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Into the Wild Altered Album Part 2

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Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Album Part 2: Making the Mini Album

Hello, Friends! Today we’re going to share the tutorial for our Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Album Part 2.  If you missed Part 1 of this series where we created the mixed media book box case, you can find it HERE.

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Creating this two-part project was a lot of work, but boy, was it fun!  First, the papers are so gorgeous that they are a real treat to work with.  Squirrels, fall colors, acorns, falling leaves and plaid patterns make me ridiculously happy!

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Next, I enjoyed the challenge of creating a layered cover that was not too dimensional to fit inside the box.  This led to a lot of creative fussy cutting, which I also happen to enjoy.

Since I had a little bit of burlap left over from making the box, I decided to add it to the album spine.  Texture makes me happy, too.

A Peek Inside

To keep with my Throwback Thursday goal of using up goodies from my stash, I went on a treasure hunt in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  This was also lots of fun, and yielded some great pockets, mini file folders and tabbed dividers that added a lot to the album pages.

The album is made with a really easy to construct stacked spine design.  Each spine in the 3 page sets is scored a little smaller than the previous page.  This gives us the opportunity to add lots of little flips, flaps and pockets.

Here’s a peek at my favorite page.  You will learn how I did this in the YouTube tutorial.

Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Album Part 2 on YouTube

If you’re ready to join me for today’s crafty adventure, please enjoy this video tutorial.

Did you enjoy watching this little album come together?  Do you think you’ll give that easy peasy stacked spine design a try?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Mini Album in a Box

Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Mini Album in a Box Tutorial Part 1

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m starting a two-part tutorial for this Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Mini Album in  Box project.  We’ll make the altered book box today, then on Thursday we’ll make the mini album to go inside.

A Walk in the Autumn Woods

Growing up in Vermont, our family would often go for a weekend walk in the autumn woods. With a blazing blue sky over our heads, crunchy leaves under our feet and brilliant fall colors all around us, it was like taking a walk in Heaven.  Leaves gently floated down to the ground as light breezes blew, and you could hear the sound of tiny creatures scurrying around under the cover of pine needles and fallen foliage.

When I saw this paper collection, it took me right back to those glorious rambling adventures, and I could not resist adding this collection to the Closet of Inspiration and Delight.

Mixed Media Prep

Speaking of the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, that’s where I found this Papier Mache book box.  I think I picked it up at a yard sale some time ago for a few pennies and tucked it away until inspiration came knocking.  And it did knock, eventually!

This mixed media adventure began by painting the edges of the box (inside and out) with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.  Each step in this process takes a few minutes longer than usual, because you have to let each color of paint dry before you move to the next one. Here’s the  process:

  • First, paint all the edges and corners inside and out with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.
  • Next, paint a smaller section of the edges and corners with Antique Bronze Distress Paint. Brush the section of the box that would be the gilt “page ends” with a more generous coat.
  • Now, randomly dry brush the edges with Ancient Brass Distress Paint.  Use an old, stiff paint brush on the page ends to create the illusion of page ends.
  • Let everything dry thoroughly, then apply Ground Espresso Distress Ink to the cover, spine and back cover.
  • Apply Prima Clear Gesso to the covers, spine and page ends (the sides).
  • Let everything dry thoroughly.
Cover Art Prep

Stitch a 4 3/4″ x 7″ panel of the green plaid paper to a 5 1/8″ x 7 3/8″ panel of the orange ledger pattern. Distress the edges and ink with Ground Espresso.

Fussy cut the images and small leaves, etc. to cluster around the squirrel and the window.

You can watch this process in this YouTube video;

 

I’ll be back on Thursday with a tutorial for an easy to make mini album to tuck inside the box.

Do you like this paper collection as much as I do?  Working with it is making me very happy!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Part 5: How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch

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Part 5 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch with Stamperia Welcome Home

Hello, Friends!  Part 5 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch is the final segment of the gigantic tutorial for this Stamperia Welcome home interactive mini album. We’ve been sharing in depth tutorials over the past several days.  And this is the final day, my friends!  Time to create the cover art and put all the pieces of this paper puzzle together.

