted silhouette of the girl graduate.  Sand lightly to distress.  Add sentiment stickers
  • Cut photo mounts to fit inside the center pocket. Clip together with a gold binder clip.  Add ribbon and burlap string.  Tuck into pocket.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 06I cut little banner flags from scraps and added them to the upper left hand corner.  Here’s a close up of the waterfall page.

Graduation Mini Album Tutorial: Flip Page Feature.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 07The next page contains a flip feature.  Think of it as being a waterfall page on its side.  Here’s how to proceed.

  • Line the album base page with designer paper of your choice.
  • Cut 2 rectangles of designer paper to measure 3.5″ wide x 5.5″ tall.  Score on the left hand side at 1/2″ to form the hinge for the waterfall.
  • Cut 2 rectangles of kraft paper to measure 3.5″ x 5.5″.  Score at 1/2″.
  • Alternate designer papers with kraft papers to form the flip feature.
  • Add painted graduation cap to the front page.  (I distressed lightly with sand paper.)
  • Add circle punch outs to form tabs on the flip pages, as seen in the photos.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 08Turn the page, and add the painted/distressed key on the left.  Add one of the circle punch outs to the right hand page to form a tab.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 09I used the lightbulb from the Steampunk Lightbulb kit because it complemented the lightbulb paper and sentiments in the Accomplished papers so very well.  I love the texture the distressing adds to the chipboard.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 10I used a white Sharpie Painty pen to add the writing to the chipboard diploma, then tied with a ribbon.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 11Here’s a good look at the final flip page combined with the back inside cover.  I used the word “Dream” from the 10 Words Chipboard set.  The female grad silhouette was painted, distressed and added to the far edge of the final page.

As you can see, this is not a complicated construction, but it has lots of room for journaling, photos, mementoes and more.  It’s a great place to capture your graduation party memories, and it would be fun to have guests write words of congratulations on the blank kraft pages.

Authentique Accomplished Graduation Mini Album Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts 12There’s even room for journaling or a large photo on the back cover.

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas with you in this graduation mini album tutorial.  The chipboard elements really brought this album to life, and they were so easy to prepare.  I’d love to hear from you if you decide to make one of these albums yourself!

Thanks to Gina at Gypsy Soul for inviting me to play with her pretty chippies today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Pretty in Pink Graduation Banner

Petaloo and Canvas Corp Brands Blog Hop: Pretty in Pink Graduation Banner and Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  This week we are celebrating Dads & Grads in our blog hop with Canvas Corp Brands.  I love seeing all the happy graduation photos on Facebook, and they inspired me to create a pretty in pink graduation banner and matching mini album.

 

Pink and Black Graduation Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International and Canvas Corp Brands Dads and Grads Blog Hop 03

Just for fun, I decided to go all shabby chic and girly with a pink & black color scheme. This banner would be darling at any girl’s graduation party, whether she’s graduating from Kindergarten or College.  I used Canvas Corp Brands Paper Banner Kit as my base, but cut the size down just a little so my banner would not be too big.

Pink and Black Graduation Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International and Canvas Corp Brands Dads and Grads Blog Hop 04

Ooh la la!  Just look at this gorgeous posy made with DIY Burlap Canvas layers from Petaloo! .  Isn’t it spectacular?  I sprayed the individual layers with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink and Silver Sugar Mists, then gently heat dried them.  I actually kind of scrunched the petals during this process to give them even more shape.  Then I stitched my layers together, added a vintage velvet button to the center and voila!  A perfect color match for this pink and black graduation banner!

 

Pink and Black Graduation Banner by Kathy Clement for Petaloo International Canvas Corp Brands Grads and Dads Blog Hop 06

Custom clothespins?  Yes, please!  Just spray the ones that come in the banner kit with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist!  Easy peasy!

 

Graduation Folio by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Canvas Corp Blog Hop 01

Here’s the graduation folioI made to match the banner.  It measures 4″ x 5″ and has a waterfall folio, gift card pocket and tag pocket inside. I was inspired by a design from Ginger Ropp,and just changed the size and added my own touches. Thanks, Ginger!

 

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For the cover of this mini album, I sprayed the butterfly with Vintage Pink Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.  The flower petals were just lightly dipped into the mist that was left on the mat. Pink chevron ribbon was wrapped around the mini album and tied into a bow.  DIY Queen Anne’s Picks  were dipped into Vintage Pink mist and tucked behind the tinted flower.  Metal corners were painted shabby white, and I added a little vintage clip to hold the waterfall pages inside the album closed.

 

Graduation Folio by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Canvas Corp Blog Hop 03

 

There’s a waterfall feature inside the top half of the album.  It’s a great place to add pics of the proud grad and her family and friends.

 

Graduation Folio by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Canvas Corp Blog Hop 04

 

The bottom half of the mini album contains a pocket filled with tags that have been tied with cording from Canvas Corp.  These would be a great spot to have guests write their words of congratulations or advice.  And, there’s room to tuck in  gift cards as well.

Be sure to stop by the Petaloo BLOG and leave a comment, as they are giving away some wonderful prizes! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Petaloo Products Used in this Project

DIY-Burlap Butterflies & Blossoms x 5 Ivory SKU: 1650-018

DIY-DaisyLayers x 15 Burlap-Canvas Ivory SKU: 1650-020

DIY-Queen Annes Pick x 3 White SKU: 1650-016

Canvas Corp Brands Products

Heirloom Graduation on Ivory 12×12 paper

Pink & Ivory Ribbon Stripe 12 x 12 paper

Pink & Ivory Baby Girl Alpha 12 x 12 paper

Black and Ivory Toile 12 x 12 paper

12×12 Light Pink Burlap Sheet

Ivory Paper Banner Kit

Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist

Tattered Angels Silver Sugar Glimmer Mist

Other Products

Pink Chevron Striped Twill

Midnight Waves Striped Grosgrain Ribbon

Graduation Shape Chipboard