Prima Tales of You and Me Mini Album: It’s been several weeks since I posted this Paper Bag Mini Album on my Youtube, and I had completely forgotten to upload the pictures to my blog. So here it is!
If you’ve been a long time subscriber of mine, you know how much I love making paper bag mini albums. For this particular mini album, I decided to go with the Prima Tales of You and Me collection by Frank Garcia. I’ve been a long time fan and supporter of Frank Garcia. I just love his designs and method of teaching. Every paper collection that he comes up with is exceptionally beautiful! The designs are timeless, romantic and very shabby chic!
I like to make the covers to my paper bag mini albums out of chipboard. I find that making chipboard covers for these type of mini albums help preserve the papers within.
When making a paper bag mini album, try not to go for the cheap bags. These will easily tear and all your hard work will be destroyed. I like to get my paper bags from Michael’s party good section. They come in several colors and sizes and I have yet to have a complaint about these bags.
I used trims and laces from my stash; and much of the embellishments I made using dies from Spellbinders.
Since this mini album was a part of a wedding gift I used scraps from my Tales of You and Me project, and made a money card and envelope. I also used my dies from Spellbinders to embellish the card.
Prima Tales of You and Me Paper Bag Mini Album
In this video you’ll see all the pages inside this gorgeous paper bag mini album. Enjoy!
Decorating Notebook Covers with dies from Spellbinders. In this tutorial I use dies from the Chantilly Paper Lace collection, Amazing Paper Grace, Coralene’s Chemise Layering Frame Large S6-130. This gorgeous set of paper-cutting-dies are perfect for an array of crafting projects.
Lately I’ve been in the mood for making and decorating notebooks. So I whipped out my cinch, some chipboard, some card-stock, trimmed down some stationery, my dies from Spellbinders and this is what I came up with!
If you have a binding machine like the cinch, you too will be able to create your very own one-of-a-kind notebooks and notepads. However, it’s not a problem if you don’t have one of these! I’m sure that your local Dollar Tree will have plenty of notebooks for you to alter.
Easy-Peasy Quick DIY!
What I love about altering notebooks or making some of my very own is that they’re such an easy DIY. In the course of a weekend, you can make several to sell, swap or gift to friends. You can convert these into beautiful works of art just from the use of your dies from Spellbinders!
Notice how I didn’t have to fuss too much with the cover? The Spellbinders Chantilly Paper Lace collection has such beautiful and intricate dies that they pretty much do all the work for you! I just added a handful of flat-back pearls, and I was done!
How to Decorate a Notebook Cover Tutorial
I have a quick and easy to follow tutorial where you can see how you can easily piece this together yourself. You’ll learn how to add dimension to your front cover, and the type of tape and glues to use on a project such as this. You’ll also see how useful the Spellbinders Tool n’ One really is! Enjoy!
The following is a run-down of items I used in this project. You are welcome to use the links I provide in this post.
This Prima Tales of You and Me Mini Album was made out of chipboard and paper bags. I love crafting paper bag mini albums since they are so easy to make and you have ready-made pockets. However, when making one of these mini albums out of paper sacks, you have to get the best quality paper bags that you can get your hands on.
I highly recommend you stay away from the lunch bags that you find at the grocery store. Those rip quite easily and all of your hard work will be for nothing. I normally get my paper bags in the party goods section at Michael’s.
You will want to make your covers and spine out of chipboard, just as you would a regular mini album. This will help preserve the pages in between.
Decorating the spine of your paper bag mini album can be as simple or as extravagant as you want it. I side with simplicity on the spine. I think it’s easier to handle as you set your mini album down and turn the pages. In this case a flower trim does the trick for me!
Prima Tales of you and me can be found at Hobby Lobby. Elsewhere on line it’s discontinued or just too expensive. Hobby Lobby puts these at half off every other week just about, which is usually around 10.00 dollars.
Scor-tape (I normally buy these by the five pack. It’s cheaper this way)
This Prima Rose Quartz Mini Album is going out to one of my visiting teachers. Since I have two visiting teachers I made two mini albums that are exactly alike. There’s a slight variance on the front cover, but the design and style are still the same.
This six-page mini album is made out of paper bags and chipboard cover. I used Spellbinders to accentuate the tags (what you see on top); and I also used Spellbinders on the front covers.
The beautiful Christmas Card you see there was also created using paper-cutting-dies from Spellbinders.
This Bo Bunny Winter Wishes Mini Album was created for a swap. I absolutely loved working with this collection. The soft colors and gentle graphics lend themselves to the making of this beautiful Shabby Chic Christmas Mini Album.
This Halloween Smash Book Junk Journal is my Spellblogger project share for this week. Although the temps are still high in the Houston area, I can’t wait to start decorating for the fall and Halloween!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I just can’t get enough of it! I don’t know where I get this obsession; but making this Halloween Smash Book Junk Journal from scratch, sure satisfies my Spook-ta-cular crafting palatte!
