I have several blank chipboard albums in my craft stash, so why not cover them with an amazing paper collection and show them off? Chipboard mini-albums are great for decorative memories, but they also make perfect home decor pieces!
Chipboard albums are nothing more than several pieces of chipboard covered in paper and secured together in some way (usually with jump rings or ribbon). If you LOVE patterned paper, you just might love creating a chipboard album because it puts your favorite paper collections on display! Plus, these projects are easy to create and store well over time.
You can watch an abbreviated video tutorial of my project HERE:
For my project, I used a chipboard album from my stash that I believe was from Tattered Angels. Although this item is discontinued, you can find a similar chipboard album on Amazon HERE:
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I also used the Ominous Marshes paper collection by Craft O’Clock. I love this collection because I am NOT much of a Halloween person, but the paper really suggests that dark, spooky October mood.
A dark paper collection of rich greens and purples, enchanted moons and owls, and wise old apothecary. Made by Craft O’Clock and shipping within the USA.
Covering the chipboard can be tricky, especially with a uniquely-shaped chipboard album like the one I am using here. Trace around the chipboard and then cut JUST INSIDE the traced line. And take your time! This is the main task of the project, so if it’s not done well, the rest of the project will suffer.
Maximize the patterns in the paper collection to provide variety within the album. But be mindful that photos, ephemera, and embellishments will also be added over top.
Once the pages are covered, use scissors, a nail file or sandpaper to “distress” the edges of each chipboard piece. Doing this smooths out the loose edges and also unifies the look of each piece.
When adding embellishments, take your time! If busy patterns are against other busy patterns, set them apart with a solid piece of cardstock (I used black and Kraft).
Chipboard album projects are the perfect place for mixed media and chunky, dimensional embellishments.
I secured the fully-decorated chipboard pieces with ribbon and fibers from my craft stash.
If you prefer traditional scrapbooking…
Check out how this same paper collection looks on a 12″ x 12″ layout:
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