Friday, September 13, 2013

Family Fun Mini Albums with Authentique Paper & Scor-Pal

Authentique Paper and Scor-Pal are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Scor-Pal products!
After you check out the projects here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the Scor-Pal blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Team have in store for you today!

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Heather Conklin

Good Morning, today I am going to show you how to make an envelope mini album using Authentique's Natural Collection and your Scor-Pal. Each of the pages and cover use the same envelope base.

For the cover, I used some of the fantastic Enhancements and the back of the Enhancements paper, a kraft font and Maya Road Antique Filigree Butterfly.
The second page uses papers from the 6x6" BundleEnhancements sheet, and stickers from the Elements set. I love how the Petite Type can change the message of the Enhancements to better match what you are trying to convey.
Another great blending of Enhancements and pieces of the Elements 6x12".
This one combines all of the great pieces of the Natural Collection and some great May Arts ribbons.
The backs of each of the 6x6" Bundles have great solids and woodgrain patterns that are not in the Petite Collection. Here I combined those with some more of the May Arts ribbonsEnhancements and pieces from Elements sticker sheet.
I wanted to share how I altered the Enhancements to fit my style. I not only used a white Signo pen to add my journaling, I also highlighted areas of the Enhancements journaling block with the white pen, and added one of the Diction stickers to change the message of the original sticker.
Each of the envelopes is functional and closes with Tombow's new Fastener Tabs. This way, I can add special journaling or more photographs later on. 

Directions for the Envelopes Using Your Scor-Pal:
Cut a piece of paper to 7 x 10 ½"
Score on the ½" and 3 ¾"
Turn it to the side and score on the ½" and 8 ½"
The shaded areas are those that need to be cut off. You will notice that I notched the corners of the ½" sides so that when they are folded and glued they will lay flat. To make the envelope look better, I measured a ½" on each side of the top and cut that away as well. 
To make the paper inside the envelopes easier to grab, I used a large circle punch and punched out a fingerhold. 
 
Here are all of the measurements in case you wanted to know the dimensions.
And a quick how to fold this all together. Glue the tabs, then fold over the front.
If you choose to use the fasteners, the easiest way to line them up is to attach them to one side, take off the cover of the attached fastener and close the envelope.
I then used my Bind-it-All on the ends of each envelope to create the mini.


I hope this helps you create your own fantastic mini for all of your favorite memories!
Products Used-
Authentique Paper- Natural Collection: Native, Beaming, Daydream, Enhancements, 6x6 Bundle, Elements stickers 
Other Products Used- Scor-Pal, Signo Gel Pen, May Arts ribbons, Maya Road Antique Filagree Butterfly, enamel dots, Bind-it-All, punch, Pebbles Alpha, Staedtler pen

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John Petersen
A few Sundays ago we woke up one morning and decided that we wanted to take a Road Trip.  After a cup of coffee to wake up and some head scratching we narrowed our destination to heading over the mountains to Vantage and look for petrified rocks... Okay, it sounds strange, but some friends had told us that there was a store next to the Gingo Petrified Forest State Park that sold furniture and such made from petrified wood so we thought we'd go take a look.  I have to admit that Vantage is one of my favorite spots in the country- think of the Grand Canyon but on a much smaller scale. And since we were enjoying all the scenery I decided that the "Natural" line of paper would be the perfect match for this keepsake book!
For those of you who haven't heard of a "flag book" before, you may have heard it referred as "flip flop" book.  Essentially the base of the book is accordion folded with the pages mounted on opposite sides of the folds.  So when you open the book, the pages flip different ways.  In my book, the top pages all flip to the right while the bottom pages flop to the left.  You can make as many rows of pages that you'd like but for this book I settled on two sets.

And the most essential tool for creating the spine of this book- the Scor-Pal!  The reason why this is the perfect tool for creating the spine of this book is because you have to make your score lines exact and this is by far the best tool that I've found to do this accurately.  I've found that a minimum of four pages works best for this style of book.  To create the spine for this book, start with  a 12 x 12 sheet of "Daydream" paper and then score the paper 2 inches in from each side of the paper (at the "2" and "10" marks on your Scor-Pal). Then score the paper at every inch mark between these those score lines.  This will give the correct amount of folds to make the accordion.  For more pages you can just decrease the amount of space between folds or use more paper and glue them together.  My preferred method is to use more paper because I've personally found that if the folds are under an inch the pages are too close together.
  Here is the finished piece of "Daydream" scored and folded mountain/valley style.  Notice that I've marked the top pages on the left side with a "L" and the bottoms on the right side with a "R".  This way the spine is marked correctly so I know exactly where to put my pages when they're ready to be placed on the spine.  And don't worry, the pages will cover up the writing!

I'll be the first to admit that in the past, I'd only used Scor-It tape for making Washi Tape and that was it- and WOW, have I been missing out!  I think that I've fallen in love- this tape is PERFECT for book binding and I couldn't believe that once it's down, it's down!  Yes, I found this out the hard way a couple of times making this book.  To create the book, I placed a strip of Scor-It tape on both ends of the accordion on the backside, and then attached them to the inside covers of my book.
Once the accordion folded spine was attached to the book covers, I prepped two pieces of "Beaming" paper that were trimmed to the size of the book covers and covered the insides of the book.
Here's the completed inside of the book.