Is it a Smash Book or is it a Junk Journal?
I’ve watched plenty of videos and looked at a ton of pictures to barely be able to tell the difference between one or the other now! Smash Books and Junk Journals seem to have a lot in common. One of the biggest is that they don’t look like mini albums. You can fill them to the rim with all your favorite pictures and items that they can get pretty chunky. And that’s what I love about the Smash Book / Junk Journal.
Items from Spellbinders that I Used in This Halloween Smash Book Junk Journal
It was a lot of fun making this Smash Book Journal from scratch, and here is a list of the items I used. You may click on the items to be taken to them directly:
This Elegant Pocket Mini Album was crafted using the Spellbinders Designer Series Rouge Royale Deux Diamond Flourish Pocket die by Stacey Caron Design. I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved working with this die! You’ve seen me create an elegant wedding invitation using this very die. Why not make a mini album with it! I LOVE how it turned out.
I hope I’m able to inspire you to use your Spellbinders dies to make your very own elegant pocket mini albums. I truly appreciate Spellbinders for all of their beautiful designs. Regardless what your crafting level is, you’ll be sure to design like a pro, whenever you use your cutting dies from Spellbinders!
Basically, the design of this Mini Album is the same as my previous ones, it’s just the theme that is different. Another difference between this Halloween Mini Album and the previous that I’ve designed is what was left out in the pages in between.
My daughter made a couple of special requests. One that she didn’t want it chunky; and two that she didn’t want it to look “cute”. Can you imagine that?!? LOL She didn’t want me to make it look cute! Teenagers! LOL But I get her; and I know what she meant. She did give me creative freedom on the front cover however. So the front cover is where you will find most of my work!
Items Used in this Halloween Mini Album
I’ve used several dies by a couple of my favorite manufacturers and papers from last year’s Halloween Michael’s paper pads.
Shabby Chic Mini Album Tutorial using pocket pages created with the Spellbinders Designer Series Paper Bag Envelope Die-set by Tammy Tutterow. In this start-to-finish tutorial I will show you how you can easily create and design your very own mini album using these set of dies.
I also share how you can decorate each and every single page using your dies from Spellbinders!
With your dies from Spellbinders you are just one die-cut away from making something magnificent! And let’s not forget! Spellbinders also carries a line of beautifully crafted trims and embellishments.
I wanted to keep this Shabby Chic Mini Album Tutorial as easy as can be, so I decided to use my Cinch for the binding. However, you can just as easily use binding rings, be it one two, or three; and decorate them with strips of lace and seam binding for that cute, shabby chic effect.
I hope that you enjoy the video tutorial. It is a lengthy tutorial since this is a start-to-finish and by all means, either bookmark this page or add the video to your personal YouTube playlist for future reference.
If you haven’t noticed, lately I’ve been into Mini Albums. Well, actually mini albums were my first love in paper crafting; and I did mention early in the year that I would try to get back into making these beautiful works of art, as time permitted. I’m so glad I did! Memory keeping is special to me, as I’m sure it’s special to you too. I have tons of pictures, stored in shoe boxes, from when my kids were babies; and I’m on a mission to making Mini Albums so that I can leave behind “the story of us”.
This particular Envelope Pocket Mini Album measures 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 and it holds 6 pocket pages. Each one of the pocket pages includes a photo mat. And yes, the die for the photo mat is included in the Tammy Tutterow Spellbinders Paper Bag Envelope die set! I used my Cinch for the binding, made a chunky charm, with items from my stash, to clip on the spiral binding. I die-cut two large corners with Spellbinders Die D-Lites Garden Weave die, to adorn the top corner on the front, and the bottom corner on the back; and I used Ribbons, Lace, and Bling from Spellbinders A Gilded Life.
In this Paper Bag Mini Album Tutorial I’ll be sharing how I used 12 paper sacks, and 3 pieces of chipboard to make a TWELVE PAGE Paper Bag Mini Album cover to cover!
The video tutorial is kind of lengthy. It took me several days and lots of hours to film; but I have edited this tutorial the best I could. I recommend that you bookmark this page, or better yet, subscribe to my YouTube channel and add my video to your personal playlist, for future reference.
List of Items for this Project
The following is a list of materials that I used in the making of this Paper Bag Mini Album Tutorial. I will include links to these materials, when I can.
Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album Using Spellbinders Dies and Trims
This Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album was a cinch to make! I used 10 black paper bags, chipboard for the spine, glue to glue down the outside gusset and the pocket folds, double sided tape to adhere the inside gusset to the binding system, several dies from Spellbinders and Trims and Bling from Spellbinders. I also used papers and other embellishment pieces from my stash.
Paper Bag Mini Album Ten Page Binding System
This Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album measures 7 x 4 3/4 x 2 1/2. How I wound up with a two and a half inch spine is the following: I knew I wanted to make a ten page mini album, so I used the Hidden Hinge Binding System, with my own variation.
