Chipboard Mini-Album | Ominous Marshes Paper Collection

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.

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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Easy Decorative Tags!

Create beautiful mixed media tags easily using perforated tissue box tops as a tag base!

Watch the video tutorial!

Gently pull off tissue box top. This will be your tag base. For a sturdier base, glue together 2 or 3 tissue box tops.

Coat with heavy gesso. Let dry.

Spread a thin coat of modeling paste through a stencil and gently lift the stencil. Let paste dry.

Clean off excess modeling paste residue immediately.

When tags are dry, add color. Use powders, mica sprays, spray ink, ink refills, ink pads, acrylic paint, whatever you have on hand. Move the color around by spritzing lightly with a spray bottle of water and drying the surface with a heat gun between color layers. If you want your tags to have a HOLE at the top, punch the hole at this time. Let tags dry completely.

When tags are dry, add layers of embellishments.

Easy and beautiful mixed media masterpieces!

I embellished my tags with extras from "This Miracle Night" paper collection by Craft O'Clock.

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Use What You Have | Ideas for 12×12 Paper with Corner Images

If you are like me, you have piles of 12×12 scrapbooking paper! Here is one way to use what you have and create beautiful layouts from papers in your craft stash!

Paper with a big image across one edge or corner

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas for pre-printed 12×12 papers, especially when the image takes up and entire edge or corner of the paper. One easy solution to this is to use your craft knife and cut into the paper as if you are tracing an area around the big image.

Use your craft knife!

By cutting into the paper (but not cutting OUT the edge), you create a nice “pocket”. You can slide photos or embellishments inside and stretch the area of your paper without compromising the image. Plus, if you have an area in one of your photos that you wish to camouflage, you can use the “pocket” to cover it up.

Watch the video tutorial to see how!

Here’s a look at the finished projects I created!

I used one of the chipboard dies as a “corner”. I simply cut the chipboard frame in half at a diagonal and used one diagonal piece on each of 2 corners. I also used Embossing Powder (Enchanted Aubergine) by Sweet Stamps Piccolo with their embossing fluid dauber to get that altered look.

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