Summer lavender is in full bloom, and the air is hot. That means it’s time to cozy up in a cool space and create! Walk with me as I show you today’s creation – a lovely little mini-album using the Memory Book Maker Die Set by Tonic and the “Lavender Hills” paper collection by Craft O’Clock.
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For the album base, I started with several sheets of basic white cardstock from my stash. Experience has shown me that “heavier weight” cardstock isn’t necessarily “better” for mini-album bases. There just isn’t enough flexibility in a #110 or higher cardstock. So (after learning the hard way), I now reach for #80 or #65 to create the spine and album pages.
I used the Keepsake Book Maker Simple Spines Die to create the spine. It is SO easy! Just run it through your die cutting machine! Then, carefully fold on the score lines and add tape. You end up with a large hinge piece, whereby each little “hinge” is 1/4″ (.64 cm) and each allowance space in between is 1/2″ (1,27 cm). You can adhere together as many of these hinges as you want, creating an album as large or as small as you want.
Then, I chose my outside album cover die size. The Memory Book Maker Base Creator Die Set comes with 10 dies, so you have lots of choice when it comes to the size of your album. I chose the largest size die and cut two shapes using two pieces of white cardstock. Then, I trimmed down my spine piece to fit the two shapes, and I adhered everything together with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.
Each of the inside pages is created with two sheets of cardstock die cut with the scalloped page size of my choice and adhered together. I created pocket spaces inside a few of the pages so I could slide a tag or decorative card or photo inside.
I love this “Lavender Hills” paper collection by Craft O’Clock! I used several elements from the collection including the Quotes, the fussy-cut elements from the Extras to Cut sheets, and the tags printed on the back of the packaging.
This would be a beautiful gift album to give – perfect for anyone who loves lavender or gardening, and great for the person who “has everything” or who is hard to buy for. Take a peek with me as I page through this album in a short video:
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