I simply took an entire piece of 12×12 card-stock, cut it in half, and began scoring at the half inch mark. The scoring process I used is: half inch, half inch, a quarter inch, half inch, half inch, a quarter inch. I do this all the way to the end of the paper. The very last score mark will leave you with a gusset that’s a bit smaller than a half an inch; but it still works. You then do the folds in peaks and valleys. The half inch score lines make the peaks, and the quarter inch score marks are the valleys. You then use STRONG double sided tape to adhere the inside of your peaks. What was once a 12 inch wide piece of card-stock, is now about 2 and a half inches!
Once you’ve done this you will use double sided tape all through the back of your binding system to adhere it to the spine. If you are more of a visual learner, and would like me to make a video tutorial on this ten page Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album, let me know in the comments section below.
How I Made the Front and Back Covers
Once you have adhered your binding system to your chipboard spine, it is time to adhere the pages (paper bags). Tip: It is always a good idea to adhere your papers or card-stock to your paper bags before you adhere the bags to the binding system. However, refrain from decorating them at this time.
I began with my back cover. To adhere your back cover, you will use strong double sided tape. You must be precise at placing your first “page” down. This back cover will be your guide. Tip: You don’t necessarily have to slip your page all the way in the gusset. By leaving a little bit of room, it will be easier to turn the pages once it’s complete.
You will do this for the remainder of the pages, always matching placement to the last page you adhered, until you get to the last page. Now that you have the front and the back covers to your Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album, it is time to decorate. Suggestion: Decorate or embellish your inner pages before you do the covers.
Beautiful Mini Album Tags Using Dies from Spellbinders
It was fairly simple to create these elegant Mini Album Tags. I decided to cut my tags using the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cascading Grace Pockets. These mini album tags sit inside the top paper bag pockets and peek through to adorn the mini album beautifully! You can glue a singular flat-back pearl on top for that additional touch of elegance!
So much detail went into the making of this stunning Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album. I encourage you to watch the video for the album flip-through. I absolutely LOVE making these! And with dies, trims and bling from Spellbinders, I know my next mini album will be just as beautiful!
Full List of Spellbinders Dies and Embellishments Used
This Paper Purse Gift Bag is my last design team project for KS4U.net and it’s also a GIVEAWAY! One lucky subscriber will get this large paper purse with a flip book mini album and a set of 4 greeting cards. All you have to do to enter is comment down below. One comment will suffice. And please make sure you tell me what you go by on YouTube so that I know who I’m chatting with!
This Paper Purse Gift Bag was created using Graphic 45 Artisan Style. I used a Martha Stewart paper punch to punch around the edges of the black card stock. I decorated the upper part with black trim from KS4U. The metals and the flowers are also from KS4U.
The flip book mini album base is by Teresa Collins. I used papers from Graphic 45 Artisan Style as well. I also made a charm and attached it to the mini album. The owl that you see on the charm comes from KS4U. I adorned the spine of this beautiful flip book mini with a wide trim from the shop. I also decorated the cover with blue and black flowers, a black butterfly and blue swirly bling.
I left the greeting cards plain and simple because, in my opinion, the paper speaks for itself. These blank greeting cards were also made using the Artisan Style paper collection.
I hope the lucky winner enjoys this elegant keep-sake just as much as I enjoyed creating it! Thank you so very much for leaving such great comments! I will announce the winner Saturday! Good Luck!
***Giveaway is now Closed***Congratulations Winner!***
Accordion Mini Album using Embellishments from Spellbinders!
Accordion Mini Album – Funny thing happened when I posted my Spellbinders Spellblogger DT Package for May (in my YouTube channel). Many of you said “I didn’t know Spellbinders sold trims!!!” After the third comment like this, I knew I had made the right choice for my May package! As a fellow crafter I enjoy diving into many of the popular paper crafting fads of the moment. But every now and again, I like to take a walk off the beaten path, just to see what I come across with. And my oh my! Do I have a treat for you!
Spellbinders has this amazing luxury trims, bling, and metals line called A Gilded Life. Their trims are very beautiful, easy to work with, and very affordable. Not only did I use trims from A Gilded Life in my Gift Card Holder Tote Bags, but I decided to put them to good use in this beautiful and very glamorous Accordion Mini Album as well.
So this blog post concludes my Spellbinders Spellblogger projects for the month of May. I hope that you have enjoyed your visit with me; and I want to thank you for taking the time out to comment on my blog posts and watching my videos. Good Luck in the giveaway. I will have a winner announcement up on my YouTube on Saturday, May 27th. For the rules and how to enter my Handmade Prize Package Giveaway, please visit my first blog post of this series by clicking here.
And friends, don’t just take my word for it, you MUST visit the Spellbinders A Gilded Life page to see all of the affordable, luxurious crafty items they have in store for you!