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Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial

Christmas in July Day 3: Prima Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Day 3 of Christmas in July, and today I have a wonderful Prima Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial to share with you!  I developed this mini album design when I was on the Graphic 45 Design team, and it is still one of my favorite ways to build a mini album base.  I hope you’ll enjoy the detailed tutorial for this mini album on YouTube!

Christmas in the Country and Reneabouquets
Prima Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Since it is also Throwback Thursday, I’ve raided The Closet of Inspiration and Delight in search of some older Christmas goodies.  When my hand fell upon Prima’s Christmas in the Country, I  knew exactly what I wanted to make. (There is a chance that I bought an embarrasingly huge stash of this lovely paper collection…but I’m not telling!)

The mini album measures 5 1/2″ x 7″ with a 1 1/2″ spine.  Shaker frames always add a festive vibe to a project, especially when they are filled with such cute elements.  And, as is so often the case, Reneabouquets Beautiful Boar adds the perfect finishing touches.

A Peek Inside

 There are 4 sections to the mini album.  The cover is made with heavy kraft cardstock.  Inner pages are cut from 110# Natural Cardstock. Then I lined the inner pages with more of the heavy kraft cardstock to create really thick, sturdy pages.  Can you see how the interior pages start out big, get smaller, then get big again due to the stacked spine design. This is one of the reasons I enjoy this style of album so much.

Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

Friends, this is a massive tutorial.  Go grab yourself a cuppa and a snack to sustain you before you hit play!

This tutorial ought to keep you busy until next Tuesday.  That’s when our next Christmas in July post is planned.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial

Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Reneabouquets Snow Globe Shaker by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! This Throwback Thursday post is  a little behind schedule, but I think you will forgive me once you see this Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial.  I’ve been burning the early dawn hours (because I can’t seem to stay awake past 9PM anymore) getting the videos and photos edited.  Better late than never, right?

Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Last week, I shared a Stamperia Classic Christmas project with you all.  I mentioned how I had altered the Graphic 45 Rectangle and Tag pocket by cutting out two signatures to make the album more manageable.  Many of you asked me, “What will you do with the signatures you cut out?”  So I thought it would be fun to upcycle them into a whole new album.  And that is how this Throwback Thursday project came into being.

The end result is this 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2 album that celebrates winter blues, snow fairies, and the beauty of the last season of the year.  My mind always goes to snow globes when I think of winter, so I had to feature this Reneabouquets Snow Globe shaker element on the front cover.

TIP: Add sparkle to the fussy cut fairy’s wings with a bit of Dries Clear Adhesive and Glitter.  Brush flowers and paper edges with Stamperia Bright White Glamour Gel for a frosty finish.

Leave the spine uncovered, but paint it silver.  It gives the album a hand-sewn binding look, which I happen to like.  Add a ribbon closure to tie everything together neatly.

Interactive Pages

The tutorial and album tour show all the interactive features, so I won’t add a lot of commentary here.  You can just enjoy the photos and refer to them as you make your album.

Basic Cutting Guide

For your convenience, here are the basic measurements I used to make my album.

  • Blue Solid Liner Pages: 5 3/8″ x 7 3/8″
  • Grey Liner Pages: 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″
  • Patterned Paper Page Liners: 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″
  • 12×12 double page spreads: First, determine the portion of the image that you want to use. Then trim it to a height of 7 1/4″.  Cut one side to a width of 5 1/8″.  Then score the wider section of the page at 5 1/8″ and fold to form a flap.
  • Pocket Pages: Cut the pocket to 5 3/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Then score 1/2″ on sides and bottom.  Fold and trim to  make the pocket.  The blue solid liner is 5 1/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Cut the panel for the top of the page to measure 5 1/8″ x 4 3/8″.  (The measurement given in the video is incorrect.)
  • Hidden Pocket Page: First, create the pull out page with 4 1/4″ x 11″ grey solid paper.  Score this at 4″ and fold.  The liners are 4″ x 6 3/4″ and 4″ x 3 3/4″.
  • Slash Pocket: 5 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ grey solid.  Score 1/2″ on sides and bottom.  Then cut the liner to measure 5 1/8″ x 5 1/8″.
Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

So that’s my Merry Christmas gift to all of you fabulous people!  I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share with Tips and Tricks

Hello, Friends!  This episode of Throwback Thursday features a Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album.  While this is not a full fledged tutorial, it is loaded with tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next mini album making adventure.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I think you will enjoy learning how I altered this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag and Pocket Album base to make it a little less intimidating to finish.  Then I’ll show you how I created  the vintage silver edges on the album cover.

Here’s a close up of the beautiful Little Birdie Flowers and Reneabouquets Leaves .

Delicate swirls of snowflakes adorn the corners of the album cover.  And just look at these sweet winter songbirds!

This picture shows the glittery snow effect on the trees, roof and landscape.

Do you love a charm dangle as much as I do?  This cluster sounds almost like Christmas Bells when it moves.  And I’ll share my secret tip for creating “metal” numbers on the spine, too.

Interactive Pages

Here’s a peek inside the album.  I actually used 4 different Stamperia paper collections to fill up all these pages.

The album is loaded with neat interactive features like this waterfall page with a magnetic belly band closure.  I’ll show you how I put that together in the video.

Don’t you love these sweet Victorian images and color palette?

Add unexpected features to your album pages to keep it interesting.  This pop up feature is so easy to make, and I’ll tell you how I did it in the project share.

