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So ever since I've been on this mini album kick, I've experimented with all different styles, sizes & designs for mini albums. To the point that I have about 4-5 half finished mini albums laying around my scrap room! I start one, but never finish it because I get the urge to try another style of mini, so I start on the next mini & then history repeats itself. Well here's one mini I finally finished & just in time for Valentine's Day.
I've used the lovely papers from Authentique's 'Crush' collection. I wanted to utilize the Life Cards that come with the collection in this mini--so the mini was designed around the Life Cards. It measures 3 7/8" inches wide by 4 3/4" inches high. It has a chipboard cover & spine & a total of six pages.
Each page has a side pocket where a matted Life Card fits into & also front pockets where you can store tags or in my case a couple of cropped Life Cards. For the front pockets the Life Cards were cropped down to 2 3/4" inches x 3 3/4" but since they're matted the total size is 3" x 4" inches.
I gave a wavy effect on the outer pocket flaps with the use of a Kiwi Lane mini border. The fuchsia card stock that adorns the pocket flaps were dry embossed to give it a bit more dimension.
On the inside front cover I created a belly band where I tucked a couple of small journaling tags as well as tag embellishments that came with the collection. The 'XO' sticker element at the bottom acts as a stopper so the tags don't fall out.
For all of you that enjoy seeing the visual representation, here's a brief video showcasing the mini album.
I also have a brief tutorial on how I made the base pages of the mini. This has most likely been done by someone already but this shows my take on how I went about creating the pages.
As for the binding of the mini I used the 'hidden hinge' binding method that I discovered on Kathy Orta's YouTube channel. There are several videos showing how to create the hidden hinge binding--recently Ginger from My Sisters Scrapper created a video & it's the one I found the most helpful because she also includes in the video how to create the covers for a mini which is the exact same way I go about creating the chipboard covers & spine for my minis. You can find that tutorial here.
Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the rest of the week!