Wedding Mini-Album | Craft O’Clock Papers

I am thrilled to share with you a photo-walkthrough of a mini-album project I made! This was a project I truly enjoyed! I worked on it a little bit here and there, usually at times when I wanted to just relax for an hour or so. 

I started by creating an album cover with some chipboard and 2 “white grid” cover papers. The cover paper has a special coating which makes it durable. I covered my chipboard pieces with the cover paper. Then, I used a smaller size “white grid” cover paper and my Scor-Pal to create my hinge.

Each hinge flap = 1/4″

Space between each hinge = 1/2″

In hindsight, I SHOULD have made the hinges 1/2″ and the space between each hinge 3/4″ . Plus, it would have been beneficial if I would have added an 1/8″ allowance on each page, because my chunky pages took up so much room. I am convinced NOW of the benefit of creating your PAGES FIRST and then creating the outside cover with the hinges and such LAST.

I made all my flippy-flaps and pockets with white cardstock and included magnets for closures as I went along. HOWEVER, if I was creating a POCKET, I didn’t glue the actual pocket piece down UNTIL I had the patterned paper adhered on the base page. Otherwise, I’d never be able to reach in the pocket and glue down the paper.

My waterfall in the front was just a matter of folding a 1/2” flap on each white cardstock piece and gluing down CAREFULLY. Lining up the cardstock in this step is important… making sure the cardstock is lined up when the flaps are down AND when the flaps are up.

This mini-album features patterned paper from the Wedding Dream and the White/Beige Mood paper collections by Craft O’Clock. At the bottom of this post, I include photo-links to everything I used.

The accordion fold-out in the middle page was one of those things that just “happened”. I added one flap. Then another flap to that first one. Then, I thought, “well, I could just pull it out like an accordion if I had just one more flap”. And so on… until all of a sudden I had an accordion flap. It was really fun to decorate and fun to add the little tabs.

I apologize for the lighting in the previous two photos of the accordion… I had to zoom WAY out to fit it all in one shot, and editing the lighting was a little tricky!

Also, I left the outside edge open for each base page. By doing this, I could create additional slide-out pages which can each hold two more photos. The “junk journal set” for the Wedding Dream paper collection has the tabs pre-printed, so all I had to do was cut them out and glue them on. The junk journal set also includes the large pre-printed tag and the corner pocket (which I used on the back inside cover).

I embellished the album with flowers, leaves and decorative cards from the Wedding Dream collection. And I added variety by including some White/Beige Mood paper, as well. Normally, when I create a mini-album, I go wild with flowers and dimensional embellishments inside. But because my album was so chunky already, I kept the inside decorations to a minimum. 

I added a few chipboard word accents and also a few sentiments, as well. I love how the last page of the album has the phrase “begin an adventure”.

For the ribbon closure, I had to decide that BEFORE I embellished the front and back covers. I just glued down the ribbon pieces and decorated over top. I added some stenciling to the cover and then lightly inked over top of the dry stenciling, just to make it pop a little.

And actually, you won’t believe this, but the focal point of the composition on the front cover was something I had made months earlier. I made two tags for a creative team project for Craft O’Clock, so I adhered one of the tags on the front over an oval-cut piece of the patterned paper.

The other tag and metal embellishments were from my craft stash. I just painted them with some gesso and Sparks acrylic paint and then rubbed a bit of Opal Magic Wax here and there. To fill in some gaps, I glued a few more fussy-cut leaves.

To see a video walkthrough of this project, click HERE:

SUPPLIES USED (click photos for links)

Other Supplies Used:

Journaling cards, laser cut chipboard, and metal pieces from my craft stash.

Thank you for looking! Please LIKE this post and SHARE the post with someone who would LOVE to see this project! Feel free to comment!

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Mixed Media Heart | Love Forever

Today, I am sharing my newest mixed media piece called “Love Forever”.  The surface is a heart-shaped HDF board substrate, and the focal point is a photo of myself with my husband. Behind us, however, is the real story.

Look closely at the piece. The heart-shaped base and the white color represent our foundation together. 

The textured surface (stones, stenciling) symbolizes what we each brought into the relationship. Some people call that “baggage”, but I think of it more as “texture”. It’s a little rough in spots and a little uneven in other spots. 

Large shadows loom far behind us and sometimes creep into areas where they are not welcome. But the shadows never overpower us. In fact, a new garden has been transplanted. And near the bottom, delicate rice paper flowers also begin to grow. 

I placed our picture in the middle because the two of us continue to work to “meet in the middle”. That is the KEY to continuing forward (thus the key accent). The gears and cogs indicate that this is a work in progress, but the heart over the gear shows that it is a labor of love.

The antiqued frame is small, and really could only hold one of us (which is why the frame is empty). There is no longer “one” of us – just US.

Relax and enjoy as I talk you through the process video of this piece:

I loved creating this mixed media piece, and thank you for looking! Please share with your crafty friends, and please follow the Sandpaper Road blog!

Supplies Used (some include affiliate links):

HDF heart-shaped board by CraftUla

Beige/Brown Flowers by Craft O’Clock

Brown Leaves by Craft O’Clock

Blue Flower Rice Paper by Craft O’Clock

Gesso by StudioOne

Gel Medium by Liquitex

Modeling Paste by Liquitex

Opal Magic Wax by Finnabair (Blue Velvet)

Lindy’s Magicals on Amazon (Tweedle Dee Denim & Sassy Sapphire)

Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes by Creative Expressions

Frame Silicone Mold (Amazon)

Acrylic Paint (Black)

Chipboard accents by Craft O’Clock.

GRRR! | Stuck-Too-Quick | Scrapbook Layout Fixes

Why don’t I just leave things alone?

My layout was going fine. Here was my progress before I decided to mess with it.

My layout was going fine… this was how it looked before I pulled up the top strip just to fishtail one end.
Then, this happened.

So, first I glued down the rip.

I glued the paper strip back down (including random rips).

I planned to cover up the ripped section of the paper strip with cute embellishments. But what could I do about the ripped section on the base cardstock itself? I didn’t want embellishments floating all over the page in attempt to cover up a rip.

Enter my solution: washi tape…

A little bit of script printed washi tape didn’t change the look of the layout. AND it covered up the ripped background.

Script-printed washi tape was the perfect solution to “cover” something without the look of a “cover-up”. I really like the look of it because it blends right into the look of the layout.

This seemed to fix my issue!

Check out the finished result!

Don’t stress over your scrapbook layout mistakes…

Instead, just see what already exists on the layout and try to blend the “mistake” into the page. Most of the time, this will work!

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Mini-Album made with “Sleep & Dream”

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