Today, I am sharing the tutorial for making the 6" x 5" mini album that matches the Castle Box that we made on March 8th.
If you missed the Castle Box Tutorial, please click HERE.
We will be using two pieces of chipboard, set the rest aside. Cut the two pieces of chipboard down to 6" x 5". These will be the covers of our album. Cut two pieces of decorative paper to 7" x 6" and attach to the chipboard with strong adhesive or with gel medium. Miter the corners and place 1/4" tape around the edges of the chipboard as shown.
Wrap the paper around the edges of the chipboard and secure at the back with the tape.
Next, create the tab-hinge binding for the mini album by cutting a piece of black cardstock to 5 1/2" x 9 1/4". Score at: 2", 2 1/4", 2 3/4", 3 1/4", 3 1/2", 4, 4 1/2", 4 3/4" 5 1/4", 5 3/4", 6", 6 1/2", 7", 7 1/4". Place adhesive tape in the second, fourth, sixth, and eighth 1/2" spaces as shown.
Fold on each score line and adhere each 1/2" space to the next 1/2" to form four tabs with 1/4" gutters between.
Flip the hinge over the glue a 5 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece of Tyvek to the back of the hinge. Sponge the edges with black ink and allow to dry. Trim a piece of decorative paper to 5 1/2" x 5 1/4" and glue to the top of the Tyvek. (The Tyvek will give the hinge strength and stability.)
Fold the hinge on the 2 1/4" and 7 1/4" score lines and burnish with a bone folder. Place adhesive on the back of the hinge system, to the left and right of the folded lines as shown. Trim two pieces of decorative paper to 6" x 5".
Remove the adhesive from the hinge and attach it to the front covers as shown, with the tabs facing up.
Adhere the two 6" x 5" pieces of decorative paper onto the inside of the covers.
Fold the album closed, curving the spine gently with your hands.
Cut four pieces of black cardstock to 5 1/2" x 4 1/2". These cardstock pieces are the pages of your album. Trim eight pieces of decorative paper to 5 3/8" x 4 3/8". Sponge all edges with black ink.
Place adhesive tape to the back of each tab hinge. Attach one piece of black cardstock to each hinge.
Cover each side of the black cardstock pages with the decorative paper.Your album is now ready to be embellished!
Select your GSL chipboard elements. Paint some of the elements black and ink some with metallic inks. For this project you will need: Dragons Shape Set, Keys and Plates Shape Set, Build a Banner Dove Tail Minis, Build a Banner Pennant Minis, Victorian Corners 2 Set, Flourished Frames Evie Set, Steampunk Shape Set, Grape Vines Set, Words and Phrases 2 Set
Chose a few elements to "age." For example, paint a frame with black acrylic paint. Once the paint dries, sponge with metallic pigment ink.
Decorate each page as desired.
Now you are ready to decorate the cover! I always save the covers for last so that I don't mess them up while decorating the rest of the mini.
Wrap the paper around the edges of the chipboard and secure at the back with the tape. Cut black cardstock to 5 3/8" x 4 3/8" and attach to the back of the covered chipboard panel. Trim decorative borders from the paper and wrap around the top and the bottom of the panel. Attach the panel to the center of the mini album cover with strong adhesive.
Glue the Once Upon A Time phrase from the Words and Phrases 2 Set to the top of the panel. Glue printed chipboard embellishments and paper flowers to the album cover as shown.
~ Gloria Stengel: Scraps of Life
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Products:
Castle Box with Mini Album (coming soon)
Dragons Shape Set
Keys & Plates Shape Set
Banner Builder Dovetail Minis
Banner Builder Pennant Minis
Victorian Corners 2
Flourished Frames Evie
Steampunk Shape Set.
Words & Phrases 2 Set
Decorative paper: Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest (12x12, 8x8, 6x6), Renaissance Faire Tags, Gilded Lily Tres Chic
Other Graphic 45: Enchanted Forest Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, Tags and Pockets; Regular Tags - Black
Ink: Colorbox Pigment (Burnt Copper, Gold Brocade, Copper, Bronze, Gold, Verdigris, Celadon, Cranberry, Sweet Melon); Delicata Golden Glitz; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paint: Martha Stewart Sating Acrylic Beetle Black
Punches: Creative Memories corner rounder, Stampin' Up 1" circle, Fiskars border
Ribbon and string: May Arts black silk ribbon; Really Reasonable Ribbon black burlap string
Brads: Creative Impressions
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Tyvek: recycled envelopes
Magnets: Basic Grey magnetic discs
Adhesive: Ranger Glossy Accents, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Score-tape, Scotch 3M ATG tape, hot glue, white glue