Now it's time to start attaching the top pages of my book.  I chose a panoramic view of the Vantage over the Columbia river for my top pages, which are on pages of "Native", "Beaming" and "Daydream" papers.
The bottom pages are on the same papers from the "Natural" collection with a different snapshot from our road trip.  I added one of the tag embellishments from the "Elements" sticker sheet.

This is a close up of more of the "Elements" stickers that were added to the front cover of the book.
I enjoy making flag books for friends and family simply because there's an element of surprise!  When the front cover is opened, it looks like any other book as above- that is, until you open the book all the way and the pages jump into order!

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Be sure to check back every day this week for more project inspiration! We have an Authentique Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters (please leave unique comments!) 

Also, make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at Scor-Pal all week long for prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way! Don't forget to stop by the Scor-Pal Facebook Page and tell them Authentique Paper sent you!
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46 comments:

  1. I'm awe-struck at these album projects: stunning works of art, both. Not only have the designers worked magic in showcasing the gorgeous Authentique papers, but their instructions clearly show how we can make these on our own. Once again, the highlight: personalizing opportunities! These are albums made with people/occasions in mind - and as keepsakes of memories, they certainly are treasures. Fabulously inspiring!
    c

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  2. WOW! what a week - 2 great albums - both great ideas - thank you for the directions! - I have a pile of things I want to make now!
    Sandra ltb

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  3. Such a great week of fantastic projects. The Scor-pal is now on my Christmas wish list.

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  4. Great projects ... thank you so much for sharing. I always love to look at what others create.

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  5. Beautiful albums. I love the flag book idea. Tfs

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  6. I love the great photos and instructions to "school" those of us who want to try this at home! I'm always attracted to unique mini-albums--thanks for such great work!

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  7. What a fun little mini. It looks like professionally made book that you would get in a store. I love how the pages are envelopes but you wouldn't guess by looking at them. Thanks for sharing your template. Your 2nd book is also very cool I haven't seen one like it before.

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  8. Well i hope this is unique, i am from the Netherlands and i am a beginner of making Mini albums. Just cards and other things but i loved the mini's. Its very insperational this blog and i loved to see all the beautiful things are made.
    This mini above is wonderful.
    Have a nice weekend
    Hugs Astrid
    the Netherlands

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  9. OMG!

    L
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    your work!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It has been a great week on the blog----
    have enjoyed every day!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. I love the envelopes of the first album! And the second one...WOW! I have never seen that technique before and it is amazing!

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  11. I have to admit that I've never heard of a flag book before but I will be trying it now that I've seen one.
    Love the envelope album also. Two new projects to add to my "to do" list. It's getting quite long.

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  12. These both came out amazing!
    Thanks for all the instructions
    and they look to be a lot of
    fun to use.
    Carla from Utah

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  13. The creativity you continually display, makes me envious! Thanks for all the inspiration and tutorials! (and fun giveaways)

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  14. Such an amazing mini album! I love it!

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  15. I haven't made mini albums yet, but these are encouraging me to give them a try!

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  16. What wonderful projects! Love the flag book. That is such a neat idea!

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  17. Amazing projects - I love the envelope one, but would need to find a different way to hold it all together

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  18. I love your projects and I'm sure your friends and family do too great job!

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  19. What gorgeous projects!Wonderful inspiration!

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  20. great projects today, truly showing off the scor pal and the papers are amazing to look at

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  21. Loved the projects all week. The Authentique papers were beautiful! Thanks for sharing some great ideas and thanks for the chance to win.

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  22. I love making mini albums so both of these projects are just the thing for me!!! Have to give them a try!

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  23. Love your mini, so cute and the way you staged the mountain and water scene is fabulous . Great tutorial and work. Thanks for sharing the fun.

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  24. I love these ideas for albums. So many great details, and beautiful papers. Great gift idea for the holidays.

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  25. Love Heather's envelope mini!! Briliiant idea and turned out sooooooo cute!
    <3 J

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  26. I like the envelopes you've added - thanks for showing us how.

    Noreen
    Crafty Journal

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  27. WOW these are fantastic!! John, I simply LOVE your "flag book", I usually don't make mini albums BUT I will be making one of these for each family to give as my Christmas present! Each year at out Family Christmas get together I am usually the only one taking photos but no-one gets to see them, soooo this year I will be making each a 'Flag Book' with photos and including a disk for them to keep. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INSPIRATION!! LOVE IT!!!

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  28. I've never seen a flag book before! What a great idea.

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  29. Thanks for sharing such great ideas all week. Great gift ideas.

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  30. what inspiring projects, I love making mini albums, and your albums have really inspired me, I particularly like the envelope album!

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  31. Great mini albums, lots of inspiration and like the collections designers chose.

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  32. Both of these are fantastic! I really love the colors and all of the details. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Such a great mini album. I like the idea of making your own envelopes. The flip flop book is interesting also. Might give it a try. Thanks

    Beneta
    slayer2b@hotmail.com

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  34. Wow, pretty cool. I love the mini album and it's different look. I haven't seen one like it before. Thanks for a fun week with the week.

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  35. I love the accordion style way the pages are attached!

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  36. Love the albums! The flip flop one is super cool! I want to try that one!

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  37. excellent albums thanks for the inspiration

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  38. Absolutely love them and the instructions are so easy to follow.


    Thank you x

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  39. Absolutely love them and the instructions are so easy to follow.


    Thank you x

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  40. Great instructions, am going to have to try Johns flag book!

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