Authentic Life Cards Inspiration Week- A "Radiant" Mini Album

This week we are featuring one of our BRAND NEW products.... the Authentic Life Cards! These cards come in 4 of our new collections- "Favorite," "Classique: Pretty," "Radiant," and "Harmony."

There are several creative ways to incorporate these cards into your scrapbooking, cardmaking,  and home decor projects. Check back every day this week for new projects and ideas from our amazing design team!

To create this "Radiant" mini album using our NEW Authentic life cards...

Cut a piece of cardstock 11 x 4 5/8 inches.

Make score lines at 1 1/4, 1 1/2 , 2 , 2 1/2 , 2 3/4, 3 1/4, 
 3 3/4 , 4 , 4 1/2,  5, 5 1/4,  5 3/4,  6 1/4, 6 1/2,  7,  
7 1/2 , 7 3/4,  8 1/4 , 8 3/4, 9 inches

Fold along the lines.

 Place 1/4 inch scor tape on the fold lines.

Place 1/2 inch scor tape beside the folds as shown above. Remove the backing from the 1/2 inch tape and fold the cardboard.

 Your mini album will begin to look like this. 

When you  finished you have 6 little hinges, and you see the  1/4 inch tape  on the back side.

Reove the backing of the 1/4 inch tape and stand the folds up as shown below.

 This is the binding for your mini album.

Cut pieces of chipboard- you will need two  4 x 5 inch pieces and one 2 x 5 inch piece.

Take a piece of 12 x 12 paper and cut to  12 x 7 inches. 
Adhere the chipboard to the paper. Leave 3/16" space in between as shown above. 

 Cut the corners diagonal and fold them around the chipboard.

Cut a piece of patterned paper for the inside cover 10 x 4.5 inches. You must use liquid glue for this piece, because the paper has to adhere to the inside of the little spaces you left between the chipboard parts.

Glue the binding in your back of the mini album. I used scor tape because it is very strong and durable.

Make two envelopes in the size 3 1/2 x 4 5/8 inch and cut a little slit out of the bottom.

 Cut  4 pieces of 6 1/4 x 4 3/4 for the pages and make a score lines at 3 7/8".

Cut 4 pieces of 5 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch and make score lines on 1/4 inch  on the tip and bottom.

 Adhere them on the biggest part of the pages.

You have two envelopes and 4 pages.
Lay them on, one page, one envelope, 2 pages, 1 envelope , one page.

Put the open sizes of your envelopes and pages over the hinges, use glue here. 

 The mini is ready and you can decorate them as you like, I used the details stickers and the components and a little lace here and there. 

 On every pages of this mini is an Authentic life card. These are great for sentiments as well as decorative journaling spots.

 As you can see,  the other open side is a little pocket and you can put life cards in there as well.

 In the envelope, I put two life cards.

Thanks for joining me today! 

Supplies used:
Authentique Paper- "Radiant" collection: 12 x 12 paper, Authentic life cards, detail stickers, component die cuts
Other Products- chipboard, score tape, lace, glue, foamtape

**Binding technique by Kathy King**


What inspiration week would be complete without a GIVEAWAY? We want to give away a couple of sets of our new Authentic Life Cards. Simply join us here on the blog every day this week, leave us a comment letting us know what you would use these cards for. We will pick and announce a winner this weekend. Bonus entries to those who share our posts on facebook throughout the week! 



  1. Oh my goodness! This is such an amazing tutorial! I pinned it and hope to make one soon!

  2. Thanks for the detailed instructions on making the album. A great way to store lots of treasures without having to decorate a lot of pages or have a large album that has to be stored.
    Happy 4th.

  3. This album looks great! I'd love to try making it with some of these great cards!

  4. What a bright and colorful mini-album! Love how you put the envelopes in as pages and used the cards.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  5. great mini
    its been a great week on the blog
    thanks for sharing so much wonderfulness with us!
    and Happy 4th!

  6. What a fabulous project and thank you for the tutorial!

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  8. Thank you for the tutorial! I'm always looking for an easy way to make album spine.

  9. What a stunning tutorial ......❤ your mini is wonderful and brilliant love it hugs Amy

  10. Fabulous detailed tutorial. Can't wait to try this. Your mini album is amazing and gorgeous. Beautiful work. Thanks for a fun week. It's been so fun!

  11. What a beautiful mini album! I love the variety of patterned papers and vibrant colors.

  12. Wow, that is the coolest mini. Great tutorial. I would like to try this one.

  13. This is terrific!
    I'll make one and
    Happy 4th of July!
    Carla from Utah

  14. What a beautiful mini and great tutorial. Those pocket are great to hold all the little keepsakes that the kids brought home from school. I can not wait to make one!

  15. Such a great mini album. My favorite project to create. Authentique has such beautiful papers. Can't wait to see the check out the new Life cards.

  16. Wow this is GORGEOUS! Thank you for the tutorial. I was thinking that these life cards would make a great mini but not to the extent of how you made yours! I will definitely have to try this out! Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. I like the cards for title pages.

  18. I love the sunshine-y bright colours of this collection, and it's just perfect for a mini album. Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial, which puts a project like this within my reach!

  19. stunning piece of work!! Love it!!

  20. What a fantastic mini album! I love all of the gorgeous papers you used!

  21. OH my goodness mini albums are my favorite.. I love everything about it...the vibrant colors, the envelopes, the cards, and especially the tutorial. I'll have to put that on my Craft To Do list!

  22. I would love it use for a layout or card ❤

  23. I love this cute envelope album and how the cards were used throughout it!! I would love to give this a try!

  24. I love this paper and what a great way to make your own mini album instead of searching for the perfect one to use!

  25. These are so fabulous to use for layouts and cards, love the vibrant colors!!

  26. Pinned your project and hoping to get a chance to make it with these gorgeous Authentique Radiant papers!

  27. Love the papers and would use them for all kinds of projects - birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, you name it! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  28. Another fine example of Kathy Orta's fabulous hidden hinge binging system being put use!

  29. Please don't be upset with me for not giving the's way too complicated for me to explain. Shredder Select

  30. Being imaginative is something most kids truly appreciate. It's simple for guardians to direct play with this toy as there's so many incredible things you can do with it. You can assemble basic shapes or make more intricate characters. You can construct dolls and 3D figures with the help of play doh. It's not difficult to get the impacts you need with such a flexible material.

  31. I adore the bright sunshine colours of this collection, which is ideal for a mini album. Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial, which allows me to complete a project like this!

  32. I appreciate the tutorial. I had the same idea that these life cards would make a fantastic mini, but not in the same way that you did! A fantastic little record. My preferred creative endeavour. Such lovely papers may be found at Authentique.

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