Large images can be difficult to fit in an album.  But they make great flap pages!  Simply score a 1/2″ hinge on the side and adhere behind the base page.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to learn more about how I created this lovely album, please enjoy this in depth project share on YouTube.

This lovely album is now on its way to one of my sweet Etsy shop customers.  She ordered it as a special Christmas gift for her sister.  I had to get it made quickly and shipped off to her so she can then ship it to her sister who lives far away.  That’s why I did not have time to do a tutorial.  But I think you’ll find lots of helpful ideas in the project share video.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this project in the comment section below.

You can find more Pink Christmas projects HERE and HERE.

And, you can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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** Please Note: Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire us to dig into our crafty stash and use up goodies that we bought a while ago.  For this reason, not all the products used in this post are still available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible, but if a product listed is not linked, it is because I could not find it in my usual sources.  Thanks for understanding!

Scalloped Symphony Notecards Baby Girl Folio

Echo Park Hello Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Scalloped Symphony Notecards Baby Girl Folio

Hello, Friends!  This Spellbinders Scalloped Symphony Notecards Baby Girl Folio is one of my “think outside the box” projects.  Sometimes, I open up a new die and can see a way to use it that flies pretty far afield from the original intention.  I happen to like these moments when the creative side of my brain takes over.  Even the process of figuring out the details makes me happy.  This is what happened when I opened up Becca’s beautiful new Scalloped Symphony Dies.

I saw an itty bitty baby book for our sweet next door neighbor’s new baby girl.  Go ahead and say “awwwwww”…because there is something about baby girl things that just provokes that reaction, right?   The center filigree medallion is cut with the Square Decorative Insert that comes with the set.

Don’t be deceived by the petite size of this folio.  It’s tiny, but mighty!  Let’s take a look inside so you can see what I mean.

A Peek Inside

The fun starts on the very first page (there are 12 pages in all!) with pullout accordion mechanism.  Lift the magnetic flap and unfold the fun.

This is a 5 panel pull out with 10 pages for photos, pockets, tags and journaling spots.

Here’s a sample of the cuteness inside this pull out page.

I created a pop up page, too.

Tip in pages give you even more room to add photos and memories.  Don’t you love the scalloped edges of this die?

Here’s a look at another darling tip in page.

I wish I’d had time to shoot a video of the whole folio, because it is sweet as it can be.  But I had to get dinner and this gift over to the new mom and dad, so I only had time to shoot a few photos of the project.  But it was so stinkin’ cute, I just had to share it with you here.

Maybe I’ll find time to put another folio together with Christmas papers.  If I do, I’ll do a tutorial to show you how to build the base.  Would you like that?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2021 Blog Hop

PhotoPlay Tulla and Norbert Sweet as Honey Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Tulla & Norbert Sweet as Honey MIni Album for the Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2021 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2021 Blog Hop!  You should be coming  here from Ginny’s fabulous blog. This month we are playing with the  Sizzlin’ Summer Ribbon Club Assortment.

The summer vibe is strong in this vibrant collection of ribbons.  Yellow Bold Checked Plaid and Jasmine Delicate Stitched Satin ribbons are the perfect playmates for this whimsical mini album.  The adorable papers are from Photoplay Paper’s Sweet as Honey collection. Let’s take a closer look at  how I used these ribbons in this project.

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I love to use ribbons as a closure on my mini albums.  It’s pretty, it’s quick and it’s easy!  Here’s how to do it:

  • First, find the center point on the front of your mini album.
  • Next, wrap 1/2″ Scor-Tape from the front edge, over the spine and all the way to the back edge of the album.  Be sure to leave about 1 6″ overhang on each end so you can tie a pretty bow.
  • Now, adhere the Jasmine Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon over the Scor-Tape.  Burnish in place to make sure it grips well.
  • Then, repeat this step with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.  Place the Scor-Tape in the center of the Jasmine Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon.
  • Now, adhere the 3/8″ Yellow Bold Check Ribbon over the Jasmine Ribbon.  This time you will only leave about 2 inches hanging over the sides.
  • Finish the closure by tying knots in the ends of the yellow ribbon.  Now you can tie a bow with the Jasmine ribbon.
The Bow Cluster

Use your Bow-it-All Tool to tie a triple loop bow with the Jasmine Ribbon.  Then adhere this next to the shaker frame using a hot glue gun.  Next, tie a double loop bow with the Yellow Bold Check ribbon.  Adhere this right on top of the knot in the Jasmine bow.  Top it off with a fancy button.

The Spine

Do you love dangles on a spine as much as I do?  These are also easy to create.  Wrap the spine with a long piece of the Yellow Bold Check Ribbon.  Tie a square knot at the top, then trim the tails.  Next, string a series of charms on mini vintage safety pins and secure the pin through the knot.  Then top it off with a small Jasmine bow and button.

A Quick Peek Inside

Because it’s so much easier to see how an album like this works in a video, I’ve prepared a short tour for you on YouTube.  I hope you enjoy!

 

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has in store for you. Once you have visited all the blogs in the hop, finish up over at Really Reasonable Ribbon so you can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month and be entered in the drawing for a free Sizzlin’ Summer Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you haven’t joined the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club yet, this is a great time to join!  Pretty soon Bonnie will be rolling out her fabulous ribbons for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  You can get them delivered right to your door.  You can find out how to join HERE.

Have fun hopping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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