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So now I want to live in this quaint little cottage with roses growing up the picket fence and a marmalade kitty sitting at the gate.  How about you?

Today we’ll create the cover art step by step, and you can listen to my sweet husband play pretty music while I add the flowers around the shutters.

Then I’ll give you the deets on how to create the fabric spine and dangle charm.  I came up with a new way to add the charms, and I think it’s pretty fabulous.

So, if you are ready, please join me for Part 5 How to Build a Mini Album from Scratch.

 

Do You Need to Catch Up?

If you missed the 4 previous installments of this tutorial you can find them as follows:

  • Building the album base, tabbed spine, and signature: Part 1
  • Covering the decorative tags and creating the interactive inside covers: Part 2.
  • Decorating the signatures: Part 3.
  • Finishing the Signatures: Part 4.

True story, my friends….I love the way this album turned out.  Many of you have told me that you will be making it along with me, and that’s so exciting!  I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Part 4 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch

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How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch with Stamperia Welcome Home

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Part 4 How to Make a Mini Album from scratch with Stamperia Welcome home!  From the feedback you have left on my YouTube Channel and blog, y’all seem to be enjoying this in depth tutorial.  That makes me so happy!  Thanks for all the kind words and comments.  Y’all are the best!

Today we’re going to finish out the 2nd signature, finish the flip flap page on the center tab, and make the inserts for the side pockets.  You’re going to learn how to make the cute pop up feature pictured in the photo above.  Once you know how, you’re not going to want to stop adding this interactive feature to your cards, albums and folios.

Using Large Images in Small Albums

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Stamperia has some of the most gorgeous 12×12 papers on the market.  But let’s be honest…trying to fit 12×12 paper into a 6×6 album can be very difficult.  Over the years, I’ve figured out a way to keep those 12×12 spreads in one piece, and I’m going to share that with you in today’s tutorial.

Fun with Flaps

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Several years ago I discovered the magic of flaps.  Ever since then, I have found many ways to create interactive elements by scoring a simple flap.  I’m going to share a really fun way  to create a door that opens in this mini album.  I think you’ll like it!

Part 4 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch on You Tube

Are you ready to see how we finish up the interior of this album?  Grab a cuppa and a snack, prop up your feet, and maybe grab a notebook and pencil, too.  Here we go…

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

We’ll finish up this in depth tutorial for this week’s Make & Take Tuesday.  In that final segment we will create the shaker cover, the cloth spine, and the ribbon closure.  See you then!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Part 3 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch

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Part 3 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch with Stamperia Welcome Home

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for Part 3 How to Make a Mini Album from Scratch?  In this segment, we’re going to dive in and start working on the interactive signature pages.  First, we will do a walk-through of the first  signature so you can see how all the pages work.  Then we will create those same elements in the second signature.  I think you’re really going to enjoy seeing how all the bits and pieces come together!

In case you missed it, you can watch Part One HERE.  That’s where we build the chipboard album from scratch, add the tabbed spine and make the signature pages.

Part 2 of this series can be viewed HERE.  In this segment we make the 3 decorative tags and design the front and back inside covers.

Teacups and Teapots

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Each signature in this mini album follows a theme.  The first signature focuses on the whimsical houses in this collection.  The second signature focuses more on teacups and teapots, one of my favorite themes.

More Practice with Building a Scene

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Both segments will give you lots of practice using collage to build a scene.  This segment is a bit long, but that’s because I take the time to build each page in the signature step by step with you.  I hope you will enjoy watching the way the pages come together and learning a bit more about my process for building a page.

Part 3 Build a Mini Album from Scratch on YouTube

Grab a cuppa and a snack, and maybe a notebook and a pencil, too.  I caption in most all of the measurements for you, so you might want to write them down as you watch.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post in case you want to make this album with these same supplies.  But you can also use any papers that you happen to have on hand.  That’s the beauty of learning how to create with this process.

I hope you enjoy a restful Sunday.  Look for Part 4 of this series tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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